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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 addresses situation of migrants and refugees in open message


Pope Francis has released his first message for World Day of Migrants and Refugees. The theme is Towards a Better World, which attempts to send a very clear message of how Christians should deal with the issue of migration and integration. 

Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants
"This message encourages us all to find solutions to this problem. To live out our difference with respect. Of giving and receiving refuge and hospitality, all under the umbrella of human dignity.” 

In his message, the Pope talks about so called 'slave work' which nowadays has become acceptable in areas like agriculture, underground sweat shops and prostitution. He encourages people to have hope. When it comes to finding solutions, the Vatican tries to look at the issue at both the local and international level. 

Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants
"We talk to local parishes, commissions and Episcopal conferences to discuss what should be done and how we can intervene and help. How to provide help.” 

The Pope's message also highlights Benedict XVI's 2009 encyclical, 'Caritas in Veritate,' where political collaboration between an immigrant's native country and his host country is strongly encouraged. 

Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants
"Yes there's a crisis in Syria, but we can't forget Africa, or certain Asian countries. We can't forget the massive immigration flux from South and Central America to the U.S and North America.” 

Even though the Pope's message was released in September, World Day of Migrants is still a few months away. The date will be celebrated on January 19th, 2014. The Pontifical Council on Migration decided to release the message earlier, so that other dioceses and episcopal conferences around the world can plan accordingly.