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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.
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Pope announces next World Day of Peace: “Non-Violence: A Style of Politics for Peace”

August 26, 2016. This is the theme Pope Francis has chosen for the next World Day of Peace, to be celebrated on January 1, 2017. Pope Francis has talked about the worrisome surge of violence that has taken over the world. On his trip to Poland in July he said the world is in a "piecemeal World War." That is why he wishes that this 50th World Day of Peace, the fourth of his pontificate, be a beacon of diplomacy and good will. The Pope wants to underline the prevalence of law in international affairs as a way to ensure a peaceful future. The World Day of Peace is a project started by Paul VI in 1968. It is celebrated the first day of every year, and it is usually an occasion where the pope makes important statements about the Social Doctrine of the Church.

WYD: Seminarians get young men to ask themselves the hardest question in life

2016-07-26

Through "Why Not Priest,” seminarians who are singers, speakers and soccer players seek to encourage others to dive deeper in their faith and ask this question, "What is God calling me to do?” 

Their approach is to reach young men on the Internet, via their website, so the youth can view their videos, interact with them and ask them questions. They also want the young to have a personal encounter with a priest, to discover that priests also have hobbies, like any other person.

BR. CHRISTOPHER DANIELS L.C.
Why Not Priest
"It starts people asking and searching and going deeper, and ultimately you want them to get to know Christ, to encounter a priest, to encounter someone face to face. But a lot of times it starts with the Internet. It starts with a website. It starts with 'Why Not Priest.'”

BR. JOHN KLEIN L.C.
Why Not Priest
"So the idea at "Why Not Priest” is to bring a number of young, enthusiastic, joyful seminarians and let their testimony, let their gifts and talents - whether it be soccer, music, etc., let them be living messengers of the joy of the priesthood. FLASH 16:15 Because it takes courage just to ask the question, 'Lord what do you want from me? And if You want this, let me know and I'll say yes.'”

This courage can come from a certain inspiration, the support of a community, and the power in seeing it lived out in someone's daily life. 

"Why Not Priest” believes through their provided resources and the powerful experience offered at World Youth Day, there is the ability to open the hearts of many attendees. 

BR. JOHN KLEIN L.C.
Why Not Priest
"Many many kids, many students will find an inspiration or God will call them in an event like that, seeing the example of Pope Francis. It's a really powerful vocational experience for a religious vocation but just in your own life. What is God calling me to do? Because seeing all these other young people excited about their faith, I want faith to be a part of my life too.”

These asked questions need to be answered. Br. Christopher Daniels says that he has responded to many questions sent in by young men via their website, WhyNotPriest.com. He has spoken to those who are afraid of the priesthood, nervous to tell their parents or feel they will lose everything if they become a priest. He has even started giving talks on various subjects, such as fear, trust and relationships, which are then posted to the website.

BR. CHRISTOPHER DANIELS L.C.
Why Not Priest
"'Why Not Priest' will be at WYD in Krakow. And we do try and go out there and be a little, a witness, a testimony that can kind of help awaken young men. Because it's Christ who calls, but a lot of times, we're not listening. So 'Why Not Priest' really just tries to be there to help remind them that, 'Hey, maybe I should ask God what He wants of me.'”

While this is their ultimate goal, the seminarians enjoy interacting and sharing their gifts and talents with everyone, whether it be through a game of soccer or a jam sesh with newly found friends. They hope they can do this with their time at WYD.


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