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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”.

When a priest needs help, where does he go?


Priests often help those who feel depressed, alone or discouraged. But what happens when it's the priest who needs help? That's where the St. Luke Institute comes in. 

St. Luke Institute, President
"There is not a place around the United States and in many foreign countries where I don't bump into someone who says, I went to St. Luke Institute and it saved my life.”

Fr. Stephen Rossetti is psychologist. He's also the president and CEO of St. Luke Institute. It's a center that helps troubled priests and religious who deal with all types of addictions, including physiological, spiritual or physical problems. 

St. Luke Institute, President 
"They come with a variety of issues, alcoholism, depression, anxiety all those kind of issues and most of them do get better and go back.” 

Roughly 80 percent of priests and religious get back on their feet and do well in their ministries. The program is based on a regular treatment program that's about 6 months long.

St. Luke Institute, President 
"It's a regular therapeutic program, good psychology, good spirituality and we have a strong physical program too.” 

The headquarters of the St. Luke Institute is in Silver Spring Maryland, just outside of Washington D.C, there's another center in Louisville Kentucky, one in Baltimore and another in St. Louis. Internationally there's also an institute in Manchester, England and South Africa. 

As a whole, he says the majority of priests are happy. But just like any vocation, it has its ups and downs. 

St. Luke Institute, President 
"Now that doesn't mean priests don't have problems, of course we have our share, but the notion that priests are uniquely dysfunctional is just not true.” 

Fr. Rossetti says that helping out his fellow priests and religious, at a time when they need it most, has been one of the most rewarding experiences in his 30 years of priesthood.