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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”.

Parishes and Catholic organizations are home to one in three refugees in Italy

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Last September, the Pope sent a message loud and clear to Catholics about the refugee crisis.

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September 6, 2015
"May every parish, every religious community, every monastery, every sanctuary in Europe take in one family, starting with my diocese in Rome.”

Six months later, the Italian parishes hosted more than 22,000 refugees and another 15,000 were accommodated by other Church institutions. In total, one third of the refugees have been welcomed into Italy, thanks to the Catholic Church.

However, not everything is that simple. The EU bureaucracy has hindered its host. Back in September, 28 European countries pledged to relocate 160,000 people fleeing from Syria. They were found in Italy and Greece, but only 937 people have been officially resettled.

Lebanon, with a population of 4.5 million, is welcoming more refugees compared to the rest of  the European Union, with its 500 million inhabitants.

MSGR. GIAN CARLO PEREGO
Foundation for Migrants
"Unfortunately, when dealing with politics, there is always an option to stop them and not let them pass. With our pressures and other humanitarian organizations, the Catholic Church wishes to come and work to ensure the reception of people.”

On Sunday, March 21st, the agreement to send asylum-seekers back to Turkey came into full force in an effort to reduce the flow of migrants coming to Europe.

Gian Carlo Perego, who chairs the Italian Foundation for Migrants, is responsible for supporting the work of the Italian Church with immigrants. He would like to create a humanitarian corridor across Europe.

MSGR. GIAN CARLO PEREGO
Foundation for Migrants
"We especially hope that humanitarian channels, through a large European operation, can help people fleeing and move them in a precise and timely manner to several European countries. FLASH. The humanitarian corridor is the first response that prevents deaths at sea and facilitates identifying people; it creates more security and fights against human traffickers.”

The recent attacks in Brussels can lead to a rise in xenophobia in Europe and hinder solidarity with those who claim asylum. But the Foundation for Migrants insists on clarifying misconceptions about the danger of hosting refugees.

MSGR. GIAN CARLO PEREGO
Foundation for Migrants
"We are well aware that people who come to Europe are not terrorists. All terrorists who have made the attacks are young and second generational who were born in our cities.”

Pope Francis' call to host is still present, but aid depends not only on the Church, but also on European politicians.

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