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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.
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Pope announces next World Day of Peace: “Non-Violence: A Style of Politics for Peace”

August 26, 2016. This is the theme Pope Francis has chosen for the next World Day of Peace, to be celebrated on January 1, 2017. Pope Francis has talked about the worrisome surge of violence that has taken over the world. On his trip to Poland in July he said the world is in a "piecemeal World War." That is why he wishes that this 50th World Day of Peace, the fourth of his pontificate, be a beacon of diplomacy and good will. The Pope wants to underline the prevalence of law in international affairs as a way to ensure a peaceful future. The World Day of Peace is a project started by Paul VI in 1968. It is celebrated the first day of every year, and it is usually an occasion where the pope makes important statements about the Social Doctrine of the Church.

The Pope will celebrate Mass on the border between Mexico and the United States

2016-02-05

On Friday, a few hours after the historic meeting between Patriarch Kirill in Cuba. Pope Francis will come to Mexico where he is expected to complete six full days of commitments.

He will travel hundreds of kilometers on five Pope-mobiles, two of them are the ones used in the United States. In addition to the cars, he will moved by plane and helicopter to get around and travel more than 23,000 kilometers. He will start in the south and end in the northern part of a country. Over 100 million devoted Catholics will be awaiting the Pope's arrival to Mexico. 

FR. FEDERICO LOMBARDI 
Vatican spokesman
"I have a great memory of this trip with Pope John Paul II in Mexico City by pope-mobile during his last trip. There was a sea of people everywhere in the 10 or 15 kilometers traveled. Many wept and applauded.

He will celebrate Mass and attend meetings but will give special attention to victims of violence and the indigenous population. The Pope has even authorized the use of local dialects, during the liturgy of the Mass in San Cristobal de las Casas. 

FR. FEDERICO LOMBARDI 
Vatican spokesman
"On this occasion, the Pope will give a decree of authorization for the use of indigenous languages. It is not known whether he refers to a specific one or more than one.”

He will spend his last day in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. A Mass will preside between the massive US  border. It is estimated that some 200,000 pilgrims will be attending on the Ciudad Juarez border and  50,000 will be in El Paso, on the US boarder.

FR. FEDERICO LOMBARDI 
Vatican spokesman
"The Pope will be on the border between Mexico and the United States. It is a transparent border fence. There will be people on either side of the border. The Pope will be close by to greet them before going to the location where Mass will be celebrated.”

In addition, he will meet with victims of violence. Among them, are the relatives of the 43 missing students in the state of Guerrero.


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