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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”.

Saturday marks the Church's World Day of Prayer for the Church in China

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Saturday, May 24th, is the feast day of Mary, Help of Christians. She's also the namesake for the Marian shrine at Sheshan, Shanghai.

It's the only basilica in China. The Communist government confiscated the shrine in the 1950's. In 1981, it handed over control to the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association, the bishops' body officially recognized by the government, and independent from Rome.

In 2007, Benedict XVI established this day as the World Day for Prayer for the Church in China. In a letter to the country's bishops, he urged them to renovate their communion of faith in Jesus, and their obedience to the Pope. He also asked that the unity among them be stronger and more visible than ever.

On Wednesday's General Audience, Pope Francis asked for prayers for this day. 

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"I ask all Catholics to pray so that, under the protection of Mary, Help of Christians, Catholics in China continue believing, hoping and loving, and so that they may always be the leaven of peaceful coexistence between their fellow countrymen.”

Despite the hardships and challenges, an estimated 67 million Christians live in China, but the number is on the rise.


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