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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”.
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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”.

Vatican releases public questionnaire to prepare for Synod on families

2013-11-06

The first Synod Pope Francis convened will deal with the topic of families, and is divided in two phases. On October 2014, the presidents of the episcopal conferences will meet to discuss the issue. A year later, in 2015, bishops and experts from across the world will travel to Rome to hash out the pastoral details.


To center on the discussion topics, the Vatican sent all of the bishops' conferences a questionnaire with 39 points. These include: the knowledge of Church Doctrine among Catholics, the percentage of unmarried couples living together, addressing the spiritual needs of divorced couples and gays, and how to best foster a culture of life. In addition, there is one open-ended questions dealing with "other challenges and proposals.

ARCH. LORENZO BALDISSERI
General Secretary of the Synod 
"It's not about bishops weighing in on what they personally think. Rather, it's a collection of information. In terms of practicality it's not an individual poll of every catholic. Instead a parish priest will pass on their local information based on the reality of that parish and its parishioners."

Each episcopal conference can decide how to collect the answers. Some, like the group from England and Wales, has the process set up online. But in any case, all answers must find their way back to Rome before January.



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