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Pope will not be able to travel to Israel on Friday to attend the funeral of Shimon Peres

September 28, 2016. Despite the rumors that Pope Francis will travel to Israel to attend Shimon Peres funeral, the Vatican has issued a statement officially announcing a confirmation for the pope's scheduled visit to Georgia and Azerbaijan will remain as planned on Friday. The pope spoke warmly about the former leader and sent out a telegram of condolences:
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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.

Couple at Synod: Our family didn't believe in our marriage, wanted us to divorce

2015-10-07

This is the first married couple that spoke before the Synod of Bishops. They told the assembly about the rough beginning to their marriage.

ANDRES GALINDO
Auditor, Synod on the Family (Mexico)
"I lost my job, and part of my family did not believe that we were going to stay married because it started off very badly. One member of the family even arrived one day for us to sign papers for our divorce.”

They recounted how early in their marriage they felt isolated, and had a daughter on the way. Now, 46 years later, they have two children and four grand-kids. They're also taking part in the Synod as experts in family ministry.

ANDRES GALINDO
Auditor, Synod on the Family (Mexico)
"We put aside all the 'buts.' When we were talking to each other, we looked at each other in the eye, and we looked at our friend, and said, 'When do we start?' And, from then on, we worked in family ministry. It has already been 22 years.”

During the last two decades, they have helped couples prepare for marriage and also assisted married couples who have troubles. They discussed some of the difficulties that couples often face.

CLARA RUBIO
Auditor, Synod on the Family (Mexico)
"The fact that both parents have to work leads to a loss of communication in marriages. And that loss of communication leads to distance, not knowing each other, and not knowing to think about one another.”

ANDRES GALINDO
Auditor, Synod on the Family (Mexico)
"If the parents don't have a presence in the house, where is the education? We abandon that education or one abandons that education in people who, perhaps, have no idea.”

CLARA RUBIO
Auditor, Synod on the Family (Mexico)
"How often are we tucked away in technology, living in a frightful lonely marriage, with everyone in their gadgets?”

The couple remains unfocused on political debates or external pressure. They only want to transmit one key message to the Synod.

ANDRES GALINDO
Auditor, Synod on the Family (Mexico)
"That they must make a family ministry that comes from the heart, from the love that families have, from the care they must have. What for? So that all of us in some way can approach them and can ask for that help that at times we need in our life.”

Sixteen other couples from throughout the world will deliver speeches before the Synod, discussing the major challenges families face. The objective: to find pastoral solutions so that no one feels like they're alone.


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