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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.

From Dublin to Rome by foot, all to help the unborn and pregnant women

2016-07-03

This man, Gordon Celendar, walked 1450 miles from Dublin to Rome to raise money for a crisis pregnancy center called "Gianna Care,” which gives woman an alternative option to abortion. The center offers trained medical help to women in the Dublin area experiencing an unwanted or unplanned pregnancy, even offering free ultrasound scans so the women can see the new life inside them. 


Celendar called the pilgrimage his Walk-4-Life, and he fund-raised close to 700 euros in his two months of walking, mostly in France, Switzerland and Italy. 

He averaged 26 miles a day along the historic Via Francigena path he took for the past 62 days. The route traditionally begins in Canterbury and ends in Rome, with trail markers along the way to guide participants.

GORDON CELENDAR
Walk-4-Life
"It was an inspiration I got last Advent to do a Walk-4-Life to try to generate a greater sensitivity to the dignity of human life from conception to natural death. So I walked for pregnant mothers, I walked for babies, I walked for all governments in the world.”

His goal, through fasting and prayer during the pilgrimage, is to influence legislation that is being passed throughout the world. He especially hopes that in the midst of this Jubilee Year of Mercy, politicians will be merciful toward the unborn. 

GORDON CELENDAR
Walk-4-Life
"I think the pro-life cause is one of the most important causes in the Church. But it has to be expressed, the prolife view, with a sensitivity to the fact that if you don't grow up in a home or in a situation where the faith is really strongly brought into your life, it's easy to become lukewarm or perhaps confused about issues that are perhaps very fundamental.”

Upon his return home to Dublin, he plans to continue to advocate for life and volunteer with "Gianna Care.” With this pilgrimage now in the books, he doesn't plan on stopping there and is talking of a possible pilgrimage to the Holy Land next year. It's a decision he will have to make after his feet and legs have had time to recuperate from this two-month journey.


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