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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”.

Breaking down the Synod of the Family in Numbers

2015-09-18

The Vatican is getting ready for the Synod on the Family, where the Church will look into how it can address, on a pastoral level, modern day challenges families face. 

At this point, at least 330 people are expected to attend, most of them are Bishops. A total of 166 of them will be representing episcopal conferences from around the world. This is how the numbers break down-47 of them are from Europe, 44 from Africa, 45 from America, 25 from Asia, five from Oceania. 

Ten heads of religious orders will be present and the Pope has personally appointed 45 so called Synod Fathers. There will be 51 guests, 30 of them women. There will also be 17 married couples taking part.  

The Oriental Church will also have a presence. Twenty two representatives will take part, along with 14 delegates from Orthodox, Lutheran and other Christian denominations. 


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