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Pope reiterates appeal for protection of migrants in Libya

With a powerful appeal to the international community to implement lasting resolutions for the safeguard of lives and the dignity of migrants and refugees, Pope Francis says his thoughts never stray from the predicament of the thousands of men, women and children stranded in Libya as they search to reach Europe in the hope of a better life.

Pope: Be courageous and turn to God with all your heart

Pope Francis encourages us to pray to the Lord, like Bartimaeus in Sunday's Gospel reading, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” And may we repeat it often with concrete, insistent and courageous faith.

World Mission Sunday: Irish Archbishop recalls ‘Heroes of Mission'

As the Church marks World Mission Sunday, the Chairperson of the newly re-branded Missio Ireland, Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly, SMA, says it is an opportunity to recall the “heroes of mission” around the world. At the Sunday Angelus, Pope Francis also paid tribute to missionaries around the world for their witness to the Gospel, often at great sacrifice.

UN Day: Peace, development, human rights and opportunity for all

United Nations Day, on 24 October, marks the anniversary of the day in 1945 when the UN Charter entered into force. The UN is made up of 193 Member States.

Bishops in England and Wales to continue opposing Assisted Dying Bill

Following the Second Reading of the Assisted Dying Bill at the House of Lords, on 22 October , Bishop John Sherrington has thanked Catholics in England and Wales for writing to peers and praying that the legislation might be defeated. He said bishops will continue to scrutinise and challenge the Bill.

Saturday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time

Reading I Rom 8:1-11

Brothers and sisters:
Now there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
For the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus
has freed you from the law of sin and death. 
For what the law, weakened by the flesh, was powerless to do,
this God has done:
by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh
and for the sake of sin, he condemned sin in the flesh,
so that the righteous decree of the law might be fulfilled in us,
who live not according to the flesh but according to the spirit.
For those who live according to the flesh
are concerned with the things of the flesh,
but those who live according to the spirit
with the things of the spirit. 
The concern of the flesh is death,
but the concern of the spirit is life and peace.
For the concern of the flesh is hostility toward God;
it does not submit to the law of God, nor can it;
and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
But you are not in the flesh;
on the contrary, you are in the spirit,
if only the Spirit of God dwells in you.
Whoever does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him.
But if Christ is in you,
although the body is dead because of sin,
the spirit is alive because of righteousness.
If the Spirit of the one who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you,
the one who raised Christ from the dead
will give life to your mortal bodies also,
through his Spirit that dwells in you.

Responsorial Psalm 24:1b-2, 3-4ab, 5-6

R.    (see 6) Lord, this is the people that longs to see your face.
The LORD’s are the earth and its fullness;
    the world and those who dwell in it.
For he founded it upon the seas
    and established it upon the rivers.
R.    Lord, this is the people that longs to see your face.
Who can ascend the mountain of the LORD?
    or who may stand in his holy place?
He whose hands are sinless, whose heart is clean,
    who desires not what is vain.
R.    Lord, this is the people that longs to see your face.
He shall receive a blessing from the LORD,
    a reward from God his savior.
Such is the race that seeks for him,
    that seeks the face of the God of Jacob.
R.    Lord, this is the people that longs to see your face.

Alleluia Ez 33:11

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked man, says the Lord,
but rather in his conversion that he may live.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Lk 13:1-9

Some people told Jesus about the Galileans
whose blood Pilate had mingled with the blood of their sacrifices.
He said to them in reply, 
“Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way 
they were greater sinners than all other Galileans?
By no means!
But I tell you, if you do not repent,
you will all perish as they did!
Or those eighteen people who were killed 
when the tower at Siloam fell on them—
do you think they were more guilty 
than everyone else who lived in Jerusalem?
By no means!
But I tell you, if you do not repent,
you will all perish as they did!”

And he told them this parable: 
“There once was a person who had a fig tree planted in his orchard, 
and when he came in search of fruit on it but found none,
he said to the gardener,
‘For three years now I have come in search of fruit on this fig tree     
but have found none.
So cut it down.
Why should it exhaust the soil?’
He said to him in reply,
‘Sir, leave it for this year also, 
and I shall cultivate the ground around it and fertilize it; 
it may bear fruit in the future.
If not you can cut it down.’”

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Holy See urges renewed efforts for disarmament and cybersecurity

Earlier this week, the Vatican's Permanent Observer to the United Nations addressed a statement to the UN General Assembly on disarmament measures and cybersecurity.

UN aborts flight after Ethiopian government airstrike in Tigray region

A UN humanitarian flight is aborted as the conflict between Ethiopia’s federal government and the TPLF in the Tigray region escalates, severely hampering humanitarian operations.

Gospel facts that fill the heart

Evangelizing an evangelist: Dale Recinella, a “lay chaplain” to death row inmates in Florida, shares his testimony in this story about conversion.

Covid - Be Not Proud: Story of Kenny, "the Real Deal"

Dale Recinella, a lay prison chaplain based in the US state of Florida, shares his experience of friendship with a former inmate who turned his life around through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.