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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”.
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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.

What's next for the Church in Latin America?

2014-03-19

More than 40 percent of the world's Catholics live in Latin America. In fact the country with the most Catholics is Brazil, followed by Mexico. The election of Pope Francis has re-energized the Church at home and abroad. 

GUZMAN CARRIQUIRY 
Pontifical Commission for Latin America 
"There's definitely an overwhelming attraction and it also includes passive Christians. It goes well beyond the walls of the Church.” 

But now the question is what's in store for the future of the Church in the Americas? The Vatican's Pontifical Commission for Latin America discussed some of the highlights and challenges.

GUZMAN CARRIQUIRY 
Pontifical Commission for Latin America 
"Over the years we've seen a spiritual migration of Catholics who are turning to evangelical and neo-pentecostal denominations, and in some cases even cults.” 

Guzman Carriquiry says, religious illiteracy and  a growing hostility against the Church have helped triggered this phenomenon.  This is why Pope Francis is highlighting the need for a missionary Church, that goes beyond its comfort zone to evangelize and one that leaves clericalism behind. 

Cardinal Marc Ouellet, says the Pope is getting that message out loud and clear. 

CARD. MARC OUELLET
Prefect for the Congregation of Bishops 
"Pope Francis doesn't have a communication strategyhe is the strategy.” 

GUZMAN CARRIQUIRY 
Pontifical Commission for Latin America 
"The Holy Father's election was unexpected and his pontificate is unpredictable.” 

In his first year as Pontiff, the Pope met with 13 Heads of State from the Americas. Even though it's still unclear if his pontificate will strengthen Catholicism in that part of the world, one thing is crystal clearthe Pope definitely has the attention of his native continent. 


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