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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.

"Pope's project for refugees in Jordan will not only offer them work, but also dignity"

2016-05-19

Almost two years ago, they left their homes with nothing, due to the threat of the Islamic State. They thought it would only be for a short time and they would soon return.

However, the lack of international commitment and continuous war have made this situation permanent for thousands of Iraqis, for whom the dream of recovering their old lives is increasingly far away.

To give a second chance to some of these families, the Vatican has reserved $150,000 for them, raised at the Holy See's Pavilion at the Milan EXPO 2015.

FR. SEGUNDO TEJADO
Pontifical Council Cor Unum
"The Holy Father said, 'Let's do something for the refugees.' Thus, it was born. Cor Unum talked with the apostolic nuncios and this project was born to help refugee families in Jordan, of whom the vast majority have come from Iraq and are in Jordan."

The initiative is called "Garden of Mercy" and will employ 15 refugees in the food industry. Msgr. Segundo Tejado traveled to Jordan to inaugurate a project that does more than just provide jobs.

FR. SEGUNDO TEJADO
Pontifical Council Cor Unum
"The Church wants these families to have a livelihood, but even more to give them dignity, because many of these families live a very difficult situation.”

In one year, it is expected that more than 500 refugees will benefit from this Pope Francis-driven initiative that also includes training courses.

It is expected that these people can soon be self-sufficient and normalize life as much as possible, despite the harshness of the situation.

FR. SEGUNDO TEJADO
Pontifical Council Cor Unum
"I see the sadness in the eyes of these people. There are many Iraqi Christians who have taken refuge in Jordan, and I see the sadness of having to leave because they leave their land, they also leave their faith community."

Jordan is one of the countries that received more refugees from both Syria and Iraq. From the beginning of the crisis, the Church has sustained and accompanied these people, victims of religious persecution or war.

FR. SEGUNDO TEJADO
Pontifical Council Cor Unum
"The intervention of the Church in this type of conflict is not limited to what the Holy Father or Cor Unum can do. We are a small drop; a sign. A sign of the closeness that the Holy Father has to these problems with these people. "

In Jordan there are about 130,000 Iraqi refugees and more than one million and three hundred thousand Syrians. The country is home to the second largest refugee camp in the world, Zaatari, where more than 80,000 people live.


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