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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.

Vatican Museums unveils their latest Ethnology collection: “The Americas”

2016-06-19


The Vatican Museums introduced both a new addition to their already expanding Ethnological collection and a multi-lingual book, both are appropriately titled, "The Americas.” Katherine Aigner is one of the editors for the book and a longstanding collaborator at the Vatican museum. 

KATHERINE AIGNER
Historian and co-author "The Americas" 
"I've been collaborating with the museum on a project of reconnecting. Which means, reconnecting with the objects, the indigenous objects, with a source communities. So, for The Americas it was located the communities where they had been sent from 100 years ago.”

The year 1691 marked the beginning of the Vatican's Ethnological Museum and the first year the objects from a culture outside of Europe were presented. For example, this stone feathered serpent known as a Quetzalcoatl, who was also known as the Aztec Mexican deity of wind and wisdom. 

KATHERINE AIGNER
Historian and co-author "The Americas" 
"The majority of the objects in the museum came in 1925 for an exhibition that was set up by Pope Pius XI and he asked for all the missionaries around the world to send objects, really to educate European audience about the other cultures living in the world.”

These statues of Natives Americans are part of a set of more than 30 artworks created prior to 1850 by a German artist who studied in Rome then traveled  to America during the times of sovereignty in the United States. 

KATHERINE AIGNER
Historian and co-author "The Americas" 
"It was a studied collection for the European audience to see how the indigenous people around the world lived and also their spiritual culture life.”

Both the exhibit and the book help to shed some light on the fact that cultures are always evolving, with different influences creating new artistic forms of expressions. Indigenous peoples from all over the world who have long been creating magnificent and skilled works of art. The masks, clothing material, pottery and statues that were taken from the natural world to perform rituals and depict the complexity of the spiritual world. 


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