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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.

Refugees in Europe: 'We have no more words to describe our situation'

2015-09-04

When Pope Francis makes public appeals to help refugees who've lost it all, he's talking about families like these

This is the scene in Hungary, where refugees are arriving day in and day out. The majority are fleeing wars in Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan.

They want to make it to Germany and Austria, where asylum is being granted. But trains were blocked in Budapest and protests have broken out

MOHAMMAD
Syrian Refugee
"Our family and children have no more money to eat. To drink water, at least. To drink milk, at least. We have no more words to describe our situation. Tell me, what is the definition of being a refugee? What is it? A refugee is to be treated underground? To be sitting on the street ? Is this the message of the refugee?”

Continuing the journey and actually arriving to countries that are granting asylum is not an easy task.  A country may be granting asylum, but it's neighboring countries may not necessarily open its borders to let them go through. 

BABAR BALOCH
UNHCR Hungary 
"There needs to be a way that some of these refugees are relocated to other European countries on equal basis. No country should be left to deal with the refugee issue all by itself.” 

Along the Mediterranean, the desperation grows. This Norwegian ship picked up 781 migrants. Not everyone survived. Four dead bodies were recovered. 

The ship is making its way to Italy. Joy, a Nigerian refugee, says she didn't know just how dangerous the journey would be. Still, she prefers the unknown to the instability back home

JOY
Nigerian Migrant
"I don't know where I'm going, and I don't know where I'm coming from.” 
 
They are the lucky ones... The one's who survived the wars back home and the journey by land and sea. It's not over yet. They still have to begin yet another chapter, another challenge in a foreign land. 


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