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Pope at Angelus: With God, sin does not have the last word

At the Angelus in St Peter’s Square on Sunday, Pope Francis says that we must never be afraid, as God has “infinite love for us sinners” and that through His forgiveness, evil can be defeated.

Pope Francis expresses joy over Russia-Ukraine prisoner exchange

At the Angelus on Sunday, Pope Francis expresses his joy over the exchange of Russian and Ukrainian prisoners, and prays for lasting peace in eastern Ukraine.

Several killed in Spain's record flooding

Authorities say at least five people have died and 3,500 have been evacuated from their homes after flash floods struck south-eastern Spain. Rivers burst their banks in the area, causing massive damage.

Patriarch Bartholomew: The gift of the relics is a crucial step

In an exclusive interview, the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople speaks of his surprise at Pope Francis' unexpected gift, and says how the key to evangelization is through service. He also mentions the fires in the Amazon, and explains the spiritual and theological reasons why we need to be committed to the environment.

Mozambique faces severe levels of food insecurity due extreme climate-related shocks

UNICEF says that with only 42 per cent of the initial appeal funded, up to 2 million people may face severe levels of food insecurity between now and the next harvest in Mozambique.

Pope to Eastern Catholic Churches: love heals divisions

Pope Francis on 14 September received in audience some 40 bishop of Oriental Catholic Churches of Europe at the end of their annual meeting in Rome.

Pope to Italian Prison Police: Punishment does not compromise the right to hope

Pope Francis meets with the Administrative Staff of the Italian Penitentiary Police in audience in the Vatican. To the police he expresses his gratitude, to chaplains and volunteers his encouragement to go forward, and he invites prisoners not to lose courage.

Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Reading 1 Nm 21:4b-9

With their patience worn out by the journey,
the people complained against God and Moses,
"Why have you brought us up from Egypt to die in this desert,
where there is no food or water?
We are disgusted with this wretched food!"

In punishment the LORD sent among the people saraph serpents,
which bit the people so that many of them died.
Then the people came to Moses and said,
"We have sinned in complaining against the LORD and you.
Pray the LORD to take the serpents from us."
So Moses prayed for the people, and the LORD said to Moses,
"Make a saraph and mount it on a pole,
and if any who have been bitten look at it, they will live."
Moses accordingly made a bronze serpent and mounted it on a pole,
and whenever anyone who had been bitten by a serpent
looked at the bronze serpent, he lived.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 78:1bc-2, 34-35, 36-37, 38

R.(see 7b) Do not forget the works of the Lord!
Hearken, my people, to my teaching;
incline your ears to the words of my mouth.
I will open my mouth in a parable,
I will utter mysteries from of old.
R. Do not forget the works of the Lord!
While he slew them they sought him
and inquired after God again,
Remembering that God was their rock
and the Most High God, their redeemer.
R. Do not forget the works of the Lord!
But they flattered him with their mouths
and lied to him with their tongues,
Though their hearts were not steadfast toward him,
nor were they faithful to his covenant.
R. Do not forget the works of the Lord!
But he, being merciful, forgave their sin
and destroyed them not;
Often he turned back his anger
and let none of his wrath be roused.
R. Do not forget the works of the Lord!

Reading 2 Phil 2:6-11

Brothers and sisters:
Christ Jesus, though he was in the form of God,
did not regard equality with God something to be grasped.
Rather, he emptied himself,
taking the form of a slave,
coming in human likeness;
and found human in appearance,
he humbled himself,
becoming obedient to death,
even death on a cross.
Because of this, God greatly exalted him
and bestowed on him the name
that is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus
every knee should bend,
of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue confess that
Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.

Alleluia

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you,
because by your Cross you have redeemed the world.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Jn 3:13-17

Jesus said to Nicodemus:
"No one has gone up to heaven
except the one who has come down from heaven, the Son of Man.
And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert,
so must the Son of Man be lifted up,
so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life."

For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son,
so that everyone who believes in him might not perish
but might have eternal life.
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world,
but that the world might be saved through him.

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Pope to Abramo Community: Be evangelisers, trust in God

Pope Francis meets with members of the Abramo Community, and urges them to be like Abraham, who puts his trust in God, and was able to leave his home for unknown places.

Pope Francis in Thailand, Japan - in the footsteps of John Paul II

Pope Francis is dedicating the 32nd apostolic journey of his pontificate to Thailand and Japan, 19 to 26 November., 2019. Pope St. John Paul II visited Japan 38 years ago, and Thailand 35 years ago.