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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 thanks religious men and women for their work with the disabled

2015-09-21

During his meeting with seminarians, religious, and priests, Pope Francis was set to speak about unity and joy. But without any warning, he made a decision that he's become known for: He decided to improvise.

POPE FRANCIS
"I am going to give the Homily to Cardinal Jamie to bring to you and publish it and afterward you can meditate on it. And now let's chat a bit about what these two prophets said.”

The two prophets were Cardinal Jaime Ortega and a woman religious. They spoke about poverty and mercy, two issues that deeply moved the Pope.

POPE FRANCIS
"Cardinal Jaime said an uncomfortable word, very uncomfortable, extremely uncomfortable. It goes against the cultural structure of the world. He said poverty.”

Poverty, he explained, is a word that the world fears and tries to avoid at all costs. And when that fear gets into the heart of a Christian...

POPE FRANCIS
"You are lost. You're not like Jesus...We always try to avoid poverty. It can be for reasonable things, but I am talking about avoiding it in the heart.”

Pope Francis was touched by the testimony of a sister who spoke about working in a center for the physically and mentally disabled.

POPE FRANCIS
"You cried because you were young. You thought that in a school you could do more things, you could organize future for youth. And they sent you there, to the home of mercy...Taking care of those who the world threw out, who the world despises, who the world prefers not exist.”

The Pope thanked her and all the other religious for their work with people the world considered "throwaway material.” He said they are just as precious as anyone in God's eyes.

POPE FRANCIS
"But that is nice to God. For example, the smile of a spastic who does not know how to smile correctly. Or when they want to kiss you but they spit on your face. That is the tenderness of God.”

Speaking of mercy, the Pope also shared some advice for confessors. He said that when hearing confessions, they cannot forget that they are sinners too. And they must never grow tired of forgiveness.

After this improvised address, the Pope went to the last major event of the day: a meeting with young people.


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