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Theme chosen for 2017 World Communications Day

September 29, 2016. The theme for the 2017 World Communications Day has officially been announced. Coming from the book of Isiah, the theme is: "Fear not, for I am with you: communicating hope and trust in our time.”
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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.

Superior of Missionaries of Charity: Mother Teresa only lived to comfort Christ

2016-09-01

This is Mother Teresa's current successor as head of the Missionaries of Charity, Sr. Mary Prema. She has been the Superior General of the order since 2009, taking the place of Sr. Nirmala Joshi. In 1980, her life changed forever after reading a book about the life of Mother Teresa.

SR. MARY PREMA
Superior General, Missionaries of Charity
"The day I entered in the society, she was in Essen waiting for us. Two of us were joining and our mothers also accompanied us, so she took time to be with our mothers and said, 'Thank you for giving your daughters to Jesus.'”

She remembered that Mother Teresa, with her enormous energy and vitality, prepared their new rooms, like any mother would. She says many other moments with Mother now stay with her as unforgettable memories and lessons.

SR. MARY PREMA
Superior General, Missionaries of Charity
"I spoke one failure to Mother which I had committed and Mother looked at me and said, 'How much it pains mother's heart. But how much more it must pain the heart of Jesus.' I realized how united Mother was in her feeling, in her thinking. All was concentrating on Jesus. For Mother, it was 'what does Jesus feel?' not 'what Mother feels or what I feel,' but 'what does Jesus feel?' And all her life was to make Jesus happy; to console Him in His pain.”

Now, it is only a short time until Mother Teresa is proclaimed a saint. Her smile and ordinary actions with extraordinary love are some of her most simple, but profound messages. As such, her legacy leads to admiration between believers and nonbelievers alike.

SR. MARY PREMA
Superior General, Missionaries of Charity
"I think it is because of her littleness, because of her direct contact and approach to people with a smile. And the acceptance without condition of everyone - poor, rich, from any part of the world - brought people to the awareness that God is a father, also for me, and there is hope for me to turn my life into something beautiful.”

As Sr. Mary Prema recounts, Mother Teresa'swork and Calcutta have changed the lives of thousands of people, especially the youth.

SR. MARY PREMA
Superior General, Missionaries of Charity
"I can see the young people who are coming to volunteer in Calcuta and they come with the great desire to do something and change Calcutta. After some time they realize that they are changing. Calcutta is changing their attitude and they are more self-aware of self-defense and this makes them closer to God and to the poor.”

In the 19 years since the death of Mother Teresa, her work has multiplied in number and intensity. In 1997, the congregation was present in 120 countries; today they are in 139. There are also more houses around the world, totaling 758. The number of religious has also grown. There are 53 more religious men to total 416, and there are now a total of 5,161 sisters, 1,200 more than in 1997.


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