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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 names Pietro Parolin as Vatican's new Secretary of State


Pope Francis took another important step in his overhaul of the Vatican power structure. He named Pietro Parolin as the Secretary of State, his most important appointment to date in his four month pontificate.  

Just days after his election, the Pope provisionally ratified all appointments to the Roman Curia, including 78-year-old Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone as the Secretary of State. Benedict XVI extended the cardinal's mandate on two occasions, and during the Sede Vacante period, Bertone presided over the Vatican's papal transition as Camerlengo.

With this new appointment, the Pope has chosen the person who will become his right-hand man in the challenging task of reforming the Curia and the Catholic Church. 

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