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WCC condemns attack against Christian rally in Jerusalem

The General Secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC), Rev. Jerry Pillay, expresses concern over a violent protest by Jewish extremists against an Evangelical Christian event in Jerusalem, upholding that Jerusalem is a shared Holy City of three religions.

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Indonesia: Digital freedom decline poses risks for 2024 elections

Indonesia’s gradual decline in digital freedom concerns Southeast Asian lawmakers as the country approaches its general elections in 2024.

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Filipina Camillian sister emphasizes the importance of healthcare

Sister Benilda Quimio, a Filipina vocation director of the Congregation of the Sister Ministers of the Infirm of St. Camillus in the Philippines, highlights the vital role of healthcare in the lives of people and explains why nurturing life is important in the communities.

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Unicef Somalia: 400,000 displaced by floods

Unicef warns that the climate crisis has led to severe drought and sudden flooding in Somalia leaving hundreds of thousands of people in need of humanitarian assistance.

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Dicastery for Clergy signs agreement on protection of minors

Following on its agreement with the Dicastery for Evangelisation, the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Dicastery for Clergy. The latest agreement aims at guaranteeing reception spaces for survivors, futher developing the indications of the “Ratio Nationalis”, and implementing permanent training for priests.

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Australian Indigenous leader in the Vatican for week-long visit

Dr Ungunmerr Baumann, one of Australia’s most respected Aboriginal leaders, will meet with Pope Francis and other senior Vatican figures, and unveil a new artwork at the Vatican Museums.

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Indian Bishops launch appeal for peaceful coexistence in Manipur

After nearly a month of sectarian violence in Manipur State, the North East India Regional Bishops’ Council urges the two communities to find ways of peaceful coexistence and reconciliation by making “concessions in view of the common good”.

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Tuesday of the Eighth Week in Ordinary Time

Reading 1 Sir 35:1-12

To keep the law is a great oblation,
and he who observes the
commandments sacrifices a peace offering.
In works of charity one offers fine flour,
and when he gives alms he presents his sacrifice of praise.
To refrain from evil pleases the LORD,
and to avoid injustice is an atonement.
Appear not before the LORD empty-handed,
for all that you offer is in fulfillment of the precepts.
The just one's offering enriches the altar
and rises as a sweet odor before the Most High.
The just one's sacrifice is most pleasing,
nor will it ever be forgotten.
In a generous spirit pay homage to the LORD,
be not sparing of freewill gifts.
With each contribution show a cheerful countenance,
and pay your tithes in a spirit of joy.
Give to the Most High as he has given to you,
generously, according to your means.

For the LORD is one who always repays,
and he will give back to you sevenfold.
But offer no bribes, these he does not accept!
Trust not in sacrifice of the fruits of extortion.
For he is a God of justice,
who knows no favorites.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 50:5-6, 7-8, 14 and 23

R. (23b) To the upright I will show the saving power of God.
"Gather my faithful ones before me,
those who have made a covenant with me by sacrifice."
And the heavens proclaim his justice;
for God himself is the judge.
R. To the upright I will show the saving power of God.
"Hear, my people, and I will speak;
Israel, I will testify against you;
God, your God, am I.
Not for your sacrifices do I rebuke you,
for your burnt offerings are before me always."
R. To the upright I will show the saving power of God.
"Offer to God praise as your sacrifice
and fulfill your vows to the Most High.
He that offers praise as a sacrifice glorifies me;
and to him that goes the right way I will show the salvation of God."
R. To the upright I will show the saving power of God.

Alleluia see mt 11:25

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth;
you have revealed to little ones the mysteries of the Kingdom.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Mk 10:28-31

Peter began to say to Jesus,
'We have given up everything and followed you."
Jesus said, "Amen, I say to you,
there is no one who has given up house or brothers or sisters
or mother or father or children or lands
for my sake and for the sake of the Gospel
who will not receive a hundred times more now in this present age:
houses and brothers and sisters
and mothers and children and lands,
with persecutions, and eternal life in the age to come.
But many that are first will be last, and the last will be first."
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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.

Pope's June prayer intention: for an abolition of torture

The Pope Video message, entrusted to the entire Catholic Church through the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network, is an appeal for "the abolition of torture in all of its forms throughout the world."

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Paolo Ruffini: Social media has the power to build a better world

Social media is a way for the Church to be among the people, and work toward the common good, not about compromising the truth to gain followers or 'likes,' says Dr Paolo Ruffini. The Prefect of the Vatican's Dicastery for Communication was speaking with Vatican News after presenting the Dicastery’s new theological and pastoral document reflection on social media, titled “Towards Full Presence. A Pastoral Reflection on Engagement with Social Media." (#FullyPresent).

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