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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”.

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”.

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.

What's the fondest memory of your family? Synod participants respond


The beauty and challenges of family life are being discussed in the Vatican, by bishops, married couples and experts from all over the world. 

But before their studies, degrees or vocations, came their own personal experience at home, with their own families. 

Archdiocese of Tlalnepantla, Mexico
"For me, it was seeing the respect my parents had for one another and the love they shared.”

Along with the unequivocal connection of family, there are of course unforgettable moments.  

Superior General of the Jesuits 
"I don't have any sisters, we're all boys. Every Sunday our parents would take the four of us out before lunch.  It's an unforgettable memory I have.” 

Archbishop of Tegucigalpa (Honduras) 
"We all had a very happy childhood and adolescence. I think the faith our mother had in the Blessed Virgin Mary is the most beautiful memory.” 

Since women are also taking part in the Synod, they too shared what family life and the home means to them. 

Expert, Spain 
"Without my family, I don't know where I'd be. I was very lucky because not only was I born into a great family, it was also a large, happy and united.” 

Expert, Argentina
"For 44 years, my husband and I have walked along this journey together. There have been great moments and not so great moments, but thank God, most of them have been good.” 

Here it's not just about theory, but about real life experiences about what makes family unique.