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Pope: may witness of Maria Montessori inspire solidarity & dialogue

In a message sent to the International Conference of the "Opera Nazionale Maria Montessori", Pope Francis urges people to look to her example "to form people in solidarity, citizens of the world open to dialogue and to acceptance."

Pope: Work to build a more solidary, just, and equitable work

In an address to the Centesimus Annus – Pro Pontifice Foundation, Pope Francis says developing a more just and equitable society, and protecting the freedom and dignity of persons, is at the heart of the mission to implement the Church’s social teaching.

US Church preparing for National Vocation Awareness Week

The Catholic Church in the United States will celebrate National Vocation Awareness Week, 7-13 November, with dioceses across the US holding events to foster an appreciation for all vocations and pray specifically for those discerning a vocation to ordained ministry and consecrated life.

Pope to Salesian Sisters: 'Renew your mission in listening love for young people'

Pope Francis urges members of the 24th General Chapter of the Institute of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians to be inspired by the example of Our Lady and encourages them in their service of young people and of the poor.

Schedule of the Pope’s liturgical celebrations for November

The highlight of the liturgical celebrations of Pope Francis in the month of November is the World Day of the Poor, instituted by him 5 years ago.

Professor Wolf: In education, know the difference between paper and screen

Neuroscientist Professor Maryanne Wolf explains why Pope Francis was right in saying that education is key in bettering the world post-Covid, especially as we come out of the pandemic to a much more technological way of doing things.

Friday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time

Reading I Rom 7:18-25a

Brothers and sisters:
I know that good does not dwell in me, that is, in my flesh.
The willing is ready at hand, but doing the good is not.
For I do not do the good I want,
but I do the evil I do not want.
Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it,
but sin that dwells in me.
So, then, I discover the principle
that when I want to do right, evil is at hand.
For I take delight in the law of God, in my inner self,
but I see in my members another principle
at war with the law of my mind,
taking me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members.
Miserable one that I am!
Who will deliver me from this mortal body?
Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Responsorial Psalm 119:66, 68, 76, 77, 93, 94

R.    (68b) Lord, teach me your statutes.
Teach me wisdom and knowledge,
    for in your commands I trust.
R.    Lord, teach me your statutes.
You are good and bountiful;
    teach me your statutes.
R.    Lord, teach me your statutes.
Let your kindness comfort me
    according to your promise to your servants.
R.    Lord, teach me your statutes.
Let your compassion come to me that I may live,
    for your law is my delight.
R.    Lord, teach me your statutes.
Never will I forget your precepts,
    for through them you give me life.
R.    Lord, teach me your statutes.
I am yours; save me,
    for I have sought your precepts.
R.    Lord, teach me your statutes.

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 Lk 12:54-59

Jesus said to the crowds,
“When you see a cloud rising in the west
you say immediately that it is going to rain–and so it does;
and when you notice that the wind is blowing from the south
you say that it is going to be hot–and so it is.
You hypocrites!
You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky;
why do you not know how to interpret the present time?

“Why do you not judge for yourselves what is right?
If you are to go with your opponent before a magistrate,
make an effort to settle the matter on the way;
otherwise your opponent will turn you over to the judge,
and the judge hand you over to the constable,
and the constable throw you into prison.
I say to you, you will not be released
until you have paid the last penny.”

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Extractive companies in Papua New Guinea urged to be considerate, sustainable

A group of Catholic students in Port Moresby has urged extractive companies in Papua New Guinea to respect the environment for the wellbeing of indigenous people and future generations. Their call echoes one of the nine Appeals “in the name of God” addressed by Pope Francis in his message to the Fourth World Meeting of Popular Movements.

Children are 'first victims of the conflict in Yemen'

Philippe Duamelle, UNICEF representative in Yemen, highlights the devastating toll of the war in Yemen, which has claimed the lives of at least 10,000 children since it started in 2015. He says that despite dwindling funds, UNICEF continues to work to respond to the needs of the conflict-hit Yemeni population.

Madagascar edging towards perhaps world’s first climate change famine

United Nations agencies say that 3 years of consecutive severe drought as well as floods, cyclones and locust outbreaks in southern Madagascar have wiped out harvests and hampered people’s access to food.