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Theme chosen for 2017 World Communications Day

September 29, 2016. The theme for the 2017 World Communications Day has officially been announced. Coming from the book of Isiah, the theme is: "Fear not, for I am with you: communicating hope and trust in our time.”
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Pope will not be able to travel to Israel on Friday to attend the funeral of Shimon Peres

September 28, 2016. Despite the rumors that Pope Francis will travel to Israel to attend Shimon Peres funeral, the Vatican has issued a statement officially announcing a confirmation for the pope's scheduled visit to Georgia and Azerbaijan will remain as planned on Friday. The pope spoke warmly about the former leader and sent out a telegram of condolences:
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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.

Regnum Christi revises its statutes in Rome

2016-06-03

Dozens from the Regnum Christi lay movement are meeting in Rome to review their statutes. It is the last stage of the renewal process the Vatican asked them to undergo after revealing the double life of founder Marcial Maciel. It is the last step in order to turn the page and move on once and for all.

KERRIE RIVARD
"It was difficult for a while and I think all of us had to really look deeply within ourselves with prayer and say, ¨God what do you want? What is the good here and where do you call me to be?” And within my heart, I found that the beautiful things that drew me to Christ, that drew me to Regnum Christi were still there and that they were still valid and there were some things that needed to be purified and needed to be fixed, but He´s led us along that path and He keeps leading us, so we keep following.”

Kerrie is one of 64 people chosen by the nearly 24,000 members of Regnum Christi to eliminate the negative, and promote the positive aspects of their proposal of Christian life.

She lives in Atlanta (USA) and is married with six children, ages 19 to 7 years old.

KERRIE RIVARD
"In Regnum Christi I've learned how to accept God´s love in a deep way and get to know him. To give myself to him as a wife, as a mother, as a friend. To be able to serve the Church with compassion and with the ability to give of myself as a lay person and to understand my vocation as a lay person in the Church and to try to bring joy and the love of Christ to others. I need the support of my faith to live that well and I found that Regnum Christi really encourages me to follow my vocation in the Church.” 

FRANCISCO DELGADO
"We came to try to re-discover what God is asking of us. To try to regain the intimacy with Christ that we had, and to live the charism within the Church in a renewed way.”

Francisco studied Law and Business in Barcelona. What excites him is the apostolic aspect of Regnum Christi: it is through your life that others find God.

FRANCISCO DELGADO
"We participate in apostolic activities and we try to bring them to others. We try to show that this meeting we had is open, and anyone can have it."

During these days they are facing the challenge to reflect on a legal text of the lives of the members of the movement.

It is tough, but a necessary process, for those who will join Regnum Christi in the future to reflect the identity that the Church recognizes.

According to the latest official data, Regnum Christi has nearly 24,000 members. There are 21,500 lay people, and the rest are Legionaries of Christ priests or consecrated laymen and laywomen.

They are also very active in the academic and cultural field: with 14 universities with 34,000 students, 128 schools with 67,000 students, and 37 other "Helping Hand" schools for children from marginalized areas, with 19,000 students.


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