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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”.

Church of the Holy Sepulcher: the chosen site for the Pope's ecumenical gathering

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The Church of the Holy Sepulcher is the chosen location for the ecumenical meeting on Sunday between Pope Francis and Bartholomew.

The basilica sits atop the historical sites of the Crucifixion, and Christ's tomb. The building's architecture is very complex, influenced greatly by the Crusaders, which conquered Jerusalem in 1099.

Nowadays, the property is divided among several Christian groups, including Syriac, Armenian, Coptic, Ethiopian and Greek Orthodox, as well as Roman Catholics. Each community avidly watches over their space.

For all Christians, the site is loaded with meaning, especially as the site of the Resurrection of Christ. The remains of his tomb are enclosed within a small structure under the main dome.

The building also contains the stone that covered the entrance to the burial, and the Stone of the Anointing. According to tradition, Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus used the Stone to prepare Christ's body for burial.

The basilica was front and center during the visit of all three Pope's to the Holy Land. It'll also play a key role during Pope Francis' upcoming visit. 


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