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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”.

Pope shows own spirituality in doing away with material things


Superior General, Society of Jesus
"I think we're already seeing signs. For example, we see him leaving behind some things during his affirmations as Pope. On Holy Thursday, he told priests that a shepherd should smell of sheep. It's a great image which speaks to the pastoral mission of clergy, be it bishops or priests.”

The superior general for the Jesuits considers that the election of a Jesuit Pope won't have any repercussions on the Society's members.

Superior General, Society of Jesus
"It's very clear to us, nothing has changed, nothing. The Pope is the person the cardinals chose among themselves because they think he can lead the Church. So we obey and work with him with the same intensity as we had with other Popes.”

Even though the vow of poverty has always been a basic tenet for Jesuits, Adolfo Nicolás considers that at this time, this idea has gained importance within the Church.

Superior General, Society of Jesus
"That Cardinal Hummes told the Pope the same thing, means that it's part of the Church now. And that'good thing. It's good because St. Paul mentioned it in one of his letters: very well, we have to move with freedom because we are free with Christ, but we must never forget about the poor. He said this was one of the signs of being a Christian.”

Since Pope Francis election, there have been many questions about possible changes within the Holy See. But the general superior explained that St. Ignatius' spirituality can lead them on another path.

Superior General, Society of Jesus
"If people don't change, it doesn't matter how much the system changes. We will still have injustice, oppression, violence, all the problems that we've seen up to today. And the experience from the 20th Century backs this up. In other words, the systems have changed, we've had alternative systems, but we have not reduced injustice or violence. On the contrary, it seems it's on the rise.”

The election of Pope Francis brings the Society of Jesus into new territory in its five hundred year history. But it also contributes an original style, and up until today, had never been seen.