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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

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Pope Francis pays tribute to Father Jacques Hamel

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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.

The memories of family that bishops shared at the Synod

2015-10-21

Bishops taking part in the Synod are looking for answers to help the modern family. While they aren't married themselves, many of them have brought special memories: recollections of their families as they grew up. They've discussed the challenges and joys of their own homes. And those ideas help inform their views on how to deal with new challenges.

MGR. SELVISTER PONNUMUTHAN
Bishop of Punalur (India) 
"I know the struggles that my father and my mother had. We are seven in the family. And we are happy that my mother is 92 still, thank God. My father died. So I know the struggles that they had to educate and animate the children.”

The bishops suggested that the family is the best school for human and Christian formation. Some recalled it was where they learned the most important lessons of their lives.

MSGR. CARLOS OSORO
Archbishop of Madrid (Spain) 
"I learned to forgive, to serve, to give myself, to be beside the most needed, to accompany and to feel accompanied, to discover an unconditional love. I learned the best lessons of my life in the school of fine arts that has been my family, consisting of my parents and my brothers."

In those recollections, grandparents had a special place. Synod participants have highlighted that they're crucial to passing down the faith. Some bishops know it from personal experience.

MSGR. SALVADOR PIÑEIRO
President of the Peruvian Conference of Bishops
"I thought of my grandparents so many times! They taught me to love Jesus, to pray. Every time I leave my house, I repeat the prayer that my grandmother taught me: 'Jesus left Bethlehem with Joseph and Mary. I leave home with the same company.' It's recorded on my hard drive."

They are just some of the memories shared by bishops throughout the meeting. And those memories form the basis of their search for answers to common problems the family faces today.


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