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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.

Gazebike: A bike tour company in Rome that takes you off the beaten path

2016-06-12

Gazebike is a family owned and operated bike shop and tour company that works together with The Museum of Urban Art in Rome or as it is commonly called, "muromuseum.” The aim is to bring tourist and locals together in discovering the over twenty works created by leading contemporary artist from around the world.

MARCO BURATTI
Gazebike APS, Co-Founder
"This project was a project that was created by a local artist named "Diavu,” who lives here, still now-a-days and he had the idea to give a rebirth to his neighborhood.”

The collection of works of Street Art murals and graffiti art, serves as an open-air museum that is free to the public. 

The Murals are not only interesting and beautiful to look at. They also hold a symbolic meaning, by paying homage to the once Nazi raided Quadraro neighborhood during WWII. 

Other artists like Gary Baseman and Lucamaleonte have demonstrated this through their works. The acronym Q44,  is indicative to the Nazi round-up that occurred on April 17, 1944, an event that left a profound impact on the neighborhood and its inhabitants.

More than 700 men from Quadraro were taken by the Nazi's and deported to concentration camps in Poland. For Rome, this was one of  biggest raids, second only to the events that took place in the Ghetto district on October of 1943, when more than 1,000 Jews were deported to Auschwitz.

MARCO BURATTI
Gazebike APS, Co-Founder

"The difference between our official tour and the other ones is that our guide is a person, who knows very well the artist because he is the assistant of every artist that came here from Italy, sometimes from Rome, but sometimes also from US, from all over the world.”

Gazebike serves as an alternative way of taking a tour in Rome, by providing a historical insight on  a quaint neighborhood's emergence from a dark past.

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