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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: 3.2 million and counting for the year 2015

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In 2015, the Vatican has had more than 3.2 million visitors participate in public meetings with Pope Francis. In 2014, the number of  visitors was 5.9 million. 

This data excludes other events with large participation of faithful and apostolic events within Rome. The Vatican collects data on the basis of the request for participation in the meetings with the Pope and invitations. 

"For me personally is a very special place because I'm Polish and John Paul II was here for a long time.”

"I think the Pope is great”.

"The Pope Francis for me is very close to the people and as he is a spanish speaker is very close to our people too and in Spain we have a very traditional catholic culture so it means a lot to be here right now, specially in Christmas time.”

In 2014, more than 5.9 million faithful followers participated. An important aspect to note was the canonizations of St John XXIII, St John Paul II and the beatification of Pope Paul VI. 

In 2013, more than 2.3 million people attended liturgical ceremonies at the Vatican. The figures only covered the appearances by Pope Francis following his election in March 13.