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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.

John Paul II considered resigning

2014-04-26

Stanislaw Grygiel was a long time friend and collaborator of John Paul II. From the many opportunities they had to talk, one conversation in particular stands out. He said that when his illness started to affect him, John Paul II considered resigning. 

STANISLAW GRYGIEL
Friend and collaborator of John Paul II
"Yes, he thought about it. One time my whole family went to have dinner with him, he was 75 years old at the time, he told me: ‘Yes, I see that my pontificate, in terms of my physical strength, has been a bit down’. I basically told him ‘No Father, maybe now your teachings will have a richer, more profound, stronger effect.’ And he told me ‘No, you know what I mean.’ And so it was.” 

Grygiel’s daughter wrote a touching letter to Pope John Paul II asking him not to resign, and this served as a great source of strength for the Pope to continue leading the Church. 

The other great protagonist of the canonization is John XXIII. His great nephew, Marco Roncalli, recounts how his uncle prepared to convene the Second Vatican Council. 

MARCO RONCALLI
Great nephew of John XXIII
"He did a very important thing, he called all of the bishops from around the world together. He empowered them.” FLASH "He made a point to have them get to know each other, to look each other in their eyes, to know the stories of those who had come from far away. He asked them to be true protagonists.” 

The personal testimonies shared by the friends and family of the two former popes illustrate the great character of John XXIII and John Paul II that many people have come to know and love. 


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