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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.

Priest in Syria: There is a real genocide against Christians

2016-08-18

Now his mission is to tell the whole world  that there is an ongoing genocide against Christians in the Middle East. He knows this because he lived in Aleppo for three and a half years and witnessed the systematic killing of people in his parish, for being Christians.

FR. RODRIGO MIRANDA
Priest, Institute of the Incarnate Word
"The experience is extreme. No person in the world is prepared for a war, regardless of the causes. You see how the whole population is disappearing, all the material structure is disappearing, and the heinous crimes committed. It touches us dearly, particularly genocide against Christian communities. It is a true and documented genocide."

Father Rodrigo Miranda arrived in Syria a few months before the start of the war in 2011. He has lived under the bombs as a Syrian without leaving the community entrusted to him.

FR. RODRIGO MIRANDA
Priest, Institute of the Incarnate Word
"I always say that I learned to be a priest in Syria. I remember a phrase from the day of my ordination, and it is: 'No one has greater love than the one who gives his life for his friends.' That phrase was really true in Syria when you literally had to give life, in every way."

The outbreak of war he says forcefully is a foreign conflict, not born from Syrian society. He says that while the Syrian government also committed atrocities, nothing ravaged the country like that for over 5 years.

According to some sources, 470,000 people have died from bombs. Many other people were injured or suffered psychological scars for life.

FR. RODRIGO MIRANDA
Priest, Institute of the Incarnate Word
"Finding resources and benefactors to rebuild a country is possible. Therefore it is possible to reconstruct a country in structure, but there is another problem: who reconstructs a soul?"

Radical Islam, represented by its bloodiest Daesh end, relentlessly pursues religious minorities. In Syria Christians suffered even before the arrival of ISIS, facing no opposition from the international community. Father Miranda says that Christians also feel abandoned by the Church itself.

FR. RODRIGO MIRANDA
Priest, Institute of the Incarnate Word
"Some individuals and communities experience pain and abandonment from within the Church. They expect more from us. They are our neighbors. He is a that brother dies, it is the same mystical body of Christ's suffering."

Combining this suffering, the European Union has extended a year embargo on the government of al-Assad that, it affects civilians by depriving them of the basics like medicine or food.


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