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Pope's schedule during his trip to Sweden

September 27, 2016. Pope Francis will travel to Sweden next October 31 and November 1, for the occasion of the Lutheran–Catholic Common Commemoration of the Reformation.This will be the 17th trip of his pontificate.
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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.

March 2015: Pope Francis visits Naples and meets with Communion and Liberation movement

2015-12-27

In March, Pope Francis met with about 70,000 members of the Communion and Liberation movement from 47 countries. St. Peter's Square was completely flooded with people, so Pope Francis opened half of Via della Conciliazione to greet those who were unable to enter.

Ten years after the founder Luigi Giussani's death, the organization's president asked the Pope to teach them how to maintain the charism of their movement.

JULIAN P. CARRÓN
President, Communion and Liberation
"We have come as beggars, with a desire to learn. We want you to help us to live with more fidelity and passion for the charism that we have received.”

Pope Francis delivered an important speech. He explained that the greatest way to serve the founder is not to repeat what he did, but rather do what he would have done.

POPE FRANCIS
"Luigi Giussani's legacy cannot be reduced to a museum of memories, decisions, rules of conduct. Certainly, one should be loyal to tradition. But fidelity to tradition, as Mahler said, means keeping the fire alive and not worshiping the ashes.”


In March, the Pope took advantage of a parish visit to stop by a center for the sick and elderly located near the church.

"Holy Father, the Lord has been generous to me. Very, very.”

The Pope greeted them all one by one, and left this message:

POPE FRANCIS
"The Lord never abandons us. When hard times come, a bit of nostalgia, sadness, the tears coming ... Let's do this with our hands. 'Lord, I know You're here.' He never abandons us. Perhaps you say, 'You are here but it is me who is having the ugly moment.' But He also has lived a hard time on the Cross. Do you remember? He was the first to break through.”

The Pope also celebrated the 500th anniversary of the birth of Saint Therese of Jesus. Devotees brought the cane with which the saint traveled through Spain to the Vatican. This is how the Pope reacted.

"This is what she used as an old lady?” he joked before kissing it at the end of the general audience.”
"We bring the cane of St. Teresa of Jesus.”

In addition, the Pope made an intense one-day visit to Naples. It began in Scampia, a neighborhood known for its connections to the local mafia. He also visited Camorra, an area characterized by corruption and unemployment.

POPE FRANCIS
"None of us can say 'No, I will not corrupt myself.' No! It is a temptation. It is a slippery slope from there: from easy business, to crime, to the exploitation of people. Corruption stinks and a corrupt society stinks. A Christian who lets corruption inside them is not Christian. That person stinks. Understand?”

Hours later, he delivered a strong message against the mafia while celebrating Mass in the center of Naples.

POPE FRANCIS
"To the criminals and all their accomplices today, I humbly repeat as your brother: Turn toward love and justice. Let God's mercy find you. I know that Jesus is looking to embrace you, to kiss, to love you even more so.”

Curiously enough, a group of  nuns from seven cloistered covenants were allowed to exit their convent to meet with Pope Francis.

"Later, later, later, where are you all going? Later... But look. And these are the cloistered ones! Imagine if they were not! They're going to eat him. Sister ! Sister! Sister! We must continue. We can not waste time.”

The Pope had lunch at the Poggioreale prison with about 90 inmates who warmly welcomed him. They cooked themselves: pasta, chicken and sweets.

One of the most tender moments of the visit came on the boardwalk. About 100,000 young people gathered to meet with the Pope.

A 95-year-old woman named Erminia thanked the Pope for his attention to the elderly. Pope Francis jokingly congratulated her for being so old.

POPE FRANCIS
"I tell you one thing: If you are 95 years old, I am Napoleon. Congratulations on how you carry your years!” FLASH "You reap what you sow. To you, children, the fourth commandment. Do you love your parents? Do you hug them? Do you tell them you love them?”

He had some very special guest upon his return to Rome.

In March, the Vatican Museums closed their doors to serve about 150 people homeless. No one in the Sistine Chapel knew what was coming. Pope Francis personally greeted them all.

"The Pope walked in and when we saw him, applause broke out and there were even some tears.”

MAURO
"It was beautiful, especially because I had never been there before. The fact that the Pope is welcoming us and those who are going through rough times, it's an honor.”

Pope Francis asked them to pray for him. They have no home, no money, no luxuries ... There was no shortage of prayers for the Pope who had let them into one of the most beautiful museums in the world.

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