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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.

Templeton Prize awarded to advocate for the intellectually disabled

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The 2015 Templeton Prize has been awarded to Jean Vanier, founder of L’Arche. His organization was founded 50 years ago and provides homes and support programs for people with intellectual disabilities.

The $1.5 million award is given to someone who has produced "exceptional contributions to affirming life’s spiritual dimension.” Previous recipients of the award include the Dalai Lama and Mother Teresa.

Vanier's organization encourages intellectually disabled people to live and work alongside those without disabilities. It is meant to promote friendship and show the value of society's most vulnerable people.

The 86-year-old Canadian founded the organization in 1964, when he invited two intellectually disabled men to live with him as friends. There are now 147 L’Arche residential communities operating in 35 countries.

He has also worked to promote interreligious dialogue. Vanier has written more than 30 books, which have been translated into 29 languages.

The prize will officially be awarded May 18 in London.


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