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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.

Cardinal William Wakefield Baum passes away

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Cardinal William Wakefield Baum passed away on July 23rd. He was the longest serving American cardinal in history and Archbishop of Washington from 1973 to 1980. 

Baum was born in Dallas, Texas in 1926. He was ordained a priest 24 years later and became a bishop at age 43. 

After being appointed a cardinal in 1976, Baum went on to participate in the conclaves that elected Pope John Paul, Pope John Paul II, and Pope Benedict XVI. 

In addition to his work as Archbishop of Washington, he also spent a decade in the Roman Curia. He served as Prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education from 1980 to 1990.

Baum may best be known for his longevity: He served as a cardinal for 39 years. No one else from the United States has matched that.

Initial reports indicate that Baum died after suffering from a prolonged illness

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