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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 in April the successor of the Grand Master

February 15, 2017. On 29 April 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.

Vatican on Human Trafficking: We need to move from solidarity to action

2015-02-04

The Vatican is joining forces to fight against human trafficking. For years now, nuns and religious have been leading the cause in helping victims who are forced into a life of prostitution or human trafficking. 

SISTER VALERIA GANDINI
Talitha Kum International Network 
"Services like, listening to the victims and giving them psychological assistance and legal counsel. Also collaboration with local and national organizations that help victims.” 

This press conference was a way to raise awareness about the International Day for Human Trafficking, which will be held on Sunday, February 8th. The Vatican is encouraging Christians to join in prayer and to move from solidarity to action. 

CARD PETER TURKSON 
President, Pontifical Council for Peace and Justice
"It’s real and for us finding different ways and locations to sensitize and get people to have more knowledge about this and be conscious about this, is very crucial.” 

For many cities, it's a local problem that has global ramifications. The root problem that's often overlooked are clients.

Sister Valeria Gandini highlighted the fact that often it's average people who fund these criminal activities, directly or indirectly. From there, a domino effect follows. 

SISTER VALERIA GANDINI
Talitha Kum International Network 
"What can we say to these women and to these young girls who are out on the street nude? What  name can we give to clients who include grandparents, husbands, boyfriends, sons and brothers?”

On Friday, February 6th,  at 8.30 pm, the Vatican is organizing a candle light vigil in Rome's Basilica Apostoli, to show support for victims and to raise awareness of this global phenomenon. 


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