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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 "lifeguards of Lesbos," who met the Pope, now go to the Libyan coast

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According to the International Organization for Migration, in the first six months of 2016 there have been nearly 2,900 refugee deaths at sea. It is 50 percent more than last year. The worst surge of the crisis occurred in late May, when more than 1,000 refugees drowned within one week.

This confirms that the treaty between the EU and Turkey has not slowed down the crisis, but instead has caused refugees to seek riskier routes.

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May 25, 2016
"Old and ancient traffic routes are now being used again, these are routes that were abandoned because of the dangerous conditions."

From Rome in May, Camps and his volunteers warned the world of the situation in Lesbos, after handing the Pope a life jacket of a 6-year-old girl they could not save.

The volunteers of this NGO have now moved to the central Mediterranean to face this crisis. They have been busy, because a few days after their arrival, they rescued 400 refugees who wanted to reach Europe in a wooden barge. The rescue received much applause.

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April 29, 2016
"It's astonishing to see how the European governments have failed to ensure safety at sea, it is a premeditated decision and is not by chance. When you think about what we could do ourselves, with our hands and our own resources ... What could the administration have done if they had proposed something? It is not a matter of ignorance, rather a matter of interest."

The situation here is more dramatic than in Lesbos. On its website, the NGO denounces that refugees leave Libya without enough fuel to reach the European coast, because they are forced to wait in international waters until someone rescues them. Oscar Camps sums up the situation well in this tweet: "The same coffin in Lesbos, but on a larger scale."


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