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Theme chosen for 2017 World Communications Day

September 29, 2016. The theme for the 2017 World Communications Day has officially been announced. Coming from the book of Isiah, the theme is: "Fear not, for I am with you: communicating hope and trust in our time.”
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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.
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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.

Vatileaks 2: Vallejo Balda's accomplice denies having leaked documents

2016-04-06

After more than five hours of questioning, Francesca Chaouqui stands before the Court of the Vatican for being accused of alleged "conspiracy” and "theft and dissemination of news and confidential documents.” 

She has denied the allegations of the prosecutor and stressed that, from the beginning, she has collaborated with the investigations.

She explained that in February 2014, with the birth of the Secretariat for the Economy, "a situation” occurred (that she has not specified) that caused a serious distrust within the important Vatican commission that worked on requests of the Pope. At that time, several members of the commission had been named for an official position in the Vatican, while (the defendant) Monsignor Vallejo Balda, also a member of the commission, did not receive any.

Francesca Chaouqui ensures that later "something terrible” (not specified), occurred on May 2014 and that the Pope allegedly asked Vallejo Balda to investigate it. Both, along with another defendant, Nicola Maio, prepared a secret dossier for the Pope.

She says that when Pope Francis read it that he  defined it in private as "prophetic” and used it as a guide for his subsequent decisions.

She adds, that in the same week, on June 2014, Cardinal George Pell asked them to immediately hand over the Commissions entire files, including the reserved material dossier, and after that they indefinitely blocked the access to those documents.

The prosecutor has shown an email in which the accused asks Vallejo Balda to print an official watermark letterhead from the Vatican bank, with text that is "dated September 30th.” She says that she thought he had ignored her request. But the prosecutor, showed that the false document was printed and it also included the signature of the then director of the bank. But they did not disclose the contents of the forged document.

She has stated that Vallejo Balda felt abandoned in September 2014 and she tried to cheer him up and also tried to involve him in charitable initiatives.

She has denied that they had any sexual relations, and said that Vallejo Balda revealed to her a "confession about his private life” and out of respect for him, she "will not reveal it." Since then, she claims, he began to "show an eccentric behavior,” so much so, that he began to seek help from an astrologer.

She acknowledged that in April 2015 she introduced him to the journalist Gian Luigi Nuzzi, because the priest wanted the difficulties of his work to be known. She says, the journalist did not press the priest, and Vallejo Balda spontaneously handed him the password to access to the confidential information on the commission.

She said that Vallejo Balda was interviewed with his face covered for an Italian television program on financial issues of the Vatican.

She added some more relevant data, such as that fact, that she has never seriously threatened Vallejo Balda, that she is actively involved in institutions against the mafia, that she is not working for the secret service and that the other accused Nicola Maio has not stolen any documents.


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