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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”.
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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”.

June 3rd marks 50 years since the death of John XXIII, the 'good Pope'

2013-06-02

At 22 he became a priest. The following year, in 1905, he was appointed secretary to his bishop.

In 1921 Benedict XV appointed him as the Italian president of the Congregation of Propaganda Fide. He was also the apostolic delegate to Bulgaria and a nuncio in Istanbul, Athens and Paris.

In 1953, Pius XII made him a cardinal and appointed him Patriarch of Venice. He lived there until 1958, when he was elected Pope at the age of 77.

During his five year pontificate, he created cardinals for the first time in, from countries like Tanzania, Venezuela and Mexico.

He was the first pope to receive an Anglican primate. He also excommunicated Fidel Castro in the 60's.

He wrote eight encyclicals and on October 11th, 1962, he opened the Second Vatican Council.

John XXIII
"Dear children, I hear your voices! Here the whole world is represented. One could say that even the moon was rushed tonight, to look at this show.”

He presided over the Second Vatican Council, which he called an 'updating of the Church', for just eight months. On June 3, 1963, he died of stomach cancer.

His successor, Paul VI, began his beatification process after Vatican II had ended. John Paul II beatified him in 2000, 37 years after his death.

At the time, cardinal Jose Saraiva Martins was Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.

CARD. JOSÉ SARAIVA MARTINS
Prefect emeritus, Congregation for the Causes of Saints
July 15th, 2008
"I admire John XXIII because in his life and spirituality I find a true shepherd, a deeply human and communicative person. He made people long for him: he was 'the good Pope'. A truly extraordinary figure: he summoned the Second Vatican Council, something Pius XII had wanted to do before him.”

His feast is celebrated on October 11th, the same day the Second Vatican Council began. To this day, it's recognized as the most important work of his life.


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