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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.
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Pope announces next World Day of Peace: “Non-Violence: A Style of Politics for Peace”

August 26, 2016. This is the theme Pope Francis has chosen for the next World Day of Peace, to be celebrated on January 1, 2017. Pope Francis has talked about the worrisome surge of violence that has taken over the world. On his trip to Poland in July he said the world is in a "piecemeal World War." That is why he wishes that this 50th World Day of Peace, the fourth of his pontificate, be a beacon of diplomacy and good will. The Pope wants to underline the prevalence of law in international affairs as a way to ensure a peaceful future. The World Day of Peace is a project started by Paul VI in 1968. It is celebrated the first day of every year, and it is usually an occasion where the pope makes important statements about the Social Doctrine of the Church.

Pope Francis receives Harvard WorldMUN students from around the world

2016-03-17

Pope Francis met the university participants of the 2016 Harvard World Model United Nations inside of the Paul VI Audience Hall.

JOSEPH HALL
General Secretary of Harvard World MUN
"Your Holiness and on behalf of the delegates, dignitaries, staff, advisers, honored guests and friends of Harvard World Model United Nations, we are honored by your presence today and blessed with the opportunity of receiving your wisdom.”

The Harvard World Model UN is a four-day international relations simulation promoted by Harvard University, bringing together students from over 100 countries to discuss solutions to the greatest global challenges of our generation.

JOSEPH HALL
General Secretary of Harvard World MUN
"World MUN was founded in 1992 with the goal of creating the first truly international University level Model United Nations Conference. It was held in Poland, just a year and a half after the fall of the Berlin wall, to make clear its mission of bridging the gaps and bringing people of difference cultures, beliefs, and ways of life together.” 

Pope Francis took the opportunity to address to these aspiring future world leaders on how to  apply the principles of service and justice into their own lives. 

POPE FRANCIS
ORIG. ITALIAN
"The major result is the time spent together, your meeting with people from all over the world, which represents not only the many contemporary challenges, but above all, the rich variety of talent and potential of the human family.”

After meeting with the Pope, the enthusiastic students gathered outside of Paul VI Audience Hall and spoke of their incredible opportunity to hear Pope Francis' speech.

"My name is Laurel, I'm from Australia as well, Western Australia. I'm representing Bosnia and Herzegovina and it's been a great experience learning about different cultures, nationalities and it has been a lot of fun as well meeting new people. A great experience I'd recommend to everyone.”

"The experience here has been pretty amazing. The architecture and all cultural stuff.. It's been a nice exchange of cultures. It's been a global village and we got to meet people from all around the world so it was pretty awesome." 

As they conclude their stay in Rome, they hope to attribute the values of international peace and justice to wherever their path will take them in life. 



POPE FRANCIS ADDRESSES HARVARD WORLD MODEL UNITED NATIONS
 
Dear Friends,
 
I am happy to welcome all of you to the Vatican, and I hope that your time in Rome has been beneficial, as you participate in the 2016 Harvard World Model United Nations.  I am grateful to Joseph Hall, the General Secretary of your meeting, for his words offered on your behalf.  I am especially  pleased  to  know  that  your  members  represent  so  many  nations  and  cultures  and, therefore, reflect the rich diversity of our human family.
 
As university students, you are given in a particular way to the pursuit of truth and understanding, of growing in wisdom not only for your own benefit, but for the good of your local communities and broader society.  I hope that this experience will lead you to appreciate the need for, and the value of, structures of cooperation and solidarity which have been forged by the international community over many years.   These structures are especially effective when they are directed to the service of the most vulnerable and marginalized in our world.  I pray that the United Nations, and each individual Member State, may always be ordered to such service and care.
 
The greatest benefit of your time together here in Rome, however, does not have to do with learning about diplomacy, institutional systems or organizations, however significant and worthy of your study these are.  The greatest benefit is your time together, your encounter with people from around the world, who represent not only our many contemporary challenges, but above all the rich diversity of talents and potential of the human family.
 
The issues and challenges you discuss are not faceless.  For each of you can articulate the hopes and dreams, the challenges and sufferings, which mark the people of your country.  In these days, you will learn much from one another, and will remind each other that, behind every difficulty our world is facing, there are men and women, young and old, people just like you.   There are families and individuals whose lives are daily shaped by struggles, who are trying to care for their children and provide not only for their future but also the basic necessities for today.  So too, many of  those  affected  by  our  world’s  greatest  problems  of  violence  and  intolerance  have  become refugees, tragically forced from their homes, and denied their land and their freedom.
 
These are the people who need your help, who are crying out for you to hear them, and who are supremely worthy of our every effort on behalf of justice, peace and solidarity.  Saint Paul tells us that we are to rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep (cf. Rom 12:15).  In the end, our strength as a community, on every level of life and social organization, lies not so much in our learning and personal ability, but in the compassion we show for one another, in the care that we exercise especially for those who cannot care for themselves.
 
I also hope that your experience has led you to see the commitment of the Catholic Church to serving the needs of the poor and refugees, to strengthening the family and communities, and to protecting the inalienable dignity and rights of each member of our human family.  We Christians believe that Jesus calls us to be servants of our brothers and sisters, who care for others regardless of their background or circumstances.   This is not only a mark of Christians, however, but is a universal call, rooted in our common humanity.
 
Dear young friends, I assure you and your families of my prayers.  May Almighty God bless you with the happiness he has promised to those who hunger and thirst for justice and work for peace.


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