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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

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Card. Péter Erdő, highlights key points of the Synod of Bishops

2015-10-05

The first session of the Synod on the Family, kicked off on Monday. Cardinal Péter Erd, started things off by speaking before the 300 participants and summarizing the key points of the so called 'working document.'  

It includes additional thoughts on the family, that Pope Francis brought to light throughout the past year. 

The document states that there's a vast consensus in the Church when it comes to young couples. Bishops agree that the Church must do more to help newlywed couples by having them talk to couples who have been married for years. 

CARD. PÉTER ERD
Relator General of the Synod 
"From these discussions, other enriching connections can rise. Including support for those in difficult situations or those with problems in their marriage. By being part of a faith group, the faith of couples can increase. Especially if these groups meet regularly to read the Bible and pray together. It's a way to cultivate the faith.”  

Another issue being looked at in the Synod, are children who grow up in broken homes, without the presence of a father or a mother. That includes divorced parents, those who spend too much time at work, and  those who have immigrated to other countries. 

Ultimately the main goal is to reach out to those people who face challenging family situations and to those who are no longer active in the Church. 

CARD. PÉTER ERD
Relator General of the Syno
"If a Church community welcomes these people, in whatever circumstance they find themselves in. And if the Church can clearly introduce the truth about marriage, it could help these couples to opt for Sacramental marriage.” 

Cardinal Erdo, emphasized that the Synod should reflect on  divorced and civilly re-married Catholics, who want to receive the Eucharist. 

CARD. ALBERTO SUÁREZ INDA
Archbishop of Morelia (México)
"The Church must extend its contribution, to be close to those who are in pain and those who look for a solution to their situation.” 

Cardinal Suarez Inda is from Mexico. He think one option that is often overlooked, is showing the beauty of Christian life and living it out in public. 

CARD. ALBERTO SUÁREZ INDA
Archbishop of Morelia (México)
"The priority should be showing the true identity of the family. Recognizing God's purpose in creating the family. It's based on a stable and fertile union between man and woman. It's a school of love. It implies sacrifices, but it's the source of authentic joy.” 

Dealing with these issues and finding solutions won't happen overnight. The Cardinal says one of the first steps is getting governments and every day Christians involved, to nurture a new culture. 


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