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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.
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Pope announces next World Day of Peace: “Non-Violence: A Style of Politics for Peace”

August 26, 2016. This is the theme Pope Francis has chosen for the next World Day of Peace, to be celebrated on January 1, 2017. Pope Francis has talked about the worrisome surge of violence that has taken over the world. On his trip to Poland in July he said the world is in a "piecemeal World War." That is why he wishes that this 50th World Day of Peace, the fourth of his pontificate, be a beacon of diplomacy and good will. The Pope wants to underline the prevalence of law in international affairs as a way to ensure a peaceful future. The World Day of Peace is a project started by Paul VI in 1968. It is celebrated the first day of every year, and it is usually an occasion where the pope makes important statements about the Social Doctrine of the Church.

Ecuador Ambassador to the Holy See: It won't be just Ecuadorians who come to see the Pope

2015-07-05

Pope Francis will start his trip to Latin America in Ecuador on July 5th. It's a deeply Christian nation, in which 80 to 90 percent of the population identifies as Catholic.

The trip to Ecuador will be followed by stops in Bolivia and Paraguay. All three countries are relatively small and do not have much power in global affairs.  

But visiting a country like Ecuador is consistent with Pope Francis' policy of reaching out to the Church's peripheries. 

FR. FEDERICO LOMBARDI
Vatican's Spokesperson 
"He wanted to visit these three countries that aren't considered very important when evaluated with geopolitical criteria.”

Ecuador's president keeps a photograph of the Pope on his desk and is known to attend Mass. The socialist leader is also allied with the Church on gay marriage, abortion, and many economic issues. 

The Ecuadorian ambassador to the Holy See said his country is aligned with the Church's preferential option for the poor.

LUIS DOSITEO LATORRE TAPIA
Ecuador's Ambassador to the Holy See 
"The Holy Father is going not only to encourage these countries, but to also impel them to continue with the 'preferential option for the poor' policy. We are doing this in all three countries, so I think that is the why the Holy Father has chosen us.”

The Catholic Church has been a large part of Ecuador's history long before it was a country. The Archdiocese of Quito dates back to the 16th century, and today there are 11 dioceses and four archdioceses. Millions from the country of 18 million are expected to attend papal events.

LUIS DOSITEO LATORRE TAPIA
Ecuador's Ambassador to the Holy See 
"We calculate, in Guayaquil, at least a million and a half will attend. In Quito, there can be much more, because people from Colombia and other countries could come. We are looking forward to the visit, but we do not want to break records. We aren't trying to do that. But I believe that at least two million will arrive in Quito.”

The ambassador said that because the Pope is Latin American, he has a deep love for the region, as well as an understanding of its political, economic, and social issues. The admiration is mutual.

LUIS DOSITEO LATORRE TAPIA
Ecuador's Ambassador to the Holy See 
"It's always very emotional to meet with the Holy Father. Imagine what it means for the Catholics, and for people in general, to meet the head of the Church, a man so charismatic, a man who has really won the hearts.”

While in the country, Pope Francis will hold a Mass for Latin American families; meet with the president; visit a senior center; and take part in other events during several busy days. 


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