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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.

Catholics and Jews come together at Vatican to reflect on 50 years of progress

2015-12-11

The relationship between Catholics and Jews hasn't always been strong, to say the least. But during a press conference held at the Vatican, leaders from both faiths reflected on the tremendous progress that has been made after the Second Vatican Council.

They came together to discuss a new document from the Vatican Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews, "The Gifts and the Calling of God are Irrevocable.” But the conversation was about much more.

The text recalls that the alliance with God is valid and that the Catholic Church should not try to convert Jews. A major focus was on how Catholics and Jews can work together on some of the most pressing issues of our time through dialogue.

FR. NORBERT HOFMANN
Secretary, Vatican Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews
"When you read the document, you see the goals listed up. It's to know each other better, of course for collaboration for peace, for justice, for the preservation of the creation and for reconciliation. These are, let's say, the great goals of the dialogue.”

The document was prepared to mark the 50th anniversary of the publication of "Nostra aetate.” The historic declaration set the basis for dialogue between Catholics and other religions. 

One Jewish representative suggested that his presence at the Vatican was itself proof of progress. He noted that a group of Orthodox rabbis had also recently published a document about their relationship with Christianity. He quoted from it.


RABBI DAVID ROSEN
American Jewish Committee
"'Christianity is neither an accident nor an error, but the willed outcome of divine will and a gift to the nations.' And it calls for us, as indeed this document issued by the Pontifical Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews, to work together as partners to address the moral challenge of our era.”

Since fifty years have passed since the landmark declaration about Catholicism's relationship with other faiths, some wondered whether it was time for second "Nostra Aetate.” The participants didn't give a definitive answer, though they suggested that publications like these were steps on the way to such a statement.


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