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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 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”.

New Zealand Cardinal: I feel “priveleged” and “blessed” to be selected


Cardinal John Atcherly Dew was one of 20 new cardinals inducted last Saturday. Coming from New Zealand, he truly represents one of the Church's peripheries.

The newly-created cardinal said he felt "priveleged” and "blessed” to be elevated to the new position.

The cardinal will celebrate his 40th anniversary as a priest next year. He was in a reflective mood after the ceremony.

Archbishop of Wellington
"In 39 years of priesthood, wonderful experiences and wonderful people. And suddenly to be cast under this, but to know that it's not just a privelege, it's a call to service.”

He said he is looking forward to following Pope Francis' approach to leadership during this new era in his life. 

Archbishop of Wellington
"I think just trying to continue the way Pope Francis is leading the Church. And saying to our priests and our people, we have to be out there with the people.” 

And what did the Pope Francis say to him during the induction ceremony? It was a familiar request for those who listen to the Pope often.

Archbishop of Wellington
"He said pray for me. And I said, 'The people of New Zealand pray for you all the time.' So he said, 'Thank you very much.'”

At just 66-years-old, Cardinal Dew will be eligible to paticipate in future Conclaves until 2028