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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.

Thousands of migrants rescued in past 48 hours from dramatic conditions in Mediterranean

2016-05-27

This is the shocking moment when a boat with 562 people on board completely capsized in the middle of the sea.

At the moment, 30 people have drowned. The Italian Navy is still searching for dozens of people who are missing.

Unstable ships have not stopped arriving full of what the Pope defines as victims of "forced migration.” One example was on Monday with 509 people aboard a ship and then this most recent ship with 562 passengers. 

Throughout Thursday night, the Italian Coast Guard rescued 117 people from one boat, and started again Friday morning when they rescued 217 passengers from another.

The route through Libya has reopened due to good weather and, above all, because of the closure of the border between Greece and Macedonia. The agreement between the European Union and Turkey has blocked the European route and many people are thrown into the sea from Libya, since the journey is longer.

Human traffickers have strengthened these alternative routes in recent weeks. European governments are far from providing security to those who have to flee war or hunger, but they have left thousands of desperate human beings at the mercy of mafias instead.

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