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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.

Pope to Italian bishops in Florence: We cannot be obsessed with power

2015-11-10

Pope Francis arrived by helicopter to Florence, and he touched down in this stadium, which was prepared just for the occasion. Afterward, he had the opportunity to visit the cathedral and admire one of his favorite paintings: Marc Chagall's "White Crucifixion.”

At the cathedral, Pope Francis spoke to Italian bishops who were meeting in Florence. He started by hearing moving testimonies.  Among them were a divorced couple who remarried and a priest.

Father Bledar was born into atheist family in Albania and came to Italy in a raft with fake documents. He lived on the streets until a local parish priest helped him.

"He found nothing for me but told me, 'Jesus has called me to open the door, so come and stay in my house.' I lived in his home as a son. Not for one day or a month but instead for almost nine years.”

Afterward, the Pope delivered a lengthy speech in which he asked Christians to be guided by humility, selflessness, and the Beatitudes.

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"These characteristics tells us we should not be obsessed with power. Not even when it seems that power is useful and helpful for the social image of the Church.”

The Pope added that he prefers a "rough and stained” Church that goes out to the people over a Church that is "closed for its own comfort.”

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"Christian doctrine is not a closed system that's incapable of generating questions, doubts, or interrogations. It is alive. It moves. It animates. Its face is not rigid. It has a body that moves and develops, it's soft: It's called Jesus Christ. Christian doctrine is called Jesus Christ.”

To that end, he told bishops that contact with people is key. If they don't keep in touch with others, they will lose their humanity and the Church won't move forward. He asked them one thing.

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"To the pastors I ask that they be pastors. Nothing more than pastors. I am a pastor. That should be your joy. The people, your sheep, should support you.”

Pope Francis also invited them to not be afraid of dialogue and to remember that Jesus did not sacrifice Himself for just a few chosen people but instead for all of humanity.


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