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Pope Francis: No people is criminal and no religion is terrorist

February 17, 2017. Pope Francis has sent an important message to the Meetings of Popular Movements that is taking place in Modesto (California). The pope denounces the "moral blindness of this indifference”: "under the guise of what is politically correct or ideologically fashionable, one looks at those who suffer without touching them. But they are televised live; they are talked about in euphemisms and with apparent tolerance, but nothing is done systematically to heal the social wounds or to confront the structures that leave so many brothers and sisters by the wayside”.
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The government of the Order of Malta will elect the successor of the Grand Master in April

February 15, 2017. On April 29, the Council Complete of State, the Order’s constitutional body, will elect the next Grand Master of the Sovereign Order of Malta (or, as provided for in the Constitution, a Lieutenant of the Grand Master, to hold office for a year).
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Pope names a Special Envoy for Medjugorje

< style> February 11, 2017. Pope Francis has asked Henryk Hoser, S.A.C., bishop of Warsaw-Prague (Poland), to go to Medjugorje as Special Envoy of the Holy See. According< g> the Vatican, "the mission has the aim of acquiring a deeper knowledge of the pastoral situation there and above all, of the needs of the faithful who go there in pilgrimage, and on the basis of this, to suggest possible pastoral initiatives for the future”.

Vatican closes the Sistine Chapel as it prepares for the Conclave

2013-03-05

FR. FEDERICO LOMBARDI
Vatican spokesman
"This afternoon we started off some of the preparations in the Sistine Chapel. So from now on, all visits to the Vatican Museums, will be suspended. For the time being, tourists can't visit.”

The College of Cardinals decided to send  Benedict XVI a letter, thanking him for his pontificate. It partly reads: Your example has shown us, your generous pastoral concern for the good of the Church and the world. It's signed by the Dean of Cardinals, Angelo Sodano, on behalf of the group.

Cardinals decided that on Tuesday and Wednesday there will only be one general congregation meeting and not two. This will give them more time to talk amongst themselves.
On Wednesday afternoon, all Cardinals are invited to St. Peter's Basilica, to pray for the coming conclave and the next Pope.

FR. FEDERICO LOMBARDI
Vatican spokesman
"Tomorrow afternoon there will be time for prayer in St. Peter's Basilica. It's a time to pray for the cardinals who will participate in the conclave and it's open to anyone who wishes to attend.”

As of Tuesday afternoon, 148 cardinals are in Rome, 110  of them are cardinal electors, so only five are still awaiting arrival. According to the Vatican's spokesperson, they don't all have to be in Rome, for the date of the conclave to be set.


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