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Theme chosen for 2017 World Communications Day

September 29, 2016. The theme for the 2017 World Communications Day has officially been announced. Coming from the book of Isiah, the theme is: "Fear not, for I am with you: communicating hope and trust in our time.”
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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.

Vocation: What it took for three women to leave everything behind to become nuns

2016-02-02

For many, the root is in the family. Others are convinced in their youth and some choose the path of faith later on in life.

These nuns met the Pope at the closing of the Year of Consecrated Life, an opportunity to relive the experience of how they came to the convent.

MOTHER VERONICA OF THE HOLY FACE
Discalced Carmelites
"In the year 1982, we celebrated the 100th anniversary of the birth of St. Teresa of Avila, the great Doctor of the Church. Someone came to speak to us. His name was Father Eugenio Saenz de Baranda. And that's when we spoke about 'Dwellings', I was able to identified what it meant to be a Carmelite.”

SISTER ROSA
Josephine Sisters of Charity
"I was unable to find something to fulfill me in life. So, I searched further. I was a catechist, then I discovered what I needed. I found what I was looking for by going to a priestly ordination: I discovered I wanted to be religious.”

Both Mother Veronica and Sister Rosa found plenty of roadblocks in their way. As did, Sister Maribel. She was only 16-years-old when she decided to take the holy oath, but her family did not understand. However, with the help of other nuns, a priest and a friend she managed to convince her parents to travel from Peru to the convent of Vic, in Spain.

SISTER MARIBEL
Josephine Sisters of Charity
"I lied to my parents,  telling them that someone was going to speak to them about my sister, who was a Carmelite. It was three in the afternoon, I remember, and I was afraid of what they were going to say. And I stayed there in a corner, fearing that they might not give me permission to go. The priest spoke to my father and I remember my father said: What if she doesn't get used to it?

"My older brother did not want me to go, at first. I left Lima at such a young age to gain a life experience elsewhere. He was relentless and would write me frequently. Saying things like 'Come back, you will not get used to it.'They are going to exploit you, things like that.”

Once they got into the convent, there problems were not over. They had to confirm that they wanted to live as nuns. 

MOTHER VERONICA OF THE HOLY FACE
Discalced Carmelites
"Of course, of course, I also had doubts Yet, I carried a strong sense of faith and I had to struggle with some personal family matters. That's when I began to stagger because I thought that maybe I had to leave to help my family.”

They have surpassed many obstacles and crossed many roadblocks. This trip to Rome has reaffirmed the meaning behind their life choices.

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