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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”.

Australian Cardinal, George Pell, publishes new book and talks about the reform of the Roman Curia


Archbishop of Sydney (Australia)
"It's not a cabinet. We are not an executive. In no sense is the Holy Father answer to us.”

Actually reforming the Roman Curia was discussed quite extensively before the conclave, when cardinals met for their general congregation meetings. Even though the group won't have executive powers, the Australian Cardinal says it could advise the Pope on everything from Church communication to the sex abuse crisis.

Archbishop of Sydney (Australia)
"I think he's a man that is very capable, very open to receiving ideas even if he doesn't finally accept them, I think he will be a strong man of action.”

The Cardinal traveled to Rome to present his latest book titled 'Contemplating Christ with Luke.' To celebrate, the Australian Embassy to the Holy See, held a gathering for Cardinal Pell, which was hosted by Ambassador John McCarthy.  Pell says the goal of the book is to inspire readers, especially the youth, about the teachings of Christ.

Archbishop of Sydney (Australia)
"I remember reading, once where one writer in the States, quite a few years ago, said that young people in the United States knew more about Abraham Lincoln than they did about Jesus Christ.”

In addition to being Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal Pell is also a member of the Congregation for Bishops. But many don't know  he' the treasurer of the Catholic Migration Commission, which was launched by Pope Pius XII back in 1951.

Archbishop of Sydney (Australia)
"During that time we've settled a million refugees in the United States over those 60 years, this year we will probably settle 7, 000.”

Among the guests were several high ranking Church leaders, including American James Stafford, who is the Major Penitentiary emeritus and Monsignor Peter Wells from the Vatican's Secretariat of State, who serves as the Assessor for General Affairs.

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