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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.

Seven curiosities about Amoris Laetitia, the Pope's document on the family

2016-04-09

In addition to the proposed integration of  divorced and remarried people into the Church, "Amoris Laetitia” offers very creative approaches to dating, domestic partnership and parenting.

Valentine's Day
With this document, he wants to show the attractiveness of the Christian proposal on marriage and the family. He asks the Church and Catholics not to waste any opportunity to find it. "To give just one example: I think of Saint Valentine’s Day; in some countries, commercial interests are quick to see the potential of this celebration than we are from within the Church.” 

Confidences in dating
The Pope proposes that couples speak to each other candidly and in depth. He says that although it may not seem like it, "many couples marry without really knowing one another. They have enjoyed each others company and done things together, but without facing the challenge of revealing themselves and coming to know who the other person truly is.”

Practical tips
He dedicates various sections on giving tips on how to live with a quality of life. He proposes that couples should give each other a "morning kiss, wait at the door to welcome each other home, take trips together and share household chores”. And also "it helps to break the routine with a party.”

He also teaches how to have patience, overcome jealousy, learn forgiveness, devote time to the in-laws.

Value of sexuality
A lot have been surprised by the positive tone he uses to write about sexuality. Pope Francis defines it as "God's marvelous gift”, that "needs to be cultivated and directed, so to prevent the impoverishment of an authentic value.”

Presence of the father in the house
Pope Francis spoke strongly against a man's little involvement in the home. He claims that "fathers are often so caught up in themselves and their work, and at times in their own self-fulfillment, that they neglect their families.'The presence of the father is also impacted by the amount of time given over to the communications and entertainment media.”

Who are the children with?
The Pope asks parents to prepare their children to recognize and face the dangers that lay ahead, but not to control them. He says that "parents need to consider what they want their children to be exposed to, and this necessarily means being concerned about who is providing their entertainment, who is entering their rooms through television and electronic devices, and with whom they are spending their free time.”

When beauty disappears
In a realistic journey through the stages of marriage, the Pope recalls the time when  "appearances change.” He says that "we love the other person for who they are, not simply for their body. Although the body ages, it still expresses that personal identity that first won our heart.”


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