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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.

Complete agenda of Pope's trip to Cuba and the United States

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The Vatican has released the official agenda for Pope Francis' trip to the United States and Cuba. He will visit both countries from September 19th to 27th. 

Saturday, September 19

10:15 a.m. Departs from Fiumicino Airport in Rome.

4:00 p.m. Arrives at José Martí Airport in Havana.

4:05 p.m. Welcoming ceremony at José Martí Airport, and a speech from Pope Francis.

Sunday, September 20

9:00 a.m. Holy Mass at Revolution Square in Havana. Homily and Angelus prayer said by Pope Francis. 

4:00 p.m. Meeting with the President of the Cuba and the Council of Ministers at the Palace of the Revolution in Havana.

5:15 p.m. Celebration of the Vespers with priests, religious, and seminarians at the Cathedral of Havana. Homily said by Pope Francis. 

6:30 p.m. Meeting with young people at the Father Felix Varela Cultural Center in Havana. Speech given by Pope Francis. 

Monday, September 21

8:00 a.m. Departs from José Martí Airport in Havana.

9:20 a.m. Arrives at Frank País Airport in Holguin. 

10:30 a.m. Holy Mass at Revolution Square in Holguin. Homily said by Pope Francis. 

3:45 p.m. Blessing of the city from the Loma de la Cruz.

4:40 p.m. Departs from Frank País Airport in Holguin. 

5:30 p.m. Arrives at Antonio Maceo Airport in Santiago. 

7:00 p.m. Meeting with bishops in St. Basil's Major Seminary.

7:45 p.m. Prayer to Our Lady of Charity with the bishops and the papal entourage in the minor Basilica of the Shrine of Our Lady of Charity of Cobre, Santiago.

Tuesday, September 22

8:00 a.m. Holy Mass in the minor Basilica of the Shrine of Our Lady of Charity of Cobre, Santiago. Homily said by Pope Francis. 

11:00 a.m. Meeting with families in the Cathedral of Our Lady of Asuncion in Santiago. Speech from Pope Francis and a blessing of the city.

12:15 p.m. Farewell ceremony at  Antonio Maceo Airport in Santiago.

12:30 p.m. Departs from  Antonio Maceo Airport in Santiago.

16:00 p.m. Arrives at Andrews Air Force Base in Washington, D.C. And receives official welcome.

Wednesday, September 23

9:15 a.m. Welcoming ceremony at the White House South Lawn. Speech from Pope Francis followed by a courtesy visit to the President of the United States.

11:00 a.m. Pope meets with the bishops of the United States in St. Matthew's Cathedral and delivers a speech.

4:15 p.m. Holy Mass for the canonization of Blessed Fr. Junipero Serra at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. The Pope says a Homily.

Thursday, September 24

9:20 a.m. Pope Francis visits and addresses the United States Congress

11:15 a.m. Visits the charity center of St. Patrick's parish, where the Pope meets a group of homeless people.

4:00 p.m. Departs from Washington, D.C.

5:00 p.m. Arrives at JFK Airport in New York City.

6.45 p.m. Pope celebrates Vespers with priests and men and women religious in St. Patrick's Cathedral. Homily said by Pope Francis.

Friday, September 25

8:30 a.m. Address by the Holy Father at the seat of the United Nations in New York

11:30 a.m. Pope participates in an interreligious meeting at the Ground Zero Memorial site and delivers a speech.

4:00 p.m. Pope Francis visits "Our Lady, Queen of Angels” school and meet with families of immigrants in Harlem. He delivers another speech.

6:00 p.m. Holy Mass in Madison Square Garden. Homily said by Pope Francis.

Saturday, September 26

8:40 a.m. Departs New York City.

9:30 a.m. Arrives at Philadelphia International Airport.

10:10 a.m. Holy Mass with the bishops, clergy and men and women religious in the Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul in Philadelphia. Homily said by Pope Francis. 

4:45 p.m. Meeting for religious freedom with the Hispanic community and other immigrants in the Independence Mall, Philadelphia. Speech from Pope Francis. 

7:30 p.m. Address to the World Meeting of Families at the Ben Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia.

Sunday, September 27

9:15 a.m. Meeting with the bishops invited to the World Meeting of Families in the St. Charles Borromeo Seminary. Speech from Pope Francis.

11:00 a.m. Visit to the detainees in the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility, Philadelphia. Speech from Pope Francis.

4:00 p.m. Concluding Holy Mass of the Eighth World Meeting of Families at the Ben Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia. Homily delivered by Pope Francis.

7:00 p.m. Meeting with organizing committee, the volunteers and benefactors at Philadelphia International Airport. 

7:45 p.m. Farewell ceremony. 

8:00 p.m. Departs from Philadelphia. 

Monday, September 28

10:00 a.m. Papal plane arrives in Rome Ciampino  Airport.


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