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Year in Review-February : Vatican State turns 80

In February, controversy ensued over the pope’s lifting of the excommunication of four traditionalist bishops. Several organizations protested because one of the bishops had infamously denied the extent of the Holocaust. ; He later wrote a letter to all the bishops of the world explaining that he was not aware of this and that the pardon was originally intended for being ordained without permission and not for other offenses. With the start of the season of Lent, the pope asked people to not forget the one billion people in the world who suffer from starvation everyday. Josette Sheeran Executive Director, World Food Program “Our message is, well, we know it’s a hard time. Don’t forget the people that live in places with no streets. We have to keep up our generosity, because they will not survive without our help” That’s why the World Food Program teamed up with Catholic organizations to continue their mission of getting food to the places that need it the most. RS