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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”.
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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.

The "lifeguards of Lesbos," who met the Pope, now go to the Libyan coast

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According to the International Organization for Migration, in the first six months of 2016 there have been nearly 2,900 refugee deaths at sea. It is 50 percent more than last year. The worst surge of the crisis occurred in late May, when more than 1,000 refugees drowned within one week.

This confirms that the treaty between the EU and Turkey has not slowed down the crisis, but instead has caused refugees to seek riskier routes.

ÓSCAR CAMPS
Proactive Open Arms
May 25, 2016
"Old and ancient traffic routes are now being used again, these are routes that were abandoned because of the dangerous conditions."

From Rome in May, Camps and his volunteers warned the world of the situation in Lesbos, after handing the Pope a life jacket of a 6-year-old girl they could not save.

The volunteers of this NGO have now moved to the central Mediterranean to face this crisis. They have been busy, because a few days after their arrival, they rescued 400 refugees who wanted to reach Europe in a wooden barge. The rescue received much applause.

ÓSCAR CAMPS
Proactive Open Arms
April 29, 2016
"It's astonishing to see how the European governments have failed to ensure safety at sea, it is a premeditated decision and is not by chance. When you think about what we could do ourselves, with our hands and our own resources ... What could the administration have done if they had proposed something? It is not a matter of ignorance, rather a matter of interest."

The situation here is more dramatic than in Lesbos. On its website, the NGO denounces that refugees leave Libya without enough fuel to reach the European coast, because they are forced to wait in international waters until someone rescues them. Oscar Camps sums up the situation well in this tweet: "The same coffin in Lesbos, but on a larger scale."


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