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Lebanon seeks end to crippling financial crisis

The Lebanese Prime Minister says his country will not be able to get out of its financial crisis without authorities implementing structural reforms required by the International Monetary Fund.

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The Lord’s Advent instigates prayer and protest

As the Church marks the First Sunday in Advent, Jonathan Montaldo offers his thoughts on the day’s liturgical readings under the theme: “The Lord's Advent instigates prayer and protest”.

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Saturday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time

Reading 1 RV 22:1-7

John said:
An angel showed me the river of life-giving water,
sparkling like crystal, flowing from the throne of God
and of the Lamb down the middle of the street,
On either side of the river grew the tree of life
that produces fruit twelve times a year, once each month;
the leaves of the trees serve as medicine for the nations.
Nothing accursed will be found anymore.
The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it,
and his servants will worship him.
They will look upon his face, and his name will be on their foreheads.
Night will be no more, nor will they need light from lamp or sun,
for the Lord God shall give them light,
and they shall reign forever and ever.

And he said to me,
“These words are trustworthy and true, 
and the Lord, the God of prophetic spirits,
sent his angel to show his servants what must happen soon.”
“Behold, I am coming soon.”
Blessed is the one who keeps the prophetic message of this book.

Responsorial Psalm PS 95:1-2, 3-5, 6-7AB

R. (1 Cor 16: 22b, see Rev. 22: 20c) Marana tha! Come, Lord Jesus!
Come, let us sing joyfully to the LORD;
let us acclaim the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
let us joyfully sing psalms to him.
R. Marana tha! Come, Lord Jesus!
For the LORD is a great God,
and a great king above all gods;
In his hands are the depths of the earth,
and the tops of the mountains are his.
His is the sea, for he has made it,
and the dry land, which his hands have formed.
R. Marana tha! Come, Lord Jesus!
Come, let us bow down in worship;
let us kneel before the LORD who made us.
For he is our God,
and we are the people he shepherds, the flock he guides.
R. Marana tha! Come, Lord Jesus!



Alleluia LK 21:36

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Be vigilant at all times and pray
that you may have the strength to stand before the Son of Man.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel LK 21:34-36

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy
from carousing and drunkenness
and the anxieties of daily life,
and that day catch you by surprise like a trap.
For that day will assault everyone
who lives on the face of the earth.
Be vigilant at all times
and pray that you have the strength
to escape the tribulations that are imminent
and to stand before the Son of Man.”
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Lectionary for Mass for Use in the Dioceses of the United States, second typical edition, Copyright © 2001, 1998, 1997, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine; Psalm refrain © 1968, 1981, 1997, International Committee on English in the Liturgy, Inc. All rights reserved. Neither this work nor any part of it may be reproduced, distributed, performed or displayed in any medium, including electronic or digital, without permission in writing from the copyright owner.

Cardinal Krajewski: We must give greater care for those sleeping on streets

The papal almoner remembers Burkhard Scheffler, a homeless man who died in the colonnade area of St. Peter's Square. He tells us about the Vatican and the city of Rome's charitable services for the poor, saying "my role is to empty the Holy Father's charitable account" in helping them.

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Colombians strive to reach internal peace settlement

The Colombian Government and the National Liberation Army, ELN, are inviting a family of nations to help them reach a peace settlement and resolve a more than half-a-century festering conflict.

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Pope: Violence against women must be addressed through a joint effort

Meeting the staff of the Italian Central Anti-Crime Directorate, Pope Francis recalls the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, observed on 25 November, emphasizing the crucial importance of a joint effort by public institutions and all social actors not only in law enforcement, but also in prevention to eradicate this scourge.

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Holy See: regret for installation ceremony of Bishop in China

In a press statement the Vatican notes with "surprise and regret" the installation of the Auxiliary Bishop of Jiangxi, a diocese not currently recognized by the Holy See.

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Pope appoints Noel Treanor as Apostolic Nuncio to EU

Pope Francis appoints Irish Archbishop Noel Treanor as Apostolic Nuncio to the European Union.

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Pope: The world needs consecrated persons as artisans of peace!

Pope Francis addresses the Union of Superiors General at the conclusion of its Assembly with a reflection on what it means to be a peacemaker and on the importance of fostering synodality.

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Caritas Commissioner: ‘Let’s work together to better serve the poor'

A statement released by Caritas Internationalis says Pier Francesco Pinelli, the newly appointed Extraordinary Commissioner of the Church’s humanitarian organization, has expressed his determination to go forward on the path indicated by the Pope and encourages staff and other members to work together to better serve the poor.

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