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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

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Pope Francis pays tribute to Father Jacques Hamel

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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.

Vatican produces special stamps for Jubilee and World Youth Day

2016-07-23

The Vatican Philatelic and Numismatic Office has more work this year due to the Jubilee of Mercy and World Youth Day. Therefore, as a tradition, a special edition of stamps commemorating each event has been produced.

These are some of the seven stamps for 95 cents that the Vatican is launching for the Holy Year. They represent give drink to the thirsty, feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and give shelter to the pilgrims. The special stamps are now available. 

The series of stamps began with the opening of the Holy Door and will end in the coming months with these three other corporal works of mercy: visiting the imprisoned, visiting the sick and burying the dead.

MAURO OLIVIERI
Director, Vatican Philatelic Office
"There is a common theme throughout the stamps, the works of mercy, because it is the Holy Year of Mercy. Each stamp is designed by a different artist, so that each brings a personal interpretation to the stamps."

The Vatican and Poland have made another style of different stamps for the next World Youth Day in Krakow. They are designed by artist Monika Rybczynska. Each costs one euro and shows some young children receiving the blessing of Pope Francis.

MAURO OLIVIERI 
Director, Vatican Philatelic Office
"We are very happy because they are very nice from the point of view of the image and the realization, because these stamps are made by an incision on the metal, a very beautiful and elegant philatelic impression."

New technologies have marginalized the traditional way of postal communication.

Very few people send letters with a stamp of the Vatican because they can send a photo of the Basilica of Saint Peter on their mobile phone. Philately still has a practical value, although the main consumers are collectors.

MAURO OLIVIERI 
Director, Vatican Philatelic Office
"There is no generational change, when collectors are old and they stop collecting,  it is difficult to continue the collection because there may not be a child or grandchild who wants to inherit the collection. Therefore there is a general decline of philately, not only in the Vatican. In fact, the Vatican over the years have managed to cope with the fall by diversifying supply, working, creating pleasant objects and offering them to the pilgrims in St. Peter's Square."

There are 280,000 sets of stamps for World Youth Day and 150,000 for the Jubilee. The Vatican also produces regular stamps for the Pope and the Vatican and postcards. They produce them in classic styles designed by hand or by modern computers.

The stamps are more than a useful object for correspondence, but are a tangible reminder of special events.


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