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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”.

Vatican launches team effort to help Syrian child refugees


For millions of Syrian refugees, leaving their war torn country is just the first of many challenges. Two years into the Syrian war, now thousands of refugees are dealing with a new set of problems.

Bambino Gesu Pediatric Hospital 
"So they are living in tents without bathroom, without water and without anything.”

Thousands have made it to Lebanon, but with improvised housing and  lack of sanitation,  come serious health concerns, especially for children. 

That's where the 'Healthcare Mission for Syrian Child Refugees in Lebanon' comes in. It's a program where the Vatican's 'Cor Unum' is teaming up with Caritas in Lebanon and with Italy's Bambino Gesu Pediatric Hospital. 

Caritas Lebanon, President
"It's a medical program that will help children as much as possible to become 'disease free'”

Even though each one of these groups had been helping out Syrian refugees in Lebanon, now they will work together to give medical attention to as many kids as possible. It's estimated that about 2 million Syrian refugees have left their country and settled in elsewhere, mostly in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey.  About 52% are children or teens younger than 17 and intestinal and pulmonary infections are on the rise. 

Bambino Gesu Pediatric Hospital 
"Those infections are very common, but when they are not treated and when they are living in poor hygiene conditions like they are, they could also be fatal.”

But health isn't the only issue on the list. With a  high unemployment rate in Lebanon, the program will also try to help families make ends meet. 

Caritas Lebanon, President
"Almost 35 percent of the Lebanese have become poor, 15 % are below poverty level”

The program is scheduled to begin in December for an initial period of three months...an early Christmas gift, for those who need it most.