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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”.

Pope phones Abbas and Peres, calls for greater commitment to cease-fire

2014-07-18

40 days ago, Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas prayed for peace, along with the Pope at the Vatican. Since then, stalled peace talks deteriorated further into another bloody conflict, which has claimed the lives of at least 240 people, largely Palestinians. 

As Israel launched a ground offensive at the Gaza Strip against Hamas militants, Pope Francis called both Peres and Abbas by phone. According to a Vatican statement, the Pope expressed his concern for ongoing hostilities, and the suffering of innocent victims.

The Pope asked both leaders to continue praying for peace. But, he also invoked greater commitment from "interested parties and those who hold political office,” to reach a cease-fire.

Despite his direct appeal, it's unclear what effect his phone call will have on the ground. Peres holds a largely ceremonial post, and steps down as president on July 27. Meanwhile, Abbas and his Fatah party have been sidelined in the conflict, with rivals Hamas calling the shots in Gaza, and declining an Egyptian-backed truce. 

Amid the Israeli offensive, Pope Francis also reached out to the priest of the Sacred Family parish, Gaza's lone Catholic church. According to the Fides news agency, several families, including children and the elderly have taken refuge inside. 

In his message to Argentine parish priest Fr. Jorge Hernandez, the Pope expressed his closeness "to you, to the sisters, and to all the Catholic community.” He added that he's praying for them, and invoked Our Lady for protection.


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