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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”.
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Pope Francis advances eight new causes of sainthood

January 23, 2017. On January 20, Pope Francis met with Cardinal Angelo Amato, the prefect for the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to announce the publication of decrees for the advancement of eight causes of sainthood.

Day 4 of discussions, cardinals are in no rush to set a date for Conclave

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Out of the 115 cardinal electors, 114 took part in the meeting. Vietnamese Cardinal Pham Minh Man, had not yet arrived, perhaps halting the selection of when the conclave will start.

FR. FEDERICO LOMBARDI
Vatican spokesman

"I think it's very normal and natural that they haven't decided on a date yet. This means that when a date is chosen they won't really need that much more time for reflection and discussion. It will mean that they are prepared for the coming decision.”

On Thursday morning, 16 cardinals spoke during the meeting. The topics included ecumenism, charitable works and the fight against poverty.

But the core issues are still new new evangelization, management of the Curia and the profile the next Pope should have. During this time, many cardinals are eager to walk up to the podium to speak their minds.

FR. FEDERICO LOMBARDI
Vatican spokesman

"Certainly there is a long waiting list to speak. So one of the things we can look at, is if this waiting list is to talk about generic issues, or more specific and concrete issues that are of interest to the Church.”

On behalf of the College of Cardinals, Cardinal Dean, Angelo Sodano, sent a telegram of condolence, in light of the recent death of Venezuelan president, Hugo Chavez.

As stated by Apostolic Law, during the Sede Vacante period, every three days, a group of three cardinals is selected to decide all the executive decision that need to take place by the College of Cardinals.  Today that responsibility was given to Cardinals Rai, Monsengwo Pasinya and De Paolis.

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