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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.

The door bell rings and it is the Pope! He leaves the Vatican territory for a surprise visit

2016-07-14

In this office, located just outside of the Vatican, the personal is still in shock after the unexpected visit they received on Wednesday.

LINA TENTORI
Pontifical Commission for Latin America
"Someone rang the door bell for the Commission office and I opened it. Upon opening, I was speechless. It was unreal. A man dressed in white was at the door. I was immobile. I felt pure excitement, only emotion. 'Your Holiness.'This is such a wonderful surprise.'” 

Pope Francis had gone to the dentist in the morning at the clinic located inside the Vatican. As they were about to leave, the Pope suggested a change of plans. He decided to go to the Pontifical Commission for Latin America, a place he often visited when he was a cardinal and that is a few hundred meters from St. Peter's Basilica. The vice president of the department, Guzmán Carriquiry, is an old friend. 

GUZMÁN CARRIQUIRY
Vice President Pontifical Commission for Latin America
"I was in this office. I am opening the door and I see the Pope. 'Sir, do you have a moment to talk?' I replied: 'No, you're not on my agenda. Please, leave and come back tomorrow It was all a continuous exchange of smiles and jokes.”

The Pope was reunited with him for about thirty minutes and then he spoke with workers from the commission.

ANDREA ROMERO
Pontifical Commission for Latin America
"He sat there with everyone in the room, with great serenity and tranquility as if time didn't matter. He had some coffee and we asked him about World Youth Day... I was unable to phrase a sentence. The words would not come out as I starred at him in shock. It was like a dream.” 

FR. HUMBERTO GONZALEZ 
Pontifical Commission for Latin America
"The visit lasted about 35 to 40 minutes, but it felt like it lasted all morning. He certainly made our whole day that much better. It was a contagious feeling.” 

It is not the first time he has discreetly left the Vatican, although in this case, his departure caused less commotion than when he visited the optician. On that occasion, he came into this simple establishment but in a very busy part of the city and his presence, of course, did not go unnoticed.


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