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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.

A look at Pope Francis' schedule for next few months

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The Pope is scheduled to arrive on Monday July 22nd and leave on Sunday 28th. He'll have to decide if he will visit other Latin American countries on this trip. Argentina is of course a favorite, although he could also consider Colombia, Mexico and Panama. 


A canonization ceremony, where blesseds will be declared Saints, is scheduled for May 12th where hundreds will be "elevated to the altars.” They include 800 martyrs from Otranto (Italy) who were assassinated in the year 1480, because of their faith. In addition other two Canonizations will take place. These include Colombian Madre Laura and Mexican nun Madre Lupita

Pope Francis will continue the theme of the Year of Faith, throughout 2013. There are many events arranged with this very theme.For example, on June 15th, the Vatican will have a World Congress for the Defense of Life, which defends life from conception until natural death. 

On May 18th a meeting will be held in St. Peter's Square with the heads of different Catholic movements. These religious groups, offer a concrete way of living the faith, which attracts millions of people through out the world. Among some of the most popular are Focolari Movement, Communion and Liberation and the Charismatic Renewal. 

On June 2nd, Pope Francis will participate in Eucharistic Adoration, which for the first time in history will be televised live throughout the world. Then on October 26th and 27th, thousands of families will go to Rome to reflect on how the faith can help them with common every day challenges. 

In June the Pope will have the first meeting with all his "Nuncios.” The goal is to fully understand the unique task of representing the Pope who is both a political and religious leader

The new Pope will surely update his schedule as time goes on, perhaps adding more audiences and meetings. During the last years of the Pontificate Benedict XVI, had to reduce the number of events and activities because of his age. 


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