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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”.

Year 2014 in Numbers: Nearly 6 million people took part in Papal celebrations

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Any given week, thousands of people visit the Vatican for a chance to see Pope Francis. In 2014 alone, almost 6 million pilgrims took part in Papal celebrations, which is roughly 700,000 less than 2013. 

GENERAL AUDIENCES
The Pope led a total of 43 weekly general audiences this year, bringing in 1,199,000 people. The month with the most pilgrims was April with 205,000 people. 

SPECIAL AUDIENCES
When it comes to special audiences 567,100 people took part. June was the month that brought in the most pilgrims with 208,500.

LITURGICAL CELEBRATIONS
The month of April was a busy one. There were special liturgical celebrations like the canonization of John Paul II and John XXIII. Also Holy Week.  According to the Vatican, 730,000 people participated in the Pope's Masses that month alone. Throughout the year, a total of 1,110,700 people took part. 

ANGELUS 
The Sunday Angelus topped the charts. A total of 3,040,000 people came out to St. Peter's Square on Sunday to see the Pope lead this prayer. The month with the most pilgrims was January, with 600,000 people. 


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