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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.

Jesuit Refugee Service in Middle East: “In Syria we have all lost the war”

2016-03-02

With this vote, the Security Council unanimously endorsed the two week UN truce in Syria promoted by Russia and the United States. It's a small step towards ending what has been defined the worst war so far this century.

STAFFAN DE MISTURA
UN special envoy for Syria
"We are now at a crossroads and we have the possibility to turn the page in the Syrian conflict after almost 5 years of one of the bloodiest conflicts in recent years”.

The cities of Homs, Damascus and Aleppo are enjoying the first days of relief from the bombs falling after five years of war in Syria where more than 15 countries have launched their weapons. In those three cities the Jesuit Refugee Service operates.

FR. NAWRAS SAMMOUR
Jesuit Refugee Service (Syria)
"Having a coalition and or several coalitions for bombing ISIS, Al-Nusra, or others to end the war is not going to end the war. So it's time for diplomacy either now or maybe never”.

Father Sammour is the director for the Middle East of the Jesuit Refugee Service. On the ground, the organization provides indispensable humanitarian aid and spiritual support to a population that has virtually lost all hope.

FR. NAWRAS SAMMOUR
Jesuit Refugee Service (Syria)
"Without exaggeration the majority of syrians are hopeless today, they are desperate completely, they don't know how to deal with it. If they dream it's only to leave Syria and to go to elsewhere”.

He says that despite failed attempts in Geneva to negotiate a peace, the efforts have still brought some light to an increasingly bleak picture. The war in Syria is part of what the Pope calls a "World War in parts.”


FR. NAWRAS SAMMOUR
Jesuit Refugee Service (Syria)
"We are all losers, not only one community. So that will lead time, that will lead time. But yes, I hope is going to happen that we are all united, reunited again in an inclusive Syria.”

He assumes that Syria will never be what it was before the war starting March 2011, especially given the huge toll in the conflict with more than 270,000 killed in the violence.


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