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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 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”.
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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.

Pope issues decree to fight against money laundering

2013-08-08

In a papal decree, Pope Francis issued new measures to fight against money laundering, and the financing of terrorist organizations. The measures would directly apply to all Vatican departments that deal with monetary activity. 

The decree, known as 'Motu Propio' follows the steps that were taken by Benedict XVI during his papacy. Part of the goal, is to get the Vatican into the so called 'white list' of countries that are in good standing with the Europe's anti- money laundering agency, known as 'Moneyval.' 

Under these measures, the Pope also gives the Vaticans Financial Information Authority, the power to supervise all Vatican departments where financial transactions are made. Up until now, its main function was limited to supervising the Vatican Bank.

In addition, the Pope also approved a new Financial Security Committee, so it can prevent and counteract  any type of money laundering, financing of terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

The committee will be chaired by American Msgr. Brian Wells, who serves as the general affairs adviser in the Vaticans Secretariat of State. The committee's secretary will be Rene Bruelhart, a  lawyer from Switzerland, who is also the director of the Financial Information Authority. The new regulations will take effect on August 10th, 2013.


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