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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.

Refugee turned CEO: His goal to integrate refugees into Canadian society

2016-08-13

In 1988 the world had about 15 million displaced people, now in 2016, there are more than 60 million refugees.

Calgary Catholic Immigration Society (CCIS), celebrating it's 35 year anniversary, has made it their mission to not only welcome these migrants, but resettle and integrate them into Canadian society, with the lead of their CEO, who immigrated to Canada as an Iranian Baha'i refugee.

FARIBORZ BIRJANDIAN 
CCIS Executive Director
"Our mandate is to help immigrants and refugees in partnership with our community to regain really their self worth and their dignity and become a very meaningful participant in all aspects of our community life. We have about 70 different programs at the organization level and we attracted many talents, many of them former immigrants or refugees.”

The CEO is not alone in arriving to Canada as a refugee in 1988. Many of the other 300 staff members have also come in this way, and Fariborz has served as the CEO for the past 22 years. Due to his experience, he is able to truly understand the plight refugees face and the fears that accompany them as they get acclimated into a new country.

FARIBORZ BIRJANDIAN 
CCIS Executive Director
"Nobody plans to become a refugee, but once you become a refugee it's a whole different world. You have to learn to function with the limited resources you may have. The dangers around refugees, the safety of your children and your wife, your family-so the mental journey people go through, the process of becoming a refugee obviously is quite important to understand.”

CCIS assists with sponsoring refugees, both in the private sector and through the government. In 2013, they started sponsoring refugees from Syria and have sponsored over 500 by joining with other organizations, providing 75 percent of all sponsorships in their area. 

Fariborz is calling for drastic action to prevent refugees from leaving their country. If there are refugees, he is advocating for people to take measures to address their issues on a local level. He is insistant on managing the crisis because he knows how strongly it will impact everyone. 

FARIBORZ BIRJANDIAN 
CCIS Executive Director
"The world is becoming a small village. And what happens in one part of the world, I think we cannot ignore it, and we see when we ignore it, the disaster becomes so big that it impacts everybody.”

 "Everybody ignored it and now we have a problem that impacts obviously that country severely, the people in that country, and Europe and the entire world.” 

CCIS acts as a shelter for all displaced, regardless of where they come from. They organize their mission around their logo, "I was a stranger and you welcomed me,” hoping that the fears of Canadian refugees will one day be eliminated and they will simply be left with the hope of a bright future. 


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