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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 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.

Logo, website launched for Vatican's World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia


The logo is composed of a multicolored bell. It is symbolic of the Liberty Bell that resides in Philadelphia, proclaiming the independence of the United States. Organizers say they also chose it to represent civil rights and freedom of religion.

The design of the bell also features a cross on the top part, to signify Christ as the center of the family. And within the Bell, in different color shades, are five family figures; the mother, father and children.

For now, the website mainly features a welcome in four languages, and links to the organizing institutions, like the Pontifical Council for the Family and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Other information will be displayed on the site as it is made available.

The meetings are held every three years since John Paul II inaugurated them in 1994. Previous host cities include Rome, Rio de Janeiro, Manila, Valencia, Mexico City and Milan.