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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 in April the successor of the Grand Master

February 15, 2017. On 29 April 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”.

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.

Vatican official: other topics for the Synod on the family


More than six months out from the upcoming Synod on the family, there are many topics on the table. The one that's picked up the most attention is communion for divorced and remarried Catholics. But the sub-secretary for the Pontifical Council for the Family, Msgr. Carlos Simón, said that there are also other, more pressing matters.

Sub-secretary, Pontifical Council for the Family
"It's an important issue, an issue that needs a solution. But, evidently, the pastoral challenges for families in today's context go beyond that, or they're very different from the issue of divorced and remarried Catholics.”

Pope Francis chose the family as the topic for his first-ever Synod as Pope. He wants the Church to come up with solutions to the "throw-away culture,” which values competition and utility but leaves no space for the weakest members of society.  

Sub-secretary, Pontifical Council for the Family
"Family elders, sickness within the family, disabilities, or issues like euthanasia. These are all issues that, like the Pope says, deal with a 'throw-away culture.' These are all things that families have to be aware of, because within the family is where people find value, for who they are and not for what they have or can contribute.”

Msgr. Simón pointed out that the Church is not the only who should take on these issues. The family, he added, are a patrimony of humanity.

Sub-secretary, Pontifical Council for the Family
"John Paul II had said: From the state of the family depends the state of society and the state of the Church. On the other hand, the Church is called upon to self-examine how to make the family an element responsible for the New Evangelization.”

While the debate has just begun, it's expected to draw out several years. The bishops taking part will reflect on the information sent by bishops' conferences from all around the world. 

The Vatican issued them a survey on a range of topics. That list includes knowledge of Church teaching and doctrine, pastoral approaches to divorced Catholics, to homosexuals, and what initiatives have been successful to develop stronger pastoral action.