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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.
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Pope announces next World Day of Peace: “Non-Violence: A Style of Politics for Peace”

August 26, 2016. This is the theme Pope Francis has chosen for the next World Day of Peace, to be celebrated on January 1, 2017. Pope Francis has talked about the worrisome surge of violence that has taken over the world. On his trip to Poland in July he said the world is in a "piecemeal World War." That is why he wishes that this 50th World Day of Peace, the fourth of his pontificate, be a beacon of diplomacy and good will. The Pope wants to underline the prevalence of law in international affairs as a way to ensure a peaceful future. The World Day of Peace is a project started by Paul VI in 1968. It is celebrated the first day of every year, and it is usually an occasion where the pope makes important statements about the Social Doctrine of the Church.

The new life of the refugees rescued by the Pope in Rome: We are not terrorists

2016-04-20


They had known the worst was over at ten o'clock on Friday while they were still in the refugee camp. Only a few hours later, they were on a plane with Pope Francis, who personally welcomed them to Italian soil.

"Thank you. I appreciate all the things you have done."
"Thank you, Pope..."

After experiencing five years of war, destruction and bombing, the Community of Sant'Egidio in Rome welcomed them with flowers.

Nour, 31, is a biochemical engineer and specialized in microbiology in France. Her husband, Hasan, is an agricultural engineer. The bombs completely destroyed their home. They went on a hidden trip to Lesbos with their son, Riad, costing them 5,000 euros. The traffickers took them in a truck for animals for 15 hours.

"I want my son to have a future, a good future, and have a life like I did before the war.”
"I would like to find a job, I would like to work in my same area of expertise in Syria. I would continue my thesis perhaps. First, I would like to tell Europe that we are not terrorists; we are not jihadists. "

For Masha, age 8, hiding today is just a game. Now she can live in peace with her brother, Omar, 6, and their parents, Wafa and Zamalka. He repairs printers and she is a hairdresser.

"When we arrived, my two children had a high fever.  Despite that, they have gone to school and we have signed up for classes as well. We feel safe and happy."
"We want peace, to live in peace. When the war is over, we would like to return to our land. We want to return to our land."

Professor Ramy and seamstress Suhila decided to escape when their children were of military age. They do not want them killed, but above all, they do not want to become murderers.

"We were very afraid they would send us back to Turkey. Thank you very much to the Pope, he is a miracle that saved us. "
"We finally feel some peace, after so many years of war. Finally a quiet morning, full of peace. We are very happy.”
"We hope the war ends, there is peace and we can go back to Syria."

Their first day in Italy, they began to study Italian. Rachid wants to be a surgeon, and Abdel Majid dreams of becoming a dentist. All of them want to return to Syria one day, because they each left one thing behind.

"What did you leave in Syria?"
"Only our roots."


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