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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.

A Conversation with the Australian Archbishop of Sydney, Anthony Fisher

2015-07-03

From Sydney, Australia, Archbishop Anthony Fisher was one of 46 metropolitan bishops who received the Pallium garment from Pope Francis...It's a powerful symbol that's given to metropolitan archbishops who were appointed over the last year. 

It's a 22 hour flight from Australia...His brothers and sisters came for the big day, so did his mom and dad. 

In fact, Fisher's 81 year-old father decided he would go up the 'Scala Santa' or Holy Steps in Rome on his knees. The same steps which according to tradition, were used by Jesus as made his way towards His trial with Pontius Pilate. 


ANTHONY FISHER
Archbishop of Sydney, Australia 
"I was so proud of him and so moved by it. When we got to the top, he said, Anthony, the last time I did that was 60 years ago and there weren’t as many stairs back then.” 

Fisher now leads an Archdiocese with roughly 575,000 faithful. He was recently appointed as a member of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.  And as a member of the Pontifical Academy for Life, he has been following social issues pertaining to bio-ethics, life and family quite closely. 

With the World Meeting of Families coming up in the U.S and with same sex marriage recently approved by the highest court, he had this to say about the role of the Catholic Church and its message. 

ANTHONY FISHER
Archbishop of Sydney, Australia 
"I think we do have a big task in explaining even to our own faithful, why it is that we think marriage is so precious, why it matters so much and why it is in fact between a man and a woman. It is in fact for life. It is in fact about family, because all those things are up for grabs in our culture, not just the same sex issue.”

Another issue is euthanasia. The Archbishop says Sydney is very involved in helping elderly patients.  

ANTHONY FISHER
Archbishop of Sydney, Australia 
"If someone is suffering, surely we can think of more positive ways of helping with their physical pain, or their existential pain, their loneliness, sense of meaninglessness. Surely we can find more creative, more positive ways of helping people through that than killing them.”

Even though the palliums were given to the metropolitan archbishops, the so called imposition ceremonies will be held back home, in the respective communities of these recently appointed archbishops. 


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