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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”.
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Pope Francis advances eight new causes of sainthood

January 23, 2017. On January 20, Pope Francis met with Cardinal Angelo Amato, the prefect for the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to announce the publication of decrees for the advancement of eight causes of sainthood.

Pope removes Bishop Rogelio Livieres from office

2014-09-25

Pope Francis has suspended the Bishop of the Paraguayan city of Ciudad del Este, Msgr. Rogelio Livieres Plano. 

A written statement issued by the Vatican's press office, states that 'following a careful examination of the conclusions drawn following the apostolic visits...Holy Father has decided to substitute Bishop Rogelio Livieres Plano. 

In July, Cardinal Santos Abril y Castello along with the auxiliary Bishop of Montevideo, Msgr. Milton Troccoli, visited Paraguay to undergo an  investigation on behalf of the Pope. 

The statement also says that it was a difficult decision on the part of the Holy See, taken for serious pastoral reasons and for the greater good of the unity of the Church in that city and the Episcopal Conference of Paraguay. It calls on the Church of that country to 'embark on a serious process of reconciliation to overcome any form of sectarianism or discord.' 


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