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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.

Jubilee: Pope prays in Saint Peter's with victims of unjust violence

2016-05-05


One of the Works of Mercy that the Church proposes in the Jubilee is "to comfort those who mourn." Therefore, symbolically, the Pope met with those representing the deepest pains.

Some had lost their children in traffic accidents, others in work accidents and others in war.

"I am the mother of Rafael and Clara present here with us, and also of Antonio, my first son, who has been in Heaven for almost five years now. He inexplicably decided to take his own life at only 15 years old. Antonio has dragged me, my life, and my mind to his grave with him. However, in that devastating moment, the love of God poured over my life, all my tears dried, and He gave me strength. This love keeps me and prevented me from going crazy, destroying myself and my family. "

"My name is Rafael and I am 14 years old. Five years ago I lost my brother, I was nine years old and my sister was five. I felt lost and abandoned during this period. I experienced a great rage, especially with the Lord, asking why He had deprived me of my brother. This led me away from the Church, but I have gradually matured and grown. Above all, seeing the strength of my parents who moved forward, they moved forward with our family; I had a conversion with God."

Felix Qaiser is a Pakistani journalist who has traveled his country to show the ordeals everyday Christians face there. However, because of his work, he had to leave the country.

"My articles, my fame, attracted the attention of some terrorist groups who considered my words a real attack to their country and to Islam.”
"From everyone, I received the same decided and unappealable response. It's finished, leave work and the city. Put your family in safety and get out as fast as you can.”

This famous Italian comedian found success, but never imagined that apart from the fame he received, he would be very lonely. One day, he realized that God loves him and decided to devote himself to helping people with addictions.

"Although I had everything I needed and seemed to be happy, I was lonely, empty, unloved, without a motive to live. Then I started asking questions to understand where I went wrong."

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"The tears of Jesus serve as an antidote to my indifference before the suffering of my brothers and sisters. His tears teach me to make my own pain, the pain of others, to share in the discouragement and sufferings of those experiencing painful situations.” 

During the ceremony, many wrote their concerns, and went up to a reliquary holding the tears that, according to tradition, were shed from a sculpture of the Virgin Mary.

Then they prayed together for those in danger of death, for those who are tortured or used for experiments, for the victims of war, abused children and the mistreated, the sick and those who are troubled, live alone or are abandoned.

It was a simple encounter, but certainly one of great symbolic value. One of the most intense during the Jubilee of Mercy.


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