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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.

Tennessee musician enters seminary and will play at World Youth Day

2016-07-15

In search of an epic adventure for his life, Brother John Klein never would have thought his love for God and music would combine to succeed all of his expectations, including playing his songs for young people at World Youth Day for the second time. 
 
It was when he abandoned his desire for fame he explained that his interior life transformed. He entered seminary with the Legionaries of Christ and started writing music to spread the Chrisitian message.

BR. JOHN KLEIN 
Seminarian, Legionaries of Christ
"It was that desire that you know I want this adventure where I can go and I can play music. So it seemed, I started to see the superficiality of the music industry and it led me to desire something greater. An adventure that I guess wasn't so self-centered and that led me to pray and to go to God, praying, 'Lord, what am I supposed to do with my life?

By asking this question, he got his answer, even though it might not have been a part of the original plan he had for his life. This plan involved mission, sharing the Gospel and most importantly, utilizing his love for music. 

BR. JOHN KLEIN 
Seminarian, Legionaries of Christ
"I always thought, okay, entering seminary I'm going to go hang the guitar and put it in the closet and I'll never see it again. That's okay because I've been trying for so long to play the guitar for my own glory, for attention for me, but now I'm gonna leave that behind because my life is going to be for Christ.

He explained this is not what happened, but instead his passion for music came to fruition, because he put it at the disposal and service of others. He said that God has given each person gifts in the context of a "special mission” prepared for them.

While Brother John felt his life would be stripped by entering seminary, he found the exact opposite to be true, saying there is no need to ever fear. 

BR. JOHN KLEIN 
Seminarian, Legionaries of Christ
"One of my favorite quotes of Pope Benedict is the very first day when he was elected. He said, 'Do not be afraid. Christ gives you everything and takes nothing away.' And so when Christ comes into your life, if you love music, well then by having Christ come into your life that joy that you have, that love for music, God's not going to take that away from you, but He's going to give it to you in a more full way.

A perfect example of this is his agreement to play his music at World Youth Day this July in Krakow. He will help kickoff the event when he plays on the 27th from 2-3pm in Marii Magdaleny Square. 

He is still completing his setlist for the concert, but is convinced it will be one for the charts and is hoping the music encourages the listeners to come alive, truly alive.





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