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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.

Vatileaks prosecutor: “Journalists are being tried for illegally obtaining information"

2015-11-24

The speed with which the official at the Tribunal of the Vatican City State read the names of those charged illustrates how the Vatican plans to move the case forward: quickly.

Sitting on the bench were the five defendants: Vatican employees Lucio Ángel Vallejo Balda, Francesca Chaouqui y Nicola Maio and two Italian journalists, Gianluigi Nuzzi and Emiliano Fittipaldi. 

"Vallejo Balda, Chaouqui and Maio obtained this information and documents as part of their respective commissions on the Prefecture for Economic Affairs and the COSEA. While Fittipaldi and Nuzzi requested and exerted pressures, especially on Vallejo Balda, to obtain documents and reserved information then used for writing two books published in Italy in November 2015.”

The session began at 10:30 a.m. and ended before noon.

The main defendant, Monsignor Vallejo Balda said "okay,” that "he feels protected,” and that the Pope "wishes that the process will end soon.”

The journalist Emiliano Fittipaldi asked to speak. He said that his indictment was void because "in Italy, the conduct for which I am accused of would not be prosecuted criminally because I was not accused of publishing false or defamatory stories but having published news.”

The prosecutor replied that "the reason for the trial is the way in which they have acquired the information, that is, in a way that prosecution considers unlawful.”

Defense attorneys have until Saturday to present their evidence against the allegations.

Beginning Monday, November 30th, the trial will continue with the interrogation of five defendants and witnesses that each side chooses to present.

Their responses could worsen or ease the penalty, given that the accused are facing between four and eight years in prison.


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