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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.

Paul Batthi: Attack against Christians in Pakistan was because of government acts against radicals

2016-04-30

On Easter Sunday, a radical of the Pakistani branch of the Islamic State self-detonated himself in a public park in Lahore, where dozens of Christian families were celebrating the Resurrection of Christ.

PAUL BATTHI
Former Pakistani minorities minister
"This park was not protected because, for the authorities, the churches were the sensitive points and this is why the police were there. They did not think they would attack the parks. It has happened there because there were more Christians than usual.”

Paul Batthi's brother was Shahbaz Batthi, former Minister of minorities in Pakistan, who was assassinated in 2011 for being a Christian and defending Christians. Unfortunately, they are still second-class citizens in a country where they barely make 2 percent out of a population of 180 million.

PAUL BATTHI
Former Pakistani minorities minister
"It is something we are fighting alongside with political leaders, many of them Muslims. The day of the attack shocked me because many Muslims, including journalists, declared that moving forward the idea of a Pakistan branded as a second-class citizen would be no more.”

It further solidifies that the attack, like the one in Lahore, are a consequence of the incipient but effective way the Pakistani government is facing with radical extremists.

PAUL BATTHI
Former Pakistani minorities minister
"The attack took place because the government has taken steps against radicals: They have closed many religious schools, cut their funding, destroyed the factories where they produced explosives and hide weapons... The Prime Minister has said, and I share, that the attack was a desperate measure.”

Although even Christians in Pakistan are victims of discriminatory laws and the anti-blasphemy law, often used as a tool for personal vengeance rather than as a way to preserve respect for Islam. This happened to Asia Bibi, who was imprisoned for nearly six years. Paul Batthi says that soon there will be updated news about her case.

PAUL BATTHI
Former Pakistani politician
"My feeling, and I've said this repeatedly, is that her liberation is near.”

Paul Batthi participated in the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, on a series of lectures on the persecution of Christians. He called on the suffrage of many who immigrate, also from Pakistan, looking for a future of peace and prosperity, only to find indifference and neglect.


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