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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”.

Pope obliges economic transparency in processes of canonization

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With these new rules adopted by Pope Francis, the Holy See will monitor the expenses for the causes of canonization to ensure they are reasonable and do not slow their progress.

It can happen that religious orders or institutions may decide not to embark on a cause of canonization or halt one in progress due to the costs needed to keep them going.

The biggest expense is usually the work of the postulator, the one responsible for handling the cause. Other costs include those related to experts or administrative fees such as the printing and binding of documents on the process.

When experts analyzed the economic and financial structure of the Vatican, they noted problems in this area due to the high costs.  Now Pope Francisco has addressed them.

With this decree, the chances for any irregularities are greatly reduced. In addition, it will be less costly overall since the Holy See will cover the costs of the Roman phase of the process and ensure the creation of a fund to help those who can not afford the regular expenses.

It´s a fund that had existed until now, but did not work in practice.

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