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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”.

The story behind Our Lady of the Snows

2013-08-05

Throughout history, many Popes have shown a special devotion to Our Lady. Pope Francis is definitely among them. The Basilica of St. Mary Major was the first site he visited the day after his election. During Sundays Angleus, the Pope once again talked about the Virgin Mary, the patroness of Rome.   

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"On Monday, we Romans remember our Mother, "Salus Populi Romani.” Let us pray that she may protect us. May all of us together, greet our Mother with a ‘Hail Mary’ . . . A greeting for our Mother, all together, let's give a greeting for our Mother.” 

Each year, on August 5, Romans celebrate the feast day of their beloved patroness. Her iconic figure is found inside the Basilica of St. Mary Major. 

According to tradition, back in the 4th century, Our Lady appeared before a wealthy couple and before Pope Liberius. She asked them to build a Basilica in her honor. The next day, on August 5, they discovered where to build it, when it snowed on Esquiline Hill. 

As the story goes, St. Luke painted the Byzantine icon representing the patroness of the Roman people, in the wooden slab used during the Last Supper. 


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