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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”.
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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.

The Pope signs up online as the first pilgrim for World Youth Day 2016 in Krakow

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By this gesture, the Pope became the first pilgrim to sign up for World Youth Day in Krakow in 2016. 

POPE FRANCIS 
"Done. I've signed up for World Youth Day as a pilgrim using this electronic device.”

The Sunday heat didn't stop the thousands of pilgrims who filled Saint Peter's Square. The Pope spoke about the miracle of the multiplication of loaves and fish. He explained to them that Jesus' food didn't just feed people materially. 

POPE FRANCIS
"The crowd was stunned by the miracle of the multiplication of loaves, but the gift that Jesus gives is fullness of life for the hungry man. Jesus satisfies not only material hunger, but that deeper hunger, the hunger for the meaning of life, the hunger for God.”

He also said that Christians can help other people in moments of difficulty and explained that it's not as hard as it seems. 

POPE FRANCIS
"Faced with the suffering, the loneliness, the poverty and the difficulties many people have, what can we do? Complaining doesn't solve anything. But we need to offer what little we have like the little boy in the Gospel. Surely we have an hour of time, some talent, some competence...Who among us doesn't have their 'five loaves and two fish'?.” 

Pope Francis recalled that soon it will be the second anniversary of the kidnapping of a Jesuit priest in Syria, Fr. Paolo Dall'Oglio, who disappeared in Raqqa, the capital of the Islamic State. The Pope asked everyone to pray for that priest and every prisoner in war zones. For this reason, he urged international authorities to redouble their efforts to free such prisoners. Together with the pilgrims, he prayed a Hail Mary for the captives. 

He also addressed grandparents, since it was the feast of Saints Joachim and Anne, and he asked for a round of applause for the unique role that grandparents play in families. 


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