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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.

Hollywood actor Joseph Fiennes investigates Jesus' Risen in new film


Hollywood has not lost its taste for movies with a biblical theme. Now Joseph Fiennes is starring in this film about the mystery of the death and resurrection of Jesus. The film also features one of the stars the Harry Potter series, Tom Felton, and actress María Botto. It opens on February 19th.

The film 'Risen' offers a very thoughtful and unique approach to events recorded in scipture. 
It’s the story of a Roman tribune who is called to investigate the disappearance of the body of Christ after being crucified. The story is an adventure with the first disciples present in the Jerusalem of Pontius Pilate.

"He gets given something that very few people ever witnessed and that is the resurrection, right in front of his eyes. And still the next day he intellectualize: What is a trick? Did Jesus have a twin brother?... Noise again. And I think maybe we have to sometimes just allow the noise to disappear and tuning to the greater frequency of conversation and trust and no over intellectualize or not be stimulated by the material around us”.

It’s a dramatic account of the struggle between a Roman soldier, used to using force, and a group of person driven by love.

"They were brutal, they were surgical, they were economical, and they were ruthless. But they though as one unit. But they were lead, the leadership would come down in terms on the military, battle leadership will come down understanding your opponent, no in how to break down your opponent.”

The film was recently screened at the Vatican. Actor Joseph Fiennes, a Catholic, had the opportunity to greet Pope Francis. His wife and daughters accompanied him for an encounter which deeply moved them. 

"This meeting goes beyond the explanation in words. It’s something that it’s profound. You can’t intellectualize or talk about. It’s an experience that it’s just in that moment. He is profound, spiritual, connected and deeply authentic… That’s all I can say. Normally on Wednesdays I’m on the supermarket shopping. This Wednesday I was with my family in Rome at the Vatican and we go blessed by the Pope. This is a huge, special, once in a life moment.”

For him it marked a profound experience where he was able to play one the most important roles in his career. It also presented a challenge – portraying how the first Christians lived in the days immediately following the Passion and when the disciples did not understand if Jesus had really risen or not.