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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”.

Sistine Chapel prepared for Conclave

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The ramp, tables and chairs where they will sit, as well as the presidential table for three scrutineers chosen at random, are in place. There is another table set aside for the Gospels, where each cardinal will take an oath of secrecy on whatever happens inside the Conclave.

The smoke announcing to the world the end of the conclave, and the election of a new Pope, will stream out of this chimney. It is about four feet tall and was first used in the 1939 conclave that elected Pius XII. Since then, the dates of each fumata bianca, or white smoke, it announced are engraved on its sides.

Working around the clock, Vatican handymen also prepared the balcony at St. Peter's Basilica, to welcome the new Pope. With the help of a fire truck, the workers put up the red velvet drapes through which the new Pope will walk through to introduce himself and deliver to the world his first blessing as Pope.


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