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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 in April the successor of the Grand Master

February 15, 2017. On 29 April 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.

How much diplomatic weight does the Pope have?

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The Holy See is the smallest state in the world. Even so, it has roughly 180 ambassadors from all over the world assigned to it. The question is, how much diplomatic weight does the Pope and the Vatican actually have? 

CARDINAL PETER TURKSON 
Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace
"The involvement of the Holy See in mediating in fostering peace is not new, it’s not new.”

The announcement of the Pope's trip to Cuba, has once again put a spot light on the Vatican's diplomatic pull. President Obama and Cuban leader, Raul Castro said the Pope played a key role in easing the ties between their nations.  

The influence of the Church on a local and global level can deal with a series of issues. From the violence of drug gangs in El Salvador all the way  the instability of Venezuela and its government. In Asia, Catholics are a minority, but still the social influence of the Church is present. 

CARDINAL PETER TURKSON 
Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace
"Just last week I was in Bangkok and I had to deal with the role of the Holy See in peace keeping, reconciliation and mediation.”

The Middle East has turned into a growing priority for the Holy See, especially with the persecution of Christians, most prominently in Iraq and its surrounding territories. 

When it comes to influence, the Pope expressed support for the beginning stages of the nuclear agreement between the U.S and Iran. In fact, the American Under Secretary for Arms Control talked about why her team included the Vatican in their diplomatic tour. 

ROSE GOTTEMOELLER
Under Secretary for Arms Control (USA) 
"The Vatican is among them. The Church has significant teachings on nuclear deterrence and nuclear disarmament so it’s a natural leader in this arena.”

After the United States, the Holy See is actually the second country with the most official diplomatic relations with other nations and organizations. It also has a presence in the UN with a status of Permanent Observer. 


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