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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.

The Vatican calls for financial support for Christians in the Holy Land

2016-03-24

On Good Friday, all the churches in the world are asked to collect alms to help Christians in the Holy Land. Cardinal Leonardo Sandri wrote to all bishops to participate in this gesture of solidarity with Christians in Jesus' native land. He said "we are indebted to those who remained to give witness to that faith, in spite of the conflicts that have always tortured that Land.” 

CARD. LEONARDO SANDRI
Prefect, Congregation for Eastern Churches
"We do not want a Middle East of dead stones, like a museum, but of living stones where our Christian faith was born, to continue bearing witness to the faith in Jesus Christ, Lord of the world, who has brought peace to men.”

The collection will be delivered to the Franciscans who began in the thirteenth century to take care of the Christian places in the Holy Land. However, they do not only serve churches and shrines, but they also maintain schools, orphanages and homes for needy families.

Much of the aid will go to Syria. The Cardinal dreams that the contribution will help consolidate the shaky truce prevailing in the country.

CARD. LEONARDO SANDRI
Prefect, Congregation for Eastern Churches
"I dream about a Syria rebuilt after the war. Now it is completely destroyed, but with the support of the international community, once again, the Christian presence can live in harmony and peace with the Muslims."

Fr. Jacques Mourad, who was in the hands of ISIS for four months and twenty days, also asked for help. The priest says that Syria is experiencing persecution not only against Christians, but against all people.

FR. JACQUES MOURAD
Priest in Syria
"The war has been a disaster for all Syrians, there are times of darkness and evil, sadness and suffering. We meditate with Christ, who suffers and is crucified and dies for us, to understand that the path of suffering and evil is not the true path. It is not the vocation of human beings."

As of today, the only Latin rite priests left in Syria are 30 Franciscans. Wherever they are, they work to alleviate the suffering of the people, regardless of religion.

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