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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.

A look back at the 'first' Vatileaks case

2015-11-03

It seems like the Vatican is facing yet another case of 'Vatileaks' with confidential documents  leaked to the press. It's a case that has a lot of similarities to what happened under the pontificate of Benedict XVI. 

It was back in January 2012, when the current Vatican ambassador to the U.S, Carlo María Viganó, denounced the corruption and ill management of the Vatican. 

That document and others were leaked to the Italian press, which printed that and other confidential documents. 

To find out who or what department was leaking the documents, in April, Benedict XVI assigned three cardinals to investigate the source of the leaks. 

Shortly there after, Italian journalist Gianluigi Nuzzi published a book titled 'Sua Santita' or Your Holiness, with more than 100 confidential documents of Benedict XVI. Some of the documents were never meant to leave the papal apartments, which actually made it easier to find the culprits. The main suspect was Benedict XVI's butler, Paolo Gabriele. Inside his home, police found hundreds of confidential documents 

FR. FEDERICO LOMBARDI
Vatican Spokesman
"For right now he's being held, pending the first interrogation. I wouldn't be surprised if afterwards, the lawyers made a presentation about it. As for how the judge will proceed after, we don't know.”


Amid all the confusion, both in the international press and in the Vatican Curia, the Pope had this to say: 

BENEDICT XVI
May 30, 2012
"Some entirely gratuitous rumors have multiplied, amplified by some media, which went well beyond the facts, offering a picture of the Holy See that does not correspond to reality. I would like therefore to reiterate my confidence and my encouragement to my staff.”

The Papal butler, Paolo Gabriele, spent two months in one of the Vatican's three jail cells. Once he was under house arrest, he wrote to Benedict XVI asking for a pardon, adding that he had acted alone without accomplices. 

His Vatican trial was watched worldwide. 


FR. FEDERICO LOMBARDI
Vatican Spokesman
"The butler said he had no economic interest in leaking the documents. He said he was motivated by a feeling of personal distress. He said he was guilty of betraying the Pope and the trust the Pope had in him.”

Four days later, the Vatican tribunal issued its sentence. 

"The court declares, Paolo Gabriele, guilty, who abusing the confidence given to him and derived from his professional responsibilities, stole items that because of this relationship, were left unattended due to the confidence entrusted in him.”

The butler was sentenced to 18 months in prison, accused of aggravated theft of confidential documents. 
In December, just before Christmas, the Pope pardoned him and gave him new housing and a new job in a Vatican hospital. 


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