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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.

Pope prays for victims of Spain's deadly train crash


After hearing about Spains deadly train accident, Pope Francis said he was deeply moved and was praying for all the victims and their relatives. More than 70 people lost their lives, near the pilgrimage city of Santiago de Compostela. Its estimated that at least 140 passengers were injured. 

The Feast Day of St. James,  is celebrated on July 25 and the area is a popular pilgrimage site.  In light of the tragedy, all the city's public festivities have been canceled.

To lend support, a Twitter hashtag named, PrayforSantiago was launched to show solidarity and to pray for the victims.

Preliminary reports state, that speeding may have caused the accident. The driver who was slightly injured, was said to be traveling double the speed limit.

During a World Youth Day press conference in Brazil, the Vatican's spokesperson, Father Lombardi called for a moment of silence to pray for the victims. The Archbishop of the Spanish city, Julian Barrio also offered his condolences and support.

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