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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.

Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem: If the West creates wars, it must accept the consequences

2016-04-25

Today, Christians in the Middle East live in one of the most delicate situations in history. This deminishing population are at risk of disappearing completely from Jesus' land as victims of war, poverty and religious radicalism.

PATRIARCH FOUAD TWAL
Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem
"We are the Church of Calvary in every aspect of our lives: the situation, the economy, conflict, occupation...However, a few meters from there is the Holy Sepulchre, the empty tomb of the resurrection. It's beautiful to live in both dimensions."

For many years, the lack of understanding between Israelis and Palestinians has materialized in the form of a wall that separates Jerusalem from Bethlehem, but its symbolism divides more than just the two territories.

PATRIARCH FOUAD TWAL
Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem
"The walls you see when you come to Jerusalem remind us of other walls, which are located in the heart of man: fear, hatred, misunderstanding, mistrust."

The recent uprising has existed so that maintaining a peaceful atmosphere between Israelis and Palestinians seems difficult. There are certain issues especially involved, like the status of Jerusalem.

PATRIARCH FOUAD TWAL
Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem
"Jerusalem is not only for Israel, not only for Muslims, not only for Christians, but we are all Jerusalem. Jerusalem is the mother who welcomes us all."

Unfortunately, the Middle East is becoming a dangerous land for millions of people. The wars in Syria and Yemen, violence in Iraq and tension between Israel and Palestine are causing a mass escape that Western countries do not know how to manage.

PATRIARCH FOUAD TWAL
Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem
"Europe and America's intervention led to the war in Syria. If they wanted war, they have to accept the consequences: refugees are a consequence of this policy."

Archbishop Twal spoke of the difficult situation in the heart of Christianity during a meeting at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome.

The Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem also includes Jordan, where most Syrian refugees are concentrated. Many of these refugees are also Palestinians. As second-time refugees after fleeing war in their homeland, they only found conditions worse in Syria.

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