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Season of Creation to take place during special Laudato Si’ Year

As the Laudato Si’ Anniversary Year gets underway, the Secretary of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development urges Catholics to take part in the annual Season of Creation.

Cyclone Amphan: UN chief commends India, Bangladesh for saving lives

The United Nations chief commends India and Bangladesh for taking life-saving measures ahead of the deadly Cyclone Amphan. UN Secretary-General António Guterres also praises their effective relief efforts.

Netanyahu's corruption trial underway in Jerusalem

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's corruption trial is underway in Jerusalem, marking the first time a sitting prime minister has stood in a criminal trial.

Monday of the Seventh Week of Easter

Reading 1 Acts 19:1-8

While Apollos was in Corinth,
Paul traveled through the interior of the country
and down to Ephesus where he found some disciples.
He said to them,
“Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you became believers?”
They answered him,
“We have never even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.”
He said, “How were you baptized?”
They replied, “With the baptism of John.”
Paul then said, “John baptized with a baptism of repentance,
telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him,
that is, in Jesus.”
When they heard this,
they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
And when Paul laid his hands on them,
the Holy Spirit came upon them,
and they spoke in tongues and prophesied.
Altogether there were about twelve men.

He entered the synagogue, and for three months debated boldly
with persuasive arguments about the Kingdom of God.

Responsorial Psalm 68:2-3ab, 4-5acd, 6-7ab

R.    (33a)  Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth.
R.    Alleluia.
God arises; his enemies are scattered,
and those who hate him flee before him.
As smoke is driven away, so are they driven;
as wax melts before the fire.
R.    Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth.
R.    Alleluia.
But the just rejoice and exult before God;
they are glad and rejoice.
Sing to God, chant praise to his name;
whose name is the LORD.
R.    Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth.
R.    Alleluia.
The father of orphans and the defender of widows
is God in his holy dwelling.
God gives a home to the forsaken;
he leads forth prisoners to prosperity.
R.    Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth.
R.    Alleluia.

Alleluia Col 3:1

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
If then you were raised with Christ,
seek what is above,
where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Jn 16:29-33

The disciples said to Jesus,
“Now you are talking plainly, and not in any figure of speech.
Now we realize that you know everything
and that you do not need to have anyone question you.
Because of this we believe that you came from God.”
Jesus answered them, “Do you believe now?
Behold, the hour is coming and has arrived
when each of you will be scattered to his own home
and you will leave me alone.
But I am not alone, because the Father is with me.
I have told you this so that you might have peace in me.
In the world you will have trouble,
but take courage, I have conquered the world.”



For the readings of the Optional Memorial of Saint Bede the Venerable, please go here.

For the readings of the Optional Memorial of Saint Gregory VII, please go here.

For the readings of the Optional Memorial of Saint Mary Magdalene de' Pazzi, please go here.

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Covid-19: Gratitude pours in for Pope’s nearness during lockdown

Countless messages and videos pour in as Catholics around the world express their heartfelt appreciation for Pope Francis’ live-streamed daily Mass during the lockdown.

Pope appoints scientist Eric Lander to Pontifical Academy of Sciences

Pope Francis names Professor Eric Lander as an Ordinary Member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.

Covid-19: Greece reopens to tourists three weeks earlier than planned

Low coronavirus numbers have prompted Greece to reopen to tourists three weeks earlier than expected.

Pope renews ecumenical commitment on anniversary of Ut unum sint

In a letter marking the 25th anniversary of Saint John Paul II’s landmark encyclical “Ut unum sint”, Pope Francis calls for a renewed commitment to ecumenism.

Africa Day: A push towards silencing guns on the continent

Countries on the African continent are celebrating Africa Day, 25 May 2020, with several activities prominent of which is pushing forward the Africa Day theme: “Silencing the Guns in the context of the COVID-19.”

Taliban announces three-day ceasefire in Afghanistan

The Taliban declares a three-day ceasefire in its conflict with Afghanistan’s government, coinciding with the Muslim Eid al-Fitr feast marking the end of Ramadan.