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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.

Remembering Saint Juan Diego ahead of the Mass in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe

2015-12-11

On separate occasions in 1531, the Virgin Mary appeared before Juan Diego on a hill near Mexico City. The indigenous convert to Catholicism said she called for a Church to be built where she appeared.

Our Lady also left an image of herself on the lining of Juan Diego's cloak. It is one of the most iconic images in all of Catholicism.

The postulator for the cause of Saint Juan Diego explained the story.

MSGR. EDUARDO CHAVEZ
Canon of the Basilica of Guadalupe
"The cloak signifies the laity. That's where the truth of God was put, with these flowers, under Our Lady. She put flowers inside the cloak then he took it to the bishop. He arrived at the bishop on the morning of Tuesday, December 12, 1531. After an hour and a half, the bishop agreed to see him. Then Juan Diego told him everything and he gave him the sign that is the flowers. And in that moment, the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe was imprinted on Juan Diego's cloak.”

Since then, Our Lady of Guadalupe has become the Patron Saint of Mexico and the Patronness of all of the Americas.

Juan Diego has long been a major figure in Latin American Catholicism. But since his canonization in 2002, his reach has become even more international.

MSGR. EDUARDO CHAVEZ
Canon of the Basilica of Guadalupe
"It is clearly understood by the canonization of St. Juan Diego that we verify and confirm the meeting that God had with humans through Our Lady of Guadalupe is absolutely true.”

Pope Francis himself is devoted to Our Lady. For the second year in a row, he will celebrate a Mass in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe at St. Peter's Basilica.

He will also visit the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Catholic world's most visited pilgrmage site, during his trip to Mexico in February.


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