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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.

Want to volunteer for the Jubilee Year of Mercy? Sign up!

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The Year of Mercy will bring in millions of people to Rome. There will be everything from special events to celebrations with the Pope himself. 

It will officially kick off on December 8th and run until November 2016. With less than a month to go, the Vatican is getting things ready. Everything from transportation to security. Volunteers are definitely needed. 

GENO SYLVA 
Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization
"We will need at least 100 volunteers a day. So what we are doing is we are asking women and men around the world to sacrifice, to donate, one week, to come to Rome for one week. And what we'll do, we can't afford to pay for their transportation but will pay for their stay here in Rome, their food, and insurance while they are here.” 

Volunteers will welcome all the pilgrims into churches and help out in Basilicas. For the major events, hundreds of volunteers will be needed.

The city of Rome will also have its volunteers, but the Vatican wants to have its own team as well to help coordinate. 

GENO SYLVA 
Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization
"So they will help us guide people down the reserved walk way from Castle Sant'Angelo into the holy door of St. Peter's. They'll be at the three Jubilee churches were people are going to be able to go everyday for 365 days.” 

While the Vatican is calling on volunteers to come to Rome, it understands that for the vast majority that won't be possible. So it's wants to remind volunteers that they can also help out in their own local diocese. 

GENO SYLVA 
Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization
"And so that's why in the first time in the Church, each diocese is having a holy door of mercy just really to make sure that it is celebrated throughout the world not only here in Rome. So people can make a pilgrimage here and we would love them to make a pilgrimage to Rome but they can also make a pilgrimage, a brief pilgrimage to their own diocese as well. 

Volunteers can log onto www.im.va where they will find info on all the events and volunteer registration, in six languages.  

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