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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”.

What can Pope Francis expect in the Philippines?

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The Philippines already has experience in welcoming pontiffs. Back in 1995 John Paul II visited the country for World Youth Day, where more than 4 million pilgrims took part. But that was 20 years ago, so what can Pope Francis expect now? 

He is sure to receive a warm welcome. Christianity has a strong presence in the country. It has a population of about 100 million people, out of which 80 percent is Catholic. 

The Asian country is still struggling with poverty though, especially in its rural areas. About 16 million Filipinos are estimated to be living in extreme poverty.  Despite the setbacks, the World Bank says that if the nation continues its rate of economic growth, it can practically eliminate poverty within one generation.

Because of the close proximity the Philippines has with other Asian countries, there have been territorial disputes with China, Vietnam, Malaysia, specifically regarding the Kalayaan Islands. 

A main point of the Pope's visit will focus on the devastation the typhoon triggered. Fishing and agriculture are two main sources of income in the country, both of which were greatly affected by the natural disaster that devastated the region.  


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