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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”.

What is the role of the Catholic Church in a secularized age?


The West is becoming more and more secularized. Church attendance in the U.S and Europe is in decline, which begs the question, what is the role of the Catholic Church in a secularized age? 

A Secular Age, Author 
"You can’t behave in the 21st century present day world, as you did say in the 15th century, in Europe.”

Canadian Professor Charles Taylor is author of the book 'A Secular Age.' He is one of many speakers who will take part in a two day conference in Rome's Pontifical Gregorian University, starting on Wednesday March 4th. The goal is to look at how the Church can renew itself and get its message across, amid a secularized world. 

Council for Research in Values and Philosophy (USA) 
"All of these things are not dictated mathematically. They are unique. It’s reaching out to others, it’s helping, it’s doing.” 

The cultural shift isn't unprecedented. It was also seen back in the 60's during the cultural revolution. Most recently, there's also been a social change. Now, technology and social media is also part of the mix. 

Experts say, that while young people tend to say they're spiritual and not necessarily religious, they have an underlying theme in common with the Church. 

Council for Research in Values and Philosophy (USA)
"There is a search for being able to do something good, something creative, to make my life worthwhile. I’ve done something, I’ve contributed something.”

The two day conference, which is part of the Vatican's Court of the Gentiles initiative, will bring together experts from Canada, the U.S the Czech Republic, Belgium, Spain and of course, from the Vatican. 

-Up: KLH