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Pontifical Academy for Life: No to 'vaccine nationalism', immunisation is a common good

The Pontifical Academy for Life stresses the importance of overcoming "vaccine nationalism" so that everyone can have the opportunity of being vaccinated and nobody is left behind in the fight against Covid-19.

Swiss Guards celebrate 515 years

January 22 marks the anniversary of the Swiss Guards, founded under Pope Julius II. This year the Guards celebrate 515 years.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity – Biblical reflections Day 5

We bring you the fifth in a series of Biblical reflections for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, which has been jointly prepared by the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and the Commission on Faith and Order of the World Council of Churches.

COMECE expresses concern about erosion of religious freedom in Denmark

Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich, President of the Commission of the Bishops' Conferences of Europe, urges respect for the right to freedom of religion as Danish lawmakers prepare to discuss a draft law requiring sermons and homilies to be provided in the national language.

Treaty banning nuclear weapons comes into force

The UN Secretary General and anti-nuclear movements welcome the first-ever treaty to ban nuclear weapons, which enters into force Friday. The treaty was mentioned by Pope Francis at his weekly General Audience, as he urged all nations to work toward a world free of these deadly arms.

Vatican Tribunal rules in embezzlement case against former IOR head

The Tribunal of the Vatican City State on Thursday convicted Angelo Caloia, former head of the Insitute of Works for Religion (IOR) on charges of embezzlement and money laundering. The court also convicted Italian lawyer, Gabriele Liuzzo, and his son Lamberto Luizzo.

Burkina Faso: Priest missing since Tuesday found dead.

Father Rodrigue Sanon, the priest missing since Tuesday in Burkina Faso, was found dead Thursday in the country’s south-west forest.

Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children

Reading I Heb 8:6-13

Brothers and sisters:
Now our high priest has obtained so much more excellent a ministry
as he is mediator of a better covenant, 
enacted on better promises.

For if that first covenant had been faultless, 
no place would have been sought for a second one.
But he finds fault with them and says:
Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord,
when I will conclude a new covenant with the house of 
Israel and the house of Judah.
It will not be like the covenant I made with their fathers
the day I took them by the hand to lead 
them forth from the land of Egypt;
for they did not stand by my covenant
and I ignored them, says the Lord.
But this is the covenant I will establish with the house of Israel
after those days, says the Lord:
I will put my laws in their minds
and I will write them upon their hearts.
I will be their God,
and they shall be my people.
And they shall not teach, each one his fellow citizen and kin, saying,
“Know the Lord,”
for all shall know me, from least to greatest.
For I will forgive their evildoing
and remember their sins no more.

When he speaks of a “new” covenant, 
he declares the first one obsolete.
And what has become obsolete 
and has grown old is close to disappearing.

Responsorial Psalm 85:8 and 10, 11-12, 13-14

R. (11a) Kindness and truth shall meet.
Show us, O LORD, your mercy,
and grant us your salvation.
Near indeed is his salvation to those who fear him,
glory dwelling in our land.
R. Kindness and truth shall meet.
Kindness and truth shall meet;
justice and peace shall kiss.
Truth shall spring out of the earth,
and justice shall look down from heaven.
R. Kindness and truth shall meet.
The LORD himself will give his benefits;
our land shall yield its increase.
Justice shall walk before him,
and salvation, along the way of his steps.
R. Kindness and truth shall meet.

Alleluia

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ,
and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Mk 3:13-19

Jesus went up the mountain and summoned those whom he wanted 
and they came to him.
He appointed Twelve, whom he also named Apostles,
that they might be with him
and he might send them forth to preach 
and to have authority to drive out demons:
He appointed the Twelve:
Simon, whom he named Peter; 
James, son of Zebedee, 
and John the brother of James, whom he named Boanerges, 
that is, sons of thunder;
Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew,
Matthew, Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus; 
Thaddeus, Simon the Cananean,
and Judas Iscariot who betrayed him.

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Another step towards sainthood for Jérôme Lejeune, seven others

Pope Francis approves the promulgation of decrees concerning eight causes of sainthood, including Servant of God Jérôme Lejeune, first president of the Pontifical Academy for Life and researcher on Down Syndrome.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity – Biblical reflections Day 4

We bring you the fourth in a series of Biblical reflections for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, which has been jointly prepared by the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and the Commission on Faith and Order of the World Council of Churches.