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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”.

Peace in Colombia: “ If we do not reconcile, we are building upon sand”


Since 2012, the Colombian government has been negotiating with FARC in order to put an end to 50 years of violence and bloodshed.

President, Episcopal Conference of Colombia
"The population is biased but not towards peace, rather on what are the best paths. For some the path of a military response is still valid. For others the path of dialogue is better. This brings about a very strong discussion.”

The conflict in Colombia is one of the longest and bloodiest in recent history. Fighting between the government, paramilitary groups and FARC due to drug trafficking has left over 6 million victims dead.

In an effort to foster reconciliation, the Church is helping the government organize meetings between victims and the negotiation table. 

President, Episcopal Conference of Colombia
"I think it has been very positive for the victims, who were able to express energetically, not only the pain but also the will to forgive and reconcile. And on the negotiation table, both Guerrilla and State, there is the recognition of the Guerrilla who have done many bad things. The State as well has recognized that they did things they shouldn't have done to defend the population.”

Small groups of 12 victims of the FARC, paramilitary or government actions are brought to the negotiation table. 

President, Episcopal Conference of Colombia
"The goal is that the will to not only forgive, but to ask forgiveness emerges in Colombian society, as well as the will for reconciliation. If we do not reach a lasting reconcliation, we are building on sand.”

The president of the Episcopal Conference of Colombia stressed that the Church is not a mediator between the government and FARC. His role, he said, was to foster forgiveness and reconciliation. This foundation allows for people to once again dream of a fruitful future for Colombia.