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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.

Taking Vacation in August? Vatican's digital doors stay open during holiday period


In August, Rome virtually   shuts down. Offices close their doors and people head out on vacation. But,  this  team from the Pontifical Council for Social  Communication knows  the news never stops...and jokingly, they say Pope  Francis doesnt stop  either. 

Pontifical Council for Social Communication, Secretary

"This is a man who has hit the ground running and it's clear that he will be around here in August and that keeps us all busy in the best possible way.”

Working in August is a rarity in Rome, but here a team of about five people, keep one of the Vatican's websites up to date.

The Vatican has its own newspaper. It also has a radio station and yet another team works at its television center.  All the content comes together here, at: news.va

Pontifical Council for Social Communication, Secretary
 "It's all gathered into kind of a mixing pot and then they choose which stories are the priorities within those and present those, bring them to news.va.”

Even in Rome's scorching heat, this will be one of the few Vatican offices that keeps its doors wide open, that includes its doors into the digital world.