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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.

World famous Globe Theatre group performs Shakespeare's Hamlet at the Vatican

2016-04-22

The Globe's two-year tour has come to the Vatican to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death. The tour group comes from London's prestigious Globe Theatre. Their tour is appropriately named Globe to Globe.

ARCH. PAUL TIGHE
Pontifical Council for Culture
"I think part of what great artists do is they enable people from different perspectives they begin to talk about and debate and share their ideas about the human condition.” 

It is the first time that one of Shakespeare's plays, Hamlet, will be performed in its entirety on Vatican territory. Coincidentally, Rome's First Renaissance palace, the Palazzo della Cancelleria hosted the private performance. Even though it is currently known as a Vatican tribunal, it was once one of the centers of Rome's musical life in the 17th century. 

NIGEL BAKER
British Ambassador to the Holy See
"For me, it seems really quite appropriate that the Globe is bringing this great play to the Vatican during the year of mercy. In a way, the Globe tour seems a little bit.. sort of a theatrical expression of Pope Francis reaching out to the peripheries.” 

As the world continues to suffer and struggle with the same tragedies represented in Hamlet, a figure like Pope Francis stands as a modern-day pillar of hope and solidarity in sharing a universal human pilgrimage with so many different people.

NAEEM HAYAT
Hamlet
"He manages somehow to present you with people who are flawed, fundamentally flawed human beings, as we all are. There are some good traits and there are some bad traits but he doesn't judge in his writing. He presents the people as they are with their unique problems.”

Currently, Hamlet has been performed in over 170 countries, to more than 100,000 people and traveled over 180,000 miles. The main goal of this project is to capture the global response to the Globe's Hamlet on tour and to examine the global impact of live performances of Shakespearean drama.

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