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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”.

Is religion a factor for peace or violence?

2014-09-09

Is religion a factor for peace or violence? It's a question that's been raised repeatedly, especially now in the Middle East. Under the theme, Peace is the Future, the Community of St. Egidio held a two day conference in Antwerpen, Belgium, to discuss the issue. 

MARCO IMPAGLIAZZO
Community of St. Egidio, President
"This year's conference is taking place in a delicate moment in history. We have extreme violence in the name of religion. Every day we hear of something happening in the Middle East, Iraq, Syria and Libya.” 

The meeting is an extension of the inter-religious prayer gathering in Assisi. This year, the discussion coincides with a key anniversary. 

This year marks 100 years since the start of World War I. But back then, a sense of nationalism sparked most of the conflicts. Now, religion seems to be the underlying theme. That too, was discussed among religious leaders, the laity and even non-believers. 

MARCO IMPAGLIAZZO
Community of St. Egidio, President
"Muslims themselves have said that they're facing a problem with Islam. That problem is in the way the youth is being educated. The younger generation is steering away from the true Muslim religion and embracing these ideologies, not realizing that religion and violence don't go together.” 

Part of the problem, said one of the experts, is that modern Islamic countries monopolized religious education, which eventually lead to exploiting religion for political and economic interests. 

Now with religion leading the discussion, experts say inter-religious dialogue is critical for younger generations, as a way to foster a sense of respect and understanding. 


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