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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.

Card. Schönborn: “Amoris Laetitia” is not a rupture, it is a development of doctrine

2016-04-08

The room was filled with much curiosity and great expectation, as the Vatican unveiled  Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation, "Amoris Laetitia or "The Joy of Love.”

The Pope has written a comprehensive document that goes beyond the artificial debate on the incompatibility between doctrine and mercy. 

After two consecutive years, he has drawn together the work of the last two Synods on the Family. In "Amoris Laetitia” there is plenty of innovation and continuity.

CARD. CHRISTOPH SCHÖNBORN
Archbishop of Vienna
"For me, this document holds authentic novelties but not a rupture.”  

Accompanied by the Archbishop of Vienna, Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, secretary general of the Synod of Bishops, points out an important key to interpreting the exhortation.

CARD. LORENZO BALDISSERI
Secretary General, Synod Bishops
"No one can be condemned forever, because that is not the logic of the Gospel.”

They remarked that the biggest development comes from the concept of  "discernment.” Each question of conscience should be resolved privately between the affected and a priest, especially in the most sensitive cases, such as those of divorced people in a new union.

CARD. CHRISTOPH SCHÖNBORN
Archbishop of Vienna
"What we are speaking of is a process of accompaniment and discernment which guides the faithful to an awareness of their own situation before God.”

CARD. LORENZO BALDISSERI
Secretary General, Synod Bishops
"Discernment takes place through conversation with the priest in the internal forum.”

But note that, above all,"Amoris Laetitia” is an invitation to conceive marriage as a desirable project for people, not a burden to bear throughout life.

CARD. CHRISTOPH SCHÖNBORN
Archbishop of Vienna
"We have been called to form consciences not to replace them.”

Remember, there is no single formula, but at the same time, these situations must be considered and cannot be transformed from the general rule. 


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