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Film tells story of Iranian father and son asylum seekers in Europe

Video footage shot by an Iranian Christian father and his son held in detention on the Hungarian-Serbian border underscores international concerns about the circumstances of asylum seekers living there. The short film has premiered at human rights festivals in Hungary and elsewhere in Europe.

Pope in Bangkok: Day 2 in a minute

A one-minute video gives us a peek of Pope Francis' second - and last - full day in Bangkok as the first leg of his Apostolic Visit to Thailand and Japan draws to a close.

Pope's meeting with religious leaders in Thailand - News Video

Pope Francis meets with the leaders of Thailand's traditional religions, and leaders of the different Christian denominations in Bangkok's Chulalongkorn University.

Reflections for the Feast of Christ the King

Fr. Antony Kadavil reflects and comments on the readings at Mass for the Feast of Christ the King.

Where many saw sinners and evildoers, Jesus saw apostles

How is the Gospel proclaimed? Starting from the loving gaze Jesus had for all he encountered. This is how Pope Francis speaks of mission and inculturation in Thailand.

Volunteers and staff on the Pope’s hospital visit

For the staff and volunteers at the St Louis Hospital in Bangkok, the Pope’s visit is an opportunity to spread the Good News of Christ with love and compassion

The excitement of seeing the Pope in Thailand

Fr. Claudio Corti is a priest of the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions (PIME). He says people from North Thailand have waited for over 30 years to see the Pope.

Pope to youth in Thailand: rooted in faith through friendship with Jesus

Pope Francis celebrates Mass for young people Friday evening in Bangkok’s Cathedral. A strong faith based on a deep friendship with Jesus, he says, will see them through life’s difficulties, as their elders testify.

Memorial of Saint Cecilia, Virgin and Martyr

Reading 1 1 Mc 4:36-37, 52-59

Judas and his brothers said,
"Now that our enemies have been crushed,
let us go up to purify the sanctuary and rededicate it."
So the whole army assembled, and went up to Mount Zion.

Early in the morning on the twenty-fifth day of the ninth month,
that is, the month of Chislev,
in the year one hundred and forty-eight,
they arose and offered sacrifice according to the law
on the new altar of burnt offerings that they had made.
On the anniversary of the day on which the Gentiles had defiled it,
on that very day it was reconsecrated
with songs, harps, flutes, and cymbals.
All the people prostrated themselves and adored and praised Heaven,
who had given them success.

For eight days they celebrated the dedication of the altar
and joyfully offered burnt offerings and sacrifices
of deliverance and praise.
They ornamented the facade of the temple with gold crowns and shields;
they repaired the gates and the priests' chambers
and furnished them with doors.
There was great joy among the people
now that the disgrace of the Gentiles was removed.
Then Judas and his brothers and the entire congregation of Israel
decreed that the days of the dedication of the altar
should be observed with joy and gladness
on the anniversary every year for eight days,
from the twenty-fifth day of the month Chislev.

Responsorial Psalm 1 Chronicles 29:10bcd, 11abc, 11d-12a, 12bcd

R.(13b) We praise your glorious name, O mighty God.
"Blessed may you be, O LORD,
God of Israel our father,
from eternity to eternity."
R. We praise your glorious name, O mighty God.
"Yours, O LORD, are grandeur and power,
majesty, splendor, and glory.
For all in heaven and on earth is yours."
R. We praise your glorious name, O mighty God.
"Yours, O LORD, is the sovereignty;
you are exalted as head over all.
Riches and honor are from you."
R. We praise your glorious name, O mighty God.
"You have dominion over all,
In your hand are power and might;
it is yours to give grandeur and strength to all."
R. We praise your glorious name, O mighty God.

Alleluia Jn 10:27

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
My sheep hear my voice, says the Lord;
I know them, and they follow me.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Lk 19:45-48

Jesus entered the temple area and proceeded to drive out
those who were selling things, saying to them,
"It is written, My house shall be a house of prayer,
but you have made it a den of thieves."

And every day he was teaching in the temple area.
The chief priests, the scribes, and the leaders of the people, meanwhile,
were seeking to put him to death,
but they could find no way to accomplish their purpose
because all the people were hanging on his words.

For the readings of the Memorial of Saint Cecilia, please go here.

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Pope in Thailand: Encounter and mutual dialogue needed in a challenging world

Pope Francis meets Christian leaders and leaders of other religions at Bangkok’s Chulalongkorn University, telling them co-operation and mutual respect are needed more than ever in a world filled with complex challenges.