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

September 28, 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.

Roman Forum for everyone: Traveling without barriers for a more comfortable visit

2016-01-17

If these stones could speak they'd have nearly two thousand years worth of stories. The Roman Forum is one of the greatest jewels of the Eternal City but it has lacked something: being accessible to everyone. From now on, people in wheelchairs or with mobility problems can enjoy this unique world monument thanks to a recent redesign.

FRANCESCO PROSPERETTI
Archaeologist, Roman Forum and Colosseum
"It is primarily designed to give a comprehensive view of the Roman Forum from the point of view of tourist visits. It is a new modality facilitating access to archaeology without barriers.”
 
The project began a year ago and the result is tours that allow easier access to key parts of the Forum: from the Arch of Titus to the Curia.

FRANCESCO PROSPERETTI
Archaeologist, Roman Forum and Colosseum
"There are plans to tour the most important places of the Forum. At this time, we are within what was the Basilica Emilia, but the tour continues to the Curia, the Roman Forum itself and many places in this important area. The site allows one to completely safely navigate hilly or uneven areas.”
 
These supports are specified in two lifts and a new sign indicating what the key points of the course are and how difficult it is, in terms of hilliness. And now the Forum is further open to the world.
 
SIMONA PETACCIA
President, NGO Diritti Diretti
"It's a big step in welcoming tourists because it is convenient for all travelers.”
 
The Roman Forum is a labyrinth that speaks of the rich life that developed in this area, as the center of political and even religious activity of the Empire. It's a must-see for tourists coming to Rome.

"I studied art and history at university and in Rome and the Forum is full of historical value. I chose Rome for how full the city is of art.”
 
"I'm from Istanbul and there are some places that are very similar to the Forums are of Byzantine type. This is one of the most famous places in Italy, therefore, I chose to come here.”

Over several years, during the Republic and the Roman Empire, it was necessary to expand the Forum as Rome grew more powerful. This entire important archaeological site came to light in 1924 when Mussolini decided to build the present Via dei Fori Imperiali. Until then, they remained hidden by a close network of medieval and Renaissance houses of which some ruins still remain.
 
 
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