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Pope Francis: No people is criminal and no religion is terrorist

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The government of the Order of Malta will elect the successor of the Grand Master in April

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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”.

Il Sismografo, one of the most trusted news sources for Vatican insiders


This is the man behind the website Il Sismografo. The page nets about 35,000 daily visits and specializes solely on news related to the Catholic Church. It produces few original content, but aggregates content from throughout the world, in English, French, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese.

Director, Il Sismografo
"We thought that at that time, the best thing to do was help the Church, its authorities, and the Catholic world, to get the latest Catholic information available on the Web. At least the most important languages, uploading them to the Web in the fastest way and limiting ourselves fundamentally to linking stories, in other words, the Internet address where the story can be found.”

Its simplicity and effectiveness are among the blog's strongest points. But above all, it's become a reference guide because of its immediacy. They often tend to be the first to post the Pope's speeches, even before the Vatican's official website, vatican.va.

Director, Il Sismografo
"The Church has to be a source of information itself, but it must follow the news guidelines of speed, immediacy, language, content and image. If they don't, it wont be communicated.”

Il Sismografo
has two full time bloggers, Luis Badilla in Rome and another journalist based in Canada. Along with their contributors throughout the world, they're a team of eight.

The site was born as a tool to help journalists, which is why Badilla says they have become the point of reference for Vaticanistas on a daily basis.

Director, Il Sismografo
"We've seen that the majority of the people that check Il Sismografo do so early on. From about 7 or 7:15 in the morning, we have a large part of our daily contacts set, which shows that many people being using the site the early hours in the morning.”

The name of the blog stems from the words John Paul II uttered to journalists, who described them as "seismographs that measure vibrations in public opinion.” The work that Il Sismografo has carried on for the past four years as a key source for Vaticanistas has also made it into one of the most trusted, and valuable sources.