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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.

Priests on their vocation after the Jubilee of priests and seminarians with Pope Francis

2016-06-06

More than 6,000 young men were participants in the Jubilee for priests and seminarians. The priests traveled from all over the world to spend three days in the heart of the Catholic Church, Rome, Italy. 

They celebrated their vocation, focusing on the Jubilee Year of Mercy and their universal call to priesthood.

FR. JOSE ANTONIO ESCOBAR
"I think a priest is a call from God to serve a community, to serve as a bridge between God and men, offering themselves throughout their community and also being a member of the community.”

After hearing three different meditations given by Pope Francis, the priests were reminded about the evils of money and vanity, and asked to live a more simple, humble way of life. One priest from the Democratic Republic of the Congo explains.

FR. DONATIEN BEYA 
"The priest is, himself, not important. Who's important is Jesus Christ and the priest comes in the name of Jesus Christ, that is because He's important.”

Just like everybody else, priests can be reminded and hear teachings about the path to heaven. It is beneficial, so they can better lead in their parishes back home. 

Their time in Rome exemplified the Marks of the Church as One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic. They united as one flock, led by the one shepherd of the Church, Jesus Christ. The Pope used this image to explain God's role, which then transcends to each bishop, priest and seminarian. 

POPE FRANCIS
"The prophet Ezekiel reminds us that God himself goes out in search of his sheep. Without delaying, he leaves the pasture and his regular workday... and he doesn't ask to be paid for the extra hours."

The Pope highlighted the selflessness priests should have, living as examples of Christ, and following His model as pastor of the flock in their own parishes and communities. This priest describes how he personally tries to live out this example.

FR. KACPEC NOWAKOWSKI
"Pastors of the Church should be like the Good Shepherd, like Jesus. We should follow, we should imitate his love, his affection.” And pastors should thus open their arms, like Jesus on the cross, and say, 'Come to me all who are weary and afflicted and I will give you rest.' Jesus invites us all.”

This invitation is present in every Church throughout the world, as a call to unity and togetherness, while truly experiencing the mercy of God the Pope so often speaks about. 



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