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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.

Pope visit to Lesbos: The saddest journey that I have made

2016-04-16

During his flight to the island of Lesbos, the Pope recalled how this is one of the worst humanitarian catastrophes of our time. The Pope recalled that is the saddest journey that he has made.

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"It is a sad journey. We are going to see the greatest humanitarian tragedy after World War II.”

The refugee situation in this European border is worsening as they are fleeing war but the governments are expelling them without any aid.

At the foot of the papal plane ladder, he was received by the Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. The Pope thanked him for Greece's generosity with refugees.

The Patriarch of Constantinople and the Archbishop of Athens and all Greece also awaited him. With them, the Pope traveled in a minibus to the Moria refugee camp, a place where the migrants arrive and can not leave freely. The camp is home to some 2,500 people who are waiting for a response from the government in order to be granted refugee asylum.

The Pope listened to their stories and dried their tears, as he listened, for over an hour, to the tragedies that have brought them there. 

While there, he first greeted orphans, children between 8 and 16 who have left behind everything.

Then the Pope and the Patriarch of Constantinople greeted many families. The Pope praised the humanity of the Orthodox Patriarch, who gave candy to the children.

Many said only their country of origin: Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq and especially Syria. Most were Muslims, but also Christians and Yazidis.

This man showed him his war wounds, and introduced him to his baby, born 15 days ago on the shores of Turkey.

This family comes from a Syrian city taken over by Isis. They worry about the fate of their relatives that stayed behind.

This family from Iraq asked for help because their daughter has skin cancer and needs the urgent care of a doctor.

It was a visit filled with emotion.

"Holy father, bless me, please, I'm a Christian. Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah. Jesus thank you, thank God.”

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"Tell what I can do and I will try."

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"We hope that the world will heed these scenes of tragic and indeed desperate need, and respond in a way worthy of our common humanity”.

The three Christian leaders signed a joint statement calling on governments to put "all means to ensure that individuals and communities, including Christians, to remain in their homeland and enjoy the fundamental right to live in peace and security.”

Then refugees invited the Pope and the other religious leaders to lunch, and of course, they accepted the invitation.


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