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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.

Two million expected to see Pope Francis in Philadelphia

2015-06-25

Philadelphia is preparing to receive about two million visitors during Pope Francis' trip in late September, during a meeting with families from around the world.

MSGR. VINCENZO PAGLIA
President, Pontifical Council for the Family
"It's an extraordinary event, the officials have said that they expect it to be one of the largest meetings that has taken place in the country. And so I give thanks to the mayor and to the archbishop for their preparations.”

MGSR. JOHN J. MCINTYRE
Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia
 "With the festival of families on the park on Saturday evening, September 26th, it could be up to a million people, and then for the papal Mass, we don't know until the day of Sunday, September 27th,we expect something between 1.5 and 2 million people.”

MICHAEL NUTTER
Mayor of Philadelphia (USA)
"We are very ready, we've been planning for over a year. We have worked very closely with the World Meeting of Families Philadelphia, of course with Archbishop Chaput and those of the archdiocese, but also our counterparts in the Vatican and in Rome.”

The event is self-financed but it will generate about $45 million in security and cleaning costs.

MSGR. CHARLES JOSEPH CHAPUT
Archbishop of Philadelphia (USA)
"If it is just money and energy for two days, it would be a foolish waste of resources, personal resources and financial resources  If we encourage husbands and wives to talk to one another more honestly and profoundly, be careful with children in more secure kind of ways, and then encourage the neighbors to do the same and the grandchildren to do the same I think it can be a force for transformation of society.”

To prepare, the city will hold an international congress for which 12,000 people have already signed up. It will show the success stories of families who have been helped.

LUCILLE FRANCESCO
World Meeting of Families Philadelphia 2015
"For us as a married couple, it is a great opportunity to emphasize love, which is so, so important. It's important for our children to know what love is. That's where they learn about love, in the family. And we feel that it is so important. So we are honored and thrilled and delighted to be here, and I hope you are all coming to Philadelphia.”

Pope John Paul II created the World Meeting of Families. Popes have convened them seven times since 1994. The last took place in Milan in 2012.


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