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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”.

December 2014: Interfaith commitment to fight against human trafficking

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The month of December started off with a call to action. Religious leaders of different faiths went to the Vatican to sign an agreement against human trafficking. 

POPE FRANCIS
"We hereby declare on behalf of each and every one of our faiths, that modern slavery, be it human trafficking, forced labor, prostitution or the sale of organs, is a crime against humanity. The victims are from all walks of life, but usually it affects the poorest and most vulnerable of our brothers and sisters.” 

REV. JUSTIN WELBY
Archbishop of Canterbury
"At a time when faiths are seen wrongly as a cause of conflict it is a sign of real hope that today global faith leaders have together committed themselves publicly to the battle to end modern slavery.” 

With their signature, they all agreed to work together against forced labor, prostitution and the illegal sale of organs. Issues that now affect more than 36 million people. 

On December 12th, the Pope celebrated a Mass to honor the Patroness of the Americas, Our Lady of Guadalupe. Among those in attendance where ambassadors and Latin American leaders. 

It was a so called Creole Mass which combines Christian prayers with Argentinian beats and folk music. 

At a time when many Latin American countries face instability, the Pope called on Christians to make the continent one of hope. He also called on them to have faith in Our Lady and to live out the Gospel. 

POPE FRANCIS
"We only have to turn our hearts to Our Lady. That way we'll listen to the voice of a tender and caring Mother who asks us: 'Why are you afraid? Am I not by your side?

At the end of the Mass the Pope placed a golden rose at the feet of Our Lady. It's a flower that's traveled throughout parishes in the Americas. From Alaska, all the way to Chile. 

And just as Pope Francis got a surprise for his 78th  birthday at St. Peter's Square, the world was surprised by historical news. The US and Cuba re-established diplomatic relations.

Both Barack Obama and Raul Castro highlighted the key of role Pope Francis played in the reconciliation of the two countries.

Of course, part of the Season's cheer is having a Christmas tree. This year, the tree came from Calabria in Southern Italy. 

It stands about 85 feet tall and it weighs eight tons. 

It took weeks to set up all the lighting, but the end result was well worth it. 

Of course, just a few feet away, there's this year's Nativity Scene, which came all the way from the city of Verona. 

Two symbols that mark a birth that happened more than 2000 years ago, in Bethlehem...and that changed the world. 


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