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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.

Franciscan superior: With “Laudato Si,” Pope Francis asks us to take a step forward and act

2015-06-29

Pope Francis found inspiration for his ecology encyclical in the same man who inspired his name: St. Francis of Assisi. Since starting their journey of poverty and peace eight centuries ago, the Franciscan family has grown and spread throughout the world. And the influential saint's fingerprints can be found throughout the Pope's latest document.

FR. MICHAEL ANTHONY PERRY  
Minister General, Order of Friars Minor
"One of the amazing things about  'Laudato Si,' first of all, is it really focuses on what we call the three Ps: the poor, peace and the planet. And I think Pope Francis tell us that these three things are vitally interconnected.”

Michael Perry is the superior of the Order of Friars Minor. He said that following the way of poverty leads to peace, and eventually harmony with the planet. This is an idea that the Franciscans have put in practice, with small gestures that make a big impact. This is what they did at their last major meeting. 

FR. MICHAEL ANTHONY PERRY  
Minister General, Order of Friars Minor
"The entire meeting was paperless. The preparation before, all the meeting during. We saved, somewhere in the area of about eighty thousand Euros doing it this way. But it wasn't just about the money. It is about the fact we saved probably half a forest.”

The message of the encyclical is one of reconciliation between man and nature, Perry explained. Pope Francis says in "Laudato Si,” that everything in creation is connected and that calls on each of us to take personal responsibility. It also means that poverty must be brought to an end.

FR. MICHAEL ANTHONY PERRY  
Minister General, Order of Friars Minor
"Pope Francis makes it quite clear. Until we enter into the suffering of other people, and the suffering of the planet, we won't be able to have any sense of solidarity, and a sense of responsibility. So one of the things that I've found most interesting in the document, I think Pope Francis is inviting people to go, to leave... If they are running major companies, if they are involved in some type of exploitation of the planet, which is placing people in risk, placing the planet in risk.”

When Pope Francis was preparing the encyclical, the Franciscans published a document, "Franciscans for Ecology.” Their contribution is reflected in "Laudato Si,” an encyclical inspired by the patron of ecology, St. Francis of Assisi. 


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