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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”.

January 2014: From the Sistine Chapel to an exclusive celebration with Benedict XVI

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2014 started off with the Baptism of 32 babies in the Sistine Chapel.  It's part of a Vatican tradition, but it marked the first time Pope Francis, held such celebration. He highlighted that passing on the faith to one's children is not only a gift, but a responsibility. 

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 "You are transmitters of faith. You have the responsibility of passing on the faith to your children.” 

The Pope also blessed 174 families from the Neocatechumenal Way who decided to leave everything behind and become missionaries in Asia or Africa. 

The tension and violence in Ukraine was raising and the Pope time and time again, called for peace. 

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"I'm united in prayer with Ukraine, in particular for those who have lost their lives during the violence of the past days, and for their families.”

This same month, a report confirmed that between 2011 and 2012, about 400 priests were defrocked or removed from the priesthood for cases of sexual abuse. It happened under the orders of then Pope, Benedict XVI

The Pope Emeritus got to celebrate his brother's 90th birthday in the Vatican. There musicians performed for Georg Ratzinger in an exclusive celebration. It marked one of the few occasions when Benedict XVI was seen publicly. 

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"One of the things I noticed about him was that he seemed less frail, that before he resigned. It's almost as if weight of the Catholic Church was finally off his shoulders, although he constantly prays for the Church.”

Modern art, like this, also came to light in the month of January. Residents who live just steps away from the Vatican, woke up to this drawing of a 'super hero' along one of the main streets of the neighborhood. The Super Pope, was made overnight by a local artist. The image quickly made its way around the globe. 

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