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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”.
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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.

The number of consecrated women has declined, while the amount of consecrated men remains the same

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Consecrated people have a very clear challenge today: taking care of the growing number of elderly members in their orders.

Year        Consecrated women

2002          782,932

2013          693,575

According to the Vatican's Central Office for Church Statistics, in the last 11 years there are 90,000 fewer consecrated women in the world. Death is the main cause for this decline. In comparison, the number of consecrated men remains the same.

Year        Consecrated man

2002          192,552

2013          190,267

Between 2008 and 2013, roughly 13,000 consecrated people left their congregation: three  people for every thousand.

The masculine religious order with the most members is the Society of Jesus, followed by the Salesians of St. Bosco and the Order of Friars Minor. 

Congregation                     2011

Jesuits                               17,287

Salesian Society                15,573

Franciscans                       14,123

Pope Francis has dedicated this year to consecrated life, so that Christians may rediscover its value. He said it is time for renewal and to show the world the power of fraternity.

POPE FRANCIS 
November 7, 2014
"The consecrated life can help the Church and the entire society by giving testimony of fraternity, saying that it is possible to live together as brothers in diversity.”

On February 2 he will preside over the Mass for the World Day of Consecrated Life before thousands of consecrated people at the Vatican.


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