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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.

Pope Francis meets a group of intellectually disabled people who contacted him by video

2015-09-05

"Oh, and what has happened lately in the news?”
"Well look at the world...things are going badly.”

The people in this video live in a center for people with intellectual disabilities. There are currently 140 residents.

The video they made for their facility's 50th anniversary isn't a typical production. That's because it had a special recipient: Pope Francis. 

"We are going to send a message to the Pope. Imagine that.”
"From here to there?”
"Yes, but are we really going to send it.”

"Well, yes. I would like to visit the Vatican and see the Pope. I would like it.”


PURA ALARCÓN
Casa Grande de Martiherrero (Ávila, Spain)
"We made a video where they describe their hopes and their problems. The Pope saw it and invited us to the Vatican.”

And so they came. The group attended Pope Francis' general audience, and he took time to greet them one by one.

"They are happy. They have touched Heaven with their hands.”

JUAN CARLOS GONZÁLEZ
"I told him that given these circumstances and our situation, I asked God to intercede for us, so we could go down this path with joy.”

FR. JOSÉ LUIS RETANA
Director, Casa Grande de Martiherrero (Ávila, Spain)
"I believe that they now have seen that they are loved by God. FLASH Because they had heard in theory that God loves them. But now Pope Francis has blessed them and has hugged them one by one.”

The delegation that flew to Rome was composed of eight boys from the residence, some educators, and the Bishop of  Ávila. They had some interesting conversations. 

"Tell him about football. What do you say?”
"I like Barcelona and I like Messi.”
"Good. We exported him to Barcelona from Argentina.”

EDUARDO JIMÉNEZ
"I was very emotional. Because it was the first time that I had seen him. I had seen him on TV more than once. But it's not the same as seeing him in person.”

Everyone who took part in the trip returned to Spain smiling ear to ear. After all, they had the chance to do something that few people in this world are able to.

"My name is Pedro and I live in the Casa Grande de Martiherrero and I am friends with the Pope.”


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