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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.

Pope at Morelia Cathedral: seek the good things that last forever and do not get stepped on

2016-02-17

More than 600 children gather to greet the Pope with overwhelming joy at the Cathedral of Morelia.

The first thing the Pope did was meet with  Lupita and her mother. Lupita was miraculous healed as a child. This was due to dedicated prayers to the blessed José Sánchez del Río, who is going to be declared a saint; according to the decree signed Pope on January 22nd.  The mother and daughter greeted the Pope with flowers. He later placed them on top of a sculpture reminiscent of the small, José Sánchez del Río, who was terribly tortured during the Cristero War of 1928.

Pope Francis spoke to the children and asked them to remember to pray for all the people who help them grow over the years, such as their parents, grandparents or teachers. Also, he gave a simple but profound speech.

POPE FRANCIS
"Above all, each of you now take time to care for the family and friends you have and if you are at odds with some of them also think about them and ask for the Virgin to care for them. This is a way to making friends not enemies. Life is not as beautiful when you have with enemies and  those that make true friends is also to God and holds him in our hearts.”

Pope Francis stopped to greet some young patients who were in the front rows while the other children were cheering him on with different chants.

After the exit, the monumental cathedral choir dedicated this touching song to him.

The Pope thanked them for their music and invited them to continue to sing and seek beauty in those things that enhance the soul.

POPE FRANCIS
"I congratulate you. I congratulate you, seriously. Art, sports, they widen the soul and makes you grow, with fresh air and the inability to stunt the thirst for life. Continue to be creative, keep it up, looking for the beauty, the good things, the things that last forever and never be trampled by anyone. Is this clear?”
"Yes.”
"I give the blessing?”
"Yes.”

Pope Francis blessed them and asked them not only to pray for him, but also to sing to him.

And please, I ask you to pray for me and occasionally sing a song for me even if I'm far away. Ciao. See you later. God bless you.”


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