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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.

Man runs across America in the name of Mercy during the Jubilee Year

2016-05-08

Dylan Cuddy runs an average of 15-20 miles a day across the United States, passing through the Holy Doors of Mercy at basilicas and cathedrals in each state he visits.  

This mission was a dream of his that came to fruition on February 26, 2016. Since then, he's covered 5 states and around 700 miles and he plans to continue running until late summer, when he will end at the cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles, California. 

DYLAN CUDDY
Runner, Mercy Run 
"I started running two years ago, right after I turned my life back over to God. I wanted to be healthy. I wanted to be happy. I wanted to
be beautiful. I just wanted to be me. You know, created in the image and likeness of God.” 

Cuddy is sharing his re-found identity in Christ with those he meets through the spiritual and corporal works of mercy. He speaks and prays with the struggling and homeless, and buys them meals with the restricted monetary funds he has. The more he gives, the more mercy he receives, not only by Catholic churches, but by every denomination and person on the street. 

DYLAN CUDDY
Runner, Mercy Run 
"Sometimes homeless people give me money, which is pretty amazing. And a lot of times they tell me to be careful and that they're going to be worried about me. And it's kind of this peculiar thing where a complete stranger cares about me. You know, it's pretty amazing.” 

He is completely reliant on the mercy of others during this journey, and there are times he has gone without food or a place to sleep. Cuddy runs with all his belongings in a Jeep stroller from St. Vincent de Paul in Pensacola, Florida. Included in his stroller is a backpack and a hammock, which acts as his bed in many states. 

Besides basic needs challenges, he also experiences unforeseen struggles and has encountered every type of animal from alligators to snakes.

DYLAN CUDDY
Runner, Mercy Run 
"Just yesterday I got stung by a bee. A bee landed on my eye and stung me. So there's all kinds of different challenges, but I find strength in the name of mercy to perservere through those these challenges." 

Amongst the challenges, there are also times of peace and beauty. He now truly appreciates every sunny day and the ability and strength he has to continue. 

DYLAN CUDDY
Runner, Mercy Run 
"This is what I'm looking at...This is what we're looking at! This is a team effort. I couldn't do it without all you guys.” 

His daily adventures are posted on his blog: MercyRun.com, where he writes about his experiences, posts pictures and even live streams videos of himself so anyone can follow along and pray for him on his journey.

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