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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 in Brazil gives World Cup organizers 'red card'

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For the past few months, Brazilians have taken to the streets to show their dissatisfaction with organizers of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, taking place in their country.

Their list of complaints is long: from lacking infrastructure, including shortages of schools and hospital beds, to the misuse of public funds to build expensive new stadiums.

As protests and debate continue on the topic, the National Conference of Brazilian Bishops issued a "red card,” soccer's most severe penalty, to World Cup organizers. 

The "red card,” a one page flier distributed online and in Churches, lists eight failures from government and FIFA officials.

They include the removal of entire families from buildings demolished to make way for stadiums, destruction of the environment, and rejecting public input on construction works for the month-long tournament.

But, the flier also lists six elements to score the "victory goal” during the World Cup: guarantee housing for everyone, protection for workers, especially street vendors, combating human trafficking, and respect for the rights of fans and protestors.

The bishops' conference also expressed their commitment to supporting the homeless, so that they are not "removed from public spaces during the Cup, and then thrown back in the streets, like objects.” They also reiterated their participation in the international campaign to fight against sex trafficking. 


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