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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”.

Pope leads procession to mark the Season of Lent. Asks for gift of repentance and tears

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It's a tradition to mark the beginning of Lent. After a brief ceremony, Pope Francis led short a procession in the streets of Rome-from the Basilica of Sant' Anselmo.... to the Basilica of Santa Sabina. Cardinals and local bishops also took part. 

Since Lent is a time for spiritual conversion, the Pope emphasized the importance of authentic repentance, which he referenced to tears, for only hypocrites he said, don't cry. 

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"It would be good to ask ourselves-Do I cry? Does the Pope cry? What about Cardinals? Bishops? The Consecrated? Priests? Do we pray with tears?”

Reflecting on the Gospel reading, he also warned of the temptation of showing off, after doing a good deed. 

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"When a good deed is done, almost instinctively we feel the need to be recognized and admired for it. We yearn for that satisfaction. But Jesus invites us to carry out the good deed without calling out attention, trusting only in the reward of Our Lord.” 

The Pope received the ashes Himself before imposing them on Cardinals and Bishops. It's a symbol of the Bible passage which states, "For Dust you are and to Dust you shall Return.” 

The Pope also highlighted the need to embrace God's mercy to live out the Lenten Season without superficial or temporary traits.  

In addition to the Roman Curia, some diplomats also attended the Mass. The president of Panama was also there with his family. 


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