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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”.

Vatican official: Human trafficking and immigration are intertwined issues


During a recent conference on human trafficking, Msgr. Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo discussed the immigration crisis in Europe. At least 700 migrants from Africa had just died while trying to make their way to the Mediterranean.

Chancellor, The Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences
"Just yesterday, 700 people dead in the Mediterranean. Those people are dead. Because of the crisis in these countries, they try to have a better life.”

He said the issues of human trafficking and immigration are connected. Immigrants who seek a better life in other countries are often taken advantage of and trafficked once they arrive in their new destination.

Chancellor, The Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences
"It's a combination. It's a combination.”

So what's the goal for the conference? The Monsignor hopes that experts will be able to share what's worked best in counteracting the problem. Above all else, developing prevention strategies. 

Chancellor, The Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences
"To arrive and identify the best practices, to try to find models of these best practices, and to try to copy this for others.”

The Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences helps the Church implement its social doctrine on the ground. Its recent conference on human trafficking attracted dozens of experts from all over the world.