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Zimbabwe: Catholic University to take university learning online.

The Catholic University of Zimbabwe plans to introduce a centre specialising in online teaching and learning.

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Feast of Saint Matthias, Apostle

Reading I Acts 1:15-17, 20-26

Peter stood up in the midst of the brothers and sisters
(there was a group of about one hundred and twenty persons
in the one place).
He said, “My brothers and sisters,
the Scripture had to be fulfilled
which the Holy Spirit spoke beforehand
through the mouth of David, concerning Judas,
who was the guide for those who arrested Jesus.
Judas was numbered among us
and was allotted a share in this ministry.
For it is written in the Book of Psalms:
            Let his encampment become desolate,
                        and may no one dwell in it.
            May another take his office.

Therefore, it is necessary that one of the men
who accompanied us the whole time
the Lord Jesus came and went among us,
beginning from the baptism of John
until the day on which he was taken up from us,
become with us a witness to his resurrection.”
So they proposed two, Joseph called Barsabbas,
who was also known as Justus, and Matthias.
Then they prayed,
“You, Lord, who know the hearts of all,
show which one of these two you have chosen
to take the place in this apostolic ministry
from which Judas turned away to go to his own place.”
Then they gave lots to them, and the lot fell upon Matthias,
and he was counted with the Eleven Apostles.

Responsorial Psalm 113:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8

R.        (8)  The Lord will give him a seat with the leaders of his people.
R.        Alleluia.
Praise, you servants of the LORD,
            praise the name of the LORD.
Blessed be the name of the LORD
            both now and forever.
R.        The Lord will give him a seat with the leaders of his people.
R.        Alleluia.
From the rising to the setting of the sun
            is the name of the LORD to be praised.
High above all nations is the LORD;
            above the heavens is his glory.
R.        The Lord will give him a seat with the leaders of his people.
R.        Alleluia.
Who is like the LORD, our God, who is enthroned on high
            and looks upon the heavens and the earth below?
R.        The Lord will give him a seat with the leaders of his people.
R.        Alleluia.
He raises up the lowly from the dust;
            from the dunghill he lifts up the poor
To seat them with princes,
            with the princes of his own people.
R.        The Lord will give him a seat with the leaders of his people.
R.        Alleluia.

Alleluia See Jn 15:16

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
I chose you from the world,
to go and bear fruit that will last, says the Lord.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Jn 15:9-17

Jesus said to his disciples:
“As the Father loves me, so I also love you.
Remain in my love.
If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love,
just as I have kept my Father’s commandments
and remain in his love.

“I have told you this so that my joy might be in you
and your joy might be complete.
This is my commandment: love one another as I love you.
No one has greater love than this,
to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
You are my friends if you do what I command you.
I no longer call you slaves,
because a slave does not know what his master is doing.
I have called you friends,
because I have told you everything I have heard from my Father.
It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you
and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain,
so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you.
This I command you:  love one another.”


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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.

NATO Ministers to discuss Finland, Sweden joining

US Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell led a delegation of Republican senators to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kyiv, as foreign ministers from NATO military alliance gather in Berlin to discuss Finland and Sweden joining the Western military.

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Titus Brandsma: Journalist, martyr, saint of the 20th Century

Blessed Titus Brandsma - killed “in hatred of the faith” in the Dachau concentration camp in 1942, who refused to publish propaganda and was outspoken and opposed to anti-Jewish laws being promulgated by the Nazis - is to be canonized by Pope Francis on Sunday. His life was at the centre of a Symposium organized by the International Association of Journalists Accredited to the Vatican (AIGAV) and the Embassy of the Kingdom of The Netherlands to the Holy See.

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Lazarus Devasahayam: 'A saint for new beginnings'

A Hindu-born man from Kanyakumari district in Tamil Nadu, who converted to Christianity in the 18th century, Lazarus Devasahayam is set to become the first Indian layman to be declared a saint on 15 May 2022.

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Religious leaders in Nigeria condemn brutal murder of student

Muslims and Christians, together with one voice, condemn the death-by-stoning of Christian student Deborah Yakubu, and appeal to Sokoto State authorities for truth and justice, while seeking to maintain calm in Nigeria.

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Pope Francis: To be a teacher is to live a mission

Pope Francis greets Sisters from the Maestre Pie Filippini Institute, and pilgrims from the Italian dioceses of Viterbo and Civitavecchia-Tarquinia, which included children making their First Communion, and underlines that we cannot be content with "teaching" Jesus if we do not bear witness to Him.

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Pope encourages French youth to build on the heritage of holiness

Pope Francis meets with young pilgrims from the French town of Viviers, the hometown of Charles de Foucauld and Marie Rivier who will be canonized on Sunday, and invites young people to build on their heritage of holiness.

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Pope Francis: Church a 'field hospital for vulnerable'

Pope Francis encourages members of the French social organization "Village of Francis" to continue embracing the Church "as a field hospital" and to look to Christ as their model.

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Pope expresses closeness to people with Cornelia de Lange Syndrome

Pope Francis draws attention to the rare genetic disorder known as Cornelia de Lange Syndrome, and encourages an Italian volunteer association in its efforts to raise awareness.

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