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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.
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Pope announces next World Day of Peace: “Non-Violence: A Style of Politics for Peace”

August 26, 2016. This is the theme Pope Francis has chosen for the next World Day of Peace, to be celebrated on January 1, 2017. Pope Francis has talked about the worrisome surge of violence that has taken over the world. On his trip to Poland in July he said the world is in a "piecemeal World War." That is why he wishes that this 50th World Day of Peace, the fourth of his pontificate, be a beacon of diplomacy and good will. The Pope wants to underline the prevalence of law in international affairs as a way to ensure a peaceful future. The World Day of Peace is a project started by Paul VI in 1968. It is celebrated the first day of every year, and it is usually an occasion where the pope makes important statements about the Social Doctrine of the Church.

YouTuber on meeting the Pope: We learned how much influence we have as content creators

2016-06-02

Before the closing of the sixth Scholas World Congress in the Vatican, the Pope held a private meeting with 12 YouTubers from all over the globe and gave some rather off-the-cuff responses to their questions. 

The Pope's main goal is to help these influential social media wizards to utilize their influence on the Internet to promote diversity and peace on a global level.

STEPHANIE PATRICK
YouTuber, The Game Theorists
"To see the kind of reach it has and how many countries it's reaching and how many children from completely different social, economic and religious backgrounds coming together in a place of just understanding and welcoming was wonderful.” 

These YouTubers, who also happen to be part of the rapidly growing Millennial generation that participated are from ten countries and, together, totaling more than 27 million subscribers worldwide.

MATTHEW PATRICK
YouTuber, The Game Theorists
"We learned how much influence that "we” as content creators can really have on our fan bases. FLASH One video is reaching one to three million ears every single day.” 

We caught up with Matthew Patrick and his wife Stephanie Patrick. They are from the United States and were among the 12 present at the meeting. They both run the Game Theorists' channel. Their goal is to educate their viewers with science, math and history and relation to video games and movies. Their YouTube channel is home to a whopping 9.5 million subscribers and counting.

During their conversation with the Pope, the YouTubers showed interest in the Pope's initiative by serving as positive role models to others on a diverse platform like YouTube. 

MATTHEW PATRICK
YouTuber, The Game Theorists
"By talking with Scholas, by talking with Pope Francis about sharing personal stories and having an open and honest dialogue with large numbers of people and learning about their experiences and learning about their way of life. You're able to conquer so many misunderstandings in the world, and so much hatred just based off of not being aware of how a different culture lives.”

Scholas Occurrentes is an organization founded in 2013 by the Pope to promote education and peace. The meeting proved to be a success as special interest issues and topics regarding immigrant rights, gender equality, freedom of expression and greater respect for diversity were all discussed. Each YouTuber will share some parts of their conversation with the Pope on their channels. 


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