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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 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”.

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.

Pope Francis' personality helping improve communication within Church


He has been on the job for six months, but Pope Francis has become a media sensation. His messages and acts are widely publicized. One look at his Twitter accounts will show nearly nine million followers.   

Secretary, Pontifical Council for Social Communications 
"We're very pleased that in Twitter Pope Francis has a very significant following. Even more pleasing for us is that the people who follow Pope Francis take his words and share them with others. So there's a very high and significant rise of re-tweeting his messages. Which means: the simple messages of the Pope, of love, of care, of concern, he is sharing with his followers are in turn brought into a wider public because they're able to share them.” 

Since Francis took on the reins of the Church, interest in the Vatican's activities has gone up. This means that the people in charge of communications within the Vatican have their work cut out for them. 

Secretary, Pontifical Council for Social Communications 
"It's much more to understand that communication today happens in a network way. It's interactive, it's participative. People share, people follow, people like or don't like. And the challenge for the Church is: what does it mean for the Church to begin thinking in our communications in the context of the network?” 

The Plenary Assembly for the Pontifical Council for Social Communications is currently underway. Participants from around the world will debate, analyze and exchange their thoughts on the world of communications. On Saturday, the Pope will welcome them inside the Vatican.