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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

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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”.
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Pope Francis advances eight new causes of sainthood

January 23, 2017. On January 20, Pope Francis met with Cardinal Angelo Amato, the prefect for the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to announce the publication of decrees for the advancement of eight causes of sainthood.

What is a Cardinal?

2015-01-05

It's easy to recognize them because they wear red vestments. They're known as prelates, princes of the Church, Eminence, or simply as Cardinals of the Catholic Church: In essence they're the Pope's advisers. 

CARDINAL TIMOTHY DOLAN 
Archbishop of New York 
(February 2012) 
"Because I'm a Cardinal, periodically the Pope will ask the College of Cardinals, as an entity or individual Cardinals to help him in the wider work on behalf of the world wide Church.”

They are created Cardinals by a Pope in a public ceremony known as a Consistory. One by one, they make their way to the Pope, as he officially gives them their new title and blessing. They have direct access to the Pope and can easily request a personal meeting. 

Back at home, they usually lead their local diocese or archdiocese. Despite being from different parts of the world, they take regular trips to Rome to touch base with the Pope and the Vatican. This includes keeping the Pope up to date on the challenges and strengths of the Church in their region and giving recommendations and local insight on how the Church should respond. 

Those based in Rome, usually lead Vatican departments and make up part of the Roman Curia. 

Compared to the Universal Church, the number of Cardinals is relatively small. There are about 210 of them, from which roughly110 are Cardinal electors.  As a group, they're known as the College of Cardinals. 

Perhaps the greatest responsibility of all, comes during the Conclave, when Cardinals come together to elect the Pope during the so called 'Sede Vacante.' 

That's when Cardinal electors, meaning those who are younger than 80 years of age, elect the Pope inside the Vatican's Sistine Chapel. 


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