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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”.

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.

Jordan's King Abdallah II and Queen Rania discuss need for dialogue in Syria with Pope


Seemingly caught in the midst of the current Middle East crisis, Jordans King Abdullah II and his wife, Queen Rania, met with Pope Francis for a brief audience at the Vatican. The audience lasted about 20 minutes. Both leaders spoke about how to achieve peace and stability in the Middle East, but especially in Syria.   

They also addressed other matters, like the peace negotiations between Israel and Palestine, as well as the status of Jerusalem. 

Pope Francis and the Jordanian monarchs agreed that dialogue between all the factions of Syrian society, and with the support of the international community, is the only way to put an end to the violence. 

The audience was very cordial, and the Pope used the time to thank King Abdullah for his commitment to fostering inter-religious dialogue. The Jordanian king called a conference in September at his capital, Amman, about the challenges Christians face in the Middle East. 

Queen Rania attended the audience wearing a white veil, a privilege usually reserved for Catholic royals. 

This was the first meeting between the Jordanian monarchs and Pope Francis. Before then, in 2009, King Abdullah II and Queen Rania had welcomed Benedict XVI in Amman, during the Pope emeritus' apostolic trip to the Holy Land.