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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”.

World Leprosy Day: An illness that's dying out...

2015-01-24

It may seem like a disease from the past, an illness that's only limited to passages from the Bible, but even today thousands still suffer from leprosy. 

Sunday January 25th marks World Leprosy Day. It's a way to raise awareness about the disease- from causes to prevention.

The slow growing bacteria damages nerves, limbs, the skin and even the eyes. 

The good news is, huge improvements have been made. The latest data shows that worldwide, roughly 200,000 new leprosy cases were reported in 2013. The rate of curing the disease, has been quite impressive. In the last 20 years, 16 million people were cured from this limb weakening disease. 

In Africa the countries with the highest cases of leprosy are Angola, the Central African Republic and Tanzania. In Latin America, there's Brazil. In Asia: Nepal and India. In fact, India accounts for roughly half of the world's cases. 

World Leprosy Day is annually observed around the world on the last Sunday of January. It was initiated by Frenchman Raoul Follereau, back in 1954. 


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