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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”.

WYD: Five days of “full immersion” with youth for Pope Francis

2016-07-27

Pope Francis will meet with hundreds of thousands of young people for the second time in his pontificate. Three million people attended his first WYD, in Rio de Janeiro, in 2013. 

It is expected that 1.5 million pilgrims will attend.  They will be taken care of by 3,000 soldiers, 7,000 policemen and more than 8,000 firemen.

The Pope arrives in Poland this afternoon. He is scheduled to meet Polish authorities in the Wawel Castle, the old residence of the kings of Poland and one of the country's symbolic landmarks. There he will have a private meeting with the Polish president.

On Thursday he will visit the shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa, he will celebrate Mass and, in the evening, he will arrive in Blonia by tram, for his first encounter with the pilgrims.

On Friday, the festive tone will turn into one of grievance and respect during the visit to Auschwitz. Pope Francis will not give any speeches there; he will only pray and greet some of the survivors, as well as people who helped Jewish refugees during World War II.

In the afternoon in Krakow, Pope Francis will lead the Stations of the Cross. The next day he will visit the Shrine of the Divine Mercy, dedicated to John Paul II's most cherished devotion, and one that Pope Francis has wanted to bring back to the spotlight with this Jubilee.

On Saturday night, Pope Francis will preside the Prayer Vigil. That will be the night before the closing Mass, where Pope Francis will announce the location of the next WYD, that will be celebrated in three years and, most surely, in another continent. 



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