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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.

November 2015: Vatileaks II and the Pope's first trip to Africa

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November started off dramatically and it ended the same way. On November 2, Vatican police arrested and interrogated a senior Vatican official and a lay woman who worked with the Vatican. Days later, a Vatican trial began with five people accused of two different charges.

They were a Spanish priest, Lucio Ángel Vallejo Balda, and an Italian laywoman and PR expert, Francesca Chaouqui. Balda's secretary Nicola Maio was also charged.

They were accused of "criminal conspiracy to disseminate news and documents related to the fundamental interests of the Holy See and the Vatican City State.”

Also charged were the journalists Gianluigi Nuzzi and Emiliano Fittipaldi. They face charges of "illegally procuring and later revealing news and documents  related to the fundamental interests of the Holy See and the Vatican City State.”

The case is centered around leaked documents which provided the basis for two books about the Vatican's finances. The penalty for the offenses can be up to eight years in prison.

What remained a mystery is exactly why the Vatican employees leaked information, and whether the two journalists would be convicted for publishing it. 

The drama on his home front didn't stop Pope Francis from undertaking one of the riskiest foreign trips of his pontificate. He began his three-country tour of Africa in Kenya on November 25th. 

The Pope's first stop was at the State House in Kenya, where he received an enthusiastic welcome.

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"Experience shows that violence, conflict and terrorism feed on fear, mistrust, and the despair born of poverty and frustration.”

Pope Francis again thanked them for the warm welcome. He said God bless Kenya in Swahili, and the crowd went wild.

"God bless Kenya!”

While celebrating Mass at the University of Nairobi, Pope Francis offered a challenge to the hundreds of thousands of people there. It was aimed particularly at students.

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"Shape a society which is ever more just, inclusive and respectful of human dignity. May you always be concerned for the needs of the poor, and reject everything that leads to prejudice and discrimination, for these things, we know, are not of God.”

In his speech at the seat of the United Nations in Kenya, Pope Francis thanked the organizations for their work to protect nature. Speaking in Spanish, he offered a dire warning about the upcoming COP 21 conference in Paris.

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"It would be sad, and I dare say even catastrophic, were particular interests to prevail over the common good and lead to manipulating information in order to protect their own plans and projects.”

The Pope's first major public appearance in Uganda took place here, at the Munyonyo sanctuary, where the memory of the first four Ugandan martyrs is honored.

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"We stand here today in Munyonyo at the place where King Mwanga determined to wipe out the followers of Christ. He failed in this, just as King Herod failed to kill Jesus. The light shone in the darkness, and the darkness could not overcome it.”

The Pope later listened closely to emotional testimonies from two young Ugandans. One suffers from AIDS and the other was kidnapped and tortured.

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"For Winnie, life was like a wall, a brick wall for her. Jesus made her understand that a wall can be turned into a path towards the future...Are you ready to transform hate into love?”

The Pope left the former airport in the same way he arrived: with music and dancing all around him. It was a recurring theme during the trip.

It was unclear until nearly the last minute whether Pope Francis would be able to visit the Central African Republic. Ultimately, he did.

While in the country, he visited a refugee camp. The Pope entered by foot and began by first greeting the sick and the youngest refugees. Afterward, Pope Francis made improvised remarks and asked them to repeat a message in the future.

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"But peace without love, without friendship, without tolerance, without forgiveness, is not possible...I would like for everyone to say together, 'We are all brothers.'”

On his last day in the CAR, the Pope opened Holy Door in the Cathedral of Bangui. He said that, "Bangui is the spiritual capital of the prayer for God's mercy.”

In a country where war has divided religions, Pope Francis attempted to bridge the divide between Christians and Muslims. He visited a mosque and was warmly received.

The Pope received flowers as a gift from some young girls before entering the Central Mosque. He was accompanied by the mosque's grand imam. After some remarks from the imam in French, the Pope delivered a strong interreligious message in Italian.

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"Together we say no to hate. No to revenge. No to violence.”

And just as when he came in, Pope Francis took the Popemobile out. The imam rode with him as a stampede of excited people ran alongside the truck.


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