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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.

Meet Patti Gallagher, leader of the Charismatic Renewal

2015-08-08

Her name is Patti Gallagher. She describes herself as an American author, wife, mother and grandmother from New Orleans. But, she's also a powerful force within the Catholic Church, and a leader in the Charismatic Renewal

It's powerful ecclesial movement that started off back in 1967. At the very core of its charism is the so called Baptism through the Holy Spirit. 

She describes it as an awakening of the graces of Baptism, which often turn dormant because of lack of faith. Being in tune with that spiritual strength, she says, starts off with a simple prayer.  


PATTI GALLAGHER
Charismatic Renewal Leader
"Then say Lord, Baptize me in your Holy Spirit. You see all my desires, needs, weaknesses. I can't do anything without the power of the Holy Spirit.  Lord, send your Spirit to me. Just these three simple worlds, 'Come, Holy Spirit'- that's  a powerful prayer.” 

She visited Rome to speak to priests and bishops in a world retreat in the Cathedral of St. John Lateran. She was one of the few female speakers to address more than 1,000 priests and bishops from over 90 countries. 

PATTI GALLAGHER
Charismatic Renewal Leader
"They are only men. They are ordained, but they face the same struggles and temptations and the loneliness and the crush of the work so, anything we can do to support our priests, pray for them, sacrifice for them. In this case for me to actually be able to talk to them and pray for them.” 

With an estimated 120 million Catholics in 235 countries around the world, the Charismatic movement has a strong following. But it's lively style has often been misunderstood and reactions are usually mixed. Critics say, the movement focuses too much on the non-liturgical instead of the Eucharist.

Back in June 2014, thousands of members filled Rome's Olympic Stadium as Pope Francis directly addressed the group- and he even mentioned Patti Gallagher by name. 

Even the Pope admitted that at first, he didn't understand the movement, adding that it reminded him of a so called 'Samba School.' But eventually it grew on him. Patti Gallagher says it's about being in tune with the Gospel and the Holy Spirit. 

PATTI GALLAGHER
Charismatic Renewal Leader
"That doesn’t mean people have to be part of a movement, carry a card or act a certain way.”

In North America the Charismatic Renewal has close to 10 million followers. In Asia 16 million and in Africa roughly 9 million. Latin America tops the list with more than 73 million members. 



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