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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”.

Missing and exploited refugee children numbers rise


Every two minutes, one child is reported missing in Europe. In 2015, 54 percent of these cases were runaways, around 30 percent were parental abductions and 2 percent were unaccompanied children running away. 

During the process of migration in 2015, 89,000 unaccompanied children arrived in the European Union. From that number, 10,000 children have been reported missing after being separated from their families, whether intentional or not. Many then become another staggering statistic of criminal exploitation facing authorities throughout Europe. 

Missing Children Europe
"It is an increasing issue because trafficking leaders are increasingly targeting children that come to Europe from non-European countries. So when they are exploited, many fear that they'll end up in sexual exploitation. It is very difficult to obtain data on that, also because there is not really a follow-up on the cases of disappearances.” 

What is startling is that there is now an increase in younger children going missing. In fact, 29 percent of all children, accompanied and unaccompanied, asking for asylum in 2015 were under age 18 and 60,000 of them were below 14 years old. 

In order to reverse these trends, "Missing Children Europe” has asked governments to get involved and help the needy children in their country.

Missing Children Europe
"It is also important that governments and authorities treat all children equally, and they don't use double standards because a child is not from the European Union. It's important to ask governments to make sure the right protection systems are in place and that these children, if missing, are treated as any other child.” 

However, upon arrival in these new countries, children are forced into survival mode, which is why they need additional government assistance. About 20 percent are assumed to sleep on the streets, 13 percent steal to survive and one in 12 children have an increased risk of being victims of abuse.

Missing Children Europe
"It has been also important to hear Pope Francis talk about respecting refugees, welcoming children, treating all children equally, protecting children and ensuring that their rights are respected. Because the authority of the pope is something that several governments listen to and; therefore, it is important to make sure that his messages are sent out loud.”

The pope has been sending this message loud and clear to the public, both in his public addresses and in his actions in bringing refugees to Rome, meeting and eating with them and even inviting them around him during one of his General Audiences. 

"Missing Children Europe” hopes Pope Francis will inspire governments to help missing children in their respective countries, and return them to their safety, away from the risk of exploitation.