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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”.
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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.

FAO alert: 868 million people in chronic hunger

2013-06-19

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations reports that 868 million people, 12.5 percent of world's population, suffers from hunger. 

In its report 'Food Systems for Better Nutrition”, the FAO estimates that two billion people suffer from some nutrition deficiency, and that 26% of children under five suffer from stunted growth caused by nutritional deficiencies. 

According to the organization, these are unacceptable figures. It says that abolishing hunger must be a priority for all. 

The FAO warns that, besides the obvious social costs, malnutrition holds an economic expense that could reach up to 5% of global gross domestic product. In order to avoid this, the application of simple measures would improve the situation. 

For example, the FAO insists, malnutrition can be fought by giving women greater control over their resources and income, as this would benefit their health and that of their children.

The organization also suggests food policies that increase agricultural productivity and measures to improve the nutritional outcome of supply chains, for more affordable, varied and nutritious food.


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