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Theme chosen for 2017 World Communications Day

September 29, 2016. The theme for the 2017 World Communications Day has officially been announced. Coming from the book of Isiah, the theme is: "Fear not, for I am with you: communicating hope and trust in our time.”
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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.

Mayoral proposals in the Vatican: problems and solutions for big cities

2015-07-23

These mayors are from the world's main capitals. They agree: Pope Francis' call to action is revolutionary. 

IGNAZIO MARINO
Mayor of Rome (Italy)
"It's extraordinarily symbolic that this meeting is happening in the same place where centuries ago Galileo Galilei was tried.”

MANUELA CARMENA
Mayor of Madrid (Spain)
"I believe that everything I see and read from Pope Francis is an example. I advocate that any authority, whether it is religious, local or political, follow his example.”

During a two day Vatican conference more than 60 mayors applauded the Pope for being the first globally influential voice to speak clearly about the relationship between climate change, poverty and modern forms of slavery. Even more than that they applauded the Pope's efforts to involve local leaders in the fight against climate change. 

CHARO CASTELLÓ
Popular Movements (Spain)
"People live on the local scale: in the suburbs, in the city, in the countryside. And I think it's very important that these proposals are brought there and result in policies that will do more for care of the Earth.”

Over the course of two days, they shared experiences, challenges and solutions. For example, there were two innovative proposals that came from Brazil to combat poverty by improving the environment. 

RODRIGO ROSA
Assistant Mayor of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
"Rio de Janeiro has the two main urban reforestation programs in the world, giving employment for the poor and vulnerable in their own communities”

JOSÉ FORTUNATI
Mayor of Porto Alegre (Brazil)
"We are doing a selective collection process of solid waste throughout the whole city giving jobs to 800 people who were in the landfills and are now part of this collection team.”


In northern Europe innovative, sustainable solutions are being carried out even at the housing level.

KARIN WANNGARD
Mayor of Stockholm (Sweden) 
"We also have our own building companies that produce houses that are more climate neutral than before and the market accepts them.”

The effects of climate change on crops were also addressed. 

YELGI LAVINIA VERLEY KNIGHT
Mayor of Siquirres (Costa Rica)
"We've had flooding especially in areas with banana and pineapple plantations and this is a phenomenon which we hadn't tested for many years and this is directly associated with climate change.”

NOEL RUIZ
Mayor of Santa Fe (Honduras)
"We have some hydroelectric projects with bad practices upstream. So, what happened? There have been landslides in the lowlands and people have undergone flooding.”

Their conclusions will help improve the care of our common home, just as the Pope urges in his encyclical "Laudato Si.”


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