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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.

Pope Francis most important messages during Holy Week

2016-03-29

During Holy Week, Pope Francis has evoked the drama of the Passion of Jesus also to face two great challenges of humanity: the refugee crisis and  terrorist threats.

On Palm Sunday, in line with the physical and moral humiliation that Jesus suffered, he lamented that even today nations with Christian foundations ignore many refugees.

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"Jesus also experienced indifference, because nobody wanted to assume responsibility for his destiny. I think now in many people, in so many immigrants, many refugees, in so many migrants, those of which many do not want to assume responsibility for their destiny.”

On Tuesday, March 22 , three terrorist attacks occurred in Brussels, known as the heart of Europe, leaving 28 dead and over a hundred injured.

During Wednesday 's general audience, the Pope prayed for all those affected, and also for the terrorists.

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"Ask the Lord, during this Holy Week, to comfort the afflicted hearts and convert the hearts of these people blinded by the cruel fundamentalism.”

On Holy Thursday, the Pope kneeled before 12 men and woman, who are asylum seeking refugees. Among them were Catholics, but also Muslims and a Hindu. Pope Francis kneeled  before their pain and fear from being expelled from Europe.

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"Three days ago, an act of war, of destruction in a European city, by people who do not want to live in peace. But behind that gesture, just as behind Judas, there were others. Behind Judas there were those who gave the money so that Jesus would be handed over. Behind "that" gesture, there are manufacturers, arms dealers who want blood, not peace; they want war, not brotherhood."
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"We are different, we are different, we have different cultures and religions, but we are brothers and we want to live in peace."

At the ceremony, there were nearly 900 forced migrants and refugees who have crossed the Mediterranean in small boats in search of a better life. Before leaving, the Pope greeted them one by one. A gesture that perhaps no one has had with them since they fled their homes.

On Friday night, the Pope prayed at the Stations of the Cross near the Colosseum in Rome. He read a moving prayer on the crosses of our time, including terrorism.

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"O Cross of Christ, today too we see you raised up in our sisters and brothers killed, burned alive, throats slit and decapitated by barbarous blades amid cowardly silence. O Cross of Christ, today too we see you in expressions of fundamentalism and in terrorist acts committed by followers of some religions which profane the name of God and which use the holy name to justify their unprecedented violence.”

On Holy Saturday, during the Easter Vigil in St. Peter's, the Pope went further and recalled that with the resurrection of Jesus, Catholics believe that evil never has the last word.

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"May the Lord free us from this trap, from being Christians without hope, who live as if the Lord were not risen, as if our problems were the centre of our lives.”

And in the Urbi et Orbi blessing on Easter Sunday, he reminded Europe of the fact that terrorism harbors a much more serious wound outside its borders.

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" ... The recent attacks in Belgium, Turkey, Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon, Ivory Coast and Iraq.”

Despite the alleged fear of a terrorist attack in Rome, it proved to be one of the busiest events of Holy Week, drawing in many pilgrims. 

Perhaps, this is proof that fear does not have the last word.


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