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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 approves security plan for Jubilee of Mercy

2015-11-20

After the attacks in Paris, security has stepped up throughout Rome. It's brought confusion and inconviences for many residents.

False alarms casued by abandoned bags or suitcases have led to Metro stops being closed in the capital. The events have disrupted people's commutes and forced some tourists out of particular areas in Rome.


NICOLÒ D'ANGELO
Chief of Police, Rome
"If we get an anonymous tip that there is a bomb, I think we have a duty to go to find out what it is... How many times we will have to close portions of the subway because protocol calls for it is not something that we can predict.”


This recent increase in security measures coincides with a preexisting security plan will be launched in Rome before the Jubilee of Mercy, which begins on December 8th. 

During the Holy Year, flights over the massive celebrations at the Vatican will be banned. The use of drones is prohibited and police patrols will step up from the center of Rome all the way to its outskirts.

More security cameras, especially in Metro stations, will appear. And tougher security will be put in at airports and major tourist spots like St. Peter's Basilica and soccer stadiums.


FRANCO GABRIELLI
Delegate, Rome Government
"There is a climate of concern and that would add to the confusion...No one denies our country is a possible target...But usually, almost always, it is never as bad as the critics make it seem to be.”

Both the Italian and Vatican authorities agree that so far none of the events planned on the agenda will be canceled.


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