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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.

Inside peek into the life of Mother Teresa

2016-08-25

At barely 5' tall, Mother Teresa was a woman of extreme power and strength, which she demonstrated through her love of others and her courage to meet people where they were, both in the slums and in the midst of interior desperation.

Born in 1910 in Skopje, a part ot the Ottoman Empire at the time, she knew early on that she was to serve the poor and less-fortunate. Mother Teresa did so as a Loreto nun, educating poverty-stricken young girls, that is until she received her "call within a call.”

SR THERESE MAGDALA
Missionaries of Charity
"There was this moment, first again in 1946 where she really began to feel Jesus calling her to leave Loreto and to begin a new work amongst the poor in Calcutta.”
 
Mother Teresa went against the tide of many religious congregations at the time, who desired that the people came to them. Instead, with her servant heart, she went out to the people with the intention of meeting them exactly where they were. 

SR THERESE MAGDALA
Missionaries of Charity
"She went in search of souls, to go to where they were, to the most abandoned, to the slums. To what Jesus termed in the loucations, in her prayer, as the dark holes and to really go there and enter there and bring Him there.” 

However, her care and thoughtfulness toward people was not only limited to those on the streets, but to everyone she came in contact with throughout the day. She viewed everyone as a person with ultimate dignity, despite their current physical condition and encouraged others to do the same.

SR THERESE MAGDALA
Missionaries of Charity
"For other people, she used to stress very much, do you see the person who is near you? Do you see the person who is next to you, the person maybe in your own family, the person next door, the person in the street who you pass by who is in need? Really to open up our eyes to see the reality of the other person.”

Mother Teresa emphasized that a person does not have to be classifiably "homeless” to help them realize they are loved by God. She firmly believed this and lived it out in her daily life, causing her to win the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979.

As such, it is her life that will be recognized on September 4 by the pope in Rome, when he canonizes her a saint in the Roman Catholic Church. 


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