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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”.

Malcolm Ranjith, the Cardinal who lived through the 2004 Tsunami

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He studied Theology in Rome and specialized in Holy Scripture. He also helped prepare John Paul II's trip to Sri Lanka in 1995. After working  in rural areas for many years, he returned to Rome to work in the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.

CARD. MALCOLM RANJITH PATABENDIGE
Archbishop of Colombo (Sri Lanka)
"In modern society, men have become so mechanical and technical that everybody thinks, they have to make things plain and simple, and visible and not to keep any room for a mystical aura or secrecy or areas of the Sacred, because it is not necessary. 'Now we have removed the veil', people say. 'After Illumination we have removed the veil'.  But that is not true as much as you think like that. Even to a greater extent,  modern man is looking for symbols. It’s going after symbols. The people are going to the East to look for something more mystic, something more profound.”

Under the appointment of John Paul II, he served as a nuncio in Indonesia. He directly witnessed the 2004 Tsunami that destroyed everything in its path.

He eventually went back to the Vatican to work in the Congregation for Divine Worship. In 2009 Benedict XVI named him archbishop of Colombo, and in 2010 he was made a cardinal.


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