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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 Francis' Trip to the U.S: What is expected? Cardinal Wuerl weighs in

2015-07-28

The Pope's popularity is soaring among American Catholics. A recent Pew poll showed that nine out of 10 Catholics in the U.S. have a favorable impression of Pope Francis. This will definitely strike a high note when the Pope visits New York, Washington D.C and Philadelphia in late September. 

CARD. DONALD WUERL
Archbishop of Washington D.C 
"I think they are hearing the invitation of Pope Francis. The Pope Francis effect is real.” 

Cardinal Donald Wuerl is the Archbishop of Washington D.C. Even though there's no denying the Pope's popularity, he will have to face some thorny issues in America.  From divisions on the issue of gay marriage, to the Pope's encyclical on climate change. Then there's also the tension between the White House and the American Conference of Catholic bishops over religious liberty. 

One main issue will be the dwindling number of Christians in the U.S. 

A recent study on the changing religious landscape in America showed that the number of adults who identify as Christian, has dropped nearly eight percentage points in just seven years. The number of Americans who describe themselves as atheist, agnostic or 'nothing in particular' has jumped from 16 percent to 22. 

CARD. DONALD WUERL
Archbishop of Washington D.C 
"I hear that and I see that, but I don’t see that among our young people today. I see an increasing number of young people being actively engaged in the Church.”

The visit will combine the pastoral with the political. The Pope will lead the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia to promote the role of the family unit. But he will also travel to Cuba before heading to the U.S. He will meet with  President Barack Obama, address a joint session in Congress and speak before the United Nations in New York. 

CARD. DONALD WUERL
Archbishop of Washington D.C 
"He is going to see a multicultural Church. He is going to see the face of the Church throughout the world.” 

Despite the dwindling numbers, the U.S is still the country with the most Christians in the world. When it comes to Catholics, they make up about 24 percent of the population, which breaks down to roughly 78 million people. 

Interestingly, despite the decrease in Christianity,  the number of American seminarians who will be ordained priests increased 25 percent when compared to last year. 

In 2015, 595 American seminarians are expected to become priests, which is up from 477 in 2014. 


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