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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.

A painting and sculpture school for modern churches

2016-04-21

Often artworks in churches help us to mediate and pray. But in some cases, it can have the opposite effect, causing some to almost lose their faith. 

Just because an artwork has a religious theme or story, does not mean it is automatically appropriate for a church. Sacred painting or sculpture must convey the mystery of God and bring people to worship and love him. 

This painting and sculpture school is working to do just that. It is located in a world capital of art, the city of Florence. It’s called the Sacred Art School.

BLAIR
"I dream one day of being so well formed as an artist that I can make people contemporary art for churches that really engage the modern viewers, so they can see it and relate to it, but also, it can draw them up to our God”. 

ELISABETTA
"For Christians, beauty is often linked to faith. It's what I was looking for: an art that expresses faith, and one representing the importance of beauty.”

SOFIA
"The artist can give a purpose to his or her work, maybe to give glory to God, to help people and encourage them to pray and to create a disposition for contemplation and appreciating beauty.”

Here they learn to draw, paint, make sculpture, metalwork, woodwork, but they also study art history, theology, symbology, liturgy and sacred architecture. It’s an interdisciplinary approach that goes beyond techniques and draws on inspiration.

FABIO
"The professors teach us to perfection the characteristics of art in general. When I finish I would like to open my own studio and continue my personal work.”

THERESA
"With my work as a goldsmith, I would like to give brightness to the eyes of people as the professors here have brightened my own here at this school.”

One of those teachers is Osamu Tanimoto. He traveled from Japan to Florence to take in the beauty of the city and learn skills to be a painter and sculptor.

OSAMU TANIMOTO
Sacred Art School Firenze
"This is my Prodigal Son, in painting, and that expression of that painting is my experience as a convert. I'm Japanese, I come from a nonreligious background, and I came here to study Renascence and Barrocous Art, because they are harmonious and beautiful and then I found faith”. 

As a teacher and artist, Osamu tries to work following a rich tradition of sacred art, but without repeating what has been done in the past. It’s a contemporary style that responds to the concerns of men and women today.

OSAMU TANIMOTO
Sacred Art School Firenze
"I teach drawing in the Sacred Arts School, and our approach is that treating drawing not as near artistic medium but to capture the grace of God, that God left in all our bodies. Because we are made in the image of God, in the likeness of Him so by contemplating in his body we find God”. 

It is one of the few schools in the world where "sacred art" is taught. The students and school have received commissions for planning new churches, chapels or renovating old churches, such as this chapel in for the Church of Our Lady of Help in Livorno, Italy. 


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