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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.

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.

Pope Francis to religious: Do not fall into spiritual Alzheimer's


The final stop of Pope Francis' tour of Latin America was at the Marian National Shrine of "El Quinche.”

Ecuadorians filled the streets during the Pope's final hours in their country, and they greeted him with enthusiasm. This is how the Popemobile arrived at the gates of the shrine.

Pope Francis entered the sanctuary carrying a bouquet of flowers. He left it at the feet of the patron saint of the country. He also placed a rosary and caressed the shrine. He then spoke before hundreds of monks, nuns, priests, and seminarians. He began by telling the Ecuadorian people he had been surprised by them.

"In these two days, 48 hours I was in touch with you noticed something was unusual, sorry, something unusual in the Ecuadorian people. All places where I always go the reception is cheerful, happy, friendly, religious, and devotional. Everywhere!”

Pope Francis confessed to them that there was only one possible explanation: That he had arrived while praying.

"I think that I must say it is a message from Jesus. All this wealth you have, spiritual wealth and piety, comes from having the courage you have. Because there were difficult moments, and there was the courage to consecrate the nation to the heart of Christ.”

From that point forward, the Pope decided to change plans and improvise. It ended up being one of his most powerful speeches in Ecuador. He focused on the two key aspects of religious life. The first is gratitude.

"You did not pay admission to enter the seminary, to enter religious life. You did not deserve it. If a religious, priest or seminarian or a nun in here believes that they deserved it, raise your hand. All free. And the life of a religious, a religious priest and a seminarian who is going down that road and well, also bishops, we say, has to go the way of gratitude. Come back to this every day: Lord, today I did this. This worked out. I had this difficulty, but it all comes from you.”

The second key aspect of religious life, according to the Pope, was to avoid a sickness that he called "spiritual Alzheimer's.”

"Do not fall into the spiritual Alzheimer's. Do not lose the memory. Especially the memory of where you came from. FLASH. And it's very sad when you see a priest, a devoted, a consecrated, who at home speaks a dialect or another language, speaks one of these languages of ancient noble people. Ecuador has how many? And it's very sad when they forget the language. It's very sad when they do not want to talk. That means that they forgot where they came from.”

He concluded by reminding them to give freely what is freely received, because their mission is to serve.

"Not that I have my time. I have my things. I have this, no. Now, I close the office. I would have gone to bless houses but I'm tired today, so I watch a nice soap opera on television for the nuns. Service. Serve, serve, and don't do anything else.”

And that's how Pope Francis concluded his final meeting in Ecuador. From the Sanctuary, he departed for the airport. From there, the Pope would head to his next stop: Bolivia.