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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”.

The impact of the pope's weekly catechesis on pilgrims


Since December, the pope is preaching a new cycle of catechesis on hope, and his words are reaching the pilgrims who come to listen.

For example, this couple from Argentina participated in Pope Francis' most recent audience, where he explained that hope has a face: that of a person who sustains us in difficult times. 

"It consists in being hospitable to one another. In order to experience this hope, the pope tries to bring it to us with his gestures, not only with his words, but with his gaze.”

This group of American students, from Minnesota, say that the words of the Pope are interesting. 

"I think his words really meant that we have to each individually do our best to be hopeful, and to not only to have hope, but to act with hope." 

"I really found his message to be encouraging, because he talked about bringing other people with you, and that we need to have hope as a community... together, if we pull each other up when struggling, we can move forward as a Church.”

Hope is one of the virtues that Pope Francis speaks most about during his catechesis and homilies. 

January 17, 2017
"Perhaps it is the virtue that is least understood, but it is the strongest. Hope.”

He says that it is not just mere optimism, but that it also consists in being aware of what it means to be a Christian who walks by God's side. 

Hope is only one of the cycles of catechesis that Pope Francis is addressing. During his pontificate, he dedicated other cycles to the family, Holy Spirit, and mercy.