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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.

The Gate to Europe? Italian mayors talk about massive immigration

2015-07-22

From wars to natural disasters and poverty, the reasons why people leave their home countries in search for a better future, are many. 

Usually these boats are part of the journey. 

Survival is just one of many steps that come along the way. For those who make it, a set of challenges follow. The two Italian cities where this is seen on a daily basis is Palermo and Lampedusa

In fact, that was the very first city Pope Francis traveled to as Pontiff. The Pope highlighted the problem issuing a call to for local and international communities to respond accordingly. This is what he said upon hearing of the death of 350 people along the Mediterranean. 

POPE FRANCIS 
October 3rd, 2013"I can't escape the pain, when thinking of the many victims of the tragic shipwreck in Lampedusa today. The word that comes to mind is shame...It's a shame!”

His words were direct and they struck the very core of the city. Mayor Giusi Nicolini is the mayor of Lampedusa.

GIUSI NICOLINI
Mayor of Lampedusa (Italy)
"We feel the Pope close to us.  Ever since his visit to Lampedusa, he remembers those who've died. He highlights the aid we provide and he gives us a few words of encouragement. We feel very close to him.”  


She is one of dozens of mayors taking part in a Vatican conference on modern slavery and climate change. The goal is to highlight the connection with climate change, poverty and migration. Another goal is to sign an accord so that city leaders take concrete action. 

GIUSI NICOLINI
Mayor of Lampedusa (Italy)
"It's something that gives us confidence and hope. It makes us feel like we're not alone.” 

The coast of Palermo also experiences this daily and sometimes fatal problem. An estimated 2,000 people arrive there every week in these unstable boats. 

LEOLUCA ORLANDO
Mayor of Palermo (Italy)
"We are witnessing a true genocide. It will eventually end and Europe will be responsible for its inaction. We are against this genocide in Europe. It even makes us feel ashamed.” 

In fact a global accord on migration is titled 'Palermo.' A total of 159 countries signed it, but still its measures have not been fully implemented. Now leaders from Italy and abroad, are hoping Pope Francis will keep on focusing on the issue, so that concrete help can be seen out on the ground. 


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