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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”.

How much do you know about St. Peter's tomb?

2015-02-08

For centuries, it's here, before the tomb of St. Peter where a Pope prays, before starting his inauguration Mass.

Even though the resting place of St. Peter is the very heart of the Church, few people know other secrets surrounding it.  For example, in its chapel there's a box full of palliums the Pope gives to new archbishops as a symbol of Church unity. Italian author Marco Agostini wrote a book titled,  "The Tomb and Its Memory,” to help readers understand some of these traditions. 

CARD. RAFFAELE FARINA 
"It's uncommon to come across a book like this one...Usually, all the books about Rome and the Vatican only explain the city's works of art and don't go beyond that.  But this book also talks the spiritual side of Rome.” 

Since 2009, the Vatican's newspaper,  L'Osservatore Romano published a series of articles that delved into the secrets of the Basilica...Now, they are all published together in this book.

MARCO AGOSTINI
Author, "La tomba e la sua memoria”
"We can grasp the message of our faith, as Catholics, through images, symbols and of course the liturgy. This tomb has been the inspiration  for a lot of art, throughout the centuries...”

Roughly five million people visit Saint Peter's Basilica every year. Now there's a short guide to understand more than what meets the eye. 


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