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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.

Vatican official: Pope is not minimizing abortion, instead wants people to feel grace

2015-09-01

Pope Francis has given priests throughout the world the power to absolve the sin of abortion during the next Jubilee of Mercy.

It remains a grave sin, which leads to excommunication from the Church.

MSGR. HUMBERTO GONZÁLEZ
Pontifical Commission for Latin America
"It is not like robbing or stealing something from someone. Life is sacred and its only master is God. It is such a grave sin that the person who commits it faces excommunication from Communion with the Church.”

Precisely because of this seriousness, someone who commits the sin must be absolved by a bishop or by priests who have been granted the authority to do so. Not all priests currently have that power.

MSGR. HUMBERTO GONZÁLEZ
Pontifical Commission for Latin America
"It is not a punishment. It is simply postponing forgiveness a bit to help with reflection. In the same way, committing a misdemeanor is not the same as committing murder. An abortion is delicate. This is life. He is not denying forgiveness. It is just postponed until a guarantee of true repentance, of desire for conversion and change.”

Starting December 8, 2015, and lasting until November 20, 2016, Pope Francis will grant all priests the capacity to give absolution for the sin. The decision isn't meant to minimize the gravity of the abortion.

MSGR. HUMBERTO GONZÁLEZ
Pontifical Commission for Latin America
"It is not minimizing it. What the Pope is doing is empowering people. In a special year like the Jubilee Year, which has a start date and an end date, God's graces are able to rain down in droves. He is making sure no one feels prevented from receiving these graces.”

In a letter sent by Pope Francis today, he says he understands the conditions that lead a woman to make this decision. He adds that it's a moral and existential drama that is very serious. But, at the same time, he recalls that God's forgiveness isn't given to everyone. Rather, only people who confess with a sincere heart may receive it.


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