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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”.
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Pope Francis advances eight new causes of sainthood

January 23, 2017. On January 20, Pope Francis met with Cardinal Angelo Amato, the prefect for the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to announce the publication of decrees for the advancement of eight causes of sainthood.

World Cup for Peace? Vatican launches social media campaign in light of the big match

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Millions of people will be tuning in to see the World Cup final this Sunday, when Argentina faces off against Germany.  In light of the big day, the Vatican is launching a campaign for peace. It hopes a few moments will be set aside,  to remember those who live in war-torn countries. 

The Pontifical Council for Culture is taking to social media to promote the campaign titled
# PAUSEforPeace, as a way to remind everyone about those who face unrest and bloodshed in their countries. 

It's no secret that Pope Francis is a big soccer fan. Most recently the Vatican launched new ways to promote dialogue through sports. In fact, in September an inter-religious soccer match, backed by the Vatican is scheduled. 
 
With the rising power of social media, the Vatican is hoping that this small, but symbolic gesture, will make a difference and at the very least promote a healthy discussion. 


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