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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 in April the successor of the Grand Master

February 15, 2017. On 29 April 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 Francis advances eight new causes of sainthood

January 23, 2017. On January 20, Pope Francis met with Cardinal Angelo Amato, the prefect for the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to announce the publication of decrees for the advancement of eight causes of sainthood.

Vatican on Global Day of Parents: “They are modern day heroes”


Msgr. Jean Laffitte, secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Family, thinks this could be a powerful initiative.

Secretary, Pontifical Council for the Family

"This initiative is interesting, since it gives a chance to reflect upon a specific aspect: how can we view the relationship between parents and children? How can we view the duty we have towards younger generations? The answer lies in regaining what lies at the basis of parenthood: love between a man and a woman.”

The 'Global Day of Parents' is a type of homage to the many challenges mothers and fathers face while educating their children on a daily basis.

Secretary, Pontifical Council for the Family

"The first challenge is that of preparing children in a natural way, without hurrying their growth and education. This means to convey certain values, so that the children are filled with hope. Hope and belief that one day they will find their one true love. The second challenge is that a certain number of virtues must be transmitted, as well: mostly rigor and respect for themselves and others.”

Msgr. Laffitte also took the time to give his own piece of advice to parents around the world.

Secretary, Pontifical Council for the Family

"You are modern day heroes: be brave and remember you are fortunate. You have a treasure in your hands: something that the Lord has given you. Be brave! And best wishes to you and your children.”

The UN hopes that the first Global Day of Parents will be a success. It also recognizes all the hard work that goes into raising children. Because of that, the UN says it vows to support parents for the general well being of families.