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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.

Pope Francis officially establishes the commission to study the diaconate of women

2016-08-02



Pope Francis held a meeting on May 12, 2016, inside of Paul VI hall with the Plenary Assembly of Superiors General; there he accepted to "set up an official commission that would study the issue” of the Diaconate women, "especially with regard to the early days of the Church.”

According to the Vatican, "after intense prayer and reflection”, the Pope has decided to establish a Commission for the Study of the Diaconate of Women, appointing as president archbishop Luis Ladaria Ferrer, who is the Secretary of Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

He has also named the following as members of the commission:

Sister Nuria Calduch-Benages, Member of the Pontifical Biblical Commission.

Prof. Francesca Cocchini, Professor at the University "La Sapienza" and at the Patristic Institute "Augustinianum"in Rome.

Msgr. Piero Coda, Dean of the University Institute 'Sophia', Loppiano, and Member of the International Theological Commission.

Fr. Robert Dodaro, O.S.A., Dean Patristic Institute "Augustinianum", Rome, and Professor of Pathology.

Fr. Santiago Madrigal Terrazas, S.I., professor of ecclesiology at the Pontifical University "Comillas" in Madrid.

Sister Mary Melone, S.F.A., rector of the Pontifical University "Antonianum" in
Rome.

Fr. Karl-Heinz Menke, Emeritus Professor of Dogmatic Theology at the University of Bonn and Member of the International Theological Commission.

Fr. Aimable Musoni, S.D.B., professor of ecclesiology at the Pontifical University
Salesian University in Rome.

Fr. Bernard Pottier, S.I., Professor at the '' Institut d'Etudes théologiques', Brussels, and Member of the International Theological Commission.

Prof. Marianne Schlosser, Professor of Spiritual Theology at the University of Vienna and Member of the International Theological Commission.

Prof. Michelina Tenace, Professor of Fundamental Theology at the Pontifical University Gregorian University in Rome.

Prof. Phyllis Zagano, Professor at the Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York.


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