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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.

New book shows how Don Bosco's teachings still apply in the 21st century

2016-02-21

On the 200th anniversary of the birth of Saint Don Bosco, a new book dives deep into the life and teachings of the founder of the Salesian Order.

The book also comes in a unique format: It's a conversation between the superior of the Salesian Order and a Spanish journalist.

ÁNGEL FERNÁNDEZ ARTIME
Rector Major, Salesian Order
"It's a book meant for people who don't know Don Bosco. It's not full of profound thoughts. It's a colloquial book. It tries to bring the figure of this great, holy founder of the Salesians and the Salesian family closer to today's people. It has mothers, fathers, and young people in mind.”

"Don Bosco Today” was introduced at the Spanish Embassy to the Holy See. History intertwines with the present to show that the teachings of the Salesians' founder have not lost their value. The author calls Don Bosco a man ahead of his time.

ÁNGEL EXPÓSITO
Author, "Don Bosco Today”
"He noticed youth unemployment, the disintegration of the family, the role of women, immigration, missions. He noticed all of these themes that today are all over the front pages of newspapers. Except he saw it 200 years ago.”

ÁNGEL FERNÁNDEZ ARTIME
Rector Major, Salesian Order
"A fundamental teaching for educators. We have to believe that young people have a lot of potential. Don Bosco always believed in the youth. Educators have to believe in young people, they have to be the protagonists of their lives.”

Don Bosco is a saint who helped abandoned youth integrate into society through education. It's something that Pope Francis highlighted when he visited Salesians in Turin. He said that the saint knew how to get to the hearts of young people. 

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