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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.

Meet the three month old baby who has turned into the 'Synod's Mascot'

2015-10-10

It's official. The youngest participant in the Synod of Bishops is named Davide. He has the attention of everyone in and outside the Vatican. 

FR. MANUEL DORANTES
Vatican Press Office
"All eyes are constantly on Davide. Everyone wants to take a picture with him. It reflects the kind and affectionate side of the Synod.”

His name is Davide Paloni. A three month old baby who is the youngest of 12 siblings. His parents, Massimo and Patrizia are among the married couples taking part in the Synod on the Family. The little boy was even welcomed personally by Pope Francis. 

PATRIZIA PALONI
Auditor, Synod of the Family
"The Pope was happy about it. In fact, he told us: 'I don't think he's on the Synod list.' He's has softened the hearts of Cardinals and Bishops who walked up to him and blessed him. So, I hope he becomes a holy boy.” 

This married couple is sharing its experience on family life with Bishops. They say Pope Paul VI played a major role in their lives through his encyclical, Humanae Vitae

PATRIZIA PALONI
Auditor, Synod of the Family
"We are very grateful for the teachings of Paul VI. I was very young, I was just 24 when I was expecting my third child and people would tell us: 'Stop, you need to be responsible.' Now, I look at a photograph of my 12 children and I ask, 'So which one of them, shouldn't have existed? You can't answer that.”

For the past 11 years this couple has lived in Holland where they serve as Catholic missionaries from the Neocatecumenal Way. They have of course experienced highs and lows, but they say their Christian faith and the support of other families has been key in helping them overcome challenges. 

MASSIMO PALONI
Auditor, Synod of the Family
"The help of our community has been enormous in overcoming life's challenges. The best thing is that they are normal couples, just like us, helping other average families.”

Even though they live away from their native Italy, they say their faith helps them live out their family life in Holland, despite the different culture and language. 

PATRIZIA PALONI
Auditor, Synod of the Family
"Joy and happiness are meant to be shared. This is definitely our experience.”

So, this couple reflects one of the challenges the Synod is trying to overcome—not only teaching the faith, but actually reflecting the beauty of it within married couples

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