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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”.

Boko Haram kidnaps 60 more women and girls in Nigeria

2014-06-24

Notorious terrorist group Boko Haram kidnapped another 60 young women and girls from a small town in northern Nigeria. During their latest assault, reports indicate they may have also kidnapped 30 young men and killed others.

The extremist group, linked to Al-Qaeda, mainly operates in the African country's northern region. It aims to impose an Islamic state.

On April 14, its members kidnapped about 270 girls from a largely Christian school. A video, released a few weeks later, showed the girls in headscarves. The group demands a prison exchange in order to set them free.

Boko Haram's leader, Abubakar Sheku, appears in the video claiming the girls converted to Islam. Several of the girls escaped and told horrifying stories of their ordeal.

The extremist group also threatened to sell the girls. It's believed some may have already been trafficked in the border areas with Chad and Cameroon.

The Vatican appealed for the girls' release, while the Pope did so through Twitter. Nigerian bishops have criticized authorities for being too passive in allowing the girls to be kidnapped, without leaving a trace.


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