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Pope will not be able to travel to Israel on Friday to attend the funeral of Shimon Peres

September 28, 2016. Despite the rumors that Pope Francis will travel to Israel to attend Shimon Peres funeral, the Vatican has issued a statement officially announcing a confirmation for the pope's scheduled visit to Georgia and Azerbaijan will remain as planned on Friday. The pope spoke warmly about the former leader and sent out a telegram of condolences:
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Pope's schedule during his trip to Sweden

September 27, 2016. Pope Francis will travel to Sweden next October 31 and November 1, for the occasion of the Lutheran–Catholic Common Commemoration of the Reformation.This will be the 17th trip of his pontificate.
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Third priest found dead in Mexico

September 26, 2016.Mexican priest, Alfredo Lopez Guillen, was found dead this weekend on a rural road about 350 km east of Mexico City, after being allegedly abducted and assaulted in his parish on Monday September 19. This is the third case of violence against priests in Mexico in just one week. On Monday, September 19, Fr. Nabor Jiménez and Fr. José Alfredo Juarez were also kidnapped in the church of Our Lady of Fatima. Hours later they found them lifeless in a ditch in Poza Rica, Veracruz. The Catholic Church wants clarification on the murders, because it is not yet known who could be the alleged perpetrators.
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Holy See adopts UN Convention against Corruption

September 23, 2016. Pope Francis has asked the Vatican to be exemplary in the fight against corruption and meet the set international standards in this regard. Therefore, the Secretary of State has announced that the Holy See will conform to the Merida Convention against Corruption. This requires countries to implement anti-corruption measures concerning its laws, institutions and practices. From now on, the Roman Curia and the Vatican City State will review its administrative procedures to align them to the standards set by the Convention. Through this compliance, the Vatican says it hopes to contribute to increased transparency and proper management of public affairs in the international community.
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Cardinal Parolin to preside at liturgy before peace signing between Colombia and FARC

September 20, 2016. Colombia's government has invited the Vatican Secretary of State, Pietro Parolin, to preside over a liturgy before the ceremony to unite representatives from the Colombian government and the FARC, in Cartagena de Indias. The liturgy will take place before the ceremony related to agreements of Havana between the Colombian government and the FARC. It will be next Monday, September 26, and dozens of heads of state are scheduled to attend. In the liturgy, Parolin will "ask God to enlighten each Colombian to work conscientiously and with complete freedom, so that in a responsible and informed way, they can participate in making decisions that concern the common good of the entire country, which is so dear to Pope Francis."
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Pope Francis pays tribute to Father Jacques Hamel

September 13, 2016. Pope Francis will celebrate Mass for Jacques Hamel, the priest murdered in France by two terrorists on July 26 in the church of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray. It will be held on Wednesday, September 14 at 7 a.m inside the chapel of his residence in Casa Santa Marta. The bishop from Diocese of Rouen along with 80 pilgrims from the same diocese will be present.
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Pope Francis' calendar from September to November

SEPTEMBER Sunday 25, 26th Sunday of Ordinary Time: At 10.30 a.m. in St. Peter’s Square, Holy Mass and Jubilee of Catechists. Friday 30 to Sunday 2 October: Apostolic trip to Georgia and Azerbaijan. OCTOBER Saturday 8: At 5.30 p.m. in St. Peter’s Square, Marian vigil. Sunday 9, 28th Sunday of Ordinary Time: At 10.30 a.m. in St. Peter’s Square, Holy Mass and Marian Jubilee. Sunday 16: 29th Sunday of Ordinary Time: At 10.15 in St. Peter’s Square, Holy Mass and canonisation of Blesseds Salomone Leclercq, José Sanchez del Rio, Manuel González García, Lodovico Pavoni, Alfonso Maria Fusco, José Gabriel del Rosario Brochero, and Elisabeth of the Holy Trinity. Monday 31 to Tuesday 1 November: Apostolic trip to Sweden to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. NOVEMBER Friday 4: At 11.30 in the Vatican Basilica, Holy Mass for the souls of cardinals and bishops who died during the year. Sunday 6, 32nd Sunday of Ordinary Time: At 10 a.m. in the Vatican Basilica, Holy Mass and Jubilee of Prisoners. Sunday 13, 33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time: At 10 a.m. in the Vatican Basilica, Holy Mass and Jubilee of the Homeless. Sunday 20, Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe: At 10 a.m. in St. Peter’s Square, Holy Mass for the conclusion of the Jubilee of Mercy.

From Atheism to Catholicism: A story of doubt, intrigue and eventually joy

2014-08-02

It's estimated that about 2 percent of the world's population is atheist. For many years, Jennifer Fulwiler, was part of that group. She grew up in a happy atheist home. Religion, she thought, was based on a fairytale and Christianity was down right dangerous. 

JENNIFER FULWILER 
Something Other Than God, Author 
"Yes, I saw Christianity as something dangerous and I really wanted to encourage people to let go of this dangerous belief system.” 
 
In her book, 'Something Other Than God' she shares her journey. Everything from indifference to intrigue and eventually joy.  She says everything changed when she and her husband had their first child. She started asking more questions, that atheism could no longer answer

JENNIFER FULWILER 
Something Other Than God, Author 
"Atheism says that human life is nothing more than randomly evolved sets of chemical reactions-and that really didn’t resonate with my experience as just being alive and encountering other people.”

After reading all kinds of religious books, she says to much of her surprise, she found truth in Christianity. Eventually she and her husband became Catholic. Looking back, she says her life is now completely different. 

JENNIFER FULWILER 
Something Other Than God, Author 
"When I was an atheist, I thought the meaning of life was to have as much money as you could, I wasn’t just greedy, but you can do what you want and make yourself happy. I noticed there was something one more thing I thought I needed to complete my happiness. If I just get this promotion. If I get the new car, if I live in the right place. I was always seeking one more thing.”

Since then, her faith has grown and so has her family. She still keeps in touch with some of her atheist friends. They may disagree on what the truth is, but they respect the fact that she found faith through reason. 

JENNIFER FULWILER 
Something Other Than God, Author 
"I think Catholics sometimes are a little bit afraid to have friendly dialogues with them,  because they might think ‘I don’t want to look into these atheistic arguments too much because it might shake my faith and I may not like what I find.  I always encourage people in the words of John Paul the great –be not afraid. Ask every though question, explore every possible avenue you can and it will only make you more confident in your Catholic faith.” 

It's been a long process to get to where she is now. But, she says it was all well worth it. 


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