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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 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”.

WYD 2019 in Panama will be dedicated to the Virgin Mary and vocations


The pope has already chosen the theme of the next World Youth Day in Panama 2019. It is the words of the Virgin Mary, "I am the servant of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word."

The Vatican has also published the slogans of the conferences to be held locally in Rome in 2017 and 2018.

2017 - "The Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is His name."

2018 - "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God."

These are phrases from the Gospel referring to the Virgin Mary, which evoke the three theological virtues of faith, hope and charity. They also align with the synod which will convene in 2018 on "young people, faith and vocational discernment."

The archbishop of Panama has been in Rome for the past few days to promote the preparations for the event that will bring together hundreds of thousands of young people from all over the world.

Archbishop of Panama
"Yes, the meeting has already started, and so have the preparations for Panama 2019! Last week we had a meeting with Cardinal Kevin Farrell, representatives from the Church in Panama and their government. We are already making all the preparations, organizing ourselves also within the Church, as a country, and structurally, to welcome all the young people."

The archbishop also met with organizers from the World Youth Days in Rio de Janeiro, Madrid and Krakow to gather experiences and avoid repeating any mistakes.

The working groups are gradually forming, including the ambassador of Panama to the Vatican, Miroslava Rosas, and Panamanian Cardinal Jose Luis Lacunza.

Ambassador of Panama to the Vatican
"There is a general enthusiasm. Wherever we go, if they know that someone is from Panama, everyone says 'how exciting,' 'that WYD is going there' and that are preparing. It's a real reason for blessing and joy for us as Panamanians."

Bishop of David (Panama)
"Not only in the Vatican! Everywhere people tell me 'we'll see you in Panama.'"

Although the specific dates of the WYD in Panama are not yet known, the preparations are already under way. In fact, in early December, Cardinal Kevin Farrell, who heads the dicastery in charge of World Youth Days, will visit Panama to decide on the spot for the encounter.

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