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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.

ROME REPORTS introduces “On the Border of Hell,” a look at Christian persecution in Iraq

2015-12-29

"We are from Mosul. We left at 6 in the morning because we were threatened. Because we are Christians, we were told that we could pay a tax, convert to Islam, or our heads would be cut off.”

This is one of the many powerful testimonies included in ROME REPORTS' new documentary, "On the Border of Hell. Christian Persecution in  Iraq.”

The film shows the challenges that displaced Christians in Iraq have faced since the rise of the Islamic State. They fled their homes with nothing but their faith and a desire to live. Many took refuge in Iraqi Kurdistan to avoid certain death.

"We have great faith in God and in Jesus Christ; God willing, we will return to our home. Our hope is to go back. God will always be with us, and so we feel strong.”

SISTER INSAF
"We must all pray for the situation to end, because refugees cry blood.”

The documentary was introduced at the Iraqi Embassy in Rome. The ambassador described the situation in his country a year after the ISIS invasion.

SAYWAN BARZANI
Ambassador of Iraq to Italy
"Now Iraqi armed forces, above all the Peshmerga in Kurdistan, are defending these refugees and have recaptured close to 30 percent of the territory occupied by ISIS criminals. It is a global war that we are in, involving the whole world. Because, when there are combatants from 102 nationalities, it is a global war.”

ROME REPORTS reported on the suffering of minorities in the region, both Christian and Yazidi. They've both been victims of terrorist violence.

ANTONIO OLIVIÉ
CEO, Rome Reports
"The objective of Rome Reports as an agency is to help restore peace, establish bonds of peace between the people, and to the extent that a human story, a story of suffering is shown, it helps everyone know the suffering of the people.”

"On the Border of Hell. Christian Persecution in  Iraq,” is one of the newest ROME REPORTS documentaries.

Rome Reports' documentary "The Secret of Therese,” which tells the story of St. Therese of Lisieux, was released earlier this year and was a finalist at the "Catholic Oscars.”

The Jubilee of Mercy is the star of the latest Rome Reports documentary, "Jubilee: 700 Years Searching for Forgiveness.” It gives a history of the past Holy Years.



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