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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”.
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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”.

UN committee calls on Vatican to take clearer steps against sex abuse, to change Catholic doctrine

2014-02-05

The U.N. Committee for the Protection of the Child issued its conclusions to the Vatican report tackling sex abuse cases. The report asks the Holy See to take a tougher stance and clearer steps on the issue. But the commission undermined its efforts by asking the Vatican to reverse its teachings on abortion or homosexuality; something not likely to happen.

Another sore point is the committee's listed concern that, despite its influence within Catholic families, the Holy See has not adopted any global measures to prevent violence within families.

On the topic of sexual abuse, the U.N.-sanctioned committee cited many of the cases already made public, which lead John Paul II and Benedict XVI to strengthen efforts to protect minors.

In response, the Holy See issued a statement noting that they will review the report, but "regret to see in some points of the Concluding Observations an attempt to interfere with Catholic Church teaching on the dignity of the human person and in the exercise of religious freedom.”

On the plus side, the committee welcomed the decision by Pope Francis to create a special commission to deal with sexual abuse cases at the hands of clergy, to work with local authorities to prosecute offenders, and to help victims.


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