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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 Catholic Church in China: What's next?

2015-07-29

First came Cuba...so now the question is- is China next? Will the communist country improve its ties with the Vatican and be in full communion with the Catholic Church? 

There's no question Pope Francis has been pushing for improvements, but some experts say, they wouldn't bet on any major changes...at least not yet.  

FR. BERNARDO CERVELLERA 
Asia News, Director 
"China is currently the world's second largest economic power. It's almost a super power when it comes to international politics. Unlike Cuba, it doesn't need the help of the Vatican or really from anyone else to cement its standing.” 

Fr. Bernardo Cervellera, is the founder of Asia News. For many years, he served as a missionary in China, until he was 'invited' to leave the country. 

With Christianity on the rise in Asia, by the year 2050, China could become the nation with the most Christians. 


There's one major challenge between the Vatican and China. The communist nation claims -it- alone runs its Church, brushing off any Vatican influence.  It assigns its own Bishops and often claims its autonomy. 

FR. BERNARDO CERVELLERA 
Asia News, Director 
"China's department of religious affairs continuously sends out messages stating that it wants an independent Church. It threatens with ordaining , say, 15 new bishops a year. It claims it has a right to lead an independent Church without the influence of foreign entities, meaning the Vatican.”

In fact, legitimate Chinese Bishops assigned by the Vatican have been known to mysteriously disappear without a trace in their own country. Others are sent to forced labor camps. 

There is good news though. In most areas, the average faithful can openly practice their faith in China. But restrictions still exist in the ways parish priest run their churches, including Mass times. 

FR. BERNARDO CERVELLERA 
Asia News, Director 
"This means that parish priests don't have the liberty to go out on missions or assess the needs of their communities and act accordingly with their own initiatives. They have to follow guidelines established by the government.” 

Fr. Cervellera doesn't think any major breakthrough improvements will happen between the Holy See and China in the near future.  It's a process that he believes, will take at the very least ten years. 


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