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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 Francis' nine most powerful foreign policy moments

2015-12-11

Pope Francis belongs to the very small group of leaders who can make a real difference in international affairs. And from the moment he became Pope, he has never been shy on the world stage.

To commemorate the Pope's first thousands days, here are nine of his biggest moments in foreign policy.

1. VISITING LAMPEDUSA

Pope Francis, who came from a family of Italian immigrants to Argentina, made a statement with his first trip outside of Rome. He chose to go to  Lampedusa, also known as the "gateway to Europe.”

While there, he used a phrase that would become a mainstay during his time as Pope.

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"Who has cried for these people who lost their lives on a boat? For the young mothers who  traveled with their children? For those men, who are looking for means to support their families? We are a society that has forgotten the experience of shedding tears, of suffering amid the globalization of indifference.”

2. VIGIL FOR SYRIA

The ongoing war in Syria is one of the most gut-wrenching stories of our time. It's also one of Pope Francis' greatest concerns. A few months after becoming Pope, he organized a prayer vigil in St. Peter's Square.

One hundred thousand people came and prayed alongside the Pope. Lots of followers of other religions also came. Even early in his pontificate, it was clear that Pope Francis could bring together people in a way no other leader could.

3. HUG AT THE WAILING WALL

When Pope Francis visited the Wailing Wall in May 2014, he brought along two important friends: Rabbi Abraham Skorka and the Muslim leader Omar Abboud. 

In a powerful interreligious statement, the three old friends embraced before the landmark. They said together, "We did it!”

4. ADDRESSING THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT

The Pope had some strong words for Europe's most important assembly: The European Parliament.

He highlighted the theme of dignity many times. Offenses against dignity come in many forms, he explained. The speech received a standing ovation.

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"Dear Members of the European Parliament, the time has come to work together in building a Europe which revolves not around the economy, but around the sacredness of the human person, around inalienable values.”

5. CUBA AND U.S. DIPLOMACY

In late 2014, Cuba and the United States announced a thaw in relations after half a century of animosity. During the announcement, both Raul Castro and Barack Obama name-checked the Pope.

In fact, Pope Francis personally reached out to both leaders in the process. He even invited both parties to the Vatican to discuss their negotiation process.

6. THE ARMENIAN "GENOCIDE”

During Mass in St. Peter's Basilica, the Pope referred to the Ottoman Empire's killing of about 1.5 million Armenians between 1915 and 1923 as a "genocide.”

He received push-back from the Turkish government for his remarks, but the Pope stood firm and explained why he described the killings that way.

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"Concealing or denying evil is like allowing a wound to keep bleeding without bandaging it.” 

7. LAUDATO SI'

When Pope Francis published "Laudato Si” in June 2015, it attracted almost unprecedented attention for a papal encyclical. It's exactly what the Pope wanted.

His call for sweeping changes in how humans think about ecology was timed to influence the COP 21 climate conference in Paris. Since its release, the encyclical has been cited by countless heads of state. And perhaps more importantly, its message has reached millions of people: Catholic or not.

8. WINNING OVER AMERICA

Some of the toughest criticisms of Pope Francis have come from politically conservative Catholics in the United States. The Pope's trip there, the first in his life, was considered a major test of his appeal.

Polling data after the trip suggests the visit improved the Pope's standing among Americans. Moments like this, during his address to Congress, are why he was able to win over doubters.

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"We need to avoid a common temptation nowadays: to discard whatever proves troublesome. Let us remember the Golden Rule: 'Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.'”

9. ENTERING A WAR ZONE

It was perhaps the riskiest move of his papacy. Pope Francis decided to visit a country currently in the middle of a violent civil war.

His visit to a refugee camp in the Central African Republic was the most moving moment of the trip. It was also powerful diplomacy.

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"We have to work and pray and do everything for peace. But peace without love, without friendship, without tolerance, without forgiveness, is not possible.”

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