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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.

The six most powerful messages from Pope Francis in Mexico

2016-02-19

1. LADY OF GUADALUPE

The moment all the Mexican people were waiting for: to see the first Latin American Pope, in history, before Our Lady of Guadalupe. She was  very present in the Pope's preaching, as he recalled his preference for the poor.

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"The same way she choose to show herself to little Juan, in that same way that she continues to do so with all of us, especially those, who like him, feel worthless.”

2. -THE DEVIL

During his trip, the Pope spoke of drug trafficking, faith, corruption, exclusion and immigration. Yet, one of messages that garnered the most impact on his third-day in Mexico was about another topic: the devil.

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"Dear sisters and brothers, put this in your head, with the devil there is no dialogue. You can not talk because he will always win. Only the power of the Word of God can defeat.”

3. UNITY

Strong and fatherly were his words to the leaders of the Church in Mexico. He told them to not be defeated by the temptation of corruption.

However, his emphasis held a stronger base for unity.

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"If they have to fight, fight. If they have to say things certain things, then say them. But as men, face-to-face, and as men of God. Afterwords, they should go pray together, to discern together and if they crossed the line to ask for pardon but keep the unity of the episcopal body.”

4. FORGIVENESS

His visit with the indigenous people of Chiapas was also one of the most anticipated moments. Pope Francis asked forgiveness for the exclusion they have been subjected  to over the years. He encouraged them to not to lose their culture and customs. He said, today, a global and homogeneous world has a lot to learn from them.

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"I'm sorry. Sorry, brothers. Today's world, stripped by a throwaway culture, needs you. Today's youth, exposed to a culture that tries to remove all features and cultural wealth and diversity towards a homogeneous world, need, these young people. Let not loss the wisdom of their elders.”

5. DRUG TRAFFICKING

Drug trafficking was one of the required subjects discussed during the visit. Pope Francis spoke about this issue with particular firmness in Morelia, while facing one of the most vulnerable audiences: the youth.

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"It's a lie that the only way of living or being a youth is by leaving life in the hands of drug traffickers or those that all they are doing is sowing destruction and death. It's a boldface lie and we say it in front of Jesus.”

6. IMMIGRATION

The Pope's last great message while in Mexico left everyone speechless. From this hill that is visible from the US and Mexico, the Pope prayed for the migrants that lost their lives whiling trying to cross the border. Immigration was one of the major themes of the trip and the image of Francis blessing the people who followed the Mass from the two countries was the grand finale of this long pilgrimage to the Aztec land.

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