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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.

Mobile application helps vacationers locate churches and mass times throughout the world

2016-05-07


The mobile app, Catholic Mass Times, is one of the most complete applications to find local churches, directions, mass and confession times throughout the world.  
 
PABLO LICHERI
Catholic Mass Times
"It's very fulfilling to be able to help people to go to mass and to give thanks and glory to God.”

What originally started as a simple experiment, has now turned into an application with more than 35,000 downloads and 10,000 registered churches around the world. However, its creators are expecting it to continue to grow. They say they would not be surprised if it soon reaches over a million downloads. 

PABLO LICHERI
Catholic Mass Times
"I believe this app is going to help a lot of people all over the world. I mean, the travelers especially really like having a single app to find masses when they travel to different cities.”

There are volunteers helping him with the application, including three of his kids, Tomás (14), Pilar (13), and Sofia (12). They help organize the church data and error reports that are sent in each day by users. 

One noted characteristic of the app is its ease of use. It is designed for the everyday user and is made as simple as possible with zoom capabilities on the maps, and directions offered through the GPS and current location of the phone. 

PABLO LICHERI
Catholic Mass Times
"It's a really useful app. It's very small. You can have it in your phone for like an emergency case. I think...it's free, it has no adds, so it has no downside.” 

They recently upgraded the app with the ability to choose which directional app it defaults to and adoration times have been added alongside each church listing. 

In order to accomplish each of these upgrades, Pablo said they are requesting help from people around the world, both to update information and add more churches to the application. He is asking priests to help him as well by sending in their parish information. 

The application is currently offered in English, Spanish, French and Italian for iOS and Spanish for Android. However, there are plans to add each additional language for Android as well. You can download the app from www.horariosdemisa.com 
 

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