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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.

Catholic Bytes launches new content for understanding the Jubilee of Mercy

2016-03-28

Catholic Bytes is a podcast dedicated to faith-based topics, their latest endeavor offers pilgrims traveling to Rome the opportunity to develop a deeper connection to the Church. 

In honor of the Jubilee of Mercy, Catholic Bytes has developed an engaging initiative known as, Misericordia Media. It allows pilgrims the opportunity to reflect more deeply on this years theme of mercy when they walk through the Holy Door. 

CECILIA O’REILLY
Catholic Bytes, Communications Director
"It's beautiful to be in Rome because it is the heart of the Church, so you encounter so many different people from so many different parts of the world and in their churches. So, speaking with them and telling them about the initiative. So, through hearsay and then having them bringing it home and share it with their parishioners or their faithful there.”

Cecilia is the Communications Director for Catholic Bytes, with Misericordia Media being one of its many initiatives.

CECILIA O’REILLY
Catholic Bytes, Communications Director
"We also have a YouTube series that we are going to start, which is similar to the Podcast. We'd like it after a different series, at the end to be a systematic presentation of the faith and they are going to be short five to ten minute videos on different aspects of the faith; whether its morals, dogma, spirituality,etc.”

In response to this, Misericordia Media offers a user-friendly, interactive video and audio guide for pilgrims.

The seven-minute audio guide prepares pilgrims to walk through the Holy Door by offering a historical background.

The nine-minute video guide presents pilgrims with the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in the experience of the historical and artistic aesthetic of the Basilica.

CECILIA O’REILLY
Catholic Bytes, Communications Director
"It looks like a lot of work ahead. But, a lot of good work because it is work for the Lord, ultimately and opportunities to reach out to the faithful and to share the message.”

Both audio and video guide are offered in Italian, English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, German, and Polish. Most of the content is done by seminarians and priest studying in Rome. 

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