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Pope will not be able to travel to Israel on Friday to attend the funeral of Shimon Peres

September 28, 2016. Despite the rumors that Pope Francis will travel to Israel to attend Shimon Peres funeral, the Vatican has issued a statement officially announcing a confirmation for the pope's scheduled visit to Georgia and Azerbaijan will remain as planned on Friday. The pope spoke warmly about the former leader and sent out a telegram of condolences:
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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.

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 surprising list of the happiest countries in the world


The latest report on World Happiness 2016 indicates that the happiest countries in the world are Denmark, Switzerland and Iceland.

What do they have in common? It's not only about money. According to some authors of the report, other aspects are also assessed, such as social support their inhabitants receive or the generosity they experience.

University of British Columbia
"People are asked all over the world not just 'are you happy?' the emotion, like I ask you, but to think of your life as a ladder with the worst possible life as a 0 and the best as a 10. How would you rate your life today?” 
"And in the World Happiness Report we not only report those answers, but we try to explain what makes people happier in some countries than others.”

Some of the experts who worked on the report explained the keys in a forum called "The Courtyard of the Gentiles," organized by the Vatican. Jeffrey Sachs, who has twice been named among the 100 most influential people in the world, spoke before hundreds of young students. He said it is important to understand that is not selfish to claim personal happiness, but to be full, it should be shared with someone else. No one can be happy if they are alone.

University of Columbia
"What does it mean? We must, of course, look out for our own interests; but we aren't even human beings if we're not looking after the interest of others. If we're not living that philosophy today, now, when would we?”

Jeffrey Sachs also collaborated with Pope Francis on the last encyclical, Laudato si'. He told the students his impressions of the Argentine Pope.

University of Columbia
"His first message to the world was called Evangelii Gaudium. Gaudium, of course, Latin for joy. He used a phrase in Envangelii Gaudium that I think is the most important phrase that I know about the real state of life in our world today. He called it globalization of indifference, that we have a world of indifference where it is indifference that has been globalized."

The report notes that there are other key factors to happiness such as family, friends or work.

The factor that promotes unhappiness, of course, is war. It is no wonder that Syria, for example, is the penultimate on the list and Burundi comes in last.

Ranking of Happiness 

1. Denmark 
2. Switzerland 
3. Iceland 
4. Norway 
5. Finland 
6. Canada 
7. Netherlands 
8. New Zealand 
9. Australia 
10. Sweden 
11. Israel 
12. Austria 
13. United States 
14. Costa Rica 
15. Puerto Rico 
16. Germany 
17. Brazil 
18. Belgium 
19. Ireland 
20. Luxembourg 
21. Mexico 
22. Singapore 
23. United Kingdom 
24. Chile 
25. Panama 
26. Argentina 
27. Czech Republic 
28. United Arab Emirates 
29. Uruguay 
30. Malta 
31. Colombia 
32. France 
33. Thailand 
34. Saudi Arabia 
35. Taiwan 
36. Qatar 
37. Spain 
38. Algeria 
39. Guatemala 
40. Suriname 
41. Kuwait 
42. Bahrain 
43. Trinidad and Tobago 
44. Venezuela 
45. Slovakia 
46. El Salvador 
47. Malaysia 
48. Nicaragua 
49. Uzbekistan 
50. Italy 
51. Ecuador 
52. Belize 
53. Japan 
54. Kazakhstan 
55. Moldova 
56. Russia 
57. Poland 
58. South Korea 
59. Bolivia 
60. Lithuania 
61. Belarus 
62. North Cyprus 
63. Slovenia 
64. Peru 
65. Turkmenistan 
66. Mauritius 
67. Libya 
68. Latvia 
69. Cyprus 
70. Paraguay 
71. Romania 
72. Estonia 
73. Jamaica 
74. Croatia 
75. Hong Kong 
76. Somalia 
77. Kosovo 
78. Turkey 
79. Indonesia 
80. Jordan 
81. Azerbaijan 
82. Philippines 
83. China 
84. Bhutan 
85. Kyrgyzstan 
86. Serbia 
87. Bosnia and Herzegovina 
88. Montenegro 
89. Dominican Republic 
90. Morocco 
91. Hungary 
92. Pakistan 
93. Lebanon 
94. Portugal 
95. Macedonia 
96. Vietnam 
97. Somaliland region 
98. Tunisia 
99. Greece 
100. Tajikistan 
101. Mongolia 
102. Laos 
103. Nigeria 
104. Honduras 
105. Iran 
107. Nepal 
108. Palestinian Territories 
110. Bangladesh 
111. Sierra Leone 
112. Iraq 
113. Namibia 
114. Cameroon 
115. Ethiopia 
116. South Africa 
117. Sri Lanka 
118. India 
119. Myanmar 
120. Egypt 
121. Armenia 
122. Kenya 
123. Ukraine 
124. Ghana 
125. Congo (Kinshasa) 
126. Georgia 
127. Congo (Brazzaville) 
128. Senegal
129. Bulgaria 
130. Mauritania 
131. Zimbabwe 
132. Malawi 
133. Sudan 
134. Gabon 
135. Mali
136. Haiti
137. Botswana
138. Comoros 
139. Ivory Coast 
140. Cambodia 
141. Angola 
142. Niger 
143. South Sudan 
144. Chad 
145. Burkina Faso 
146. Uganda 
147. Yemen 
148. Madagascar 
149. Tanzania 
150. Liberia 
151. Guinea 
152. Rwanda 
153. Benin 
154. Afghanistan
155. Togo 
156. Syria 
157. Burundi