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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 raises memorial of St. Mary Magdalene to a liturgical Feast equal to the apostles

2016-06-10

Pope Francis announced the simple memorial of St. Mary Magdalene, celebrated each July 22, will now be a liturgical Feast within the Church. 

According to Arthur Roche, the Secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship, the decision will "reflect more deeply on the dignity of women, the New Evangelization, and the greatness of the mystery of Divine Mercy.”

St. Mary Magdalene was the first to arrive at Jesus' tomb, and wept when she realized the tomb was empty. Thus, she announced the resurrection to the apostles, making her the Apostle of Apostles, according to St. Thomas Aquinas. 

While she had a past, Jesus always treated her with tenderness, the same mercy that Pope Francis says reaches the Church today.

The pope emeritus, Benedict XVI, also touched on the importance of this saint, regarding her humility and her life as a sign of God's mercy. 

POPE BENEDICT 
February 14, 2007
"Unlike the twelve apostles, the holy women did not abandon Jesus at the hour of the Passion. In those moments of difficulty, Mary Magdalene set forth a remarkable example.”

The new Feast day holds the saint at the same level as the apostles. Her transformation in life is meant to be an example for Christians in all situations. 



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