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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”.

Global Humanitarian meeting at Vatican, experts looking for ideas on solidarity

2016-02-23

The Global Solidarity and Restoring Humanity event held by the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences took place on February 22, 2016, in the Vatican. This event brought together religious leaders and experts from all over the world to highlight their joint request to meet global humanitarian needs and concerns.
 
KRISTALINA GEORGIEVA
UN High-Level Panel on Humanitarian Financing
"We need everyone to recognize that this is more responsibility and it is also in our self-interest. At this level of fragility in the world, no more is somebody else' problem is just somebody else' problem. It has a global impact and we don't have to look any further than Europe to recognize the magnitude of this impact.”

The purpose of this event is found in exploring the bridges that inspire the unity and growth of governments, communities, civil groups and private companies to do more to reduce the injustices of human beings. 

Today, there are over 60 million people struggling and displaced by conflicts on a global scale. That amount of people marks the equivalent Italy's entire population.  

ERTHARIN COUSIN
World Food Programme, Executive Director
"What the Church... this Church and other faith leaders can provide is the catalyst that will drive that global public will that is necessary to ensure our ability to an entire global community to achieve humanitarian outcomes.”

Natural disasters like hurricanes, earthquakes and tsunamis alike are growing at an even faster rate. In 2013, there were close to a thousand major natural disasters. 

FILIPPO GRANDI
UNHCR, High Commissioner 
"There was incredible comfort and pride when the Pope choose Lampedusa as his first trip. You know, that was a powerful message.”

With issues regarding Humanitarian Financing, the panel gives hopeful advice on how all of the society can work together to better deliver assistance to grant the needs of all people in need. 

KRISTALINA GEORGIEVA
UN High-Level Panel on Humanitarian Financing
"Last year the world has provided us $25 billion dollars for humanitarian actions. This generosity has never been so inefficient. The gap today is $15 billion dollars. And we believe that it is a solvable problem. We can mobilize resources from governments, from private sectors, and using more innovation in financing humanitarian actions to fill this gap.”

Despite the great generosity aimed at the aid of  humanitarian financing, these needs are still not close to being met. In fact, in Africa and the Middle East food rations have been cut down.  

The first World Humanitarian Summit will be held in Istanbul in May 2016.


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