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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”.

With a row of Swiss Guards and cameras flickering away, Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh arrived to the Vatican.

Secretary of State

"Your majesty welcome”

The Queen was about 20 minutes late, but as a true English woman, she was quite conscious of time.




 "I'm sorry to have kept you waiting. We were having lunch with the president.”


The meeting lasted about 20 minutes. It marks the first gathering between Pope Francis and Queen Elizabeth. First, she introduced her staff...



"This is my private secretary. From Australia.”



And then gifts were exchanged. The Queen and Duke gave the Pope a basket full of fine wine, juice, jams and honey. All of which, came from their royal estates within their kingdom.



The Pope gave her Majesty a decree issued by Pope Innocent XI. It dates back to 1679, declaring Edward the Confessor, who was an English King, as a Saint of the Catholic Church.



 "It's an actual replica of the original.”

The Pope also had a gift ready for her 8-month old great grandson. It's a blue crystal sphere, with a silver cross of Edward the Confessor. At the base, it reads: To His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge.



"We have the same name”

Prince Phillip received three papal medals, gold, silver and bronze.




"It's the only gold medal I've ever won.”


Once their meeting came to a close, as usual, the Pope asked the Queen for one special request.




"It's been a great pleasure”


"Pray for me, don't forget.”


"I won't forget”

up: KLH