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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”.

Robert Schuman, a European politician that could soon be declared a saint


Even though nowadays,  it seems like religion and politics don't mix, late Robert Schuman was able to successfully balance these two out.  It will soon be 50 years since the Luxembourg politician, known as one of the "European founding fathers” passed away. He pushed for reconciliation and solidarity after World War II, bringinning that message to life. 

PPE Honorary President, Council of Europe
"His figure gives support to everyone who politically speaking supports Christian values, and also European values in this challenging time. But above all, to all those that want to show that Christianity can have a presence in public life.”

Schumann directly suffered the consequences of both World Wars. This experience taught him that avoiding similar conflicts in the future, was essential.  He joined three other politicians, Frenchman Jean Monnet, German Konrad Adenauer and Italian Alcide De Gasperi. Together they founded the European Coal and Steel Community, which would later become the European Union.
Schumann wanted former enemies in Europe to develop stronger ties and common interests, so that the possibility of war could disappear for good.

Even as he promoted peace in a continent ravaged by war, he remained a deeply devout Christian. In 2006, he was declared a "Servant of God,” and his beatification process is still ongoing.

PPE Honorary President, Council of Europe
"They have been working on this for more than 10 years. We hope that the canonization process will end soon. This year could be the year it comes to an end. Along with Schuman, there's another wonderful person of that same time period who  brought peace and growth to the Europe we've come to know. His name is De Gasperi, who's also undergoing the process for canonization.”

Their lives show that politics and holiness are compatible. Schuman and De Gasperi made sure they not only lived out the Gospel as good Christians, but they also made it a point to bring honesty and dignity to a profession that's often tainted by scandal and power.

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