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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.

The songs that weave 16 years of World Youth Day's together

2016-06-21

World Youth Day, as teenagers have come to know it, was created by Saint John Paul II in 1984 after the Jubilee of Young People in Rome. Since this time, gatherings of youth have united to learn, pray and grow through one common outlet: music. 

Each World Youth Day is characterized by an official anthem, highlighting the overall message of that year's encounter. For the 2016 meeting in Krakow, mercy will be spread to all attending youth through the song, "Blessed are the Merciful.”

The previous World Youth Day hosted three million along the sandy shores of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This was the biggest turnout to date and Pope Francis' first meeting with the youth. The upbeat tempo of "Hope of the Dawn” encouraged all attendees to "go be missionaries.”

In 2011, Spain was the first country, outside of Italy, to host the world meeting for a second time.  Teenagers gathered in Madrid to ask for faith with the anthem, "Firm in the Faith.” It was the third and final meeting hosted by Pope Benedict XVI before his resignation in 2013. 

Three years earlier, Sydney, Australia, hosted the 23rd Catholic Youth Festival. It was the first time Pope Benedict XVI had ever visited "the land down under.” The theme centered around the promise and mission of the Holy Spirit from Acts 1:8 in the Bible, and was solidified with the song, "Receive the Power.”

Cologne, Germany, was the destination for the 2005 youth encounter. The theme was inspired by The Shrine of the Three Kings in Cologne, which  houses the relics of the three Magi. Thus, the song focused on the Adoration of the Magi and praising God with the anthem, "Venimus Adorare Eum.” 

The 2002 World Youth Day took place in Toronto, Canada. It was the last time Saint John Paul II was present for a youth day, and he expressed his gratitude to God for the thousands of youth who had come over the years. The theme,"Light of the World,” emphasized the light  Christ brings to the world and the brightness that is reflected from person to person. 

To celebrate the Jubilee Year in 2000, the meeting was held at the heart of the Catholic Church, Rome, Italy. With over two million attendees, it was nicknamed the "Catholic Woodstock,” and over 2000 priests were available for confessions throughout St. Peter's Square. The theme song from this World Youth Day has become one of the most recognizable anthems throughout the world, "Emmanuel.”

This year's Catholic Youth Festival in July is once again coinciding with a Jubilee Year, the Year of Mercy. It will take place in Poland, Saint John Paul II's homeland and where the Divine Mercy image of Jesus was created by Saint Faustina. The song "Blessed are the Merciful” has been translated from Polish to numerous languages and even includes an Alternative Rock and Electro House Version.


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