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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.

New lights in the Sistine Chapel allows visitors to see it like never before

2014-10-30

The Sistine Chapel...Like you've never seen it before. 450 years after the death of Michelangelo, the Vatican Museums have given a new light to his most iconic masterpiece. 

MARCO FRASCAROLO
Lighting Designer, Sistine Chapel Project
"It is surrounding light, in the sense that it leans in a soft way around the whole Sistine Chapel. Not only on the surface of the most important frescoes, like the Final Judgement, but also on the entire area. Now the visual perception is correct.”

7,000 LED lights allow for colors to stand out in the Chapel. Above all, they don't damage the paintings nor endangers their conservation. 

Additionally, a new air conditioning system  will regulate the temperature and humidity.

FR. RAFAEL GARCÍA DE LA SERRANA
Technical Services, Vatican City
"Unfortunately, the level of pollution in Rome is high. It's necessary to treat the air, clean it, purify it, before it enters the Sistine Chapel.”

After three years of work, the Sistine Chapel debuts a much more "customized” lighting and air system. 

From now on, the 2,000 visitors that admire the chapel every hour will see Michelangelo's masterpiece as it was intended to be seen. 


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