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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.

Volunteers from Lesbos give the Pope the life-jacket that belonged to a Syrian girl who drowned

2016-05-25

"We come from Lesbos. We are a group of rescuers.”

They have come to pay him a visit in return. They are the volunteers from Proactiva Open Arms, the NGO formed by professional rescuers. They have been working since last September off the coast of Lesbos, saving refugees from drowning. Unfortunately, often they do not.

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Founder, Proactiva Open Arms
"Our intention was to bring a bit of the reality of Lesbos with us. We have brought the life-vest of a 6- year-old girl that we were unable to rescue. She obviously drowned, along with her family. B-ROLL He was very moved when I explained the story. He grabbed her life-jacket and took it with him. I gave him a letter with a brief summary of what we have seen, what we have lived and what we want him to do and how we want him to act B-ROLL and ask him to go to Brussels to do the same thing he did in Lesbos.”

In fact, they claim that the European authorities put more resources on deporting people rather than saving lives.

OSCAR CAMPS
Proactive Open Arms
"There is a lot of interest from the EU in putting resources into the act of deportation by hiding a reality that they do not know how to manage, instead of giving any resources to ensure safety. There is no guaranteed safe passage and zero hope of being rescued if they are marooned at sea. And that's what we feel is most indignant at this time.”

The volunteers from Proactive Open Arms are the first to touch the plight of refugees hands. They note that the most difficult thing to forget is the children.

OSCAR CAMPS
Proactive Open Arms
"This is a drama that touches us all, especially those who are on the front line and have seen this coming. Not only have we seen it coming but sometimes we regretted having been able to rescue the children without being able to rescue their parents from shipwrecks and yes we have left some orphaned children in a country that is not their own, in a continent that is not theirs and at the mercy of administrations who do not know what they are doing.”

The Pope's visit to Lesbos came just days after the treaty signed by the EU and Turkey for Europe to expel undocumented refugees. Since Proactiva stands against the rocky course this treaty has taken. It has not decreased the flow of refugees. In fact, now refugees are forced to find alternative and more dangerous routes to reach Europe. In the last 48 hours, more than 5,000 refugees have been rescued in the Mediterranean.

This is why Proactiva points to Pope Francis decision to take several families of refugees to Italy with him not just as a simple act of charity but as a lesson for a continent dominated by fear.


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