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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”.

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.

Bergoglio's List: How Pope Francis helped victims escape Argentina's dictatorship


The election of Cardinal Bergoglio as Pope triggered a lot of rumors. They all pointed at the same episode in Bergoglios life: his alleged collaboration with Argentinas military dictatorship during the 70s and the 80s.  

"I wanted to research on this topic because it seemed interesting. In the beginning I thought 'Oh, my God, the Cardinals had it wrong, what have they done?' The night after the first day of research, the accusations stumbled. I told my newspaper that I wanted to keep working on this story, with all the risks it implied. After all, we could find evidence or strong accusations against Bergoglio.”

This book, titled after the movie "Schindler's List,” is the result of his six-month research. Nello Scavo found out that the accusations against the Pope were far away from the truth: In fact, he gathered evidence and met people that assured him that Pope Francis secretly saved them from Argentina's military repression.

"One of  first people Bergoglio saved is currently living in Rome and doesn't want to be identified. He was one of his doubles. They looked very much alike and Bergoglio, not knowing how to help him, dressed him up as a priest and gave him his own ID. He then crossed the border to Brazil. This is probably the first person Bergoglio helped out of instinct.”

The only person that knows all the details of what happened those years is the one most reluctant to help in the investigation: Pope Francis himself. He has never answered the attacks from the media, more so after he was chosen Pope.

"Some priests and bishops in 2006 and 2007, 30 years after the fall of the military government, discovered what Bergoglio had done and went to ask him why he had never talked about it. He's always preferred to remain silent. One of the reasons I believe is that Bergoglio, due to his psychology and Jesuit background, prefers not to feed any controversy from those years, that are already in the past and were painful. It is not his style to introduce himself as a kind of Superman that faced those dangers during those years because there are people that suffered more than him.”

Scavo's investigation is not finished yet. So far he's discovered that the Pope helped more than a hundred people escape the repression, and that his methods improved with time. But people saved by the Pope keep turning up and adding their experience to the history of what really happened back then.