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Parolin: ‘Praedicate evangelium’ realizes a chief goal of the pontificate

Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin says “Praedicate evangelium” represents the realization of one of the chief goals of Pope Francis’ pontificate: the reform of the Roman Curia.

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Pope: Tackle poverty to protect children from child labour

Pope Francis addresses the 5th Conference on the Elimination of Child Labour taking place in South Africa and underlines that ensuring the present and future of children is ensuring the present and future of the entire human family.

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Churches in Holy Land condemn violence at funeral of slain journalist

Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Greek Orthodox Patriarch Theophilus III, the bishops and the faithful of the Christian communities underscore in a common statement their condemnation of a violent intrusion carried out last Friday by the Israeli police in the funeral procession carrying the body of reporter, Shireen Abu Aqleh.

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Music and talent join forces to repair a damaged Creation

From Saint Francis’ Canticle of the Creatures to the modern tunes of singers and musicians, encouraging all to safeguard our Common Home, a response to the urgent cries of the poor, and an embrace of ecological conversion to which the Pope calls us in his Encyclical. The testimony of a member of the Laudato si’ Movement: music can awaken consciences from the slumber of indifference.

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US Bishops pray for victims of Buffalo, Laguna Woods shootings

Bishops in the United States express sorrow over two deadly shootings in New York and California in the past days, and call for an honest dialogue in addressing the “persistent evil of racism” within the country.

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Pakistan: 'I spent 8 years on death row falsely accused of blasphemy'

The story of a Catholic couple in Pakistan falsely accused of blasphemy, jailed, and finally released in 2021 by the Lahore High Court. Shagufta Emmanuel shares her experience with the Pontifical Foundation "Aid to the Church in Need" expressing gratitude for the support she and her family have received and for their faith in God whom, she says, has always sustained them.

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Turn self-interests into mutual gain to overcome climate change

As the Israeli Embassy to the Holy See holds a conference on women and the climate crisis, Dalit Wolf Golan explores ways residents of the Holy Land can overcome their differences by working together on a common project like water accessibility.

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Monday of the Fifth Week of Easter

Reading I Acts 14:5-18

There was an attempt in Iconium
by both the Gentiles and the Jews,
together with their leaders,
to attack and stone Paul and Barnabas.
They realized it,
and fled to the Lycaonian cities of Lystra and Derbe
and to the surrounding countryside,
where they continued to proclaim the Good News.

At Lystra there was a crippled man, lame from birth,
who had never walked.
He listened to Paul speaking, who looked intently at him,
saw that he had the faith to be healed,
and called out in a loud voice, “Stand up straight on your feet.”
He jumped up and began to walk about.
When the crowds saw what Paul had done,
they cried out in Lycaonian,
“The gods have come down to us in human form.”
They called Barnabas “Zeus” and Paul “Hermes,”
because he was the chief speaker.
And the priest of Zeus, whose temple was at the entrance to the city,
brought oxen and garlands to the gates,
for he together with the people intended to offer sacrifice.

The Apostles Barnabas and Paul tore their garments
when they heard this and rushed out into the crowd, shouting,
“Men, why are you doing this?
We are of the same nature as you, human beings.
We proclaim to you good news
that you should turn from these idols to the living God,
who made heaven and earth and sea and all that is in them.
In past generations he allowed all Gentiles to go their own ways;
yet, in bestowing his goodness,
he did not leave himself without witness,
for he gave you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons,
and filled you with nourishment and gladness for your hearts.”
Even with these words, they scarcely restrained the crowds
from offering sacrifice to them.

Responsorial Psalm 115:1-2, 3-4, 15-16

R.        (1ab)  Not to us, O Lord, but to your name give the glory.
R.        Alleluia.
Not to us, O LORD, not to us
            but to your name give glory
            because of your mercy, because of your truth.
Why should the pagans say,
            “Where is their God?”
R.        Not to us, O Lord, but to your name give the glory.
R.        Alleluia.
Our God is in heaven;
            whatever he wills, he does.
Their idols are silver and gold,
            the handiwork of men.
R.        Not to us, O Lord, but to your name give the glory.
R.        Alleluia.
May you be blessed by the LORD,
            who made heaven and earth.
Heaven is the heaven of the LORD,
            but the earth he has given to the children of men.
R.        Not to us, O Lord, but to your name give the glory.
R.        Alleluia.

Alleluia Jn 14:26

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
The Holy Spirit will teach you everything
and remind you of all I told you.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Jn 14:21-26

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Whoever has my commandments and observes them
is the one who loves me.
Whoever loves me will be loved by my Father,
and I will love him and reveal myself to him.”
Judas, not the Iscariot, said to him,
“Master, then what happened that you will reveal yourself to us
and not to the world?”
Jesus answered and said to him,
“Whoever loves me will keep my word,
and my Father will love him,
and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him.
Whoever does not love me does not keep my words;
yet the word you hear is not mine
but that of the Father who sent me.

“I have told you this while I am with you.
The Advocate, the Holy Spirit
whom the Father will send in my name --

he will teach you everything
and remind you of all that I told you.”

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Pope to Mission Societies: ‘Be faithful, bold and creative’

In a message to members of the Pontifical Mission Societies gathered in the French city of Lyon to celebrate the 200th anniversary of their foundation, Pope Francis points to the path traced by Pauline Jaricot for the continuation and fulfillment of their mission.

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Pope to universities: Rethink development models and inspire community service

Pope Francis meets with University Rectors from Italy’s Lazio region on Monday, inviting them to commit their institutions to rethinking economic, cultural and social models that put the human person back at the centre. He also encourages them to continue to welcome students and teachers who are victims of war and persecution.

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