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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.
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Pope announces next World Day of Peace: “Non-Violence: A Style of Politics for Peace”

August 26, 2016. This is the theme Pope Francis has chosen for the next World Day of Peace, to be celebrated on January 1, 2017. Pope Francis has talked about the worrisome surge of violence that has taken over the world. On his trip to Poland in July he said the world is in a "piecemeal World War." That is why he wishes that this 50th World Day of Peace, the fourth of his pontificate, be a beacon of diplomacy and good will. The Pope wants to underline the prevalence of law in international affairs as a way to ensure a peaceful future. The World Day of Peace is a project started by Paul VI in 1968. It is celebrated the first day of every year, and it is usually an occasion where the pope makes important statements about the Social Doctrine of the Church.

Sports and faith join forces in Rome to create a global change

2016-09-16

Sports and faith have more in common than you think. On several occasions, Pope Francis has mentioned that he is a big fan of sports, especially soccer. In fact, the inter-webbing of sports and faith has become a frequent occurrence. 

This is why the Vatican has organized the first global conference on "Sport at the service of humanity, which will take place in Rome October 5-7. The mission is to bring together leaders from the worlds of sport and religion to carry out different initiatives.

MSGR. MELCHOR SANCHEZ DE TOCA
Assistant Secretary, Pontifical Council for Culture
"We believe that many initiatives can arise with this conference in Rome. Why not? For example, on a worldwide level, to see an increase in the number of playgrounds and sports fields next to and a part of places of worship, like many parishes in Italy have. I think it's a model that can be exported to many other religious communities.”

All discussions of the conference will be based on six principles: compassion, love, respect, lighting, balance and joy.

MSGR. MELCHOR SANCHEZ DE TOCA
Assistant Secretary, Pontifical Council for Culture
"It's not about using faith as a kind of vitamin enhancer to improve sporting performance. To ask God for help to score a goal or to scratch a tenth of a second in the competition. In this, I believe God is an impartial spectator of all His children.”

Among the attendees present: Pope Francis, the secretary of the UN, Ban Ki-Moon and President of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach.

MSGR. MELCHOR SANCHEZ DE TOCA
Assistant Secretary, Pontifical Council for Culture
"The pope says that we need to focus on the challenge of the game in life, the same way we do with sports. In sports, everyone tries to give the best of themselves, because they want to win. In life you have to do the same, and also in the spiritual life." 

Sports move the masses and stir emotion. In addition to entertainment, they can be an inexhaustible school of values, and conferences like this one aim to prove it.


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