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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”.

Rodríguez Carballo: Francis' name portrays a plan to take action


Secretary, Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life

"It's something that I confirmed in an audience I had with him: to have before me a brother, a friend and colleague from years back is great. His simplicity and approachability, his capacity to listen, and dialogue. This is what makes anyone feel welcome around Pope Francis. You feel as if you're with family.”

During his first private audience with the Pope, they spoke about some of the challenges  religious orders face.

Secretary, Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life
"In the last synod on the New Evangelization, a proposal was passed on to Benedict XVI. It mentions that the charism and the Church hierarchy should not be mutually exclusive, bur rather they should complement each other.”

The Franciscan leader was surprised to hear that the new Pope chose the name 'Francis' in honor of St. Francis of Assisi. Especially since the name holds great symbolism.

Secretary, Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life
"By simply choosing that name, we see a type of project or a plan to take action. It's a life project that follows the same path Bergoglio led as a Cardinal in Buenos Aires. It's a simple life, full of humility that's felt by people. In fact, just a few days after being elected, he told a group of journalists that he wanted a poor Church that works for the poor. I think that the name Francis clearly sends this message.”

Since Jesuits pledge their loyalty to the Church, Carballo says that the fact that the Pope is a Jesuit is not only a novelty, it's also something that adds a creative touch to his Pontificate.