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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”.

Rome prepares for gathering of worldwide confraternities this upcoming weekend


President, Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization
"We have proposed and defended the proposal of a synod. And we have supported strongly that in each diocese there should be a well known place available for confession 24 hours a day.”

On Sunday, all the groups will gather as processions fill the streets near St. Peter's Square. The majority of confraternities that have brought their images to Rome are Italian. Among them are the Madonna of Quintiliolo from Tivoli, an image dating to the 13th Century that will rest at the altar behind Pope Francis during Mass. However, the participation of confraternities from Latin America will be limited.

President, Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization

"For the confraternities it was very complicated that we as a Dicastery cover their invitation to be here. It's comprehensible since it's only two days, and during a crisis like we're going through, to pay for a trip from Latin America.”

More than 50,000 pilgrims
are expected at the Mass. And on the side of the plaza, next to Bernini's columns, the confraternities' images brought to Rome for the celebration will be on display.