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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.

Pope to families: I prefer wounded families because they are the result of a true love

2016-02-16

The helicopter was the Pope's means of transportation from the state of Chiapas during his third day in Mexico.

This is how he traveled 30 miles from San Cristobal de las Casas to Tuxtla Gutierrez. There, he met with thousands of families in the packed 'Victor Manuel Reyna' stadium.

After arriving at the impressive altar, he received the first hug. A group of children did not hesitate to greet him.

Pope Francis listened to testimonies from some families and others like Manuel Alejandro, a young man with a degenerative disease. He explained that his wheelchair is not an obstacle used to evangelize.

Following his testimony, the Pope tenderly embraced an elderly couple, married for over 50 years.

Humberto and Claudia told him they only have a civil marriage because she is divorced. However, they asserted that the core of the faith in their family is God.

"Those that remarry can not access the Eucharist, but we can communicate through the brother in need.”

Before the last testimony, this happened. To everyone's surprise, the Pope walked down from his altar to bless a child in a wheelchair showing the meaning of "cariñoterapia” or the therapy of affection.

Lastly, he spoke with Beatriz, a single mother. She explained that she was offered an abortion on many occasions but the Church helped her not to go through with it.

"Holy Father, I just ask for your blessing, prayer and strength to the thousands of women who are faced with the false sense of an easy way out, called abortion. They can be like me, with a church that loves them and accepts them.”

Pope Francis thanked the families for sharing their life stories. To lighten the mood, he throw in some joking remarks. 

"What husband and wife do not fight? Especially, when the mother-in-law gets involved! But it does not matter.”

The Pope said the family unit is threatened by an ideological colonization that sets to destroy with insecurity and isolation.

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"Precariousness not only threatens the stomach and that's saying a lot, but it can threaten the soul, it can diminish us, draw strength and tempt us to alternatives like the road less traveled, but ultimately that does not solve anything.”

To combat this situation, he explained that the solution has to be personal and collective.

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"Laws and personal commitment make good duo that can break the spiral of uncertainty.”
 
He acknowledged that external difficulties are the characteristics of family life, which is not always easy. However, he asked, using a Mexican expression"echarle ganas,” which means "to put your heart into it.” 

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"I prefer families wrinkled, injured, scarred because they continue to walk forward because those wounds, those scars, those wrinkles are the result of the faithfulness of love that was not always easy. Love is not easy. It is not easy, no. But it is one of the most beautiful thing that a man and a woman can give each other. True love, for life.”

Finally, he invited the couple present at the celebration to renew their vows and instructed all families to pray to Saint Joseph. A saint the Pope is especially devoted to. 


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