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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.

Vatican responds to UN Committee on the Rights of the Child

2014-09-26

The Convention of the Rights of the Child is only applicable to Vatican City State. This was the Holy See's response to the Committee on the Rights of the Child of the United Nations in Geneva.

Accordingly, the Convention can only apply to a territory that measures a half kilometer squared and its citizens that are comprised mostly of diplomatic personnel. 

It notes that attempting to implement the Convention "in the territory of other States could constitute a violation of the principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of States.”

It also states that it is "unacceptable” that they ask the Church to change its position regarding abortion because it is "incompatible” with the objectives of the Convention. On the contrary, it asks to protect the rights of children. 

The Vatican expressed its gratitude to the Committee who praies the openness, constructive dialogue and willingness of the Holy See delegation to change its attitudes and practices. 

The Committee, however, criticized the Holy See for promoting marriage between a man and a women instead of "diverse forms of families”. Nonetheless, the Vatican responded saying that "diverse forms of families” are not defined in principle by the Convention. They also underlined that the International Bill of Human Rights solely promotes the family as the "natural and fundamental group unit of society” and "should be afforded the necessary protection and assistance” by society and the State. 


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