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Pope will not be able to travel to Israel on Friday to attend the funeral of Shimon Peres

September 29, 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.

Knights of Columbus to focus on helping persecuted Christians in the Middle East

2015-08-14

The Knights of Columbus is one of the Catholic Church's biggest service organizations. And now they're helping to take on one of Christianity's biggest challenges in modern times.

The organization's CEO announced at a recent press conference that the Knights would be working to "expose the crimes against humanity that are being committed” against Christians in the Middle East.

The group, which was meeting for its 133rd annual international convention in Philadelphia, will also continue delivering humanitarian aid to the region.

CARL ANDERSON
Knights of Columbus 
"We know that there is much more that needs to be done. Food and education are sorely needed. More housing, more medical care. More of everything, actually, is needed by people who have literally nothing. And the Knights of Columbus will reimburse all of the administrative costs of this program. So 100 percent of the money donated to this cause will go to the people who need help.”

Also present at the press conference were bishops from Iraq and Syria. They delivered powerful testimony about the importance of publicizing the atrocities in their countries.

JEAN-CLEMENT JEANBART
Melkite Archbishop of Aleppo (Syria)
"We have seen people killed, slaughtered. Women violated. Priests and bishops kidnapped. Houses destroyed. Churches and commons invaded."


BASHAR MATTI WARDA
Chaldean Archbishop of Erbil (Iraq)
"Love, and faith, and hope. That's what marks Christians. We have seen and experienced the love of God through all the charity and love that's being given to us to stay there.”

The Knights of Columbus have already donated millions of dollars to the region. They've built permanent housing and supported medical facilities that serve refugees.

The focus on persecuted believers isn't an unprecedented move for the organization. Nearly 100 years ago, they made major efforts to help oppressed Mexican Catholics.

Vatican Secretary of State Pietro Parolin delivered a message to the group on behalf of Pope Francis. According to the cardinal, Pope Francis asked the group to offer "constant prayer” for the "brothers and sisters, who strive only to be faithful to Christ.”


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