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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”.

Pope meets with Vietnam's Prime Minister, Nguyen Tan Dung

2014-10-20

Pope Francis met with the prime minister of Vietnam, Nguyen Tan Dung, marking the first diplomatic meeting between both leaders. 

The meeting was short, but key and timely issues were addressed. The Holy See expressed its appreciation for the religious policy Vietnam adopted in its 2013 Constitution draft. Also for the assistance given to the Holy See's non residential Papal Representative to Vietnam. 

As a gift, the prime minister gave the Pope a blue vase. In return, the Pope gave the prime minister and members of his delegation, a rosary. 

About eight percent of country's population is Christian, most of which are Catholics. Over the years, the bilateral relationship between both states has improved. 

Back in 1975 ties were cut, when the Communist regime ruled South Vietnam. The relationship eventually improved, especially after 2007 when the prime minister visited Benedict XVI in the Vatican. 

Their discussion also included ways in which peace and stability can be promoted in the Asian continent. 


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