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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.

Doctors with Africa: Please help South Sudan. They need almost everything

2016-05-22

The number of victims is not known. For months there has not been an official list of those killed during this war.

This is the drama that plagues South Sudan. The youngest country in the world was born amidst hopes, but soon became labeled with internal violence.

The people try to get ahead despite relying almost entirely on foreign aid. They are providing aid through organizations such as "Doctors with Africa CUAMM.”

CHIARA SCANAGATTA
Medical, Doctors with Africa CUAMM
"We need funds for nutrition programs to provide food supplements to the malnourished or those who have had to leave their homes. There is war and there are few fields destroyed. The needs are immense."

The UN does not knows how many victims are leaving the war between the faction of President Salva Kiir, the Dinka, and former Vice President Riek Machar, from the Nuer.

Dyes and ethnic power struggles of these former warlords are creating a population that has lived in war since 1955. First, when it was just Sudan, and now as an independent country. During this time, almost two and a half million people have lost their homes.

CHIARA SCANAGATTA
Medical, Doctors with Africa CUAMM
"The area in which we operate has about 150,000 inhabitants, but we help much more than that because people come from five districts. It is difficult to give exact figures because the population keeps moving mainly due to insecurity. They reach a district, then leave or return to the previous. We have three hospitals and each welcomes patients from several areas.”

These doctors work where healthcare is a privilege for only a few. For more than 65 years they have been in Uganda, Tanzania, Mozambique, Ethiopia, Angola, South Sudan and Sierra Leone.

The Pope became aware of the delicate situation in South Sudan from these doctors firsthand, when he had a special meeting with them.

POPE FRANCIS
"You have chosen Africa’s poorest countries, the sub-Saharan, and the most forgotten areas, "the last mile” of healthcare systems. They are the geographic peripheries to which the Lord sends you to be Good Samaritans, to go out to meet the poor Lazarus, passing through the "door” that leads from the first to the third world. This is your "holy door!”

About five million people, half the population of South Sudan, is threatened by hunger. A war and economic collapse of the country explain the high food prices and poor harvests this year. Once again, misfortune preys on the weakest.

Only aid workers, like Doctors with Africa CUAMM, go where the world has long turned its back on millions of people.


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