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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.

Surfer-priest shares his incredible journey: from dropout to drug-addict to priesthood

2016-07-19

Today, the familiar colloquial expression "life is a beach” applies to this surfer. However, life was not always this easy for him. Father Donald Calloway had to overcome quite a few obstacles in his life before he could learn to find balance.

His tainted past landed him in trouble several times. He dropped out of high school, acquired an addiction to drugs, was institutionalized and jailed multiple times. And as if that was not enough, he got involved with the Japanese mafia, known as the "Yakusa” when his family moved to Japan when he was just 15 years old. 

FR. DONALD CALLOWAY
Surfer Priest & Author 
"I wasn't raised into a Christian family at all. We weren't Catholic-Christian. We weren't Protestant-Christian. We were nothing. My parents didn't believe in God. They didn't believe in religion. So, that's how I grew-up and I grew-up in a very tumultuous household. And my mother was actually married three times before I was 10 years old.”

His mother and step-father were desperate and wanted to find a resolution by providing a way to help their son overcome his struggles. 

FR. DONALD CALLOWAY
Surfer Priest & Author 
"When I was twenty-one I had a huge conversion. What happened was... My parents, my mom and my step-father, they had a conversion two years before that. And so, they were really into Catholicism, they were going to Church all of the time. They had enrolled my brother into a Catholic school. I thought they were crazy.”

It could be said that his radical conversion spawned from a lonely evening of self reflection when he discovered a book that his mother had in the house. The story of the Virgin Mary served as a catalyst to his own conversion. 

FR. DONALD CALLOWAY
Surfer Priest & Author 
"After I had my conversion, I really didn't know what to do with the rest of my life because I didn't have any goals or ambitions or careers. None of that, because when I was just living for pleasure. I never lived for anything more than the present moment.”

Before he could become a member of the Congregation of Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception, Fr. Donald Calloway had to prove himself. He had to go back to school. It was a process that took 10 years to complete. Fr. Calloway has written nine books, his latest is called, Champions of the Rosary: The History and Heroes of a Spiritual Weapon.

Today, when he is not busy writing books, going on pilgrimages or promoting his faith to the world, you can probably find Fr. Calloway on a beach somewhere perfecting his barrel roll. 


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