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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.

Iraqi bishop: ISIS is brainwashing a whole generation of children in fanaticism

2016-04-23

Northern Iraq has become a refuge for Christians, Muslims and minorities persecuted by the Islamic State. Iraqi Kurdistan, an area heavily punished under Saddam Hussein, is now virtually the only stable territory that works economically and administratively in a country overrun by the Islamic State.

Msgr. Rabban al-Qas is a Chaldean bishop in Ahmadiya and Zakho. He believes that militarily eliminating ISIS is simply not enough.

MSGR. RABBAN AL-QAS
Iraqi bishop
"Mosul, Iraq and Syria have prepared for their future. They have taught their ideology to a whole generation, even to the smallest children. They have been educated in a new fanaticism. If ISIS is eliminated today, others will come later. "

His diocese has received around 80,000 refugees, almost the same number of people living in that territory. Most come from places like Mosul, a city of about 3 million people, who are subjected to the radicals.

MSGR. RABBAN AL-QAS
Iraqi bishop
"When these people arrived, they thought they would return in 2 or 3 months, but now accept the situation with a little more hope. Many want to go to Turkey, Lebanon or Jordan and afterwards travel to America, Australia and other countries where they have family. Christians are leaving because they feel they have lost their churches, their homes and their history.”

While Syria is gradually driving out the Islamic State in many areas, in Iraq, advances against the Islamic caliphate have stopped. A possible solution for Iraq would be the creation of Kurdistan as an independent state. Above all, the bishop asks for a secular state that does not discriminate against Christians nor minorities.

MSGR. RABBAN AL-QAS
Iraqi bishop
"There is a constitution based on Sharia Law, the Islamic law, and not on civil principles. It should not be based on religion or ideology to say that some people are above others. We cannot live with a government that follows the Sharia, the Islam law, because according to that, Christians are second-class.”

Along with the Pope, he asks for open doors for refugees and hopes that someday Pope Francis will visit a peaceful Iraq, the land in which Thomas the apostle evangelized during the first century after Christ.


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