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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.

Congress in Rome brings hundreds of Catholic communicators together

2016-04-29


Three hundred and sixteen million people worldwide use Twitter, 400 million post on Instagram and 1,650 million are on Facebook. The digital continent is growing rapidly, which is a challenge for the Church but, it's an exciting challenge that Pope Francis has fully taken by the reins.

MARC CARROGGIO
Professional Seminar for Church Communication Offices
"I think the Pope, with his participation on Twitter, on Instagram, on various social networks, or, at least his openness to participate there, is communicating this: We must go, we must be participants, we have to share the knowledge we have because it is not something only for us, but something that can convey warmth, humanity and comfort to a contemporary society where there are people who are abandoned or have many difficulties.(The Pope calls it tenderness.)”

In order to learn how to perform this task in the most efficient way and to share the best and most innovative communication techniques, communication professionals from the Church gathered in Rome for one of the most important meetings in this field. Rome's Pontifical University of the Holy Cross organizes the professional seminar for communicators every two years.

"The presentations and workshops there help  you evolve in your own projects. You learn techniques to convey this message on the Internet today, which is important in a field that is ever changing."

"There are great talents in the Church; there are great developers and we have to make them known and also learn from them, so we can carry the message to as many people as need it.”

MSGR. VÍCTOR MASALLES
Auxiliary Bishop of Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic)
"Communication is not only speaking to people, but is actually reaching people. When one evangelizes, this evangelization has the power to reach the heart and can sometimes been seen as just pretending, but it is only when you reach  peoples' heart when you're really communicating. That's what I took from this conference.” 

ROME REPORTS has been a media partner for the event and organized a session on religious content on TV.

More than 400 professionals from around the world gathered in this veteran Congress, held in the Eternal City for the past 20 years.

MARC CARROGGIO
Professional Seminar for Church Communication Offices
"Now, when there is not one spokesperson, but millions of spokespersons in the Church, we are all both information users and communicators on our social networks, on the Internet, on our blogs. This time in the Church is very interesting to see the number of realities that have emerged that are especially dedicated to forming voices, to inspiring voices.”

Many fruits were born after discussions at these meetings: such as Catholic Voices, a training school for Catholics in the media, and the video initiative of the Pope, with which Pope Francis asks prayers for his intentions.

Since we live in an era in which every moment we are more connected than the last, it is increasingly vital to know how to communicate Church news in the most modern and efficient way possible.


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