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Pope will not be able to travel to Israel on Friday to attend the funeral of Shimon Peres

September 28, 2016. Despite the rumors that Pope Francis will travel to Israel to attend Shimon Peres funeral, the Vatican has issued a statement officially announcing a confirmation for the pope's scheduled visit to Georgia and Azerbaijan will remain as planned on Friday. The pope spoke warmly about the former leader and sent out a telegram of condolences:
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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.

Bishop of Panama: WYD will mean a new opportunity to the youth of Central America

2016-08-04

Before returning home from Poland, the bishops of Panama have made a quick pit stop in Rome to thank the Pope for the next World Youth Day.

While at the Vatican, they have also presented the keys of World Youth Day 2019. It is considered an opportunity to improve the lives of young people in Central America.

MSGR. JOSÉ DOMINGO ULLOA
Archbishop of Panama
"The WYD 2019 would be only the end of one of a work that we are doing for the young people in Central America who are forced to migrate, falling into the clutches of drug trafficking, human trafficking, and I think this is the great opportunity we have in Central America to offer them an alternative ...Give them a chance... because we are talking about giving them an opportunity.”

CARD. JOSE LUIS LACUNZA
Bishop of David, Panama
"When we made our request to the Holy Father, it was made through a letter signed by the presidents of the Central American Episcopal Conferences and Cardinals from Central America. So, it's a project that will affect Central America based on Panama.”

On the other hand, they will work to improve infrastructure and build camps for hundreds of thousands of young people in Panama. They have proposed to the Vatican that WYD will be between January and March 2019.

CARD. JOSE LUIS LACUNZA
Bishop of David, Panama
"If we do WYD in July it will be sure to rain.  And it does not rain like it was raining in Poland sparkling, it rains, it rains, it rains, and not a day, three days or a whole week. And then WYD would fail. So we suggested that we should hold it from January to March during the dry season.”
"And also that it coincides with most Latin Americas that are on holiday.”

They assured that the next WYD event will be very Panamanian and will be recognized by the dances, exotic fruits and landscapes.

MSGR. JOSÉ DOMINGO ULLOA
Archbishop of Panama
"We will be true to the natural landscape that surrounds us, the coastal strip ... The sea is our stage, it is the best scenario we can offer to our people” 
"We have even thought about where we will celebrate the Mass, young people can cross the bridge that links the Canal.”

The most important hosts will be the country's youth. Like these young people, who have spent their last hours in Europe enjoying Rome. 

"I would imagine something much more Latin, the songs, food, culture... It will be very different from the previous because we will be able to see more people from Costa Rica, Colombia, El Salvador. It is very hard for many people in Latin America to travel. We will be able to enjoy that Latin flavor.”
 
"Many people who come from nearby countries in America will have the opportunity to attend. They will have the opportunity to see it. There are many young Panamanians who tried, who worked and fought to come and that in the end could not come because they couldn't afford the trip. These young people will now have the chance to experience this impressive opportunity.”

There is still a long way to go, at least two and a half years to be exact. So there will be more than enough time to prepare an unforgettable World Youth Day.


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