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Pope Francis meets with Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew

Pope Francis meets with the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew on Tuesday, with the two religious leaders having lunch together at the Casa Santa Marta.

Lutheran leader: “We should never take peace for granted”

The Secretary General of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) is attending the Community of Sant’Egidio’s prayer meeting for peace taking place in Madrid. He speaks of the need to nurture peace on a daily basis.

Fr Barrios: EU bishops promoting human dignity in Brussels

Fr Manuel Barrios Prieto, the new Secretary General of COMECE, says European Bishops are working to put human dignity at the forefront of policy decisions in Brussels.

Holy See calls for boosting peaceful use of nuclear energy

Vatican Secretary for Relations with States, Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, on 16 September addressed the General Conference to the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Pope at Mass: compassion is the language of God

At the heart of Pope Francis’ reflection during morning Mass on Tuesday is the virtue of compassion which, he says, is the language of God, whilst often the language of man is that of indifference.

Zambian Bishops launch Catholic TV

Catholic Bishops of Zambia have started test transmission of the newly launched television station, ‘Lumen TV Zambia.’

Tuesday of the Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time

Reading 1 1 Tm 3:1-13

Beloved, this saying is trustworthy:
whoever aspires to the office of bishop desires a noble task.
Therefore, a bishop must be irreproachable,
married only once, temperate, self-controlled,
decent, hospitable, able to teach,
not a drunkard, not aggressive, but gentle,
not contentious, not a lover of money.
He must manage his own household well,
keeping his children under control with perfect dignity;
for if a man does not know how to manage his own household,
how can he take care of the Church of God?
He should not be a recent convert,
so that he may not become conceited
and thus incur the Devil's punishment.
He must also have a good reputation among outsiders,
so that he may not fall into disgrace, the Devil's trap.

Similarly, deacons must be dignified, not deceitful,
not addicted to drink, not greedy for sordid gain,
holding fast to the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience.
Moreover, they should be tested first;
then, if there is nothing against them,
let them serve as deacons.
Women, similarly, should be dignified, not slanderers,
but temperate and faithful in everything.
Deacons may be married only once
and must manage their children and their households well.
Thus those who serve well as deacons gain good standing
and much confidence in their faith in Christ Jesus.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 101:1b-2ab, 2cd-3ab, 5, 6

R.(2) I will walk with blameless heart.
Of mercy and judgment I will sing;
to you, O LORD, I will sing praise.
I will persevere in the way of integrity;
when will you come to me?
R. I will walk with blameless heart.
I will walk with blameless heart,
within my house;
I will not set before my eyes
any base thing.
R. I will walk with blameless heart.
Whoever slanders his neighbor in secret,
him will I destroy.
The man of haughty eyes and puffed up heart
I will not endure.
R. I will walk with blameless heart.
My eyes are upon the faithful of the land,
that they may dwell with me.
He who walks in the way of integrity
shall be in my service.
R. I will walk with blameless heart.

Alleluia Lk 7:16

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
A great prophet has arisen in our midst
and God has visited his people.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Lk 7:11-17

Jesus journeyed to a city called Nain,
and his disciples and a large crowd accompanied him.
As he drew near to the gate of the city,
a man who had died was being carried out,
the only son of his mother, and she was a widow.
A large crowd from the city was with her.
When the Lord saw her,
he was moved with pity for her and said to her,
“Do not weep.”
He stepped forward and touched the coffin;
at this the bearers halted,
and he said, “Young man, I tell you, arise!”
The dead man sat up and began to speak,
and Jesus gave him to his mother.
Fear seized them all, and they glorified God, exclaiming,
“A great prophet has arisen in our midst,”
and “God has visited his people.”
This report about him spread through the whole of Judea
and in all the surrounding region.

For the readings of the Optional Memorial of Saint Robert Bellarmine, please go here.

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Sainthood cause of 19th century martyrs in India takes major step

French missionaries, Fathers Nicolas Michael Krick and Augustin-Etienne Bourry, were killed 165 years ago in what is Arunachal Pradesh of India today, while on their way to Tibet.

Safeguarding must be imbedded into Church life across the globe

The 11th Ordinary Plenary Assembly of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors concludes in Rome, stressing the need to incorporate the safeguarding of minors into the life of the Church on a global level.

Nicaragua Bishops appeal for reconciliation

Nicaragua's Bishops Conference appeals for reconciliation between the Government of President Daniel Ortega and the protesting Opposition, in order to build a better future for each and every citizen. The appeal comes in a statement issued on Sunday, as part of National Independence Day Celebrations.