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Asian bishops’ solidarity with jailed Indian Jesuit

The Federation of Asian Bishops Conferences is calling for the release of Indian Jesuit priest Father Stan Swamy and 15 human rights activists facing trial for alleged links with Maoist rebels.

Armenia and Azerbaijan accuse each other of violating latest ceasefire

Armenia and Azerbaijan accuse each other of violating the latest ceasefire over the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh, where almost 1000 people have been killed. A historic church is among the many damaged targets.

Belarus: General strike puts authorities to the test

Workers, students, pensioners, activists and other members of civil society took to the streets in Belarusian cities today calling for President Lukashenko to step down.

Cardinal-elect Antoine Kambanda: Being a Cardinal is a joy, a great burden, and a challenge

The Archbishop of Kigali, Rwanda, Antoine Kambanda, is one of the 13 new Cardinals announced by Pope Francis on Sunday during the Angelus prayer.

UN: treaty banning nuclear weapons to enter into force

With the 50th ratification of the international treaty to ban nuclear weapons on October 24, the accord will enter into force in January.

Monday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time

Reading 1 EPH 4:32–5:8

Brothers and sisters:
Be kind to one another, compassionate,
forgiving one another as God has forgiven you in Christ.

Be imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love,
as Christ loved us and handed himself over for us
as a sacrificial offering to God for a fragrant aroma.
Immorality or any impurity or greed must not even be mentioned among you,
as is fitting among holy ones,
no obscenity or silly or suggestive talk, which is out of place,
but instead, thanksgiving.
Be sure of this, that no immoral or impure or greedy person,
that is, an idolater,
has any inheritance in the Kingdom of Christ and of God.

Let no one deceive you with empty arguments,
for because of these things
the wrath of God is coming upon the disobedient.
So do not be associated with them.
For you were once darkness,
but now you are light in the Lord.
Live as children of light. 

Responsorial Psalm PS 1:1-2, 3, 4 AND 6

R. (see Eph. 5:1) Behave like God as his very dear children.
Blessed the man who follows not
the counsel of the wicked
Nor walks in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the company of the insolent,
But delights in the law of the LORD
and meditates on his law day and night.
R. Behave like God as his very dear children.
He is like a tree
planted near running water,
That yields its fruit in due season,
and whose leaves never fade.
Whatever he does, prospers.
R. Behave like God as his very dear children.
Not so the wicked, not so;
they are like chaff which the wind drives away.
For the LORD watches over the way of the just,
but the way of the wicked vanishes.
R. Behave like God as his very dear children.

Alleluia JN 17:17B, 17A

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Your word, O Lord, is truth;
consecrate us in the truth.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel  LK 13:10-17

Jesus was teaching in a synagogue on the sabbath.
And a woman was there who for eighteen years
had been crippled by a spirit;
she was bent over, completely incapable of standing erect.
When Jesus saw her, he called to her and said,
“Woman, you are set free of your infirmity.”
He laid his hands on her,
and she at once stood up straight and glorified God.
But the leader of the synagogue,
indignant that Jesus had cured on the sabbath,
said to the crowd in reply,
“There are six days when work should be done.
Come on those days to be cured, not on the sabbath day.”
The Lord said to him in reply, “Hypocrites!
Does not each one of you on the sabbath
untie his ox or his ass from the manger
and lead it out for watering?
This daughter of Abraham,
whom Satan has bound for eighteen years now,
ought she not to have been set free on the sabbath day
from this bondage?”
When he said this, all his adversaries were humiliated;
and the whole crowd rejoiced at all the splendid deeds done by him.
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Lithuania, Ukraine holding elections amid pandemic

Despite the raging coronavirus pandemic, polls opened Sunday for elections that could impact government leaders' future in two East European nations. In Lithuania, a parliamentary runoff is likely to change its government. And, in Ukraine, local elections are a popularity test for last year's elected former comedian-turned president.

New Cardinal-elects express surprise and gratitude

Reaction from the clerics Pope Francis has chosen to collaborate with him as Cardinals is beginning to come in. As Vatican News becomes aware of their reactions, we will continue to post them here.

Blast kills students in Afghanistan

A suicide bombing at an education centre in Afghanistan has killed at least 24 people, including students.

New Cardinals come from all corners of the earth

They come from Africa, Asia (Brunei and the Philippines), North and South America and Italy. In addition, there is a particular accent on the sons of St Francis during the year in which the Encyclical "Fratelli tutti" was published. Short biographies of the 13 new Cardinals Pope Francis announced on Sunday follow.