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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”.

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”.

Lombardi: 77 votes needed to elect next pope


Vatican Spokesperson

 "I think it will begin during the first days of next week. So they will not begin tomorrow or Sunday. But they could decide on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday, even on Thursday, no one would stop them.”

During the next few meeting their names will be drawn at random for each of the room at Domus Santa Martha, where they will remain for the conclave.

Vatican Spokesperson

 "Today they will choose a date, tomorrow there will be a congregation. Keep in mind they might assign room at Santa Marta.”

To elect the next successor of Peter, a candidate needs 77 of the 115 votes from each eligible cardinal.

Vatican Spokesperson

 "According to my calculations, 77 votes are needed because you round up. So 77 will be the number of votes needed for the election.”

During Friday morning's congregation, the College of Cardinals also heard the reasons two papal electors gave for not coming.

Vatican Spokesperson

 "As we know, two electors said they would not be coming, the archbishop emeritus of Jakarta and Cardinal O'Brien. The first said he's not coming for health reasons, the second for personal reasons specified in a press release. The college voted to accept these reasons.”

also said that the preparation work inside the Sistine Chapel would end within the coming days.