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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.

Why do Popes change their name?

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The election of each name is a personal decision that can take into account several factors. One of them is affection. It is common for an elected Pope to take the name of a recent predecessor. John Paul I decided to combine the names of John XXIII and Paul VI. Juan Paul II followed by honoring his predecessor.

Benedict XVI referenced in his name Benedict XV, the Pope that had to mediate during World War I.

If the new Pope chooses to follow their example, he could very well choose the name Benedict XVII. It would signal the continuity of the past pontificate. Or with John Paul II, if his inspiration is the intrepid and pastoral spirit of the Polish Pope. He could also choose John XXIV or Paul VII, remembering the Popes of the Second  Vatican Council, which celebrates this year the 50 anniversary of its inauguration.

There are other great Popes that have also generated a great following among successors, like Leo. Leo XIV would be the name of the new Pope if he chooses to honor Leo XIII, the Pope that initiated the Church's social doctrine in the midst of the Industrial Revolution.

Gregory XVII could be the name for a Pope that wants to reform the structure of the Church to make it more efficient. St. Gregory the Great and Saint Gregory VII could serve as references.

However, there is also the chance the new Pope could break new ground and choose a new name. John Paul I did so after nearly 1,000 years. The last original name introduced by a Pope was Lando I in the year 913.

If the new Pope wanted to introduce a new name, he could very well opt for a name with a strong Christian tradition that has not been used before. Among the possibilities are Louis, Francis, Xavier, Ignatius or Thomas. They all evoke saints and would like be welcomed by Catholics.


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