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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

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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 Cardinal from Bangkok: Pope Francis told me the role “is a service of love”

2015-02-26

Less than one percent of Thailand's people are Catholic, but they now have a representative at the highest level of the Universal Church. On February 14, the Archbishop of Bangkok was elevated to Cardinal.

He said that because he didn't receive an official notification, he at first assumed the news of his appointment was just a rumor.

CARD. FRANCIS XAVIER KRIENGSAK KOVITHAVANIJ 
Archbishop of Bangkok (Thailand)
"I didn't believe. But then my friend, a bishop from Korea, said that 'I heard the Holy Father himself now.' Then I had to believe.”

He said that during the ceremony Pope Francis told him that that his job "is a service of love.” His family agrees with the Pope.

CARD. FRANCIS XAVIER KRIENGSAK KOVITHAVANIJ 
Archbishop of Bangkok (Thailand)
"My brother, a Buddhist monk who was also in the Basilica, repeated that to me many, many times.”

The new cardinal has now become part of the small group of men who could someday become Pope. Though he is relatively young at 65, he has remained humble.

CARD. FRANCIS XAVIER KRIENGSAK KOVITHAVANIJ
Archbishop of Bangkok (Thailand)
"What I am here now, is almost older than it could be.”

With the addition of the newest cardinals, Asia now has 14 cardinals who are eligible to vote in future Conclaves.


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