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Pope Francis: No people is criminal and no religion is terrorist

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The government of the Order of Malta will elect the successor of the Grand Master in April

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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”.

Hear the story of one of the adults who will be Baptized by Pope Francis


Helena Lobato is a 44 year old artist from Portugal. For years, she dedicated most of her time to painting and art work. Religion was never really part of her life, but one day,  the 44 year old artist found herself asking deeper questions about life and Christianity. 

Portuguese Artist 
"I never considered myself a person of faith, much less one that knew what religious life was about.” 

Fast forward about a year or so, now Helena will be Baptized by Pope Francis. She's one of many adults who will receive the Sacrament during Saturday's Easter Vigil in St. Peter's Basilica. 

Portuguese Artist 
"It's an invitation I received at a very important moment in my life.” 

It all started with a letter. Even though she wasn't Catholic, she felt compelled to write a hand written letter to Pope Francis in Portuguese. She shared her thoughts, fears and even doubts. Above all else, she asked for a source of light and purpose. To much of her surprise she received a response.  

Portuguese Artist 
"In the letter, the Pope said he was praying for me so that I could receive that light I yearned for. But he said true light, comes from Jesus and through the Sacrament of Baptism.” 

Helena had been attending catechism adult courses to learn more about the Catholic faith. But it took her two months to accept the papal invitation. She wanted to say 'yes' for all the right reasons. 

Portuguese Artist 
"I wanted to understand all the emotions I was feeling and I wanted to make a conscious decision about what all this meant.” 

Now looking back, it's something that moves her to tears. It's part of a process that's still not finished, but looking forward, she says,  she's looking forward to each and every step of the  journey.