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Pope will not be able to travel to Israel on Friday to attend the funeral of Shimon Peres

September 29, 2016. Despite the rumors that Pope Francis will travel to Israel to attend Shimon Peres funeral, the Vatican has issued a statement officially announcing a confirmation for the pope's scheduled visit to Georgia and Azerbaijan will remain as planned on Friday. The pope spoke warmly about the former leader and sent out a telegram of condolences:
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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.

July 2015: Pope Francis sweeps through South America

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In July, the Pope made an unforgettable journey through Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay. As he exited the plane in Quito, he was welcomed by a choir of children with hearing disabilities.

RAFAEL CORREA
President of Ecuador
"In fact, the Pope is Argentinian, God may be Brazilian, but without a doubt, paradise is Ecuador. Welcome Your Holiness.”

His first Mass of the trip was held in the park of Guayaquil. Hundreds of thousands of people from Ecuador were present, in addition to citizens of Peru, Argentina, Colombia and even Puerto Rico.

POPE FRANCIS
"The family is the nearest hospital, when one is sick, they are caregivers who help as they can. The family is the first school for the young, the essential point of reference for young people, the best home for the elderly. The family constitutes the best 'social capital.' It cannot be replaced by other institutions. It needs to be helped and strengthened.”

For his last stop in Ecuador, Pope Francis had an endearing and urgent encounter with religious at the Shrine of Our Lady of El Quinche.

POPE FRANCIS
"Not that I have my time. I have my things. I have this, no. Now, I close the office. I would have gone to bless houses but I'm tired today, so I watch a nice soap opera on television for the nuns. Service. Serve, serve, and don't do anything else.” 

The Pope also flew to Bolivia, and when he arrived at the airport of El Alto, at 4,000 meters, he was greeted by tens of thousands of natives.

Later, in his official meeting with Evo Morales, the president gave him this curious crucifix, a gift that was talked about frequently.

The Pope clarified that it was considered a work of protest, and was designed in 1981, before the Holy See had condemned the Marxist interpretation of theology.

In Bolivia, the Pope met with representatives of popular movements around the world to discuss solutions to problems such as unemployment, climate and housing. Pope Francis denounced the new forms of colonialism in which entire peoples merely become suppliers of raw materials and never experience growth. 

POPE FRANCIS
"Human beings and nature must not be at the service of money. Let us say no to an economy of exclusion and inequality, where money rules, rather than serves.”

The most emotional stop was at the Palmasola prison, one of the most dangerous in the world. Inside, there are more than 2,800 prisoners and some families.

"To begin, I want to ask for forgiveness to all the people I've hurt. To my family who, since my sentence two years ago, have stood by me and have had to work hard to ask for loans to pay a lawyer, who ended up taking advantage of them and other clients.”

POPE FRANCIS
"Do not be afraid to help each other. The devil is looking for rivalry, division, gangs. Keep working towards progress.”

The Pope was moved when one of the two girls sitting on the stage came up to him and gave him a hug. From Bolivia he left for Paraguay, where the music never stopped as the Pope left the plane.

Pope Francis then visited el Bañado Norte, a poor area on the outskirts of Asuncion. The Pope walked between the houses and stopped to talk to the elderly.

POPE FRANCIS
"A faith which does not draw us into solidarity is a faith which is dead or a lie. 'I am very Catholic. I am very Catholic. I go to Church every Sunday.' But tell me, mister, madame, what happens in Bañado Norte? 'Oh, I don't know. I know that there are people there, but I don't know.' More than going to Mass on Sundays, if you do not have a heart of solidarity, if you know not know what happens to your people, your faith is weak or it is sick or it is dead. It is a faith without Christ. Faith without solidarity is a faith without Christ, a faith without God, a faith without fraternity.”

The last Mass of the trip was under this great altarpiece made of vegetables in front of hundreds of thousands of pilgrims. He told them to adopt a welcoming mentality.

POPE FRANCIS
"Today the Lord says to us quite clearly: in the mentality of the Gospel, you do not convince people with arguments, strategies or tactics. You convince them by learning how to welcome them.”

It was the longest and most intense journey he has made in his pontificate. But he returned to Rome in great shape and still had a great sense of humor.

"We've seen your energy these past few days and in the last two and a half years. What's your secret?”

POPE FRANCIS
"Do you mean, what's my drug? That's what you really want to know. The drug! Mate tea helps me, but I didn't try any coca leaf tea. I want to make that very clear!”

While the Pope was in South America, Pope Benedict XVI received two honorary doctorates in Rome. Since his resignation, he has remained in the background. But this time he received plenty of attention.

CARD. STANISLAW DZIWISZ
Personal secretary to John Paul II
"Thank your Holiness, for your great pontifical service. For your vast doctrinal heritage and for the benevolence you've always showed.”

POPE EMERITUS BENEDICT VXI
"Without John Paul II, my spiritual and theological journey would be unimaginable.” 

The Pope ended July with one of the biggest events in 2016. With the help of a tablet, he was registered as the first pilgrim at World Youth Day in Krakow.

POPE FRANCIS
"Done. I've signed up for World Youth Day as a pilgrim using this electronic device.” 

Immediately, the web flooded with thousands of registrations. And in a few hours there were more than 45,000 other people registered.


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