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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.

Pope to Parents: Pass on the faith to your kids. Teach them the sign of the Cross

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The Pope's weekly general audience took place outdoors this week in St. Peter's Square, where the Pope made a few rounds in the popemobile to greet all the pilgrims. 

For about 20 minutes, he blessed babies and received a few gifts. Everything from a soccer ball to a papal hat he exchanged with a woman. 

It marked the Pope's 100th general audience. Pope Francis decided to speak about the importance of praying as a family. 

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 "It's beautiful when mothers teach their children to send a kiss to Jesus or to the Virgin Mary. At that very moment, the kid's heart transforms into a site of prayer. It's a gift from the Holy Spirit.” 

It's through prayer and within the family, that this gift from the Holy Spirit grows, said the Pope. He also recognized that often times, families lead busy lives and don't have time for reflection. 

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"Whoever has a family, quickly learns how to solve mathematical equations that not even the experts can handle: Turning 24 hours into 48. It's true! There are mothers and fathers who could win the Nobel prize for this.” 

But despite time limitations, prayer, he explained leads the heart to inner peace. He says a great starting point is reading the Gospel as a family. 

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"Ask yourselves, 'Do you have a Gospel at home? Do we read it together as a family? Do we meditate while praying the rosary?' A Gospel that is read within the family is like good bread that nurtures the hearts of everyone.” 

Passing on the faith to younger generations he said, is a must. He says it worries him when kids don't even know how to make the sign of the Cross. 

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"There are children who have not learned how to make the sign of the Cross. Mothers and fathers, teach your children this. It's a good assignment for parents to have.” 

Since September 1st marks the first 'World Day of Prayer for Care for Creation,' the Pope announced that on that day, he will lead a liturgical celebration, at 5 o clock in St. Peter's Basilica. 


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