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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.

New book explains the horrific persecution against Christians all over the world

2016-09-15

Some 150 million Christians worldwide suffer from persecution or discrimination by simply professing their faith in Jesus Christ. Some of their stories are collected in this book, "I also persecute you: Christians bare witness in the world.”

The book tells the story of the daily suffering endured by those who refuse to abandon their faith, face death threats and are treated like second-class citizens. In addition, in Pakistan the anti-blasphemy laws are used as a tool for revenge, Christians must succumb many other abuses.

MSGR. JOSEPH COUTTS
Archbishop of Karachi, Pakistan
"Non-Muslims are not considered equal citizens among the rest. They face discrimination in many ways, especially when it comes to getting a job or promotion. In addition, in schools, the textbooks do not prepare children to live in a modern-day
society, full of multi-religious and multi-ethnic people. Non- Muslims are described in a negative way in these books.”

Unfortunately, these forms of discrimination against Christians is not exclusive to Pakistan. It is a sentiment that travels around the globe. Most stories never make it to the cover of any newspaper.

MARTA PETROSILLO
Author
"Discriminatory practices range from the most outrageous to very subtle. In Sudan, for example, Christian women also are subjected to a strict Islamic dress code. If they consider that your skirt is too short or you wear pants, you can be sentenced to 20, 30 or 40 lashes.”

Ironically, the Middle East is the cradle of Christianity and is also the place where the most atrocious persecutions against Christians takes place. The book also focuses on the suffering of those who are subjected to a radical Islam, even before the arrival of Daesh.

FR. REBWAR BASA
Iraqi priest
"In Iraq, there was talk of democracy and freedom. And we are free a hundred percent of the time. Free to steal, to kill, to destroy, to transform churches into mosques, into military barracks, or into places were women get abused. There is also freedom to create a new state that has existed now for more than two years, an official Islamic state; freedom to force others to change their religious beliefs.”

In these places where the Daesh sows terror. One of the key contributors in helping Christians is to gain international recognition against the genocide of minorities. These actions will serve to raise awareness and also help victims receive faster and more effective aid. Initiatives like this book contribute to this cause and serves as a voice to those who have been stripped of everything by not renouncing their faith.


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