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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”.

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”.

Card. Tauran reflects on Paris terrorism attacks


Charlie Hebdo's attack in Paris, the killing of 100 children in Pakistan and Nigeria's  recent suicide terrorist attacks, show the danger religious extremism can trigger. French Cardinal Jean Louis Tauran, President of the Vatican's Council for Inter-religious Dialogue reflected on the deadly attacks. 

President, Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue
"We always try to dialogue, but then these crimes occur and they have no possible justification. They don't follow true Islam either. They are very harmful as well, because they decrease the credibility of inter-religious dialogue. People get confused about whether they are true believers or not.”

The French Cardinal says religion does not  promote war and hate in the world, though some misuse it as a tool for violence. 

President, Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialog
"Religion is part of the solution. One can't understand today's world without paying attention to religion. Religion plays a key role in the solution of these conflicts.”

After the attacks in Paris, some said the Vatican may be ISIS' next target. Cardinal Tauran doesn't think terrorists would go that far.

President, Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialog
"Let's hope it doesn't happen, no.”

The Cardinal concluded that education is key in the fight against religious fundamentalism and in the movement to promote peace and dialogue.