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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.

Father Francisco de Paula Víctor, a former slave, to be beatified today

2015-11-14

Father Francisco de Paula Victor is a man of many firsts. He will be the first black Brazilian to be beatified. He's also the first slave-turned-priest to be raised to the altars.

He was born in 1827 as a child of slaves. He trained to work as a tailor while dreaming of becoming a priest. This was supposed to be impossible at the time for someone of his background, but he made it happen. 

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"They had to grant special permission for him to study. He could enter the seminary but had many difficulties, because he was not accepted mainly because of his color and because of being a slave.”

And when he was finally ordained a priest, the people at the first parish he was assigned to did not accept him.

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"When he arrived, they rejected him. There was a a very difficult moment that happened and that made an impact and it was when they refused to accept Communion from his hands.”

Paulo Vilotta is the postulator of his cause. He says that Father Victor used humility, faith, and patience to overcome racism and prejudice and to win over everyone.

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"With his love, embodying the Gospel in his own life, he was capable of winning over the people. When someone wanted Father Victor to transfer to another church, there was a great protest that kept him at the parish.”

Further, he built a large school where a mixture of people studied together: poor and rich, white and black. He was convinced faith and culture could strengthen society.

He died in 1905, well-known for his holiness. He will be beatified in a large ceremony in the Brazilian city of Tres Pontas, where he was pastor for more than 50 years.


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