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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.

Pope Francis establishes new Dicastery for the Laity, Family, and Life

2016-08-17

Pope Francis has issued "Sedula Mater,” a motu proprio responding to what he calls "conditions of our time” and the "needs of the universal Church.” In it, he creates a new Dicastery, focusing on the Laity, Family and Life.

The new council will unite and eliminate the current Pontifical Council for the Laity and the Pontifical Council for the Family to form the Dicastery for the Laity, Family, and Life on September 1. 

The prefect of the new dicastery is Msgr. Kevin Joseph Farrell, who has been serving as the Bishop of Dallas, Texas, since 2007. 

Bishop Farrel, who is originally from Ireland, is 68 years old and was ordained a Legionaries of Christ priest in 1978. Some of his duties in the new position will include executing the April 2016 Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation by Pope Francis, Amoris Laetitia.


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