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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 in April the successor of the Grand Master

February 15, 2017. On 29 April 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.

Pope Francis set to visit the Great Synagogue of Rome in January

2015-11-17

Pope Francis plans to visit the Great Synagogue of Rome on January 17th. He had been formally invited by the Chief Rabbi and Jewish community of Rome.

It's the third time a Pope has gone to the site. Pope John Paul II made history when he first visited in 1986, and Pope Benedict XVI followed in 2010.

RICCARDO DI SEGNI
Chief Rabbi, Rome
"Relations with Pope Francis are good. We would like to maintain and grow them.”

The Jewish community in Rome has good memories of Pope John Paul II's visit, and they also generally approve of Pope Francis.

The Argentine pontiff had a strong friendship with the Jewish community in Buenos Aires. During his trip to the Holy Land, one of the most powerful gestures came when the Pope hugged his Jewish and Muslim friends before the Wailing Wall.

POPE FRANCIS
October 28, 2015
"The world calls on us believers, to give effective answers on so many issues. Peace, hunger, the misery that affects millions of people.”

After the Second Vatican Council, the Church's relations with the Jewish community have been guided by the document "Nostrae Aetate.” It calls for universal brotherhood among people of all faiths.


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