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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”.

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”.

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 gets ready to announce ideas to reform the Roman Curia


The Pope is getting ready to announce a list of proposals to reform the Roman Curia. It's something he has been discussing with his closest advisers and it's something he will share with Cardinals starting on Thursday.  

Vatican Spokesperson 
"The meetings will be relatively short, considering you have a large group of cardinals coming from all over the world. But this factor will reflect the global relationship of the Church.” 

The reforms are based on simplifying the structure of the Roman Curia, which includes re-locating Vatican departments and consolidating others. Everything from its Communication Department to the Finance Department. It's an attempt to improve logistics, efficiency and even saving money. 

Vatican Spokesperson 
"The Council also looked at the Secretariat for the Economy and the Council of the Economy and the financing of institutes within these new departments.” 

On Thursday, the Pope and his advisers are planning on sharing these ideas.  From Boston, Archbishop Sean O'Malley could also address the College of Cardinals and share the latest details discussed by the Vatican's Commission for the Protection of Minors.  

The Council of Cardinals will meet again in April from the 13th to the 15th.