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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.

From divorce to single parenting: When families face challenges, how can the Church help?

2014-10-10

The family unit has changed dramatically in the last few decades. There's a higher divorce rate and single parent households. As part of the Synod, the Church is looking into how it can improve the Christian formation and support these families receive, especially when children deal with the separation of their parents. 


FR. THOMAS ROSICA
Vatican Spokesperson
"What is the stability that these relationships are offering and also the long term effects of this moving back and fourth of being shoveled around like a ping pong and the harm that that causes?” 

In regards to homosexuality, Bishops also talked about the pastoral care of children, who are being raised by gay couples

FR. THOMAS ROSICA
Vatican Spokesperson
"How do we assist those children? We don’t refuse the Sacraments to them, we take care of them, we provide pastoral care for them.” 

The first week of the Synod, the discussion has focused on mercy, justice and truth. Specifically the need to engage people and evangelize. 


ALICE HEINZEN 
Synod Expert, Natural Family Planning 
"How can you learn from me about the goodness of the Lord if you and I don’t have a relationship. If you and I sit down over coffee, we chat, we become friends. You’re gonna trust what I’m going to say, but if you don’t know me at all, what in the world would you want to listen to what I want to say.” 

The challenges faced by the family are different of course, depending on the country. An African Bishop talked about outside pressures from NGO's that try to promote their agenda, by offering aid. 


FR. THOMAS ROSICA
Vatican Spokesperson
"When the imposition of same sex marriage, or so called reproductive rights were trying to be imposed on a particular country or several countries and in return there would be international funding or aid given. One Bishop said, we’ve decided to say that our poverty doesn’t mean that we have no dignity.” 

The first phase of the synod will conclude on October 19th. The second phase, will take place in October 2015. 


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