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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.

Jesus Christ Superstar is a hit in Rome along with the legendary voice of Ted Neeley

2016-01-29

When the musical 'Jesus Christ Superstar' was released in 1973, the protagonist, the American Ted Neeley was just 30-years-old at the time.

Now, at the age of 72, his voice is as spectacular as ever as he gets into character to play Jesus Christ.

TED NEELEY
Actor 
"It's different every time I get to do it. Each production gives me a chance to do more research to look inside the reality of the character and all of the surrounding characters as well. So there is more of a historical value to the show for me every time I get to do it. So, the change is basically what people perceive because I am still singing the same songs ,wearing basically the same kind of robe...”

Today, Ted Neeley is starring in the Italian version of  'Jesus Christ Superstar' in Rome. He is on a stage full of young local players but maintains the same enthusiasm for a story that has shaped his career and his life.

TED NEELEY
Actor 
"If I had not been in this film, which was shot in Israel in 1972, I would not have met my wife, because we met there on the set. She was a dancer in the film. So, this role completely changed my personal life and my spiritual life. Everything about this film is good.”

'Jesus Christ Superstar' was born as a rock album and then as a musical in the early 1970s in the United States. Its success was widespread.

MASSIMO ROMEO PIPARO
Director, Jesus Christ Superstar
"It started a new language, Rock suddenly appeared after the early classics in the 60s, completely breaking the mold with this rock music, especially when addressing the Gospel of Christ. It treated it with a completely new and disruptive language for that time.”

This rock opera recounts the last week of Jesus' life from the perspective of Judas, showing the conflict between the two characters.
 
Although its groundbreaking approach seemed strange at first to the Vatican, the Church accepted it as a different way of capturing the image of Jesus. The musical production was even included in the event programming of the Jubilee of 2000. Now, in another Jubilee year, could this  musical production interest the Pope?

MASSIMO ROMEO PIPARO
Director, Jesus Christ Superstar
"I do not think Pope Francis will want to watch it, he is very focused on the Jubilee, while being more spiritual, more sober, and clearly he must do the work of the Pope, we play make-believe, its a very different world.” 

The production directed by Massimo Romeo Piparo will be running for one week only at the Teatro Sistina in Rome. Next year, this peculiar production is expected to do a European tour.


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