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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 in Paraguay: what to expect

2015-07-09

Pope Francis will visit Paraguay last on his whirlwind tour of Latin America. The people of the small but deeply Catholic nation are eagerly anticipating his arrival.

MSGR. EDMUNDO MELLID
Archbishop of Asunción (Paraguay)
"In Paraguay we are awaiting the messenger of joy and peace. We hope his presence will encourage us and help us reconstruct the communion that has been broken many times for various reasons. We also want him to give us a new evangelizing impulse. We want to continue the continental mission he is calling for in his encyclical. The Pope is the most important visitor we've had after Saint John Paul II.”

Paraguay is the most heavily Catholic country that the Pope will visit on his tour of three Latin American nations. Almost 90 percent of Paraguayans identify as members of the Universal Church.

But it's not just devout Catholics from Paraguay who will see the Pope. People from all over the continent will travel there for a chance to see the Pope up close.

MSGR. EDMUNDO MELLID
Archbishop of Asunción (Paraguay)
"The great meeting will be at the Basilica of Caacupé, where more or less one million people are expected. Only 100,000 people may be close to the Pope. And one final closing Mass will be in Navassa with two or three million people. Argentines and Brazilians will be there to share the joy of having Pope Francis among us.”

The Archbishop also said that the Pope's trip will create a unique opportunity for people and politicians to come together to discuss and eventually solve some of the country's major problems.

MSGR. EDMUNDO MELLID
Archbishop of Asunción (Paraguay)
"We have also the problem of politicians who are always in conflict with each other, in a power struggle. We want to emphasize the importance of dialogue, understanding, and focusing together to overcome the special interests for the greater good.”

The trip to Paraguay may have special meaning for Pope Francis, who is the first Jesuit pontiff. Paraguay was the site of major Jesuit evangelization in the 17th century.


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