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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”.

Vatican explains why the Church does not support the scattering of ashes

2016-10-25

The deceased are not only the exclusive property of their family, but rather of the whole Church. The Vatican restated this, saying that in the case of incineration, it is best to place the ashes in a cemetery and not in a particular house.

CARD. GERHARD MÜLLER
Prefect, Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
"The body of a deceased person is not the private property of his or her relatives. One who has died is a child of God, is part of the Body of Christ, the people of God. This is why we don't have private rites to bury the dead, but instead a public celebration."

With the increased number of cremations, the Vatican has decided to publish the document "Ad resurgendum cum Christo." It states that the Church is not against incineration, but instead prefers burial because it adequately corresponds to the piety and respect owed to the bodies of the faithful departed.

The document explains that some practices, like scattering one's ashes in the sea are not in line with the teachings of the Church. This is because, among other things, they marginalize the entire Christian community. 

CARD. GERHARD MÜLLER
Prefect, Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
"We must overcome an excessively individualistic mindset, which closes in on the family of each person. Our families are part of a huge family of God. We believe in the resurrection of the body and that's why the grave is the normal way for Christians, for Catholics."

The document states the practice of burial is recommended to avoid every appearance of pantheism, naturalism or nihilism that do not correspond with Catholic tradition by scattering ashes of the faithful departed on the land, in the sea or in the air.

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