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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.

New book gathers testimonies from famous people about soccer and sports

2016-08-05

Pope Francis again speaks about his favorite sport: soccer.

He does so in this latest book titled, "Soccer with Soul,” written by former Ambassador of Colombia to the Holy See. In it, the Pope reveals some tidbits, like the Swiss Guard that always keeps him in the loop about the results of the soccer tournament. Although he is thousands of miles away from his country of birth, Pope Francis still keeps track of his beloved athletic team, San Lorenzo.

The Pope says that for him the sport is like life. It has its rules and can bring out the worst and the best out of the players on the field.

CÉSAR MAURICIO VELÁSQUEZ
Author, "Soccer with Soul”
"Without a doubt, the way to get closest to God must be put to the test. You must put all of those virtues in one soccer match; testing patience, perseverance, faith, charity, and knowing how to win and how to lose. So the paths that lead to God are the ways that also lead to a good soccer match."

The Pope stressed that the importance of the sport is what creates a chance meeting between the rich and poor and believers of different religions. They must all put their differences aside in order to achieve a common denominator: to score a goal. "Soccer with Soul" repeats what the Pope said before: that soccer is a perfect medicine against individualism.

POPE FRANCIS
September 4, 2014
"And this sport is important because it teaches the players about teamwork. Sports help prevent selfishness.”

Cesar Mauricio Velasquez also interviews seven other major veteran athletes like Alfredo Di Stefano, Javier Zanetti and Andres Escobar. In fact, Velasquez was able to speak to the Colombian defender a few hours before he was killed due to scoring his own goal. It cost his team to be eliminated the 1994 World Cup.

CÉSAR MAURICIO VELÁSQUEZ
Author, "Soccer with Soul”
"I would point out that these seven figures had three things in common. The first, they fought for what they wanted and have suffered along the way. Second, they have had constant and steady work despite their many shortcomings and mistakes. And the third, they have been grateful to the people who have helped them."

The athletes shed some light into their personal lives and the value of family. This has helped them keep their feet on the ground at times of success to overcome their painful professional failures. Lessons that can be applied to the everyday life of ordinary people.


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