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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”.

Billings Couple: How they found a method for responsible parenthood

2016-04-10

In 1953, a young Australian doctor named John Billings began working with a Catholic priest to help couples to live an authentic approach to family planning. No natural method of birth control was reliable enough, leaving many couples at a crossroad.

After years of research, John Billings and his wife developed one of the most effective methods in the world with an efficiency of almost 98 percent.

ANGELO FRANCESCO FILARDO
Gynecologist
"He's a doctor who has spoken of God without naming him. That is, speaking about anatomy and physiology, he has been able to see the wonder and beauty of Creation."

It was a discovery that completely respected the teachings of Paul VI's encyclical, Humanae Vitae, one of the papal reference documents on sexuality.

For their studies on life and family, the necessary documentation is being collected in order to start the couple's beatification process.

ANGELO FRANCESCO FILARDO
Gynecologist
"They are truly saints because they have spent their entire lives traveling the world to communicate this beauty, this wonder.”

They traveled for half a century to places like Africa, China, Central America, Brazil and Pakistan, speaking about this method that was accessible, affordable, and risk-free for women.

The Billings even came to India, where they worked with Mother Teresa of Calcutta. In the 80's, when the government imposed a sterilization and abortion program, Mother Teresa asked them to teach the method to the sisters so they could explain it to the poor and prevent abusive government practices.

John died in 2007, and his wife, Evelyn, in 2013. They were personal friends of three popes and throughout their lifetime, they received widespread recognition across the world.


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