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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.

Idomeni: hiding in shame, as Europe closes its doors on refugees fleeing war

2016-03-10

Neither the sea, nor cold, nor the long hours on foot or indifference can stop a father who seeks the best for his child. Even though, he has to carry him. It is a reality that this Syrian family is facing. 

AMIR MOUSTAFA
Syrian refugee
"It’s a difficult situation. I want to get him treatment, as soon as possible. He is my only son.” 
 
After arriving in Greece, they have hit a wall, with a closed Macedonian border and a threat that the European Union might deport them to Turkey. They say they will not hold out for long in  Idomeni, because the conditions are deplorable.

AHLAM RAJI RASHID
Syrian refugee
"What am I to do? I don’t have a solution. I don’t have a solution. How will I get him treatment? I’ll wait, I’ll wait. Four, five days and then I’ll go back to Syria. If I stay here waiting in the tents, my son won’t be able to handle it. He cries a lot.”

UNHCR recalls that these people are not economic migrants but refugees fleeing wars that are far from resolved. And like this family, they are seeking a better future for their only child, who is seriously ill.

UNICEF warns that it is essential to protect the rights of children, especially the most vulnerable like,  Alan.

SARA CROWE
UNICEF
"The fundamental principal of ‘do no harm’ must apply every step of the way. This means that first and foremost, children’s rights to claim international protection should be guaranteed, children should not be returned if they face risks such as – and including detention, forced recruitment, trafficking and exploitation.” 

The UN has warned that blocking returning refugees is prohibited. The European Union could go against international treaties on human rights as the Geneva Convention of 1951 and the 1967 Protocol did relating to the Status of Refugees and the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union.

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