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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.

Tällberg Foundation will select two modern-day leaders making positive societal change

2016-05-31

With more than thirty years under its belt, the Tällberg Foundation is a non-profit educational organization with offices in New York and Stockholm, Sweden. Last year, the jury awarded two prize winners: Jamila Afghani and Martín von Hildebrand for the work they are doing to improve the world around them. 
 
JAMILA AFGHANI
CEO of NECDO in Afghanistan
"I was completing my Master's classes in Pakistan when I heard that in a day 26 women and children died due to anger and hate. And that was the time we thought about what can we do for our people in such a difficult condition? Me with a group of other friends, we started campaigning, collecting clothes, medicine, food for those people who were living in the camps without a tent.”

Jamila is a women's rights activist from Afghanistan. She is the founder of Noor Educational and Capacity Development Organization (NECDO). 

MARTIN VON HILDEBRAND
Founder, Fundacion Gaia Amazonas
"And I suddenly was struck that in the middle of the forest miles and miles away from everything. I had gotten completely away from the West. Here was the West exploiting these people and that really shocked me.”

Martín is an anthropologist and environmentalist who has led the efforts to secure indigenous territorial rights and the protection of the Colombian Amazon forest. 

Currently, the foundation is looking for two new leaders that can demonstrate the kind of leadership demanded by the challenges of modern-day society.

JAMILA AFGHANI
CEO of NECDO in Afghanistan
"When you work with a group of influential people..that is just like a drop of ink on a paper, then it will be spread out. FLASH We have learned that one drop is properly dropped down so it will expand.”

The Tällberg Foundation is open to men and women from all walks of life, religion and career paths to take part in discussion panels and promote their work on a global scale. The goal is simple: to seek better ways in which to correct social, political and ethical injustices. 

MARTIN VON HILDEBRAND
Founder, Fundacion Gaia Amazonas
"You have different types of leaders. You have intellectual leaders, you have administrative leaders, you have the ritual leader, you have the one that has a vision. And they are all the same and each one needs the other leader.”

Anyone from any country is eligible: artists, educators, politicians, scientists, and religious and military figures. The nomination process for 2016 will be open until June 10th. The prize ceremony is expected to take place in Amsterdam between November 15-17, 2016. The winners will also receive a $50,000 reward. 


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