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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.

Initiator of the Neocatechumenal Way, Carmen Hernandez, passes away

2016-07-20

At 85 years of age one of the initiators of the Neocatechumenal Way, Carmen Hernandez, died in Madrid.

She was one main supporters of the itinerary of Catholic Formation, which was offered in parishes around the world.

In Rome, her meetings with each Pope have left a profound impact. Pope Francis met with her for the last time in March, when he blessed hundreds of Neocatechumenal families who were sent on mission to countries where Catholics are a minority.

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"I will remain here, but my heart goes with you."

Pope Francis also spoke to Hernandez by phone for the last time on July 1. Her most remembered meeting was with Benedict XVI, when they celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Neocatechumenal Way.

Carmen Hernandez was a brave, direct woman. She always spoke bluntly.

CARMEN HERNANDEZ
Initiator, Neocatechumenal Way
"The Neocatechumenal Way is a Christian initiation, which is neither a movement or an association. It is the Church. It is Baptism. It is very important that it depends on the bishops and the Holy Father. That's why it's especially easy for me to work with Kiko Argüello."

She spoke without fear and was very determined. Her strong character caused her to joke with Kiko Argüello in public when he tried to end a speech that had continued too long. Her reaction caused the Pope to smile.

CARMEN HERNANDEZ
Initiator, Neocatechumenal
"Given the difficulties the Church faces in the world today, with so many "satans” rising, with too many dollars and euros and capital, but they can't beat the Church, Holy Father."
"Wait, one minute, I'm not finished yet.”

The Neocatechumenal Way was born in the slums of Madrid in the late 60s, but now more than a million people follow their proposal. It also has more than 100 missionary diocesan seminaries worldwide.


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