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Germany in shock as carnival car attack wounds 52

35 people, around half of whom are children, remain hospitalized a day after a man drove his car into a crowd celebrating Carnival in central Germany. Police continue to look for a motive for his action, which shocked the small town of Volkmarsen

Justice shortfall for Mexican women

Mexico`s Attorney General is demanding urgent action, because the vast majority of crimes against women aren`t being investigated properly, remaining unsolved and unpunished. His call comes on the heels of a statement by the Mexican Catholic Bishops’ Conference calling for protection of the lives and of the dignity of women and demanding the State take responsibility for the murders of so many vulnerable women and girls.

Church in Kuala Lumpur promotes Care for our Common Home during Lent

In Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur’s Archdiocesan Office for Human Development (AOHD) launches a Lenten campaign on the theme “Caring for our common home” and promotes "Laudato sí" parishes.

Looking forward to Ash Wednesday with Pope Francis at Sant’Anselmo

Fr Bernard Eckerstorfer is the Rector of the Pontifical University of Sant’Anselmo. He says he is looking forward to participating in the Ash Wednesday liturgical ceremonies with Pope Francis.

Cardinal Bo urges “universal brotherhood” and prayer in fight against COVID-19

As the entire world is grappling with the COVID-19 (coronavirus), the president of Asia’s Catholic bishops is urging for prayers and universal brotherhood to help overcome the menace.

Pope at Mass: Service, not titles, is the measure of greatness in the Church

Pope Francis warns against passions and against envy and gossip, in his homily at the daily Mass at Casa Santa Marta. Worldliness, he says, is the enemy of God, because the Lord calls us to humility.

Tuesday of the Seventh Week of Ordinary Time

Reading 1 Jas 4:1-10

Where do the wars and where do the conflicts among you come from?
Is it not from your passions that make war within your members?
You covet but do not possess.
You kill and envy but you cannot obtain;
you fight and wage war.
You do not possess because you do not ask.
You ask but do not receive, because you ask wrongly,
to spend it on your passions.
Do you not know that to be a lover of the world means enmity with God?
Therefore, whoever wants to be a lover of the world   
makes himself an enemy of God.
Or do you suppose that the Scripture speaks without meaning when it says,
The spirit that he has made to dwell in us tends toward jealousy?
But he bestows a greater grace; therefore, it says:
God resists the proud,
but gives grace to the humble.

So submit yourselves to God.
Resist the Devil, and he will flee from you.
Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.
Cleanse your hands, you sinners,
and purify your hearts, you of two minds.
Begin to lament, to mourn, to weep.
Let your laughter be turned into mourning
and your joy into dejection.
Humble yourselves before the Lord
and he will exalt you.

Responsorial Psalm 55:7-8, 9-10a, 10b-11a, 23

R.    (23a)  Throw your cares on the Lord, and he will support you.
And I say, “Had I but wings like a dove,
I would fly away and be at rest.
Far away I would flee;
I would lodge in the wilderness.”
R.    Throw your cares on the Lord, and he will support you.
“I would wait for him who saves me
from the violent storm and the tempest.”
Engulf them, O Lord; divide their counsels.
R.    Throw your cares on the Lord, and he will support you.
In the city I see violence and strife,
day and night they prowl about upon its walls.
R.    Throw your cares on the Lord, and he will support you.
Cast your care upon the LORD,
and he will support you;
never will he permit the just man to be disturbed.
R.    Throw your cares on the Lord, and he will support you.

Alleluia Gal 6:14

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
May I never boast except in the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ,
through which the world has been crucified to me and I to the world.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Mk 9:30-37

Jesus and his disciples left from there and began a journey through Galilee,
but he did not wish anyone to know about it.
He was teaching his disciples and telling them,
“The Son of Man is to be handed over to men
and they will kill him,
and three days after his death the Son of Man will rise.”
But they did not understand the saying,
and they were afraid to question him.

They came to Capernaum and, once inside the house,
he began to ask them,
“What were you arguing about on the way?”
But they remained silent.
For they had been discussing among themselves on the way
who was the greatest.
Then he sat down, called the Twelve, and said to them,
“If anyone wishes to be first,   
he shall be the last of all and the servant of all.”
Taking a child, he placed it in their midst,   
and putting his arms around it, he said to them,
“Whoever receives one child such as this in my name, receives me;
and whoever receives me,
receives not me but the One who sent me.”

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Israeli jets strike targets in Syria, Gaza

The Isreali Air Force has struck the Islamic Jihad militant group in both Gaza and Syria, after the group fired a barrage of rockets at Israel.

Mexican bishops appeal for the safety and dignity of women and girls

Mexican bishops are calling for respect for women, for the promotion of their dignity, and for the defence of their freedom and integrity.

Italian Bishops address spread of coronavirus

The President of the Italian Episcopal conference outlines how the Church is working with civil authorities to fight the spread of the novel coronavirus.