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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 Francis will receive the Charlemagne Prize tomorrow for being Europe's "voice of conscience"

2016-05-05

Tomorrow, Pope Francis will receive the Charlemagne prize in the Regal Room of the Vatican. This is an award given to distinguished individuals for their contribution to world peace, to the unity of Europe, and for the promotion of this continent's longstanding values. 

It was instituted in Aachen at the end of 1949, and the jury is made up of some of the leading personalities of the German city.

The Argentine pontiff will be the 58th winner of the prize and the second pope who will have received it after John Paul II in 2004.

Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, the presidents of the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council of the EU, will all attend the ceremony. They will meet with the Pope before the event. Other personalities like King Philip VI of Spain, will be in attendance. 

Popes do not usually accept awards, so Pope Francis has raised great expectations for the speech that he will deliver at the ceremony. In fact, one of the reasons for giving him the award is that he is considered "the voice of conscience” of the European continent. 

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