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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”.
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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.

What is a Jubilee, and how long have they been celebrated?

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Jewish tradition inspired the Catholic Church to start celebrating the jubilee. Jewish people celebrate a holy year every half century. The Catholic tradition was started in the year 1300 by Pope Boniface VIII.

A Holy Year is a general forgiveness, open to all. It is a special proposal to approach God and others. There are ordinary jubilees and extraordinary jubilees.

Since 1475, the ordinary jubilee is celebrated once every 25 years. The Pope convenes extraordinary ones on special occasions.

Until now, there have been 24 ordinary jubilees and four extraordinary. The Jubilee of Mercy, convened by Pope Francis, will be the fifth. The last extraordinary was imposed by John Paul II in 1983. John Paul II also imposed the last ordinary one, the Jubilee of the Year 2000.

The first rite is the opening of the Holy Door. It is only opened during a jubilee year. It symbolizes the extraordinary way that Catholics can open themselves up to their faith.


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