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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”.

Pietro Parolin, the Vatican's new Secretary of State will arrive to Rome on Saturday

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It has been over a month now, since the Pope held a welcoming ceremony for the Vatican's new Secretary of State

Ironically, Pietro Parolin wasn't able to attend his own welcoming party, since he was recuperating from an operation. His predecessor, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone said Parolin will be in Rome by next Saturday, November 16th. 

CARD. TARCISIO BERTONE 
Former Secretary of State 
"I want to take this moment to wish good luck to my successor, his Excellency Msgr. Pietro Parolin, who actually called me today. He asked me to greet you all on his behalf and he said he will be here in Rome on Saturday. So, soon, he will assume his new post.” 

As Secretary of State, Parolin will hold the number two post at the Vatican. At 58 years old, he has served in Vatican diplomacy for 27 years, working in countries like Nigeria, Mexico and most recently Venezuela

Under Pope Francis, Parolin's role will be slightly different from that of Bertone. The Pope's new advisory council, which includes eight cardinals, will take on some of the responsibilities that were traditionally assigned to the Secretary of State, most notably helping out with communication among the world's dioceses, episcopal conference and the Pope. 


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