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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.

Augustinians to meet in Rome to choose new leader and discuss future plans

2013-08-27

Every six years, the General Chapter of the Order of St. Augustine meets to choose a new prior general, and a general council. They also set the Orders agenda for the upcoming term. For the past twelve years, the man serving as the prior general has been American Robert F. Prevost.  

FR. ROBERT F. PREVOST
Prior General, Order of St. Augustine
"The mendicant orders traditionally, at least during the past few centuries, have been strongly based on single provinces. And today, in order to respond within a globalized world, we've recognized that we have to work together on the international level. So we have international communities, we have structures that promote dialogue among the provinces that meet much more frequently, and have organized projects that are already underway.”

The Augustinians work in over 50 countries across the world, under the patronage of St. Augustine, a saint whose search for truth can shed light to modern society.

FR. ROBERT F. PREVOST
Prior General, Order of St. Augustine
"God is not someone or something that is far way, and Augustine, in his spirituality and in his struggles, in his reflections that we see for example in the Confessions, is able to open a window, if you will, and to lead others to come to discover how God is working in their lives.”

Pope Francis' election, the first Pope belonging to a religious order since the Nineteenth Century, has also inspired the members of the order.

FR. ROBERT F. PREVOST
Prior General, Order of St. Augustine
"We as Augustinians, again as a mendicant order, are called to live a simple life at the service of others, and in a special way to reach out to those who are poor in society today, which includes those who are monetarily poor, but there  are many other types of poverty in today's world. Pope Francis, I think, is quite bold in challenging all of us in saying, 'you too need to go out, to reach out, and to be close to others, and to bring that message of Jesus Christ to them.'”

The Pope sent them a message, showing his nearness to them, and assuring them that he will pray for a successful General Chapter. It will begin on August 28, the feast day for St. Augustine.


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