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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.

The Vatican is determined to end world hunger by 2030

2016-08-09

This man is convinced that it is possible to end world hunger, and is personally working to make it happen. He is the Vatican ambassador to the UN Food and Agriculture Organizations, including FAO, IFAD, and WFP.

MSGR. FERNANDO CHICA
Permanent Observer of the Holy See to FAO, IFAD, and WFP 
"I try to be the voice of the Pope and bring his heart and his concerns to these international forums, wherever my presence is required. I try to make myself the spokesman for his desire that world hunger is a problem that is only spoken of in the past."

According to the UN, one-in-nine people are not able to eat enough every day to live a healthy life. In addition, each year 3 million children die from lack of food.

The good news is that every country in the world has joined and are committed to end hunger by 2030. However, they say they also need your help.

MSGR. FERNANDO CHICA
Permanent Observer of the Holy See to FAO, IFAD, and WFP 
"If you don't get to work, if you don't say 'today I'm going to contribute,' while you were not the origin of the problem, not finding an end to this problem still depends on you. If you were not there at the start, you can contribute so this immense crisis has an end; you belong to the generation that sees that there are children who do not weep because they have nothing to eat."

In order to end hunger, the Pope has a special recipe with three elements:

First, assign a first and last name to the hungry. Realize they are people with projects, dreams and lofty ambitions, which they cannot afford because they have no food.

The second element against hunger appeared in his famous encyclical, Laudato si', where he encouraged people not to be afraid of lifestyle changes.

MSGR. FERNANDO CHICA
Permanent Observer of the Holy See to FAO, IFAD, and WFP 
"A lifestyle that renounces excess and luxury. For example, to renounce anything that is a wild, outrageous consumerism, a way of thinking that we throw out food, because we have plenty of food wherever we want. There are other people who absolutely have to choose only between tears and pain. We have plenty of food. They choose between despair, helplessness, bitterness, tears or hunger."

The third point to combat hunger, is to share. It means to have the courage to be generous and not give the poor what is left over, but instead what they need. To limit oneself, and support religious or secular institutions to help the hungry in a serious and effective way.

Thus, our generation will go down in history, not because it invented the Internet, but because they ended world hunger.

Meanwhile, there are more tips on how to help on his Twitter account @Holy See_FAO, with messages to prepare people to enter the battle, fully armed and ready to end world hunger.


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