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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.

What is the C9 group of cardinals?

2016-09-10

Even before he was elected pope, the cardinals during the pre-conclave asked the new pontiff to hold regular meetings with a small group of cardinals apart from the Roman Curia.

After the white smoke finally cleared the air, Pope Francis accepted the proposal and appointed a council of eight cardinals to advise him on matters of the Church. This happened just a month after his election on April 13, 2013.

ANDRÉS BELTRAMO
Vaticanist, Notimex
"The pope has felt the need to be a reformer specifically of the Roman Curia, he needed a group of counselors with an outside perspective, to identify what was not working and suggest changes.” 

He asked them for two things: to help him reform the Roman Curia and to help him govern the Catholic Church.

A few months later, the group of eight cardinals welcomed a new member, the new Secretariat of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin. Hence, they become known as the C9.

The group consists of:

Cardinal Oscar Andres Rodriguez Maradiaga of Honduras; 
Cardinal Francisco Javier Erráuriz, Chile;
Cardinal Sean Patrick O'Malley of Boston; Cardinal Reinhard Marx, of Munich; 
Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo; 
Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Bombay;
Cardinal George Pell, secretary for Economy;
and the Governor of Vatican, Giusseppe Bertello.

Italian Bishop Marcello Semeraro acts as the coordinator and secretary.

ANDRÉS BELTRAMO
Vaticanist, Notimex
"It is a group that helps the pope to reflect on important decisions of his pontificate. It is a filter that the pope uses to gather information, perspectives and opinions. On his own, he would not have this global view of issues that concern the government of the Catholic Church.”

Although decisions should be made by the Pope, his advice has been instrumental in advancing the reform of the Curia.

Also, thanks to them, the department for the prevention of sexual abuse in the Church was launched, an economic secretariat inside the Vatican, and a department in charge of reforming Vatican communications.

Most importantly, the C9 group of cardinals come from various parts of the world. Combined, they make sure that the pope has access to endless channels of communication. Until recently, all relevant information reached him only through the Secretariat of State of the Holy See.


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