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Theme chosen for 2017 World Communications Day

September 29, 2016. The theme for the 2017 World Communications Day has officially been announced. Coming from the book of Isiah, the theme is: "Fear not, for I am with you: communicating hope and trust in our time.”
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Pope will not be able to travel to Israel on Friday to attend the funeral of Shimon Peres

September 28, 2016. Despite the rumors that Pope Francis will travel to Israel to attend Shimon Peres funeral, the Vatican has issued a statement officially announcing a confirmation for the pope's scheduled visit to Georgia and Azerbaijan will remain as planned on Friday. The pope spoke warmly about the former leader and sent out a telegram of condolences:
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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.

Cardinal Veglio on refugees: Europe has behaved like Pontius Pilate

2016-04-28


So far, more than 1200 people have drowned trying to reach the Mediterranean coast this year. Some remain huddled on the border between Greece and Macedonia, or in Lesbos, places like Moria, where Pope Francis recently visited. From there, the Pope brought back 12 Syrian refugees who will have a second chance in Europe.

CARD. ANTONIO MARIA VEGLIÒ
President, Pontifical Council for Migrants and Itinerant People
"It's easy to say things but something concrete needs to be done. The Pope is not satisfied with good words, he says it very often: There has to be concrete things done. It is a small gesture but it is like a drop in the ocean.”

Of the 160,000 refugees who have been promised to be hosted by Europe, less than 100 have been relocated at this time.

Furthermore, the agreement with Turkey and the  Balkan border closures have worsened the situation for those who have lost everything to  war, violence and persecution. Cardinal Veglio sincerely regrets this pact between Brussels and Ankara.

CARD. ANTONIO MARIA VEGLIÒ
President, Pontifical Council for Migrants and Itinerant People
"This word comes off as a little strong but yes, the attitude of Europe is a bit 'Pilate-like.' But unfortunately, that's the way it is. It is also because of these walls and defenses that have been implemented. Where are the values that Europe has always defended...on which Europe has been born? We are a little lost, however it is undeniable that Pope Francis' trips have stirred many. The Pope went there to say: 'they are grave problems, seek how to solve them.' He does not say, "intend to solve them' or 'we intend to solve them.'”

The Syrian citizens who have not returned to Turkey have been deported to their countries of origin. The Syrians will receive temporary protection although it is probable that they will return to a country where their death surely awaits them.

CARD. ANTONIO MARIA VEGLIÒ
President, Pontifical Council for Migrants and Itinerant People
"Sending a Senegalese or an Italian back to his country ... is acceptable. But to send a Syrian back to his country now. From where he has escaped, would he not have had his reasons for escaping? I do not know that this is the most humane and  Christian way of behaving.”

Caritas has expressed its rejection of this agreement and has described it as "unacceptable," like many other organizations, including the UN. Cardinal Veglio recalls Europe as a continent full of integration of various people, and says that the best way to go about the immigration problem is to help its countries of origin.


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