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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 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”.
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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.

Why does the Bible describe cities as women and mothers?

2014-05-16

For almost everyone a city is just the place where one lives and works. But for centuries, poets have described cities as mothers who look after their children and even weep for them.

As an expert on the Old Testament, Nuria Calduch-Benages explains when this trend started and how it influenced the prophets of the Bible.  She says that describing the city as a mother is not as abstract as it seems.

NURIA CALDUCH-BENAGES
Pontifical Gregorian University 
"A careful reading of these biblical texts can maybe help us understand this relationship. At the very least maybe it can help us foster a relationship between our way of life and the cities we live in.” 


A Biblical example of a so called 'mother city' is Jerusalem. It's a pilgrimage and worshiping site for the three monotheist religions of the world. That's part of what makes the Pope's trip to the Holy Land so important. 

NURIA CALDUCH-BENAGES
Pontifical Gregorian University 
"In the Holy Land we find a Biblical connection everywhere. For us Christians and for people of faith, this is very moving. It's our Mother Land. Speaking in terms of faith, it's our land. It's everyone's Land.”


Throughout the month of May, a number of talks on the Bible, will take place just steps away from the Vatican. Titled 'The Bible to the World,' it's sponsored by the Green Scholar Initiative and it's meat to trigger an understanding about the roots of the Bible and its modern day relevance.


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