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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”.

Cardinal Cañizares: “We wanted to choose the Pope that God had chosen”


Prefect, Congregation for Diving Worship
"We all went with great silence, in prayer, wanting to find God. The responsibility before God and the Church. So we left behind all other issues to go into the fundamental, to be synchronized with God to chose the one that God had already chosen.”

During the conclave period, they would talk in hallways, during meals, and express freely what each one of the was searching for.

Prefect, Congregation for Diving Worship
"The Pope I was searching for, I had talked about it with others, was a new St. Francis that could remake the encounter and the vision the saint had with St. Damian's Church: rebuild, remake the Church, a blessed man, evangelical, simple, poor, humble, that loves the Church, that feels close to mankind, and that would be full of joy.”

After the five rounds of voting needed, Cardinal Cañizares says he's happy with their choice, and the man that is now Pope.

Prefect, Congregation for Diving Worship
"I think he's the Pope the Church needs. After the extraordinary pontificate of John Paul II, and a deeply meaningful and firm one as with Benedict XVI, we needed a pontificate where that new evangelization, that knowledge, is plastered on that poor people are evangelized, which is the sing of God's presence, of the Savior among men.”

Pope Francis' simple style also carried on to liturgical celebrations. Cardinal Cañizares, prefect for the Congregation for Divine Worship, says that the Pope's style helps worshipers get a deeper appreciation of the ceremonies.

Prefect, Congregation for Diving Worship
"We have a man of God that lives out God's experience and his presence. So he expresses that through his adoration, his concentration, which is not only during the consecration, but also listening to the Word, to recite the Psalm, understand what it doesn't say. All of this, to me, makes us think that the Church does not lose depth, on the contrary.”

Cardinal Antonio Cañizares considers that the first weeks of the Pope's pontificate shows that they made the right decision, and what everyone, believer and non-believers alike, expected.