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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”.

Boat full of immigrants reaches Italian coast with 30 people killed by asphyxia

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When this ship reached Italian waters, it carried not only dreams and hope, but also death and tragedy. Nearly 600 immigrants packed the feeble boat. It's precarious shell hid a horrifying ordeal. As the ship made the trek across the Mediterranean, 30 people confined to a tiny space within the hull suffocated.

When the Italian Navy reached the boat, they transferred the surviving immigrants to a rescue boat, then to a Navy ship.

They had been drifting along the Strait of Sicily, which separates the Italian island from Tunisian coasts.

In the weekend alone, the Italian military rescued 5,000 immigrants, seeking refuge from war and poverty in Europe. So far this year, patrol crews have rescued some 60,000 people along the Mediterranean. 

Many more have died along the way. The greatest tragedy remains the 360 people that drowned this past October when their boat caught fire an capsized off the coast of Lampedusa. 

Pope Francis himself visited that island, in southern Italy, almost a year ago. He appealed for an end to these tragedies, and so that the world does not remain indifferent. He also honored all the men, women and children that lost their lives to the treacherous waters of the Mediterranean, in search of a better future. 


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