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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”.

Card. Rodriguez Maradiaga: Member and coordinator of the Pope's 'G8' Commission


Honduran Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga will oversee the commission of eight Cardinals that will advise the Pope on reforming the Curia and the governance of the Church.  The Honduran prelate has years of experience, especially when it comes to governance. John Paul II made him Cardinal in 2001, which is the same day Bergoglio was made a Cardinal. 

He worked with the Pope hand in hand many times throughout Latin America. They would see each other during the conferences for the Latin American bishops, and they worked closely when they drafted the so called Aparecida Document in 2007. The Pope continues using this text now. He often gives a copy to each Latin American leader he meets with in Rome.

The task of Cardinal Rodriguez Maradiaga will be to coordinate the group's work, which will revolve around the concerns cardinals raised during the private meetings they held just days before the conclave. It was during those 'general congregation' meetings that the idea to have a reform commission was first raised. 

Pope Francis himself has acknowledged that it was during those general congregation meetings, that cardinals asked for a commission to reform the Roman Curia and the governance of the Church.