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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”.

Kidnapping victim still missing, after being abducted in Afghanistan


It seemed like an average day....on Monday June 2nd, Alexis Prem Kumar visited an Afghan village. He was getting ready to leave, when things took a wrong turn.  

Jesuit Refugee Service
"We think it was the early afternoon when a group of armed men arrived and they took him away in a car.”
James Stapleton works for the Jesuit Refugee Service. He says, 47 year old Prem Kumar, who serves as Afghanistan's program director, was kidnapped in one of the schools they help out, near the city of Herat. 

Jesuit Refugee Service
"We are in, as you can imagine, dangerous places all around the world. We are working with people who are fleeing violence and often that violence follows people.”

Prem Kumar is from India. He moved to Afghanistan four years ago. Together with his team, he promoted education and health care programs in the cities of Kabul, Bamiyan and Herat, that helped over 7,000 Afghans last year alone

Jesuit Refugee Service
"He’s an extremely dynamic, modest individual. We are all hoping that he will come back safe.”

Afghanistan's Interior Ministry reported it arrested three Taliban members, who allegedly have a connection to the case. But the Jesuit Refugee Service says it hasn't had any contact with Prem Kumar since his kidnapping. 

Jesuit Refugee Service
"The most important thing for us at the moment is Prem Kumar. That he comes home safe and sound. That none of the staff are on the ground or the refugees that we serve are at any risk whatsoever.”

To try and make that happen, they're in contact with local authorities and communities out on the ground as they wait for better news...