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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”.

Pope's trip to Israel: What's expected?


There's a lot of expectations riding on the Pope's visit to the Holy Land. He will go to Jordan, Palestine and Israel in a busy three day pilgrimage, from Saturday May 24th to Monday 26th.  It won't be political visit, but could have political ramifications. 

A day after meeting with the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, the Pope will visit the Wailing Wall. 

Israel's Ambassador to the Holy See
"The Western Wall, the Wailing Wall is the only remnant of the Jewish Temple. This is the root of our history, this is the holiest site in Judaism.”

Ambassador Zion Evrony is Israel's Ambassador to the Holy See. He says, that despite the attention of recent anti-Christian graffiti on Holy Sites in Jerusalem, the incidents, he says are isolated and the country is looking forward to the Pope's visit. 

Israel's Ambassador to the Holy See.
"In many parts of the Middle East the Christian community is under attack, not in Israel. In Israel they enjoy full freedom and equal rights.” 

But American Cardinal Edwin O'Brien, says the situation is much more complicated than that, especially for those living along the West Bank, where Israeli settlements have fueled tensions between Israel and Palestine.  

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"Some can’t even visit their families. Some will take almost a full day to get approval to go beyond the wall to get to their farms and so forth."

There are roughly 160,000 Christians living in Israel. Over the years, many have opted to flee from direct or indirect persecution in the Middle East, making Christians an even smaller minority.

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"Because it means so much to the Christian world that we do have a presence there that the institutions and the buildings don’t become museum pieces.” 

Even as the Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Pope Francis had a long history of inter-religiuos dialogue. Now, millions hope that his visit will renew peace talks and at the very least, ease tensions on both a political and religious level. 

Israel's Ambassador to the Holy See.
"Religious spiritual leaders can sometimes help ease tensions between two sides of a conflict. I’m sure that when he comes to Israel, his message of peace will have an impact.”