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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.

Check out the Pope's schedule in Cuba

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The Pope's trip to Cuba will be intense. The three day trip will kick off on Saturday September 19th. When it's all said and done, the Pope will have visited three of the major cities on the island. 

SATURDAY 19TH
On Saturday September 19th, at 10.15 am. Pope Francis is scheduled to depart from Rome's Fiumicino airport and make his way towards Havana, Cuba. 

He will arrive at about 4 o clock to the capital's  International Airport. After his welcoming ceremony, he will deliver his first address on the island.

SUNDAY 20TH 
The very next morning, at 9 a.m, the Pope will celebrate Sunday Mass in Havana's Revolution Square. 

 A few hours later, at about 4 o clock, he plans to meet with President Raul Castro and other country leaders in the city's Revolution Palace. About an hour after that meeting, the Pope will lead the Vespers prayers with priests, religious and seminarians in the city's Cathedral. 

MONDAY 21ST 
On the morning of Monday, September 21st, the Pope will head to the city of Holguin at 8 a.m and at about 10.30 a.m, he will celebrate Mass in the city. That visit will be short, because at about 4. 45pm, the Pope will make his way to the city of Santiago. 

At 7 o clock, he plans to meet with Bishops, in the Great Seminary of the city. Shortly afterwards, they will pay homage to Our Lady of Charity in the city's minor Basilica. 

TUESDAY 22ND
On the 22nd at 8a.m., the Pope will celebrate Mass in the minor Basilica of the Shrine of Our Lady of Charity. Three hours later he will bless families and other pilgrims from the city's main square. 

 At around 12.30, he will make his way to Santiago's airport and board a flight to Washington D.C, to start the second leg of his trip in the U.S. 


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