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Holy See advocates for rights of Internally Displaced Persons with disabilities

The Holy See’s Permanent Observer to the United Nations, Archbishop Ivan Jurkovič, calls for protection of the rights of people with disabilities in situations of forced displacement.

Pakistan Church condemns violence, discrimination against minorities

The National Commission for Justice and Peace (NCJP) of the Pakistan Catholic Bishops' Conference (PCBC) releases a statement following the death of a Christian after a brutal attack.

US Supreme Court affirms right to choose ministers

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court of the United States issued a decision in the cases of “Our Lady of Guadalupe School v. Morrissey-Berru” and “St. James School v. Biel,” in a ruling with far-reaching consequences for Catholic institutions.

Thursday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Reading 1 Hos 11:1-4, 8e-9

Thus says the LORD:
When Israel was a child I loved him,
out of Egypt I called my son.
The more I called them,
the farther they went from me,
Sacrificing to the Baals
and burning incense to idols.
Yet it was I who taught Ephraim to walk,
who took them in my arms;
I drew them with human cords,
with bands of love;
I fostered them like one
who raises an infant to his cheeks;
Yet, though I stooped to feed my child,
they did not know that I was their healer.

My heart is overwhelmed,
my pity is stirred.
I will not give vent to my blazing anger,
I will not destroy Ephraim again;
For I am God and not man,
the Holy One present among you;
I will not let the flames consume you.

Responsorial Psalm 80:2ac and 3b, 15-16

R. (4b) Let us see your face, Lord, and we shall be saved.
O shepherd of Israel, hearken.
From your throne upon the cherubim, shine forth.
Rouse your power.
R. Let us see your face, Lord, and we shall be saved.
Once again, O LORD of hosts,
look down from heaven, and see:
Take care of this vine,
and protect what your right hand has planted,
the son of man whom you yourself made strong.
R. Let us see your face, Lord, and we shall be saved.

Alleluia Mk 1:15

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
The Kingdom of God is at hand:
repent and believe in the Gospel.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Mt 10:7-15

Jesus said to his Apostles:
“As you go, make this proclamation:
‘The Kingdom of heaven is at hand.’
Cure the sick, raise the dead,
cleanse the lepers, drive out demons.
Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give.
Do not take gold or silver or copper for your belts;
no sack for the journey, or a second tunic,
or sandals, or walking stick.
The laborer deserves his keep.
Whatever town or village you enter, look for a worthy person in it,
and stay there until you leave.
As you enter a house, wish it peace.
If the house is worthy,
let your peace come upon it;
if not, let your peace return to you.
Whoever will not receive you or listen to your words--
go outside that house or town and shake the dust from your feet.
Amen, I say to you, it will be more tolerable
for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment
than for that town.”


For the readings of the Optional Memorial of Saint Augustine Zhao Rong and Companions, please go here.

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U.S. Bishops welcome Supreme Court ruling on religious liberty

Two USCCB committee chairmen applaud a US Supreme Court ruling in favour of the Little Sisters of the Poor in a long-running dispute over a contraception mandate.

Holy See urges concrete solutions to protect life and dignity of refugees

Archbishop Ivan Jurkovic, the Holy See’s Permanent Observer to the United Nations in Geneva, on Tuesday addressed a meeting on resettling refugees through complementary pathways.

Ecumenical delegation urges EU to build more just society

An ecumenical delegation of Catholic and Protestant leaders is urging Germany to use its EU Presidency to help make Europe both stronger and more just and sustainable.

Pope emeritus Benedict XVI pens emotional letter for funeral of his brother, Georg Ratzinger

Pope emeritus Benedict XVI's emotional letter, highlighting his brother’s vocation as priest and musician, is read at the funeral of Monsignor Georg Ratzinger.

Holy Land: Lack of pilgrims doesn’t lessen hope

Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, speaks about the Church’s commitment to supporting the thousands of families affected by the Coronavirus pandemic.

Pope appoints new members to Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue

Pope Francis names new members to the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue.