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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”.

Card. George Pell on Vatican Finance: No more economic scandals!


Leaving economic scandals behind....This is the goal of the Vatican as it starts a fresh chapter under new statutes. 

Cardinal George Pell is the Prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy. He says that looking forward, the expertise of the laity in money management, shouldn't be ignored by the Church. Their contributions, he said, should be welcomed. 

Prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy
"For example, in my diocese in Australia, the majority were lay people and financial experts. We worked together and managed different affairs.”  

When Cardinal Pell briefed other cardinals about the Vatican's financial state and it's new principles of transparency, requests of finance management were also made on a more local level.  

Prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy
"We're looking into the possibility of opening a center here in Rome so that dioceses can learn more about money management. Even the directors of pontifical universities are studying the possibility of offering a course for priests and the laity. It would deal with ecclesiology and social justice, but also on how to administer funds.” 

Even though there's been a lot of talk about reforms under Pope Francis, Pell says some of these reforms actually started under Benedict XVI. 

Prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy
"Benedict XVI wanted to improve the financial situation. One shouldn't think that under Benedict nothing was done, and now everything is happening.”  

Secretary of the Council of Cardinals 
"With the Council of Cardinals, and the new economic statutes, we're now starting to scratch the surface of reforming the Roman Curia.” 

They say the new financial structure has been developed, now it's just a matter of implementing it.