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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”.

September 2014: Pope Francis Meets with Martyrs of Albania and with Benedict XVI

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The month of September started off with a meeting between the Pope and his favorite soccer players. He met the players who took part in an Interreligious Soccer Match for Peace at Rome's Olympic Stadium

September 1st
"People, especially young people, look up to you with admiration for your athletic abilities. It is important to set a good example, on the field and  off the field.”

The soccer match coincided with the launch of Scholas.Social,' an education project backed by the Pope.

It included a lively video chat between the Pope and students from around the world. One of the students had an interesting way of posing his question. 

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"I'll ask you some questions. Don't get nervous.”

Pope Francis made a brief yet meaningful one-day Apostolic Visit to Albania on September 21st

Christians suffered terribly during the Communist persecutions in the country. After listening to the experience of a priest who worked in a concentration camp and a nun forced into hiding, the Pope could not contain his emotion.

He also met with religious leaders in the country. Saying that the meeting proved that peaceful religious coexistence is possible, the Pope warned about the consequences of excluding God from society. 

September 21st
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"When, in the name of an ideology, there is an attempt to remove God from society, it ends up adoring idols, and very soon men and women lose their way, their dignity is trampled and their rights violated.”

Throughout his pontificate, the Pope has focused on the plight of the elderly who are, many times, forgotten and abandoned. For this reason, a Day for the Elderly and Grandparents was held in St. Peter's Square. The meeting saw the participation of a special guest: Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. 

September 28th 
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"I'm especially grateful for the presence of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. I have said many times I am so happy that he lives here at the Vatican because it is like having the wise grandfather at home. Thank you.”

All in all, Pope Francis spent the month of September as he does every month: taking every opportunity to be close to his flock.


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