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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”.

Statistics show there are roughly 210,000 Catholic schools all over the world, even in countries where Catholics are a minority. But with secularization on the rise, what exactly makes a Catholic school, Catholic?

Congregation for Catholic Education 
"When a school is Catholic, students and teachers need to understand that Catholic values will be taught there. We respect other religions of course, but it's our right to transmit Christian values.”

As a prelate of the Congregation for Catholic Education, Cardinal Zenon said, having schools with a clear Catholic identity is a right that should be respected, despite secularization or cultural disagreements. This is one of the points addressed in a new document titled: Educating: Intercultural Dialogue in Catholic Schools. It highlights that having a religious identity is a strength that gives way to inter-religious dialogue.

Congregation for Catholic Education 
"The document shows how having this clear identity as a Catholic school, can be a great way to engage in inter-religious dialogue.”

He adds that dialogue does not mean compromise.

LUMSA University Professor
"There's the notion that says, 'I'll accept you, but only if you leave your identity aside. So in a way you're accepted by that culture, but only because of a 'conditional acceptance.' The loss here is huge. You're being asked to forget about your own identity.”

To keep the dialogue alive, the Congregation for Catholic Education is planning two forums in 2015: One at UNESCO offices in Paris and the other in Rome. The goal will be to look into the role Catholic schools can play in enforcing Christian beliefs and in welcoming inter-religious dialogue.