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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

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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”.

For displaced Iraqis it's a matter of survival

2014-08-09

From one day to the next, these Iraqis lost everything. They were forced to flee their homes, when Islamic extremists seized control of their towns. With no where to go, thousands have fled to the mountains, but there things aren't easier. 

ABU SHAKER
Displaced Iraqi
"Sinjar mountain has no water, no electricity no roads, no bread, not even a single tree. There's nothing in it, nothing for humans to eat.” 

Christians are a minority and they are being targeted. Tens of thousands have left everything behind, hoping for survival. 

The international community is starting to take notice. Pope Francis urged governments to respond to the crisis and help the displaced. The UN has responded and the  U.S government began airlifting humanitarian aid in northern Iraq.  Refugees say it's literally a matter of life and death. 

ABU SHAKER
Displaced Iraqi
"We want the government, civil society, the United Nations, Americans, humanity, NGO's to just save these people from the danger zone. FLASH 01 48 We want one of the two options, they get water and food to those trapped or get them out, otherwise it will be a disaster.

Even those who at one point gave refuge to the displaced, now find themselves homeless

NAIF
Displaced Iraqi 
"They came to us and we took them in as our people, now it's us who are fleeing.”

Before the war, in 2003, there were roughly 1 million Christians in Iraq. No there are about 150,000,  most of whom are now displaced.  


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