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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”.
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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.

The Cripta Balbi: discovering the evolution of ancient Rome

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The Cripta Balbi is a real walk back in time through the streets of Ancient Rome. It is a hidden gem that few tourists know about.Italian archaeologist Guglielmo Gatti discovered it by looking at map of ancient Rome engraved in marble.   


Excavations started shortly after, and have revealed how this site was used during the Roman empire's thousand year long history.

LAURA VENDITTELLI 
Director, Cripta Balbi Museum 
"The archaeological layering show us how the site was used, the transformations it underwent through the ages and how the various buildings got to be as they are today.” 

The site's museum features everyday objects used by the Romans both in ancient times and during the Middle Ages. 

This also shows how this place has a long history. It was first used as a type of 'community center' for people to use before or after they attended performances in theaters. Later, it served as a public bath, and evidence from the 5th century suggests it was even used as a furnace to produce glass. 

LAURA VENDITTELLI 
Director, Cripta Balbi Museum 
"A key moment during the Middle Ages is when the houses of merchants began to be built alongside this area. The merchants were beginning to stand out in society at the time, and we found paintings and decorations in their ancient houses. Another key moment is when during the 15th century this place became a foster home for youths during the Counter-Reformation.” 

The restoration work, which has been led by Rome's Archaeological Heritage department, is still underway. By the end of the year, the project's curators hope to allow tourists to visit an entirely new, never-seen-before section of the site. 


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