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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”.

Pope's attire robed in history and tradition


Completing his everyday look are customized red leather shoes, symbolizing the blood of Church's martyrs. Paul VI did away with a gold cross on them, as well as the tradition of having people kiss it when addressing him.

During major services like Christmas or Easter Mass, the Pope dresses in his Sunday best. His long cape, called a chausable, features ornate designs worn for hundreds of years by other Popes.

His mitre, the crown-like hat bishops wear, are also tailor made and symbolizes his authority to teach. John Paul II would often wear simple designs. But in the past few years, Benedict XVI brought back the use more intricate patterns.

The pastoral staff is a symbol of authority for Popes. It signifies his standing as the shepherd of the Church The one Benedict XVI used featured a gold, Greek cross, used by Pius IX in the 1800's.

During his meetings with other heads of state, modern day Popes use red, shoulder length cape known as a mozzetta, which represents his political authority as the leader of the Vatican City State.

Each item, worn for centuries before him, has a story and purpose. But over the years, each Pope has added their own personal touch.