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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”.

Helping pregnant women with HIV, so the virus isn't transmitted to their babies


The Community of St. Egidio's DREAM project in her native Mozambique, gave her treatment and medicine. A few months later,  she started feeling better and most importantly, she started having hope.  

DREAM Program Participant

"To have a friendship with people who have the same problem and face the same challenges is even more powerful because you can talk and exchange experiences and this makes a big difference.”

The initiative is part of a much wider goal, called MSD Italy, which can literally mark the difference between life and death. Part of the initiative is giving medication to pregnant women with HIV, so the virus, isn't transmitted to their babies in the womb.

DREAM Program Participant

"It's an effort that has multiplied itself and helped so many people, especially pregnant women.”

The project also tries to reduce the death rate of mothers, who die during or soon after giving birth. It's estimated that about 800 women die from birth complications every day. Most of these deaths are preventable. The main goal is one they share with the United Nations, which is to reduce this mortality rate at least 75 percent by the year 2015.