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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 in April the successor of the Grand Master

February 15, 2017. On 29 April 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 Order of the Holy Sepulchre will modernize its statutes

2013-09-10

One of the first crusaders, Godfrey of Bouillon, founded the Order of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem more than 900 hundred years ago to protect the Holy places. When its knights were expelled, they dedicated themselves to rescue captive Christians in Muslims countries. Today the Order  stands as one of the most modern institutions thathelps Christians in the Holy Land and its changing its statutes to serve even more people.

CARD. EDWIN F. O'BRIEN
Grand Master, Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem
"We have described the responsabilities of the Order, the concerns of the Order. And that is to help the people in the Holy Land. And that is our hope, that whatever we do will contribute to the peace in that part of the world”.

The Order provides economic support
to the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem. It also grants microcredits, scholarships and medical aid to improve the living standards of Christians to  avoid having them leave.

ARCH. ANTONIO FRANCO
Former Nuncio to Israel and Palestine

"All inhabitants, Christians too, suffer the lack of security, the absence of freedom of movement, the economic trouble, the typical difficulties of a situation where fear reigns and there is no peace. In such an unpredictable situation, most choose to emigrate.”


AGOSTINO BORROMEO
Governor General, Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem

"Among other things, the Order pays for all the institutional bills of the Latin Patriarch. Also the salaries of its staff and office equipment.  What's more, it finances the parish schools of its territory, Cyprus, Israel, the Palestine Territories and Jordan. Most of the students cannot afford them. We take care of the costs.”

The new statute's main goal is to extend this support to Iraq, Syria and Turkey. Also, to improve the relationships with the local churches and give impulse to the spiritual life of the members of the Order.

Nowadays, there are 23.000 knights and dames of the Holy Sepulchre. They are volunteers and must pay an anual amount to help the Holy Land. Three thousand of them will travel to Rome to celebrate the Year of Faith and meet Pope Francis.


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