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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”.

Discover the Roman and Byzantine empires with a new app called TECHCOOLTOUR


The Roman and Byzantine empires helped shape Europe as it is today. But what traces remain of the people who lived in Europe more than a thousand years ago?

This is Tech Cool Tour. It is what they call a 'cross-media platform', since it includes a mobile device app, but also a website and a booklet. With it, everyone can experience both a virtual and an on-site visit to two itineraries that explore 44 archaeological sites across the ancient Roman and Byzantine empires. 

The first virtual tour is inspired by ancient Roman history and civilization. It begins in northern Italy, near Venice, and follows the same routes the Romans used all the way to the Balkans. 

The second route focuses on Byzantine history in Italy. Stops in this virtual tour include Ravenna and its beautiful mosaics, Venice and the Croatian coast. 

But what makes this project special is that it is completely based on AR, or 'augmented reality'. From wherever they are, users can take the tour 'virtually' on their devices. But if they actually visit the sites, they can just point their phone or tablet computer at various key points, and 3D reconstructions show the sites as they were in ancient times, also providing lots of useful info and pictures. 

Creators of Tech Cool Tour say this is just the start of a much bigger project. Their goal is to create multimedia platforms that will make all of Europe's archaeological heritage available to everyone... everywhere.