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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”.

Chaldean patriarch pleads to Ban Ki-moon to help Iraqi Christian

2014-07-26

Chaldean Patriarch Louis Sako wrote to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon asking for help and protection from the United Nations.

The text, published online at Vatican Radio, thanked the Security Council for the resolution condemning the brutal repression by ISIS militants. 

In it, the Chaldean patriarch said Iraqi Christians "suffered a disproportionate share of hardship.” He also referred to the persecution of these ancient communities as ethnic cleansing.

However, Patriarch Sako said a resolution was not enough. He called on the UN to pressure the Iraqi government to protect all minorities, as well as to speed up distribution of "urgent” aid. He added that this process could up take more than a year, given the current situation.

His letter ends with a request to the UN to come up with ways to "protect and preserve our heritage, looted and burned by the militants.”

He published the letter alongside with a statement on behalf of all the Christian archbishops of Mosul of all denominations. In the statement, the prelates echoed the patriarch's call for greater protection from the government, and financial support. 

But the statement from Christian leaders in Mosul also called for compensation of damaged properties like churches and monasteries. They also called on Iraqis and the world to pressure militants to stop destroying places of worship, some of which date back centuries.


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