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Theme chosen for 2017 World Communications Day

September 29, 2016. The theme for the 2017 World Communications Day has officially been announced. Coming from the book of Isiah, the theme is: "Fear not, for I am with you: communicating hope and trust in our time.”
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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.

An encounter with Father Charly, a priest in an Argentine shantytown

2015-08-29

When Jorge Bergoglio was elected Pope, he wanted to keep wearing the same black shoes. So he used the same ones that he wore when walking through the shantytowns of Buenos Aires. Known as "villas miserias,” about 250,000 disadvantaged people live in them. They were one of the cardinal's pastoral priorities.

FR. CHARLY
Cura Villero (Buenos Aires)
"He supported them in many ways, with his presence, with money, with a pastoral preference to have more priests living in the villa.”

Carlos Olivero, who is best known as Father Charly, is one of the priests Pope Francis sent to live in the shantytowns. He crossed the Atlantic Ocean to tell Rimini Meeting attendees about the value of living in the villas.

FR. CHARLY
Cura Villero (Buenos Aires)
"Naturally society has a tendency to only see the negative sides of these places. We want to talk about this, but also about the positive things in our neighborhood.”

SANDRA
Villa San Blas
"I, for example, was born there and since I was a child I didn't know much about the neighborhood because my parents kept me safe by not letting me out in the street. But when I was 15-years-old, now I'm 19, I started going out more and knowing the neighborhood better and that's how I joined the missionary group.”

MARCELO
Villa 21
"Currently, the greatest challenge is insecurity and living among drugs. They are basic problems. And we also have urbanization problems.”

Father Charly and young people that work with him try to help people inside and outside of the neighborhoods.

SANDRA
Villa San Blas
"Now every 14 days we are going to a place called Pontevedra that is inside of Buenos Aires. We go every 14 days on Sundays. It is a very humble place where we go and help and play with kids. We prepare breakfast for them and entertain them. We go to visit the families, there are people that are hurting spiritually and we pray with them.”

MARCELO
Villa 21
"Above all, spiritually. We think that material things are ornaments, that true life comes from within, from one. It is what we are looking for.”

FR. CHARLY
Cura Villero (Buenos Aires)
"We find in our neighborhood the fundamentals of Christian community and we find there the steps to make the world more just, to become closer with God. We see lots of beauty in our neighborhood.”

When he spoke at the Rimini Meeting, Father Charly taught people a few things about his neighborhood. He showed that people outside of it have much to learn from those living in poverty.


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