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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.

Forty one existing laws in Europe discriminate against Christians


Even with a majority Christian population, there are still laws in Europe that discriminate against them. That's the conclusion from several experts and ambassadors to the Holy See.

Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)
"Now we see the ongoing and  growing phenomenon of discrimination against Christians.”

Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians
"We don't use the term persecution. We call it discrimination, if it's about legal restrictions affecting Christians.”

In its last report, the Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians tallied 41 discriminatory laws among 15 European countries. It also counted 169 cases of intolerance against Christians in the wider European Union.

The report cites as an example the lack of legal protections for pharmacists that refuse to sell contraceptives. Or also, public employees that consciously object to registering same-sex weddings.

Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)
"Seventy six percent of Europeans consider themselves Christians. It means that we should try, just to convert this phenomenon.”

Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians
"Christians should not think that only the bishops have the role to defend moral and natural law in the public debate. Every Christian can contribute.”

To correct the issue, experts said there needs to be a change in attitude. Christians need to lose their fear of standing up for what they believe in, they added, using all lawful means at their disposal. But these experts also urged people to be more open to dialogue. According to them, Christian beliefs must not be imposed on others, but rather passed on and developed.