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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.

Vatican releases Pope's travel dates for visit to Mexico

2015-12-12

Friday, 12 February 2016

7:45        Departure from Rome's Fiumicino airport for Havana (Cuba) 
14:00Arrival at "José Martí” International Airport of Havana 
14:15Private meeting with H.H. Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia 
16:30Signing of the Joint Declaration 
17:10Farewell between His Holiness Kirill and the Holy Father 
17:30Departure from the International Airport of Havana for Mexico City 
19:30Arrival at the "Benito Juárez” International Airport of Mexico City. Official welcome
 
Saturday 13 February 2016
09:30     WELCOMING CEREMONY at the National Palace            
                COURTESY VISIT TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC 
10:15     MEETING with CIVIL AUTHORITIES AND DIPLOMATIC CORPS (Discourse by the Holy Father)
11:30     MEETING with the BISHOPS of MEXICO in the Cathedral (Discourse by the Holy Father)
17:00     HOLY MASS in the Basilica of Guadalupe (Homily by the Holy Father)
 
Sunday 14 February 2016
09:20     Transfer by helicopter to Ecatepec        
10:30     Holy Mass in the area of the Study Centre of Ecatepec (Homily/Angelus by the Holy Father)
12:50     Transfer by helicopter to Mexico City   
13:10     Arrival in Mexico City    
16:30     VISIT TO THE PEDIATRIC HOSPITAL "Federico Gómez”  (Greetings by the Holy Father)
18:00     MEETING WITH THE WORLD OF CULTURE in the National Auditorium (Discourse by the Holy Father)
                              
Monday 15 February 2016
07:30     Departure by plane for Tuxtla Gutiérrez             
09:15     Transfer by helicopter to San Cristóbal de Las Casas      
10:15     HOLY MASS with the indigenous  community of Chiapas at the Municipal Sports (Homily by the Holy Father)
13:00     Lunch with indigenous representatives and the Papal entourage
15:00     VISIT TO THE CATHEDRAL OF SAN CRISTÓBAL DE LAS CASAS     
15:35     Transfer by helicopter to Tuxtla Gutiérrez         
16:15     MEETING with FAMILIES in "Víctor Manuel Reyna” Stadium at Tuxtla Gutiérrez  (Discourse by the Holy Father)
18:10     Departure by plane for Mexico City      
20:00     Arrival at the airport in Mexico City       
                              
Tuesday 16 February 2016
07:50     Departure by airplane for Morelia         
10:00     HOLY MASS with priests, religious, consecrated persons, and seminarians (Homily by the Holy Father)
15:15     VISIT TO THE CATHEDRAL
16:30     MEETING WITH YOUNG PEOPLE at "José María Morelos y Pavón” Stadium (Discourse by the Holy Father)
18:55     Departure by plane for Mexico City
20:00     Arrival in Mexico City    
                              
Wednesday 17 February 2016
08:35     Departure by plane for Ciudad Juárez  
10:00     Arrival at "Abraham González” International Airport in Ciudad Juárez  
10:30     Visit to a prison (CeReSo n.3)    (Discourse by the Holy Father)
12:00     MEETING with the WORLD of WORK at con il MONDO del LAVORO at the Colegio de Bachilleres dello Stato of Chihuahua (Discourse by the Holy Father)
16:00     HOLY MASS at the fairgrounds of Ciudad Juárez  (Homily + greeting by the Holy Father)
19:00     DEPARTURE CEREMONY at Ciudad Juárez International Airport               
19:15     Departure by plane for Rome (Ciampino Airport)
 
Thursday 18 February 2016
14:45     Arrival at Rome’s Ciampino Airport