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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 in April the successor of the Grand Master

February 15, 2017. On 29 April 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.

February 2014: Benedict XVI first appearance in public as Pope Emeritus

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February left several memorable moments

For the first time, a Pope celebrated St. Valentine's Day, the patron saint of lovers. More than 10,000 couples accompanied the Pope in St. Peter's Square. 

POPE FRANCIS
February 14th, 2014
"You can't base your marriage on feelings that come and go. It has to be firm and strong, like a rock-just like God's love. Through this love, a family is born.” 

As violence erupted in Ukraine, Pope Francis repeatedly expressed his concern for the conflicts occurring in the East of the country. 

POPE FRANCIS
February 19, 2014
"I assure the Ukrainian people of my closeness, and pray for the victims of violence, for their families, and for the injured. I invite all parties to cease any kind of violent action and to seek unity and peace in the country.”

These calls for peace in Ukraine were constant throughout the year. 

On February 22nd, the Pope created cardinals for the first time. Among the 19 were Pietro Parolin, the Vatican Secretary of State, Andrew Yeom Soo-jung, Archbishop of Seoul, Mario Poli, Archbishop of Buenos Aires and Ricardo Ezzati , Archbishop of Santiago de Chile.

Yet the highlight of the ceremony was this.

It was the first public ceremony in which Benedict XVI participated as Pope Emeritus. It also marked one year since his historic resignation. 

February 24th, 2014 will be remembered as an important day in the reform of the Vatican undertaken by Pope Francis.

On that day, the Pope created the Secretariat of the Economy, a department that oversees all economic and administrative aspects of the Vatican. Australian Cardinal George Pell was chosen to lead as Prefect. 

FR. FEDERICO LOMBARDI
Vatican Spokesman
"We're dealing with a wider structure, which affects all the other administrative structures within the Holy See. Here, we're talking about all the institutions that have a financial or administrative aspect. So, from now on, they will be under the guidance of this new body, which has a wider scope.” 

With this important decision, Pope Francis fights against Vatican bureaucracy, avoids unnecessary spending and achieves a greater financial transparency. 

Lastly, on February 26th, the Legionaries of Christ concluded their Extraordinary General Chapter in Rome. The meeting left behind the scandals of their founder, Fr. Marcial Maciel and look towards a new future.

Among other achievements, they chose a new General Director, Mexican Father Eduardo Robles Gil, and also drafted new constitutions.

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