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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”.

One of the Antarctic's few priests departs

2015-09-05

More than half a century ago, the Catholic Church in New Zealand sent a priest to Antarctica to celebrate Mass and provide support for researchers and other workers. The tradition went on for decades, with different priests spending the summer months at the base.

The arrangement was made possible because the Church worked with the National Science Foundation, an American government agency that manages the U.S. mission in Antarctica. A nondenominational chapel was even built, and it is known as the Chapel of the Snows.

But for years, budgets have declined. Fewer people work at the base, and less people were attending Mass or seeking help from the priests.

The NSF recently announced that it had come to an agreement with the priest who coordinated the Antarctic ministry, and that priests would no longer be deployed there.

But the few Catholics who remain won't be totally out of luck. According to the National Science Foundation, the Catholic community "will continue to be served by U.S. Air Force Catholic chaplains.”


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