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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.

Vatican suggests Pope Francis won't meet with Colombian rebels

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The Vatican does not expect Pope Francis to meet with leaders from FARC, the Colombian rebel group, while he is in Cuba next month. Members of the group have been in Cuba for nearly three years to negotiate an end to Colombia's decades-long civil war.

Pope Francis will visit Cuba from September 19 to 22. He will have a packed agenda which includes liturgical celebrations and meetings with young people, families, religious, and the country's public authorities.

During his last trip to Latin America in July, the Pope expressed his deep personal interest in Colombia's ongoing conflict. Although it doesn't appear that he will become personally involved with negotiations during his trip to Cuba, the issue is still very close to his heart.

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"I am very concerned right now so that the peace negotiations in Colombia will not be stopped. I have to stay that I hope that the process moves forward."

The Pope suggested that both parties will need to show a strong desire to end their conflict, as was the case between the United States and Cuba. Further, he said that both parties having the will to re-establish relations was the most important part of the process.

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"It was the willingness of both countries, the merit is theirs, they wanted to do this.”

The conflict in Colombia is one of the longest and bloodiest wars in modern history. It has lasted for more than half a century and has claimed millions of victims, though violence has been reduced in recent years.

The Church in Colombia is helping the peace process. They send continuous messages encouraging forgiveness and try to promote reconciliation on both sides. It is a delicate and difficult goal, given how deep the war's wounds are.


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