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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”.

President of Honduras meets with Pope. Statue of country's Patroness unveiled


Pope Francis welcomed the president of Honduras, Porfirio Lobo to the Vatican. During their brief meeting they talked about their collaboration in areas like health care, education, the defense of life and the family. Both state leaders also talked about the problem of organized crime.   

The president was accompanied by his delegation and his family. The atmosphere was very relaxed and even the president's son asked the Pope for his blessing.

As a gift, the president gave the Pope an image of Our Lady of Suyapa, who is also the patroness of the country. In fact, hours before their meeting a permanent statue of the Honduran patroness was unveiled in the Vatican Gardens. The statue is a replica of an original housed in the country's capital. 

"Thank you for your gift of Our Lady of Suyapa.” 

The Pope gave the president a copy of the document of Aparecida, which he personally worked on as the Archbishop of Buenos Aires. 

'….The Aparecida document is key for any politician. You don't have to read it all, start off with the index.' 

So now the Vatican Gardens house two Latin American sculptures of Our Lady. The first, Our Lady of Guadalupe, from Mexico. Now, Our Lady of Suyapa, the patroness of Honduras.