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Pope's schedule during his trip to Sweden

September 27, 2016. Pope Francis will travel to Sweden next October 31 and November 1, for the occasion of the Lutheran–Catholic Common Commemoration of the Reformation.This will be the 17th trip of his pontificate.
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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.

Top financial companies are working with the Vatican to help the poor

2016-07-02

In its second year, the Impact Investing Conference has once again brought together esteemed Catholic leaders and successful  business executives as they align themselves in finding ways to provide relief for those in need. 

DR. CAROLYN WOO
President & CEO of CRS
"Two years ago, we were trying to introduce the concept of impact investing to the Church, particularly the treasurers of different Catholic organizations, because we want them to understand that part of their investment could actually go to this thing called "Impact Investing. We now want to see, under what conditions would the Churches ministries lend themselves to this type of a model so that they can make use of capital coming from investments in order to scale and sustain their work and to let money do good for the poor, rather than exploit the poor.” 

The three-day conference is appropriately titled "Making the Year of Mercy a Year of Impact for the Poor”. It is hosted by the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace along with Catholic Relief Services. 

FR. THOMAS MCCLAIN
General Treasurer, Society of Jesus
"I'm just hoping that this is going to be a new way of looking at how the resources of not only the Church, but of many people, can be focused in a way of being positively constructive for the less fortunate. In the past, its all been about making money and that's what investments are all about. But, hopefully, it can be about cultural shift. So that people can realize that there are ventures to employ those who are perhaps less thought of, as a way of increasing income, not only for them but for the investors in the world.”

The goal is to promote the Church's social mission by "impacting it” whereas the financial side of the conference relies on the implementation of the organizations "investment” platforms. Essentially, both the Church and the financial institutions are finding a way to work together by providing social benefits to those in need as well as a sustainable framework of social and environmental opportunities. 

CLARA MILLER
President, Heron Foundation
"I think it's really that the tools of capitalism; money, finance, enterprises, which are tools, can be used for social good. And in fact, traditionally they have always been used for social good. And if we make sure that they are being used that way, we can solve a lot of problems in the world.”

The conference also explores different forms of philanthropic entities that are being used by impact-driven investors that want to deliver a positive environmental and social change to the millions of displaced people in need around the world. 


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