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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”.

Dozens of nations join Holy See to support the human rights of Christians in the Middle East

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Led by the Holy See, a coalition of nations released a statement called "Supporting the Human Rights of Christians and other Communities, particularly in the Middle East.” It was submitted before the 28th Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva.

The statement calls on countries throughout the world to "support the deeply rooted historical presence of all ethnic and religious communities in the Middle East.” It says that Christian communities are particularly at risk.

Religious communities face a "serious existential threat” from ISIS, according to the statement. It continues to say that Christians are at risk of complete disappearance in the Middle East. 

Silvano Tomasi, the Permanent Observer of Holy See to the United Nations in Geneva, said in a statement that the countries clearly wanted "to move toward an elimination of these violations.”

More than 50 nations signed on to the statement. They represented a diverse coalition: Somalia, Iraq, Cuba, the United States, and Australia were among the signees. They were led by the Russian Federation, Lebanon, and the Holy See.


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