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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.

Petition to take concrete steps against the Islamic State garners 130,000+ signatures

2015-09-09

Throughout his pontificate, Pope Francis has repeatedly prayed for people suffering in the Middle East, especially Christians. The Pope has urged concrete steps be taken to help refugees.

POPE FRANCIS
September 6, 2015
"Faced with the tragedy of tens of thousands of refugees who flee death from war and hunger, and who have begun a journey moved by vital hope, the Gospel calls us to be 'neighbors' of the weakest and the abandoned. To give them concrete hope. It’s not enough to say, 'Take heart. Be patient.'”

While he has called on the international community to help refugees, Pope Francis also believes it's important to solve the root cause of the problem. 

One organization is working to ensure that the United Nations moves beyond rhetoric. They've launched a global petition calling on the UN Security Council to develop a plan to protect religious freedom and human rights in Syria and Iraq; adopt a legal framework to sanction the Islamic State; and approve measures to stop people who fund the terrorist group.

LUCA VOLONTÈ
Novae Terrae Foundation
"We're hoping that they will approve finally something real. Not only good words, not only good disappointment, but also something very positive, very practical and concrete to defend these Christians and these religious minorities in these martyrized countries.”

The petition already has more than 130,000 signatures from throughout the world, and their goal is to reach 200,000.

While it's important for the government to act, he said the Church can also make a big difference in helping people until real change comes.

LUCA VOLONTÈ
Novae Terrae Foundation
"Other churches, other bishop conferences around the world could move, could act to prepare some national plans to receive these people that have had their lives destroyed. Many of them, a part of their family are killed on the way. So it's an urgent act. It's a clear sign that the Catholic Church is not only a spiritual Church but practical really, wanting to lead and to save people.”

After years of stalling, time is running out in the fight against the Islamic State. Christians have abandoned parts of the Middle East where they had lived for thousands of years. Soon, there may not be any Christians left in the birthplace of their religion.


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