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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”.

Saint Faustina Kowalska: the apostle of Mercy and patron of WYD in Krakow

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Saint Faustina Kowalska is one of the patrons of WYD in Krakow. She is a Polish religious sister and mystic who is also called "the apostle of Divine Mercy." Beginning in the year 1931, Christ delivered a series of revelations to her and then told her to record them in a diary.

FR. JOSHEP BART
Polish expert on St. Faustina Kowalska
"Faustina received the mission of our Lord Jesus, 'I am sending you with My mercy to the people of the whole world. You have to reach all people, without excluding any, to remind them of the Gospel truth that God is a Father rich in mercy.'”

Saint Faustina did not have an easy life, characterized by physical sufferings, direct attacks by the devil and moments of abandonment by God. She died of tuberculosis at 33 years old and is buried at the Divine Mercy Sanctuary in Krakow

Through her writings, the devotion to Jesus' Divine Mercy spread throughout the world.  This popular image of Jesus was miraculously shown to her, and she then had it painted, so it would be forever captured for the world to see.

In the Papal Bull with which Pope Francis announced this Jubilee of Mercy, he entrusted the Holy Year to Saint Faustina. During WYD it is also possible to ask Faustina Kowalska for her special intercession as patron of this great youth meeting.

FR. JOSHEP BART
Polish expert on St. Faustina Kowalska
"The Pope's call to all young people on the occasion of World Youth Day in Krakow, the capital of Divine Mercy, is a great sign for all humanity. St. Faustina wrote in her diary: 'In Poland the spark will be born.' In Krakow this spark has emerged. Krakow is also the city of Saint John Paul II, who left this message of the merciful heart of Jesus to spread through the world. "

It was Pope John Paul II, a great devotee of Divine Mercy, who beatified Faustina in 1993 and also canonized her in 2000. He also established the feast of the Divine Mercy, celebrated the Sunday following Easter.


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