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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.

Pope writes letter to Venezuelan government and opposition

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Clashes between protesters and security forces killed 41 people in the streets of Venezuela. Now, for the first time since the protests began, government and opposition sat down for talks.

Pope Francis sent a message asking them to embrace mutual respect, patience and the courage to achieve peace. He called on them to overcome their differences with "the heroism of forgiveness,” and urges them be courageous "for the sake of their people and the future of their children.”

In a separate letter, the Vatican Secretary of State Pietro Parolin said he's hopeful peace will come soon. The former apostolic nuncio to Venezuela wrote that "my heart is still with you,” and added that the peace process is "a good opportunity that cannot be wasted.” 

Cardinal Parolin also renewed his willingness to mediate between both sides.



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