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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”.

European Commission vetoes popular, pro-life initiative 'One of Us'

2014-05-29

Advocates behind the pro-life initiative titled 'One of Us' expressed their disappointment at the European Commission's veto of the legislative proposal, which would have outlawed EU funding for embryonic stem cell research.

Its supporters called it an "unjustified veto” that goes against the democratic principles of the European Citizen's Initiative. It allows citizens of EU member countries to draft proposed laws and, if they collect over one million signatures, submit them to the European Commission for consideration. 

One of Us, which had vocal support from Pope Francis and the Catholic Church, gathered a total of two million signatures, from voters in all of the European Union countries. 

However, the Commission vetoed the initiative saying that research involving embryonic stem cells is well-regulated, and used as a last resort. It added that this research can offer life-saving treatments. 

The EU disclosed that from 2007-2013 it funded 27 research projects involving embryonic stem cells, worth 156.7 million euros.

The committee behind the One of Us initiative said they will appeal the Commission's decision to the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg.


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