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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.

Christian woman sentenced to death under Pakistan's blasphemy law, gets second chance

2015-07-23

Her name is Asia Bibi. The first woman to ever be sentenced to death in Pakistan under the country's blasphemy law

In late July, the court issued good news. She is still behind bars, but her execution has been suspended by the high courts, at least for now. 

MARTA PETROSILLO
Aid to the Church in Need 
"Something like this has never happened before, so it's definitely something positive. But this decision does not guarantee that her death sentence will be canceled.” 

Asia Bibi is Christian. She is a wife and mother.  She was arrested five years ago and was sentenced to death. 

MARTA PETROSILLO
Aid to the Church in Need 
"She was with her co-workers and she, a Christian woman, offered them something to drink out of the same cup she can drank from. A discussion followed and the very next day these Muslim women accused her of insulting Prophet Mohamed. Even though there was no proof, she was sentenced to death.” 

Eisham is the youngest of five siblings. She was only nine years old,  when her mother was arrested. 

EISHAM ASHIQ
Daughter of Asia Bibi
"Now, after all this, I ask you to pray for my mother, for my family, for her freedom and the freedom of all Christians.”

Asia Bibi's case gained international attention and perhaps that is why judges granted her an appeal. Often times, the victims aren't just those behind bars, but the entire neighborhood. 


MARTA PETROSILLO
Aid to the Church in Need 
"When a 26 year old Christian man was accused of blasphemy, his entire neighborhood was burnt down. What's incredible is that 80 percent of those accused of the fire, were set free afterwards.” 

Religious minorities make up about two percent of Pakistan's population. Even so, they account for 50 percent of the blasphemy law cases. No proof is needed. A simple accusation is enough to get arrested and perhaps sentenced to death. 

Asia Bibi's appeal date, has yet to be announced. 



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