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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”.

Helping elderly sisters, brothers and Order priests retire

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They spent a lifetime teaching in schools, mentoring students and working for little to no pay. Years have passed...now thousands of these Catholic sisters, brothers and religious order priests are elderly and retired. The problem is many don't have enough funds to foot the price tag that comes with retirement. 

"Back then we didn't earn much. But seeing a child learn was really priceless.”

Rising health-care costs, declining income and insufficient retirement savings have contributed to this reality. That's where the Retirement Fund for Religious comes in. Through donations it helps religious communities care for their senior members. It's a way to give to those who gave for years. 

"One year I had a classroom of 68 children.”

"I was chaplain for the ice hockey team and loved it, even the 6.30 am practices.”

In 2013, out of 590 religious communities in the U.S, only 45 were equipped with enough retirement funding. Furthermore, the yearly cost of health care for 35,000 women and men religious over the age of 70, rose to 1.2 billion dollars. By the year 2024, it's estimated that in the U.S, religious over the age of 70, will outnumber those younger than 70, four to one. 

National collections will be held in most American Catholic parishes on December 13th and 14th.  

For more information, visit www.retiredreligious.org 


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