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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.

Pope Francis prays for victims of chemical explosions in China

2015-08-17

Pope Francis prayed the Angelus this Saturday, to mark the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It's the first time in 60 years that this special Angelus was prayed in St. Peter's Square. It's traditionally celebrated at Castel Gandolfo, the summer residence for Popes.

Despite the rain, and the unusual schedule, St. Peter's Square was still filled with pilgrims who prayed alongside the Pope.

Our Lady was "the great believer,” Pope Francis explained to the crowd.

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"Our life, seen in the light of Mary assumed into Heaven, is not a senseless wandering. Instead, it is a pilgrimage, even with all its uncertainties and suffering, that has a sure destination: the house of the Father, who waits for us with love.”

He said that what God did with the Virgin Mary sends a message to all Christians. And that message is a promise.

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"The Gospel also shows us the true reason for the greatness of Mary and her bliss: the reason is faith. Faith is the heart of Mary's story. She is the believer, the great believer.”

Later, Pope Francis also took time to pray for and to remember the victims of two recent chemical explosions in China

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"I send my prayers to those who have lost their lives and for those people who have been affected by this catastrophe. May the Lord give relief and support to those who are dedicated to alleviating their suffering.” 

Before leaving, the Pope recommended to the pilgrims that they pray at the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore. The basilica houses the Mary Salus Populi Romani icon. Pope Francis is known to have a great devotion to Mary.


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