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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.

Pope to young people in Krakow: Are you looking for empty thrills or to find fulfillment?

2016-07-28

It was another intense afternoon for the Pope in Krakow.

First, he received the Krakow authorities who paid him homage by handing him the keys to the city.

He was then transported to Bonia Park with nothing less than a Krakow ecological tram. Thus, he waved at pilgrims for about 20 minutes, and was accompanied by some young people with disabilities inside the tram.

Upon arrival at Bonia Park, the party had already begun. One million young people received Pope Francis with all their enthusiasm.

The archbishop of Krakow thanked the Pope for his presence in the homeland of John Paul II.

"Thank you on behalf of all young people and all present. Thank you."

Chosen representatives from each continent gave the Pope a pilgrim kit, just as each participant was given upon arrival. Then they devoted a colorful dance festival from around the world to Pope Francis.

There was a montage of saints from across the centuries to explain to the youth that holiness has no time limit or age and don't expect to be an adult to begin to search for it.

After reading the Gospel, Pope Francis spoke, urging young people to have a merciful heart.

POPE FRANCIS
"Are you able to dream? When a heart is open and prepared to dream, there is also room for mercy. There is also room to be close to those who suffer, those who want peace in their heart or who lack the necessities of life or that most beautiful thing, faith. Let us say this word: Mercy. Say together this word: Mercy. Once again, so the whole world hears you: Mercy.”

He told them it pains him when he meets young people who feel no desire to live or seek happiness in dark ways. So he invited them not to be fooled by this lie that life has no value. 

POPE FRANCIS
"Dear friends, we are gathered here, however, to help one another other, because we do not want to be robbed of the best of ourselves. We don't want to be robbed of our energy, our joy, or our dreams by fond illusions."

To keep a strong passion for life, the Pope recommended something to them that cannot be bought or sold.

POPE FRANCIS
"Dear friends, I ask you: Are you looking for empty thrills in life? Or do you want to feel a power that can give you a lasting sense of life and fulfillment? Empty thrills or the power of grace? What do you want: Empty thrills or the power of fulfillment? What do you want? I can hardly hear you... Define fulfillment: to gain new strength, there is a way. It is a response that cannot be bought or sold. It is not a thing or an object. It is a person and He is alive and His name is Jesus Christ. A round of applause for the Lord."

The huge party ended with a prayer in which the Pope invited young people to build bridges and tear down walls. He asked for them to help the poor and the abandoned and to embrace, without fear, those who come from another culture. He told them to listen to the elders and asked all them to live mercifully, so that their lives are lived to fulfillment.


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