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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.

Rome reinforces security measures after Paris attacks

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Following the terrorist attack in Paris, the Islamic State announced they would target Washington, London, and Rome. As a result, the Italian government is studying how to further increase security.

For now, security on roads and airports has been reinforced. An additional 2,500 security agents are patrolling the capital, in addition to 700 soldiers.

Rome is considered one of the most vulnerable cities. The Jubilee of Mercy will begin on December 8th and is expected to attract millions of pilgrims over the coming months. Controlling such a large number of people presents a major challenge for security forces. The Vatican is particularly vulnerable because of its symbolic value.

"Are you scared?”
"Yeah, a little bit. But you can't stop doing things. You got to continue doing what you need to do.”

"We did think about it, but we felt safe enough, I think, coming to Rome.”


Italian and Vatican police are coordinating efforts to protect St. Peter's Basilica and the Vatican from any threats.

The police have also strengthened security in the streets and at key landmarks in the city, such as its two airports and the Metro.

After the attacks in Paris, the Italian government raised its security alerts to the nearly highest level. Some are particularly concerned about one major target: Pope Francis himself.


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