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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.

August 2015: Pope Francis assures that divorced who remarry are not excommunicated

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Although it was August, the Pope decided not to go on a trip during the traditional Italian vacation month. For his third summer as Pope, he stayed in Rome.

After a short break in July, he held another general audience with the pilgrims from all over the world. He also led the weekly Angelus prayer.

The Pope returned to his regular duties by hosting 9,000 altar boys from different parts of the world. He reminded them that faith must not be kept a secret. On the contrary,  faith must be shared with others.

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August 4
"How beautiful it is to discover that faith brings us out of ourselves, out of our isolation. Precisely because we are filled with the joy of being friends with Jesus Christ, faith draws us toward others, making us natural missionaries!”

Three days later, he was again surrounded by young people. While meeting with the Eucharistic Youth Movement, he told them to not become "old” young people.

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August 7
"Tension makes us grow, it develops courage. Young people must have this virtue, of courage. A young person without courage is a young person without life, an old youth. How is tension resolved? With dialogue!”

During August, the Pope prepared for two important events after the summer break. The first being his trip to the United States and Cuba and the second, being the Synod on the Family.

That's why Pope Francis continued with his catechesis on the family. During his August 5th audience, he spoke about those who divorce and later remarry.

POPE FRANCIS
August 5
"These persons are by no means excommunicated — they are not excommunicated! — and they should absolutely not be treated as such: they are still a part of the Church.”

The general audiences were moved into Paul VI Hall due to the extremely high temperatures in the Eternal City. The Pope also held the 100th general audience of his pontificate during August.

Again Pope Francis showed his concern for the growing violence around the world. He made a forceful call for world peace.

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August 9
"From every corner one voice must rise: No to war! Yes to dialogue! Yes to peace! With war everyone always loses. The only way to win a war is to not fight one.” 

In Europe, the refugee crisis deepened. Thousands of people, the majority from Syria and Iraq, attempted to reach countries like Austria and Germany. One tragedy was when a bus was found with 71 refugees who had died from lack of oxygen. 

POPE FRANCIS
August 30
"We hope each receives the mercy of God. And to Him, we ask to help us cooperate effectively to stop this crimes that are against our entire humanity.”

Pope Francis asked the international community to stop the violence against Christians. He reiterated that today there are more martyrs than during the early days of the Church.


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