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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.

Pope Francis creates a tribunal to judge bishops negligent in the face of clerical abuse

2015-06-10

In many cases of clerical sexual abuse, victims were humiliated twice. First, from the actual abuse, and then again when bishops failed to take appropriate actions after hearing reports of abuse.

This has prompted Pope Francis to create a new tribunal at the Vatican which will deal with cases of "abuse of episcopal office.”

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"One aspect of the abuse of office is the failure to do what one should have done in that office, not acting responsibly when he should have.”

Just last summer, Pope Francis had promised several abuse victims that he would act against this kind of negligence.

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"I beg your forgiveness, too, for the sins of omission on the part of Church leaders who did not respond adequately to reports of abuse made by family members, as well as by abuse victims themselves.”

From now on, when a bishop is negligent or slow to respond to an act of sexual abuse, he could be reported to the new tribunal, which would  independently judge the bishop. The new tribunal will become part of the Congregation of the Doctrine of Faith. 

Until now, when a bishop committed a serious offense, the Vatican or the Pope asked him to resign their title, as happened with a U.S. bishop in April. Now, in the most serious cases, offenders will be dismissed from their responsibilities in the diocese.


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