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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.

'I lived with a Saint': John Paul II's personal secretary, releases book on Polish Pope


The world remembers John Paul II as 'the great Pope,' a gifted communicator and powerful evangelizer. He traveled the world meeting millions along the way, but it was a small group of collaborators who worked with him day in and day out. When it comes to John Paul II's spirituality, his former collaborators shared details that up until now, where unknown to most people. 

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"Every morning he would look at an Atlantis map and choose a country. For that entire day, he would pray for that nation and its people. He  called it the 'geography of prayer.'"

Msgr. Ptasznik was only 33 when he started working for John Paul II, but perhaps the person who knew him best was Cardinal Stanislao Dziwisz. He was Karol Wojtyla's personal secretary for almost 40 years.  His latest book which translates to 'I lived with a Saint,' describes John Paul II not only as a Pope, but above all else as a person. Gian Franco Svidercoschi, wrote the book based on the accounts of Dziwisz.  

'Ho Vissuto con un Santo,' Author
"What strikes me the most is John Paul II's daily sainthood, meaning he lived his holiness every day, under normal circumstances."

Another key point of John Paul II's life and spirituality, both in the good times and the bad, were the Sacraments. 

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"He celebrated Mass every day and even when he was hospitalized and couldn't do it himself, he would ask someone to celebrate Mass with him. The Eucharist was a central part of his life and it's also important to note that he would also go to Confession, at least once every two weeks."

"Karol Wojtyla was able to transmit hope to others, and he was able to move people who weren't believers, including those who had distanced themselves any type of religious entity."

In light of John Paul II canonization on April 27th, the book attempts to give a human and private perspective of John Paul II, including how he managed to affect the Catholic Church and in essence, the world. 

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