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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.

Local artist transforms Roman neighborhood with an image of Our Lady

2015-08-14

This used to be an average residential neighborhood in Rome. But thanks to 20 international artists,  it has been turned into a type of open air museum, where one can't help but to stop and look. 

MR. KLEVRA
Roman Artist
"When we first arrived the area seemed abandoned. Even the gardens were in bad shape.” 

This local artist goes by the name of Mr. Klevra. He is one of the painters who turned these buildings on Viale Tormarancia, into canvases. 

Byzantine Religious works are his specialty. And this piece is no exception. It took Mr. Klevra four days to start and finish this image of Our Lady with baby Jesus, titled "Our Lady of Shanghai.”  Below it reads 'Under your protection we seek refuge.' 

MR. KLEVRA
Roman Artist
"This is a closed residential lot, so Our Lady represents the city of Rome. Christ who is in her arms, represents the community who calls for attention and affection. It's an icon of motherhood and Rome is asking for affection.” 

This piece follows hundreds of other religious works he's designed over the years. With the permission of the city and even without it, Mr. Klevra has depicted Our Lady and Jesus, in popular spots all over Rome. Sometimes they last one day. Others last years. But he says it's all about transmitting a message, even when it's inconvenient. 

MR. KLEVRA
Roman Artist
"The first two days I worked on this piece, it was raining. I had a t-shirt, two sweatshirts and a two jackets on, and the rain just kept on falling. I only stopped when I felt the water trickling down my spine, but that's it. When you're working on this kind of art, you don't want to stop at all-not even to eat.” 

Renowned artists from all over the world were given a clean slate to showcase their talents. 
Some drew symbols, others chose to depict people they met in that very neighborhood. This project was launched by a local art program called 999 Contemporary. Now this residential area that was often overlooked, has become a symbol of how inspiration and even devotion can change everything. 


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