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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”.

Pope Francis to end Jubilee Year by closing the Holy Doors at St. Peter's

2016-11-18

Almost one year after the pope initiated the Jubilee Year of Mercy and opened the Holy Doors at St. Peter's Basilica, he will now close them on Sunday with a Mass at 10 a.m., thus ending the year dedicated to mercy.

There have been more than 20 million pilgrims who have made the trip to Rome to pass through the Holy Doors in the past year. 

Pope Francis wanted to make the possibility of a plenary indulgence widely available, so everyone could attain total remission of all temporal punishment due to sin. Thus, each diocese around the world had a Holy Door and it is estimated that more than 1 billion people have participated in the Year of Mercy.

Since the beginning of the 14th century, there have been 26 ordinary Jubilee Years, which occur every 25-50 years. Additionally, there have been three "Extraordinary Jubilee” Years, which are announced without much advanced planning, like this one. 
 
In addition to closing the Doors, on Saturday the pope will preside at the Consistory for the creation of 17 new cardinals, 13 of them who are under age 80 and able to vote in an eventual conclave. 

The Mass on Sunday will be the first Mass celebrated with all of the new cardinals and Pope Francis. 

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