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Pope's schedule during his trip to Sweden

September 27, 2016. Pope Francis will travel to Sweden next October 31 and November 1, for the occasion of the Lutheran–Catholic Common Commemoration of the Reformation.This will be the 17th trip of his pontificate.
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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.

Saint Faustina Kowalska: the apostle of Mercy and patron of WYD in Krakow

2016-07-30

Saint Faustina Kowalska is one of the patrons of WYD in Krakow. She is a Polish religious sister and mystic who is also called "the apostle of Divine Mercy." Beginning in the year 1931, Christ delivered a series of revelations to her and then told her to record them in a diary.

FR. JOSHEP BART
Polish expert on St. Faustina Kowalska
"Faustina received the mission of our Lord Jesus, 'I am sending you with My mercy to the people of the whole world. You have to reach all people, without excluding any, to remind them of the Gospel truth that God is a Father rich in mercy.'”

Saint Faustina did not have an easy life, characterized by physical sufferings, direct attacks by the devil and moments of abandonment by God. She died of tuberculosis at 33 years old and is buried at the Divine Mercy Sanctuary in Krakow

Through her writings, the devotion to Jesus' Divine Mercy spread throughout the world.  This popular image of Jesus was miraculously shown to her, and she then had it painted, so it would be forever captured for the world to see.

In the Papal Bull with which Pope Francis announced this Jubilee of Mercy, he entrusted the Holy Year to Saint Faustina. During WYD it is also possible to ask Faustina Kowalska for her special intercession as patron of this great youth meeting.

FR. JOSHEP BART
Polish expert on St. Faustina Kowalska
"The Pope's call to all young people on the occasion of World Youth Day in Krakow, the capital of Divine Mercy, is a great sign for all humanity. St. Faustina wrote in her diary: 'In Poland the spark will be born.' In Krakow this spark has emerged. Krakow is also the city of Saint John Paul II, who left this message of the merciful heart of Jesus to spread through the world. "

It was Pope John Paul II, a great devotee of Divine Mercy, who beatified Faustina in 1993 and also canonized her in 2000. He also established the feast of the Divine Mercy, celebrated the Sunday following Easter.


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