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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.

She has healing powers...but that's not what Sister Briege Mckenna wants to talk about

2015-07-30

Her story has been told a million times, because Sister Briege Mckenna has quite a story to tell.  Doctors once told her she would be confined to a wheelchair. But one day, she was miraculously cured. 

But that's just one incident in her inspiring spiritual journey

As she prayed before the Eucharist back in 1971, she says Jesus gave her a clear mission regarding the priesthood. 

SISTER BRIEGE MCKENNA
St. Clara Sisters Retreat Ministry  
"Speak to priests, tell them what I have told you and tell them. I will use you. 05 24 For five to six hours I just went into some kind of experience of ecstasy or what and I saw the whole process of an ordination and I wept.” 

She remembers it as if it was yesterday.  She says Jesus told her there would be a crisis and shortage in the priesthood and Jesus asked her to minister to priests and strengthen their vocation. It was a conversation, she adds, where she spoke to Jesus, asked questions and got answers. 

SISTER BRIEGE MCKENNA
St. Clara Sisters Retreat Ministry  
"I said Lord what is wrong with the priesthood? Clearly I heard in my heart, what do you mean, what’s wrong? It’s my priesthood. Have I ever given anything that’s not perfect?”

Following that call, for years she has ministered to thousands of priests in all corners of the world. She says she affirms them, encourages them, warns them and challenges them. She carries out her mission, thinking of the words Jesus told her. 

SISTER BRIEGE MCKENNA
St. Clara Sisters Retreat Ministry  
"Many of my vocations will never come to fruition. I want you to go into the world and I want  you to speak to families on what it means to be a priest and the blessing it is.”

More visions and super natural experiences have followed, including the grace of healing powers. She says it's not her doing, but that of Jesus who uses her as an instrument. Through it all, she has kept her sense of humor. 

SISTER BRIEGE MCKENNA
St. Clara Sisters Retreat Ministry  
"Then people come and tell me, can you tell me the future? am I going to be a bishop?  I say God doesn’t tell me those things.”

Through the decades there have been highs and lows. The Church has faced challenges and even humiliation. But Sister Mckenna says that's a good thing, because more attention is now focused on forming priests with a true calling. 
The prestige of the priesthood, she adds, is no longer an earthly one


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