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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.
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Pope announces next World Day of Peace: “Non-Violence: A Style of Politics for Peace”

August 26, 2016. This is the theme Pope Francis has chosen for the next World Day of Peace, to be celebrated on January 1, 2017. Pope Francis has talked about the worrisome surge of violence that has taken over the world. On his trip to Poland in July he said the world is in a "piecemeal World War." That is why he wishes that this 50th World Day of Peace, the fourth of his pontificate, be a beacon of diplomacy and good will. The Pope wants to underline the prevalence of law in international affairs as a way to ensure a peaceful future. The World Day of Peace is a project started by Paul VI in 1968. It is celebrated the first day of every year, and it is usually an occasion where the pope makes important statements about the Social Doctrine of the Church.

Vatican arrests high ranking monsignor and lay woman over leaked documents

2015-11-02

The Vatican Gendarmerie has arrested and interrogated a senior Vatican official and a lay woman regarding "the removal and dissemination of news and confidential documents.” They are the Spanish Msgr. Lucio Angel Vallejo Balda and Italian Francesca Chaouqui.

While the Italian woman was released, though not cleared, after cooperating with the investigation, the priest remains in prison.

Lucio Angel Vallejo Balda was formerly the number two official in the Prefecture for Economic Affairs. Pope Francis appointed him in July 2013 to coordinate the working group for reforming the Vatican's economic institutions and administrations. Francesca Chaouqui was a member of the commission.

A book will be published this week that likely includes recordings of Pope Francis speaking at closed door meetings of the working group. 

This is how the monsignor explained the work Pope Francis entrusted to him.  

MSGR.  LUCIO ÁNGEL VALLEJO
Secretary, Prefecture for Economic Affairs
"We have a clear assignment from the Pope: full transparency and better management. I wouldn't say we need to be more austere, because the Holy See is already austere in general, but I would say we need to think more about our expenses; we need management to be more efficient, so that assets can be freed to use for more urgent things. It's what the Pope keeps on saying... and what he told us, too: when you have to make an extraordinary expense, think that many people are starving out there.”

While the investigation remains open, a Vatican spokesman said in a statement the book is a result of "a serious betrayal of trust granted by the Pope.” He warned that the authors are taking "advantage of a seriously unlawful act, (the) delivery of confidential documents.”

The spokesman added that these types of publications "do not contribute in any way to establish clarity and truth, but rather to create confusion and partial and tendentious interpretations” and that they hurt the Pope's work.

The incident is reminiscent of the 2012 "Vatileaks” case, when Pope Benedict XVI's butler stole and disseminated secret documents belonging to his boss. He was later sentenced to 18 months in prison, though the Pope pardoned him and gave him a new position.


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