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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.

Vatican spokesman on Armenian Genocide: Let's not get trapped in a social-political discussion

2016-06-21

The Vatican spokesman was to the point and direct with those who mutter, in the proximity of the trip to Armenia, no one in the Holy See pronounces the word "genocide” to not irritate Turkey.

FR. FEDERICO LOMBARDI 
Vatican spokesman
"We know what happened. None of us denies these horrible massacres. We will visit the monument to remember. What we do not want is to make this a dead-end on social-political discussion because we want to go to the point.”

The spokesman explained that the aim of the trip is to promote reconciliation and also mentioned some Turkish citizens who hid Armenians in their homes during the persecutions.

Pope Francis will travel to Armenia from June 24-26th. Nobody denies that this is a delicate international event since Turkey officially denies committing genocide. Pope Francis made his discomfort clear when he celebrated a Mass in 2015 to mark the centenary of the slaughter.

FR. ANTRANING AYVAZIAN
Armenian Catholic Church of Syria
"That mass celebrated by the Pope in St. Peter's was significant. It was of symbolic gesture to see all of the people and the State to join in memory of the genocide.”

Father Antraning Ayvazian is a descendant of Armenians. He recognizes the value that the Pope's gesture made. He notes that he is one of the few leaders who have raised their voices to cry out for the first great slaughter of human beings of the twentieth century.

FR. ANTRANING AYVAZIAN
Armenian Catholic Church of Syria
"If you come to Syria, especially in my region, even today, after 101 years, you can dig up two centimeters and will find human bones. An infinite amount of them. After 101 years. This is sad.”

The Vatican says that the Pope's next international meeting has two objectives: to strengthen a friendship with the Armenian Apostolic Church and promote peace with neighboring countries, Turkey, Georgia and especially Azerbaijan. Pope Francis, in fact, will visit the latter two countries at the end of September.


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