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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.
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Pope announces next World Day of Peace: “Non-Violence: A Style of Politics for Peace”

August 26, 2016. This is the theme Pope Francis has chosen for the next World Day of Peace, to be celebrated on January 1, 2017. Pope Francis has talked about the worrisome surge of violence that has taken over the world. On his trip to Poland in July he said the world is in a "piecemeal World War." That is why he wishes that this 50th World Day of Peace, the fourth of his pontificate, be a beacon of diplomacy and good will. The Pope wants to underline the prevalence of law in international affairs as a way to ensure a peaceful future. The World Day of Peace is a project started by Paul VI in 1968. It is celebrated the first day of every year, and it is usually an occasion where the pope makes important statements about the Social Doctrine of the Church.

Three countries where being Catholic is even more difficult

2016-05-07

In many challenging situations, the Church is the first to arrive, the last to go, and that which always remains.

In the face of difficulty, religious men and women, priests, and bishops are much more than just that. In Liberia, for example, they serve as specialized medical care-givers due to the Ebola outbreak that, to varying degrees, has affected the country for two years.

When it rains, it pours for this African country. Liberia currently occupies last place in the UN's Human Development Index and suffered a 14-year civil war from 1989 to 2003. 

MSGR. ANTHONY BORWAH
Bishop of Gbarnga (Liberia)
"The presence of the Church is very important. We may not be able to solve all the problems, but the fact that the priests, the religious, and the bishops stay with the people, listen to the people, pray together, and struggle together, I think it made a big difference during the civil war and especially with Ebola in the country. The presence of the Church is very important."

In other countries, Catholics are almost nonexistent. In the 70's, Estonia had six Catholics. Now, there are more than 6,000 in a population of one million, two hundred thousand. It is considered the most atheistic country in the world.

MSGR. PHILIPPE JOURDAN
Apostolic Administrator (Estonia)
"In a country with few Catholics, the public opinion about the Catholic Church depends often more on the universal Catholic Church than on the local, rather small Catholic community. In that sense, the figure of the Holy Father is very important.”

Pope Francis is particularly attentive to situations of suffering in the world, such as those in the Middle East. In Iraq, the renouncement of the Christian persecution and appeals for peace are constant. 

MSGR. BASILIO YALDO
Auxiliary Bishop of Baghdad (Iraq)
"I try to be near them. We don't have to do much, except be with those who need it. And even more than being there, it means that we share a common destiny. We have to be there as witnesses to the Gospel.”

That's why this bishop asks for help so Iraqis are not forced to migrate, especially Christians threatened by ISIS.

MSGR. BASILIO YALDO
Auxiliary Bishop of Baghdad (Iraq)
"It depends on international intervention because we have asked for help from everyone and, so far, it has not been enough. I ask not only for prayers, but also for work to halt the actions of ISIS.”

The bishops exposed these situations during a meeting in Rome. The Pontifical University of the Holy Cross became the atrium from which they explained the work of the Church in difficult contexts, where simply surviving everyday is sometimes the most extraordinary task.


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