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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”.

St. Martin of Tours, according to Benedict XVI and Pope Francis

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This is the gift, Pope Francis often gives to dignitaries he meets in the Vatican. A medallion with the image of St. Martin of Tours

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"This is the image of St. Martin of Tours, who takes off his cloak to give it to the poor.” 

The saint was born in 316 in the Roman province of Pannonia, which is now present day Hungary. He was a soldier who was Baptized at the age of 20. 

His life changes during one critical moment. In the winter he sees a beggar, with no coat. 

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"He then took his cloak and with his sword, he cut it in two. He gave one half to the beggar. That night, Baby Jesus appeared to him in a dream. He was smiling and he was wrapped in that very cloak.”

In the year 371, he was appointed Bishop of Tours. By then, he had already founded Europe's oldest monastery. 

His feast day is celebrated on November 11th. He is the patron saint of soldiers, Hungary and also the Argentinian city of Buenos Aires, where Pope Francis was born and where he lived before being elected Pope. 


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