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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.

Pope speaks to Journalists aboard his papal plane

2015-07-13

Pope Francis concluded his trip to Latin America with this intense press conference aboard the papal plane.

He explained what he was thinking when Bolivian President Evo Morales handed him a crucifix tied to the universal symbol for communism. 

POPE FRANCIS
"We have to look at the context of this time. Fr. Espinal (the designer of the crucifix) was enthusiastic about Marxism,  theology, and combining the two.  And so that piece was made. Also, the poems Espinal composed were of this genre, poems of protest. It was his life, his thought. He was a special man, with creative thoughts.  He fought with good intentions. Looking at it through this context, I understand the design.  For me, it wasn't offensive, once it's seen in context.  I want to make this clear, so there's no confusion.” 

But he discussed much more than just that. He explained why he spoke in front of thousands of people who are involved in Catholic movements and why he didn't mind being used as a spokesperson. 

POPE FRANCIS
"What have I done? I gave them the social doctrine of the Church, which is the same I do when I address the business world.” 

Question: Do you believe that the Church will follow you in your outreach to popular movements?

POPE FRANCIS
"I follow the Church. I simply preach the Social Doctrine of the Church to the movements. It is not a helping hand to an enemy, not a political event. It's based on the Catechism.” 

The Pope also said he was praying for the success of the peace process between Colombia and FARC rebels and for the bishops in Venezuela who face serious tension in their country.

Question: What are your thoughts about the delicate situations in Latin America, in Venezuela and in Colombia?

POPE FRANCIS
"At this moment, I am worried that the peace process in Colombia will stop. I must say this: I hope that it continues. In that sense,  we always are available to help. It would be something terrible if it didn't go forward.”

"In Venezuela, the Episcopal Conference is focused on bringing peace there. But as far as your question, there is no direct mediation.  The case with the  U.S  and Cuba, was the work of the Lord. It was a coincidence, and then it moved forward by itself. As far as Venezuela, I don't know anything.” 

He also answered some more light-hearted questions, like this one about how he finds energy to keep up a long trip.

Question: We've seen your energy these past few days and in the last two years and a half. What's your secret? 

POPE FRANCIS
"Do you mean, what's my drug? That's what you really want to know. The drug! Mate tea helps me, but I didn't try any coca leaf tea. I want to make that very clear!” 

It was an hour-long conversations, thousands of miles in the air, in what has become a kind of tradition, where Pope Francis takes questions from journalists at the end of his papal trips. 


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