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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.

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.

Ambassador of India: People have a sense of pride that Mother Teresa will be canonized


As a country with 1.25 billion people and a large Christian population, India will soon receive a saint who spent most of her life in the streets of the city, Calcutta

The work she did was not only limited to this one city, but instead spread throughout the whole country and even continues today.
Ambassador of India
"I think it was a tremendous impact that Mother Teresa had on India, because she was involved in a lot of work with the less priviledged sections of the population. In many parts of India, in fact, not just in West Bengal and Calcutta, which she's known for. But in the latter part of her life, she was also traveling around India.” 

Her impact spread not only through serving the poor, but also through her work as a teacher, caregiver to the elderly and those with incurable diseases. She even left an impression on the Ambassador of India, who met her during a trip to the Embassy in Bejing. 

Ambassador of India
"What struck me most about her was that she was extremely modest and simple in her way of life and dressing, and also, very soft-spoken. She was someone who when you met, she left a lasting impression on you because of her simplicity and because of her modesty and kindness.

While she was modest, she was powerful. She left large impacts on India and even helped turn around Calcutta, which the Ambassador said was in such a bad condition, nobody wanted to visit the city in those years.

Ambassador of India
"At the time that she worked in India, Calcutta was not going through a good time, economically. But over the years, things have improved in the same place that she worked. After the 1990 reforms in India, the Indian economy has picked up and is doing well, West Bengal is doing well now, as a state in general. So the ammenities available for people have improved a lot and the government has paid a lot of attention to the slum areas.

Now, the Indian government continues to help and works closely with the Missionaries of Charity with new hospitals and facilities. For the canonization, the government has sent a 17-member delegation to Rome, to honor the future saint and her work in India. 

Ambassador of India
"People have a sense of pride in the fact that Mother Teresa is going to be canonized and that she will be remembered as a saint. Of course, they are already very proud of the fact that she's a nobel audit and when the beautification took place, they were already very happy with that. So this is one next step. All over India, whenever this happens, there's a feeling of happiness. It also inspires a lot of people to follow that model of life.

Mother Teresa becoming a saint gives the Indian  people a great sense of pride. They hope that people around the world will see the change that she brought to Calcutta and want to come see the city where the saint lived for themselves.