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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”.

Pope Francis recognizes two martyrs in Laos and approves canonization of Junipero Serra

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The Pope has approved the canonization of three new blesseds, two Spaniards and an Italian. They are Father Junipero Serra, Maria Isabel Salvat and Italian priest Vincenzo Grossi.

Father Junipero Serra was a Spanish missionary who evangelized California during the eighteenth century. Pope Francis has decided on an "equivalent canonization” for him, which doesn't require proof of a second miracle. 

Maria Isabella Salvat was superior general of the Sisters of the Company of the Cross. She died in Spain in 1998. 

The Pope also approved a decree recognizing the martyrdom of Father Mario Borzaga and catechist Paul Thoj Xyojj. They were killed in Laos during the era of communist rule more than 50 years ago.

Pope Francis declared seven other people "venerable,” and they are now closer to beatification. Among the seven is an Italian couple, Sergio Bernardini and Domenica Bedonni, a Spanish consecrated person, Rafaela Maria de Jesus; and the first Bishop of Uruguay, Jacinto Vera. Vera was a friend of St. John Bosco and is remembered for promoting the arrival of the Salesians and helping Jesuits settle in Uruguay.

DECREES APPROVED BY POPE FRANCIS

EQUIVALENT CANONIZATION

- Blessed Junipero Serra, priest of the Order of Friars Minor; Born in Petra (Spain) on November 24, 1713 and died in Monterrey (United States) on August 28, 1784.


MIRACLES

-Attributed to the intercession of Blessed Vincenzo Grossi, Italian diocesan priest and founder of the Institute of the Daughters of the Oratory (1845-1917);

- Attributed to the intercession of Blessed Maria of the Immaculate Conception (nee Maria Isabel Salvat Romero), Spanish superior general of the Sisters of the Company of the Cross (1926-1998);

- Attributed to the intercession of Venerable Servant of God Giacomo Abbondo, Italian diocesan priest (1720-1788);

MARTYRDOM

- Servants of God Mario Borzaga, Italian professed priest of the Congregation of Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate and Paul Thoj Xyooj, lay catechist, killed in hatred of the faith in Laos in April 1960;

HEROIC VIRTUES

- Servant of God Jacinto Vera, bishop of Montevideo, Uruguay (1813-1881);

- Servant of God Antonio Antic, Croatian professed priest of the Order of Friars Minor (1893-1965);

- Servant of God Juliette Colbert de Falletti di Barolo, French laywoman, widow and founder of the Daughters of Jesus the Good Shepherd (1786-1864);

- Servant of God Maria Brigida Postorino, Italian founder of the Daughters of Mary Immaculate (1865-1960);

- Servant of God Maria Rafaela Jesus Hostia, Spanish professed nun of the Order of Capuchin Poor Clares (1915-1991);

- Servant of God Sergio Bernardini, Italian layman and father (1882-1966);

- Servant of God Domenica Bedonni in Bernardini, Italian laywoman and mother (1889-1971).


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