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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.

Cuba pardons 3,522 prisoners ahead of Pope's visit

2015-09-11

The Cuban Council of State will pardon more than 3,500 prisoners ahead of Pope Francis' visit to the island nation, according to Cuba's state run news agency, Granma.

The Cuban government pardoned 200 prisoners ahead of Pope John Paul II's 1998 trip. Another 400 were pardoned when Pope Benedict XVI came in 2012.

Many of those being released are over 60-years-old, under 20-years-old, chronically ill, women, and those set for parole in 2016. Some foreigners may also be freed.

With a few exceptions for humanitarian reasons, most of the prisoners granted pardons did not commit crimes such as robbery, slaughter of cattle, or murder.

The decision will take effect within three days, and the government will work with other governments to coordinate the release of foreign prisoners.

It is likely that other concessions will come from Pope Francis' visit to Cuba. 

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