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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 Pope and the president of Argentina meet for only 22 minutes

2016-02-29

The greeting broke 3 months of suspicions

Since Mauricio Macri was elected president of Argentina in the past November election, he has barely exchanged a word with Pope Francis. This is unlike his predecessor, who never lost an opportunity to be seen with the Pope.

Pope Francis' first encounter with the new Argentine president lasted only 22 minutes and showed the normalization of relations, which until now, were slightly exuberant. They talked about drug trafficking, poverty and, above all, social reconciliation in the country.

Pope Francis had a cold and serious expression. He made one casual and friendly comment to Mauricio Macri's wife, Juliana Awada. When he reminded them of the absence of a small but important part of the family: her daughter.

"It lacks something in the arm."
"Antonia".

In 2013 the Macri's went to visit the Vatican with their daughter in their arms. Argentina's first lady accompanied her husband with a simple black dress, modest and without embroidery.

Mauricio Macri gave Francis a poncho, several Argentinian music CD's, and a cross of Matara, symbolizing the evangelization of Argentina and their close ties to the Jesuits.

Mauricio Macri won the elections last November in Argentina in the second round, after 12 years of  the "kirchneristas” government. He faces the challenge of unifying a socially divided country,  ending corruption and drug trafficking, and attracting foreign trade.

It is not the first time he met with the Pope, as they both coincided in Buenos Aires when the politician was head of city government and Jorge Mario Bergoglio was archbishop. In the past, the two have differed on issues such as gay marriage or abortion.


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