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Pope's schedule during his trip to Sweden

September 27, 2016. Pope Francis will travel to Sweden next October 31 and November 1, for the occasion of the Lutheran–Catholic Common Commemoration of the Reformation.This will be the 17th trip of his pontificate.
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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.

The anonymous heroes of the refugee crisis

2016-05-15

POPE FRANCIS
"It is a sad journey. We are going to see the greatest humanitarian tragedy after World War II.”

These were the Pope's words before his trip to Lesbos, where he acknowledged the key role the volunteers play in the refugee crisis.

These volunteers pulled many refugees from the water by their arms and were the first smiling faces they saw after a distressing journey marked by pain.

MAURO CASINGHINI
Order of Malta
"We read in his eyes the feelings of terror that this trip provoked."

Mauro Casinghini is of the Order of Malta. His doctors are part of the crew of Italian ships who have been patrolling the sea since 2008 in search of barges full of immigrants.

MAURO CASINGHINI
Order of Malta
"Working in a patrol vehicle is not the same as working in a hospital. In February 2015, we had to do an operation aboard, while fighting waves more than 26 feet high."

If the Order of Malta works on ships, NGO Open Arms Proactiva rescuers work on the beach. Their case has been one of the most moving in the refugee crisis.

They are rescue professionals at sea who decided to take action and move to Lesbos. From the beach, they help refugees disembark; and if necessary, plunge into the water to rescue them.

ÓSCAR CAMPS
Proactive Open Arms
"We realized that the situation was very complicated; we rescued a child and when we returned for the parents, the parents were already gone. The reality is that it is very hard to be God.”

The most dramatic experience they remember happened in October 2015, when they met at a shipwreck three miles from the coast. In the water there were hundreds of people.

ÓSCAR CAMPS
Proactive Open Arms
"They were already dying, there were corpses, there were children floating... it was horrific. We did not know where to start and there were only four lifeguards with two jet skis. When you see what we did ourselves, with our hands and our own resources...What could have been done if the administration had helped at all?"

In his final speech to the people of Lesbos, the Pope thanked the volunteers and the local population for their efforts to alleviate the suffering of refugees. He said they are "guardians of humanity" and said that God is with those who suffer.

The International Organization for Migration estimates so far this year more than 1,400 have died at sea and almost 6,000 people between 2014 and 2015.

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