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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”.

Cardinal Parolin: I hope for “concrete and practical” changes to come from “Laudato Si”

2015-07-02

Vatican Secretary of State Pietro Parolin has made clear that he wants the Vatican to do more than make symbolic gestures on the world stage. After the Holy See successfully helped the United States and Cuba reestablish diplomatic ties, it's now focusing heavily on climate change.

Specifically, the Vatican is hoping "Laudato Si” will influence international conferences in Ethiopia, the United States, and France. However, international cooperation is just the beginning.

CARD. PIETRO PAROLIN
Vatican Secretary of State
"We need paths of dialogue which can help us create space so that our home is truly held in common. The forces at work in the international sphere are not sufficient on their own, however, but must also be focused by a clear national stimulus, according to the principle of subsidiarity.”

Parolin's speech was followed by one from the Prime Minister of Tuvalu, a small island nation in the Pacific Ocean. He said his country's existence is in danger because of climate change and that this year is crucial for its survival.  

ENELE SOPOAGA
Prime Minister (Tuvalu)
"We all know we are gearing up for a new climate change agreement to be concluded at the end of the year. We believe, we must take this as the defining moment to produce a defining statement, which must be bold, ambitious, and far-sighted.”

Beyond international agreements and changing national policies, Parolin suggested that people will also have to change their personal behavior.

CARD. PIETRO PAROLIN
Vatican Secretary of State
"I hope that the impact will be especially concrete and practical. I think that we have discussed a lot about the problem of climate change. Now, it's time to act. And I think this is precisely what the Pope is requesting from us, to act, and to start to change our lifestyle just to preserve our common house, which is the Earth.”

The "COP21” conference is considered the most key international meeting for climate change this year. It will take place in Paris from November 30th to December 11th. 


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