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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”.

Anti-Defamation League, satisfied with their meeting with the pope, reviews open questions


Rabbi David Sandmel and Marvin Nathan are two leaders of the Anti-Defamation League, an organization that has been fighting injustice for over a century. In their encounter with Pope Francis, they felt a common bond with the Pope, who shares many of their concerns.

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"Any meeting with Pope Francis is inspiring. He has such as warm personality and he just generates the concern in the care that he speaks about. You feel it when you are in the room with him. He was very strong on the condemnation of antisemitism, he spoke about the close relationship between the Jewish people and the Catholic Church, he shared our concerns about issues such as refugees and immigration, and he talked about how important for us is to continue to work together.

Anti-Defamation League
"He is genuine, authentic, he displays a sense of course and peace, yet at the same time he was very plainspoken to us. He showed a regard for the discrimination that exists throughout the world, not only against Jews, but Christians and other minorities, and so in that context we have a mutual fight."

The Anti-Defamation League works not only to combat attacks against Jews, but also to ensure fair treatment for all people.

Anti-Defamation League
"We know that we can't be just for ourselves, we have to be for others. It's that mutual regards that will ultimately lead to the type of tolerance that ADL and the Church both hope to achieve."

The relations between Catholics and Jews are growing stronger thanks to important gestures from both communities. Among them are the visit of Pope Francis to the Synagogue of Rome, and his friendship with Rabbi Abraham Skorka, showing the interest in securing this common bond. Rabbi Sandmel is looking forward to the next steps to continue in strengthening this good relationship.

Anti-Defamation League
"While the Church as an institution has been very clear about antisemitism, the Church is a very large institution, and getting that concern into the daily life of the Church in places all over the world is still something that needs work. We would like to see, we hope that the final agreement between Israel and the Holy See will be finalized, and we are anxious to see the archives, the Vatican archives, especially from the time of Pope Pius XII opened up.”

In fact, they also held a meeting with the Vatican's foreign minister Archbishop Paul Gallagher, who assured them that they will soon have news regarding the opening of the archives.

The rabbi insists that these ongoing questions do not in any way weaken relations which have improved over the years, especially with documents such as "Nostra Aetate” issued 50 years ago and marking a leap forward in promoting friendship between Catholics and Jews.