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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.

Mayors from capitals of the world discuss climate change and human trafficking at the Vatican

2015-07-22

Even before "Laudato Si” was released, the Vatican made clear that they didn't see the document as purely symbolic. Instead, Pope Francis wanted to ensure that it had a tangible effect on the world.

And a conference being held at the Vatican is the latest proof that the Pope wants to change both people and policies with his encyclical. 

ED LEE
Mayor of San Francisco (USA)
"I do think that His Holiness is using his creativeness to really speak to cities and encourage us to do even more. And I love the fact that I can talk to mayor of Rome, and the mayor of Paris, and, of course, our mayor of New York as well and compare notes about what we're all doing.”

It was indeed a diverse gathering. More than 60 mayors from five different continents discussed how they're addressing climate change and human trafficking.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said that the conference gave him a new sense of urgency about fighting sexual exploitation and human trafficking. 

MARTY WALSH
Mayor of Boston (USA)
"The testimony I've heard here today from two young women, one that was basically a slave and broke away from that just a couple of months ago. Another woman that was put into prostitution at the age of twelve. As a mayor, that's something we can address immediately.”

One of the conference's most enthusiastic backers was California Gov. Jerry Brown. He gave an impassioned speech at the start of the event and he had even convinced the mayor of San Francisco to attend.

Brown said that he believes "Laudato Si” is a revolutionary document in the history of the Church. And he considers local action crucial to fighting climate change. He compared the struggle to changing the direction of a massive ship.

JERRY BROWN
Governor of California (USA)
"Mayors can do things. Buildings that they approve in their jurisdictions. Sharing rides. Making pedestrian friendly streets. There's packaging, waste, recycling. There are many ways that greenhouse gases are generated in a city that the city governments could roll back and restrict. And that's what they're signing up for today.”

During the first day of the conference, dozens of mayors gave speeches about their cities and what they're doing to fight human trafficking and climate change. The second day will include panels on urban development, climate change, social inclusion, and other issues related to governance.
 

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