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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”.

The Scala Santa: A Holy Place in Rome


Rector, Scala Santa

"They are the steps of Pilate's judgment hall, where Jesus was sentenced to death. So Jesus walked up these steps before the trial.”

So now,  every day, pilgrims climb the 28 marble steps, on their knees, as a sign of devotion, penance and reflection.

Rector, Scala Santa

"The pilgrims honor the place where Jesus passed by. The place where he was wrongly convicted as He offered himself to the Father saying 'Yes. Yes to his brothers, and to us.'  They climb this ladder while they reflect on Jesus' Passion. For believers it's very moving.”

Back in 1723 a layer of wood was added on to the steps to protect them, from all the pilgrims who climb them. Surrounded by frescoes, these painted walls help pilgrims remember Jesus' Passion.

Rector, Scala Santa

"They help pilgrims reflect on the life of Jesus. The frescoes start from the Last Supper on Holy Thursday, when Jesus washed the feet of his disciples and instituted the Eucharist. Other stages of the Passion, are also represented,  before arriving to his death and Resurrection.”

Pope Sixtus V ordered the construction of this building between 1586 and 1589. There are also  two sculptures depicting the kiss of Judas and Pilate turning Jesus to his fate. Since the year 1853, the Passionist Fathers have cared and kept this Christian treasure, generation after generation.