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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 key points for unveiling ideological colonization, a concept the Pope denounces

2016-05-26

The first time Pope Francis denounced the "ideological colonization" was in the Philippines in January 2015.

POPE FRANCIS
"Ideological colonization exists.”

Later, during the return flight to Rome, he explained that it is to impose on the peoples' ideologies that which is alien to their principles.

POPE FRANCIS
January 19, 2015
"Why do I say 'ideological colonization?' Because they take, they actually take the need of a people to seize an opportunity to enter and grow strong (through school textbooks) for the children. But this is nothing new. The same thing was done by the dictatorships of the last century. They entered with their own doctrine. Think of the Balilla, think of the Hitler Youth...” 

There he recalled that during the last Synod, African Bishops denounced the "ideological colonization" of their continent. They said some international organizations establish aid in exchange for changes in legislation regarding the control of the population or marriage between homosexuals.

CARD. WILFRID FOX NAPIER
Archbishop of Durban (South Africa)
"Well, what we are talking about is when countries are told 'unless you pass certain legislation, you are not going to get the aid from the government or the agencies that give aid, if you don't have certain legislation on your books.' I think this was said explicitly in Kenya by President Obama.”

In Rome, the Pope also criticized other manifestations of ideological colonization as euthanasia or abortion.

POPE FRANCIS
"The dominant thought sometimes proposes a  'false compassion.' It promotes abortion as a way to help the woman.”

However, his biggest complaint was in Mexico. There he criticized particularly hard ideologies that attack the family.

POPE FRANCIS
March 15, 2016 (Mexico)
"Today we see how on different fronts the family is weakened and questioned. It is regarded as a model which has done its time.” (B ROLL) "And we end up being ideological colonies that then have a destructive effect on families, the family cell, which is the basis of every healthy society.”

He also warned of such attacks during his acclaimed speech at the UN before dozens of heads of state. There he said that if it is not recognized or a common ethic, defending the ideal of a world without wars is a mirage.

POPE FRANCIS
September 25, 2015
"Or, even worse, idle chatter which serves as a cover for all kinds of abuse and corruption, or for carrying out an ideological colonization by the imposition of anomalous models and lifestyles which are alien to people’s identity and, in the end, irresponsible.”

If one of the key points of the pontificate of Francis is the family, the ideological colonization is one of its main enemies. That explains why he spent so many catechesis teachings and a whole synod to meet the challenges of action and share experiences to help strengthen families.

To Pope Francis, family is the most basic pillar supporting a society. Its members can find their first hospital and first school in this common area where they learn to sacrifice for others and to live together.


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