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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”.

It was a somber Christmas for displaced Christians in Iraq

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It was a harsh Christmas for thousands of displaced Iraqi Christians. With little food and water, they made do, to celebrate the Holiday with a makeshift meal. 

Despite the horrible conditions, these refugees are the lucky ones who survived the threats of ISIS. This woman managed to escape, but her daughters were captured by terrorists

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"Many children died from hunger, but that is not as bad as the capturing and raping of our girls. We can overcome almost everything that happened in the genocide, but taking away our girls. That is the most painful thing.”

Under threats of death or kidnappings, it's estimated that more than 1.8 million people have fled their hometown since the month of June. Kurdish forces have been airlifting some of the refugees from Mt. Sinjar.  

In the city of Mosul, more than 1600 Christian refugees are living in an unfinished shopping mall. It has no walls and is heavily flooded. 

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"If they do get out and they are lucky enough to escape the threat that they have been facing at home then they move into these open unfinished buildings or actual camps and there we are able to reach them and provide them with the food that they need to keep warm and continue to live.”

Since the rise of ISIS, the UN's World Food Programme has given assistance to roughly 1 million people in Iraq, but the number of refugees is increasing. The WFP plans to reach 1.8 million displaced Iraqis per month by March 2015. 


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