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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”.

Who was Msgr. Oscar Romero?

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Pope Francis says he is convinced that Msgr. Oscar Romero was "a man of God.” During the flight from South Korea, he used the phrase to define the late Archbishop of San Salvador, who was murdered in 1980.

His beatification process began in 1997. But it was blocked over concerns on his interpretation of liberation theology. But now its moving along. 

Oscar Romero was born in Ciudad Barrios, El Salvador, in 1917. He became priest in 1942 and was appointed Archbishop of San Salvador in 1977.

At that time, violence hit El Salvador: the government was known to repress any opposition, whether from unions,  politicians or nuns and priests. 

It was a situation that eventually led the country to a civil war that lasted more than 10 years and killed roughly 75,000 people.

Msgr. Romero always stood for the poor and needy, making it clear that they were the first victims of the fight between the guerillas and the army.

On March 24, 1980, he was shot to death while celebrating Mass at a hospital.

Thirty four years after, Pope Francis announced that Msgr. Romero's beatification process has no impediments. The Pope explained that the Congregation of the Doctrine for the Faith "blocked it out of prudence.”


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