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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”.

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

February 15, 2017. On 29 April 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”.

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 meets with World Jewish Congress: “We also reach out to you for peace”


On Monday, Pope Francis met with Ronald S. Lauder, the president of the World Jewish Congress and other Jewish leaders from Europe and the Americas, at the Vatican. The pope reaffirmed the importance of Christians and Jews working together to speak out against brutality in the world. 

"I have so many Jewish friends. We get along so well. For me it is natural. Even though, I speak to them, with my friends, about peace. That world peace that we all want. We should go on a joint journey together and work towards peace.” 

The pope spoke candidly about the challenges involved in promoting peace in the world and about the refugee crisis. Later, Lauder presented the pope with a traditional Jewish cake filled with honey to represent unity, sweetness, and light. 

President, World Jewish Congress 
"We thank you very much for everything you do. We also reach out to you for peace, peace in the Middle East.”

"I am ahead of the new year (Rosh Hashana). I would like to wish you all the sweetness, the truth sweetness that comes from the All Mighty.”

Pope Francis recognized that he was a bit ahead of the Jewish New Year known as Rosh Hashana and also wished the Jewish leaders a sweet new year.

"I would like to ask you to pray for me. Pray for my work of service. for peace, for unity, and fraternity for all of us.” 

Before concluding the meeting, the pontiff added that a collaborative effort must be made in order to speak out against brutality by lending a voice for peace and unity.