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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.

The Pope's special devotion for the Virgin Mary

2016-05-03

POPE FRANCIS
October 25, 2014
"A Christian does not have a right to be an orphan. He has a Mother”.

Perhaps it goes unnoticed in his preaching, but the presence of the Virgin Mary in his homilies and catechesis is constant.

Within his determined spirit lies that of a reformer, that is simultaneously combined with a strong and tender devotion to the Mother of God.

Pope Francis is a man of strong faith and simple piety. Whenever he is before an image of the Virgin, he always devotes affectionate glances. But of all Marian devotions, there is one for whom he feels a particular weakness: Mary, Untier of Knots.

MSGR. EDUARDO GARCIA
Bishop of San Justo (Argentina)
"Mary Untier of the Knots is Our Lady who unties all problems in life, and frees us from the deceptions the Devil bounds us to.”
Those who follow Pope Francis daily have become accustomed to seeing him visit the patroness saint of Rome "Salus Populi Romani” before and after each of his trips." 

It also is not uncommon to see him pray the Hail Mary with the pilgrims. Among the many items he carries with him in his pocket, he is never without the rosary.

A rosary, which incidentally, already has a  very young protector who was appointed by the Pope in person.

POPE FRANCIS
February 15, 2016
"So, I will bless the rosary and I assign you as its official keeper. You have to take care of it, ok? Every now and then, pray for me.”

Precisely in Mexico, before the "Our Lady of Guadalupe,” he prayed silently for about 25 minutes while a crowd waited expectantly.

And before the image of Fatima, he asked for the take care of the poor and those excluded in the beginning of his pontificate.

These are the gestures that show a form of simple faith. Because the Virgin for the Pope is so fundamental in the Church, as is the mother in a family.

POPE FRANCIS
October 25, 2014
"Well, whoever does not want Mary as a Mother will have her as a mother-in-law!”


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