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The government of the Order of Malta will elect the successor of the Grand Master in April

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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

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Pope Francis proposes a new work of mercy: Caring for the common home

2016-09-01

The pope proposes a new work of mercy: the care of the common home. He shares his message at the World Day of Prayer for Creation held every September 1. It is titled,  ‘Show Mercy to our Common Home’ and was presented today at the Vatican.

Pope Francis asks Christians to show kindness to their common home, the planet; "through the scandalous destruction of ecosystems and loss of biodiversity, and the specter of climate change.”

He further invites all to repent the "harm we are doing to the earth through pollution” and to "acknowledge that this is sin against creation, against the poor, against those who have not yet been born.”

CARD. PETER TURKSON
President, Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace 
"If we truly desire to repent, we can confess our sins against the Creator, creation, and our brothers and sisters. And "the merciful grace of God received in the sacrament will help us to do so. Once we have done this, Pope Francis says, we are ready to amend our lives and change the course of our lives.”

In his encyclical Laudato Si,' he proposes a change of attitude towards nature and offers a series of simple but effective tips such as ways of using less plastic and paper, not wasting water and food. He also suggests an alternative 'green' solution to utilizing electricity, by using the public transportation system or carpooling. The pope says that "one person’s good example can encourage others to do better.”

TERENCE WARD
Author, "The Guardian of Mercy”
"How do we begin to change the course? Actually in this Pope Francis is very concrete. He said "think in actions” regardless in how small begin with yourself.”

This day also has an important ecumenical aspect as Christian churches have joined on this particular day of prayer for Creation.

MSGR. BRIAN FARRELL
Secretary, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity
"For us, who constantly work with difficult inter-religious dialogue, we have serious and profound problems that still have to be resolved. The fact that there is this spiritual atmosphere between us, which we all agree, creates the possibility to confront the theological differences with a very positive spirit.”

Following this amendment, the pope also denounced the general self-serving interests that tend to play a role in the world of economics and politics. Instead of accumulating financial or electoral gains, he is more interested in forming a true appreciation for the common good, including a "firm purpose of amendment.” 


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