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Grand Ayatollah to Pope Francis: “Thank you for saying Islam is not equal to terrorism”

August 22, 2016. Grand Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi sent a letter to Pope Francis to thank him for his words on the flight back from Poland, a few weeks ago: "It is not right to say that Islam is a terrorist faith.” In his letter, the Shia religious leader has strongly condemned terrorist attacks from fundamentalist Islamic groups. He has also stated that "the vast majority of the Musilm people consider all Takfiri sects to be outside the fold of Islam.” Makarem Shirazi is one of the 64 Grand Ayatollahs in Shia Islam and, as such, one of the highest authorities in matters of Islamic dogma and law.
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Pope conveys “solidarity and spiritual closeness” for the victims of wildfire in Portugal

August 16, 2016. The fire has killed at least five people and caused hundreds to evacuate their homes. The Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin addressed a letter, on behalf of Pope Francis, to the bishop of Funchal, Antonio Carrilho. The letter was read during the celebration of Holy Mass for Our Lady of the Mount, Patroness of Funchal. In the letter, Pope Francis expressed his condolences and sorrow over the loss of life and property in the Portuguese island of Madeira, where wildfires have killed at least five people and caused hundreds to evacuate their homes. Pope Francis conveys "solidarity and spiritual closeness” for the victims and those displaced by the wildfires and prayed for the wounded and asked them to have "courage and consolation in Christian hope” for all involved.
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Pope sends condolences to North America in wake of Hurricane Earl

August 9, 2016. Pope Francis sent his prayers and condolences to the victims in the wake of Hurricane Earl through a message sent by the Vatican’s Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin. The hurricane killed at least 45 people in Mexico and 13 in the Dominican Republic and caused an estimated $50 million in damage.
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Pope sends his condolences following attack that killed 70 people at a hospital in Pakistan

August 9, 2016. The terrorist attack at Quetta Hospital killed dozens of lawyers and left 120 others injured.
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Pope Francis officially establishes the commission to study the diaconate of women

August 2, 2016. Six women and six men will study the diaconate of women "with regard to the first ages of the Church.”
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Federico Lombardi appointed new president of The Ratzinger Foundation

Aug. 1, 2016. Today Fr. Lombardi officially ceases to be director of the Vatican Press Office and becomes the president of The Ratzinger Foundation. Father Federico Lombardi will chair the board of the Vatican foundation established by Pope Benedict XVI in 2010. Until now it was run by president Monsignor Giuseppe Scotti. The Ratzinger Foundation promotes the study of theology, organizes cultural and scientific congresses and rewards the work of scholars and researchers in different fields.

One of the few people Pope Francis has expressed sincere and deep admiration for is Peter Faber, the first Jesuit priest in history.

In the interview with 'Civiltà Cattolica,' the Pope said he looked up to Faber because of

"...his careful interior discernment, the fact that he was a man capable of great and strong decisions but also capable of being so gentle and loving.” 

Jesuit Father Marc Lindeijer deals with canonization process of Jesuits. He says it's not a coincidence that Pope Francis highlighted those three features in Peter Faber.

FR. MARC LINDEIJER
Vice Postulator of Jesuit Sainthood Causes
"I think when the Pope uses these words to characterize Peter Faber, we can see what he is doing himself. What strikes people, everytime again, is his tenderness with people, his sweetness, embracing the disabled persons, kissing the ill, taking on the children of people...

Peter Faber was born in Villaret, France, in 1506. He shared a room with Ignatius of Loyola and Francis Xavier when all three studied at the University of Paris. Along with them, he is recognized as one of the founders of the Jesuit Order, and also as the first Jesuit priest in history. 

He is usually depicted surrounded by angels.

FR. MARC LINDEIJER
Vice Postulator of Jesuit Sainthood Causes
"Peter Faber, in his very short live, he only was 40 when he died, has done an enormous amount of traveling, always by foot, and while traveling he was conversing with the saints, with the angels, and everytime he passed a town, he would pray for that town invoking the guardian angel or the patron saint of that particular town.”

Nobody knows where his remains are. He was buried in the church of the Gesù, in Rome, but when the new church was built his body was lost. The documents for his canonization disappeared after the suppression of the Jesuits, in 1773. They were found 50 years after the Order was re-established. 

He has been canonized by Pope Francis with a so-called 'equivalent canonization,' as is usually done when Blesseds who lived many centuries ago already have a devout following. The main differences with a normal canonization is that, in this case, no miracles or ceremonies are needed to proclaim someone Saint. 


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