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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”.

Rector of Buenos Aires cathedral predicted Bergoglio's election


He recalls his words to then Cardinal Bergoglio on the day he left Buenos Aires for Rome.

Rector, Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral (Argentina)
"The Cardinal was leaving at 11 and I said this: 'Your eminence, when you hear Bergoglio 74, Bergoglio 75, Bergoglio 76, Bergoglio 77, and you hear the applause, think about me,' I told him.”

Just past 3PM on March 13, local time in Argentina, Russo was giving phone interviews when white smoke appeared at the Vatican. 

Without a television to follow the events, he became very excited and was left speechless. He says he knew what that white smoke meant... 

His confirmation came a few minutes later, from 7 thousand miles away...

"Giorgium Marium... Bergoglio”

Rector, Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral (Argentina)
"I ran out, searching, with an impressive emotional upheaval. I practically felt like the Oracle at Delphi, that had chosen the right person.”

The election of Bergoglio as Pope Francis left his hometown temporarily without their main shepherd. But Russo is convinced it's for the good of the Church.

Rector, Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral (Argentina)
"The archdiocese said goodbye to their dear father because he has become an even greater father for the Church, and the city said goodbye to her son. His pontificate will be marked by displays of that father figure from the Holy Father.”

Though he left them behind, Pope Francis is not forgetting about his flock back home. Soon after his election, he told the archdiocese he would be sending them his cardinal's ring to keep it as a way to thank the people of Buenos Aires.