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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 World Soccer Cup is played ... in the Vatican

2016-03-12

A passion for soccer even exists in the Vatican also because the Pope himself is a sports fan. In fact, some of the best soccer players of all time has travelled to the Eternal City to meet with him. 

Few people may know that for ten years now, the Vatican has had its own soccer championship matches, called the Clericus Cup. 16 teams of with around 350 seminarians and priests from 55 countries compete to win the ecclesiastical soccer trophy. 

This year, for the first time the matches involved many Augustinian religios. And present on the field there was a world-renowned Argentine.

JAN
"Messi is the best, a genius. I hope he will never leave his team, the Barcelona”.

MARIO 
"I really like the Barcelona and Messi, because he is a great player and because it is a team which I think has a lot of top qualities in soccer".

On February 20th it started the tournament but the Augostinian team has not had much luck. They hope that with the intercession of St. Augustine and Saint Monica they can help make it so that the "last shall be the first”. 

In this Holy Year, the slogan of the championship is "Mercy jumps on to the field.” Although sometimes in the field, it’s difficult to be merciful.

FELIPE SANTIAGO
Coach
"For us there has been no mercy. They say yes but there is only mercy on t-shirts ".

JAN
"It's difficult... I think there's always a little bit of mercy but soccer is soccer, and the spirit of competition must be present, even in a tournament involving priests and religious... So mercy is there but... there are boths.”

FATHER ELIAS
"There is always mercy. Because we must understand this: I play against another and if you hurt me, I should not respond in kind. I must learn to forgive. It is therefore a game which also consists of forgiveness and fair play. In this way you have to be good. And when you're not merciful you’ll have red and yellow cards to warn you".

The tournament ends on May 28th, and the challenge for the teams will be to end the domination of the Pontifical Urban College, the  absolute winner over the last two seasons. 


AC
MG
JM
-PR
up: IPC