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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 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.

World Refugee Day: 'When they're granted political asylum, the challenge isn't over'


Centro Astalli, President (Italy)
"From finding a place to sleep, somewhere to eat and a place to live with dignity. Even when they're processing or requesting political asylum, the challenge isn't over. It  continues after that.” 

Father Giovanni La Manna is the president of Centro Astalli in Italy, which is one of the most important refugee centers in the country. He says, the issue of immigration and refugees is universal one, but it's often manipulated by politicians. Despite it being a hot button issue, he says, something must be done. 

Centro Astalli, President (Italy)

"In the Italian island of Lampedusa, fishermen refer to an area as a cemetery. When they throw their nets out on the sea, sometimes they find human remains.”

During a panel discussion, he said he finds it ironic that a pair of glasses or merchandise can be easily shipped from one country to another. But when it comes to people, it becomes something extremely complicated.

Centro Astalli, President (Italy)

"People need to understand who these refugees are. Who are these immigrants? At a political level, we need to keep those in charge accountable. The dignity and rights of refugees must be respected.”

To raise awareness, the Jesuit Refugee Service has organized an event in Rome's Chiesa Gesu. There, on the facade of the parish, a digital projection of the refugee experience, will be shown, at night, until June 21st.