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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.

The Via Francigena, or the Camino de Santiago to Rome

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Via Francigena is a pilgrimage route that starts in Canterbury, England, and ends in Rome. Lately, its been booming. The more than one thousand mile road has seen a 30 percent increase in pilgrimage in the last year, and its expected to grow even more during the Jubilee of Mercy.

There are more than 80 steps that need to be taken to reach the Eternal City, using this particular path. The people who are promoting it have a dream in mind.

MASSIMO TEDESCHI
President, European association of Via Francigena
"Via Francigena wants to emulate the success of the Camino de Santiago, the pilgrimage of lay and religious people to the tomb of Santiago and the pilgrimage to the tomb of Peter are similar. Through important localities as in our case if Italy and Spain. Today, Via Francigena has fewer  pilgrims than Santiago. The numbers from 2014 are 35,000 compared to 230,000 in Santiago. We are currently at just 15 percent of the numbers.”

Just a few weeks before the start of the Jubilee of Mercy, 86 cities are working together to promote Via Francigena. They have improved the road signs and safety in four countries: England, France, Switzerland and Italy. But this approach is not limited by those traveling by foot to Rome.

MASSIMO TEDESCHI
President, European association of Via Francigena
"It is a project of the city officials to create accessible trails for each walking route. For example, in Tuscany, there is already a road adopted for bicycles and many are traveling also using back roads, even by horseback.”

The development of railways and  improvements of roads has made the walking to Rome impossible in the last century. The recovery of the Via Francigena only happened a few years ago, in 2011.


MASSIMO TEDESCHI
President, European association of Via Francigena
"We talked about only it 14 years ago. It is when a group of mayors of 30 different municipalities, to be exact, discussed the project of the Council of Europe: the Via Francigena. In sensed, because of an intuition, that by promote the Via Francigena, we would create a flow, like that of Santiago, as they walked toward Rome.”

Currently, they are working on an agreement with the Government of Galicia, in Spain. They want the Camino de Santiago to promote the Via Francigena, in an exchange for them promoting Santiago.