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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.

My Life as a Refugee: An app about the hardships refugees deal with

2015-02-07

Every minute, eight people are forced to flee their homes to escape war. It's a reality that's unimaginable to many, but now there's an app, designed to inform people about these hardships. It's called 'My Life as a Refugee.' 

The app sheds light on different social challenges people face around the globe. There's 27 year old Merita. She is married and is expecting a child. Then, there's 15 year old Paulo, the eldest of four brothers. Amika is a 24 year old mother of two. Users can choose one of the characters to try and experience their reality. 

It asks questions like whether or not one should leave their home or stay despite the dangers, which sometimes turn deadly. These are the situations that are posed to users on a day to day basis. 

It's an app to remind users of the hardships refugees face and if only for a minute, to put themselves in their shoes. The app, which is being launched by the UN, is free and available in English for iOS and Android.


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