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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”.

Special Envoy sent to Medjugorje by the pope will not solve the mystery of the apparitions


Pope Francis has taken his first steps in investigating the case of the reported apparitions of the Virgin Mary in Medjugorje, Bosnia, that have occurred since the 80s.  

He has sent Polish Archbishop Henryk Hoser there on a pastoral visit. The aim will not be to judge whether or not the apparitions are real. Instead, he will look at the "needs of the faithful who come on pilgrimage.” He will then provide a report offering future pastoral initiatives that he deems necessary. 

The only time Pope Francis spoke to the press about the Marian apparitions in Medjugorje was upon returning from Sarajevo in 2015, when he said that Rome is closely following what is happening there.

June 6, 2015
"We are close to making a decision. At the moment, all that is being done is giving guidelines to the bishops, along the lines that will be taken.” 

The pope also said that he was annoyed by those curious who, instead of seeking the truth in events like these, only seek extraordinary facts. 

Though he recently said this in a meeting without cameras before the superiors of religious orders, he expressed these same sentiments since the beginning of his papacy. In one of his daily homilies at Casa Santa Marta, he criticized the unhealthy curiosity of those who say they know seers who receive letters and messages from the Virgin Mary. Pope Francis responded by saying that the Virgin Mary is not a "postmaster who sends messages everyday.” 

November 14, 2013
"The spirit of curiosity distances us from the spirit of wisdom, because it is only interested in the details, the news, the little news of each day."

The Vatican does not usually comment on the alleged apparitions of the Virgin Mary, but Pope Benedict XVI instituted a commission of theologians and experts regarding Medjugorje in 2010. His result was then given to Pope Francis.
The only ones who have spoken on the case have been the former bishops of Yugoslavia in 1991. They used the formula "Non constat de supernaturalitate"; which means today that they can neither be verified nor excluded.