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Theme chosen for 2017 World Communications Day

September 29, 2016. The theme for the 2017 World Communications Day has officially been announced. Coming from the book of Isiah, the theme is: "Fear not, for I am with you: communicating hope and trust in our time.”
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Pope will not be able to travel to Israel on Friday to attend the funeral of Shimon Peres

September 28, 2016. Despite the rumors that Pope Francis will travel to Israel to attend Shimon Peres funeral, the Vatican has issued a statement officially announcing a confirmation for the pope's scheduled visit to Georgia and Azerbaijan will remain as planned on Friday. The pope spoke warmly about the former leader and sent out a telegram of condolences:
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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.

Bishop Barron's tips to evangelizing on social media

2016-07-09

He has more than 900 thousand Twitter followers, and almost 830 thousand people following him on Facebook. In fact, he is the most-followed Catholic figure on social media, after Pope Francis.
 
So when Bishop Barron, the auxiliary bishop for Archdiocese of Los Angeles, offers advice on how to evangelize on social media, it is definitely worthwhile to take a few notes.
 
BISHOP ROBERT BARRON
Archdiocese of Los Angeles
"Just do it. Try it. I started with culture commentaries, so not starting with 'Church-y' things so much. But let's start with a movie, let's start with a book, let's start with what are people buzzing about? What's going on in the news? Start with that and then find in it what the Church fathers called 'Seeds of the Word,' so little hints, echoes of the Word you can pick up.”
 
Bishop Barron calls these hints of the Gospel, "biblical eyes,” when the world becomes alive through a Catholic perspective. It is not an immediate change, but one that even he developed over the years.
 
His media involvement started after he was challenged by a fellow priest to make his voice heard, instead of complaining about situations, like so many do today. It was then he began in radio, continued onto television and finally setup a website that started the program, Word on Fire.
 
However, with the resources available now, he says there's no excuse not to try to make an evangelical difference on social media.
 
BISHOP ROBERT BARRON
Archdiocese of Los Angeles
"We've all got high definition cameras in our pockets now with the iPhone. We've all got
access to the tools of the media. You can start a website pretty easily, put something on YouTube pretty easily, so I think people can do it
.”
 
Although he was initially turned off by the negative YouTube comments people post, he now enjoys them because it's an opportunity to reach a niche that might not ever darken the doors of a Catholic Church. In fact, some say the discussions that have ensued are occasionally better than the videos themselves.
 
BISHOP ROBERT BARRON
Archdiocese of Los Angeles

"So try something, be creative, be inventive. If it doesn't work, try something else. Have an evangelical freedom and flexibility.”
 
He encourages those who are clever, with an innovative perspective to dive in and not be intimidated by the competitive market. When he started making videos, he was excited with 300 views and now, as a bishop, he receives over 19 million. Anything is possible in the world of social media!
 

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