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Covid: the deception of selfishness, the force of compassion

Pope Francis is certain of this and is repeating it to everyone: we will emerge either better or worse after the pandemic The global crisis requires that the parameters of human co-existence be rethought through the lens of solidarity. Based on this foundational idea, the "Covid-19: Building a Healthier Future" has been created in collaboration with the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, to offer a vision that might lead to the beginning of a new fraternity after the pandemic.

Vandana Shiva on how we risk becoming “obsolete technology”

In an interview with L'Osservatore Romano, environmental activist Vandana Shiva, one of the key speakers at the “Economy of Francesco” event, speaks about how her Indian culture has impacted her view of our “economy of abundance”.

Typhoon-hit Philippine diocese appeals for clean water

Acute shortage of clean and potable water raises health fears not only for residents but more so for those in shelters and evacuation centres, amid the pandemic.

Australia: Reconciliation Action Plan to correct “past injustices” against Aboriginal people

The Australian archdiocese of Brisbane launches an innovative Reconciliation Action Plan aimed at righting past wrongs against Aboriginal people in the country.

World Fisheries Day: 'Time to act to protect fishers'

The Prefect of the Dicastery of Promoting Integral Human Development releases a message to mark World Fisheries Day which is observed on 21 November.

Pope to Latin American seminarians: 'Cure the world of evil that afflicts it'

Pope Francis receives members of the Pontifical Latin American College in Rome, and reminds them of the richness that their culture has to offer to Christian communities around the world.

Uganda: deadly protests erupt after arrest of opposition figures

Protests erupt in Uganda following the arrests of two presidential candidates after they were accused of breaking coronavirus restriction measures during campaign rallies.

Friday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time

Reading 1 RV 10:8-11

I, John, heard a voice from heaven speak to me.
Then the voice spoke to me and said:
“Go, take the scroll that lies open in the hand of the angel
who is standing on the sea and on the land.”
So I went up to the angel and told him to give me the small scroll.
He said to me, “Take and swallow it.
It will turn your stomach sour,
but in your mouth it will taste as sweet as honey.”
I took the small scroll from the angel’s hand and swallowed it.
In my mouth it was like sweet honey,
but when I had eaten it, my stomach turned sour.
Then someone said to me, “You must prophesy again
about many peoples, nations, tongues, and kings.”

Responsorial Psalm PS 119:14, 24, 72, 103, 111, 131

R. (103a) How sweet to my taste is your promise!
In the way of your decrees I rejoice,
as much as in all riches.
R. How sweet to my taste is your promise!
Yes, your decrees are my delight;
 they are my counselors.
R. How sweet to my taste is your promise!
The law of your mouth is to me more precious
than thousands of gold and silver pieces.
R. How sweet to my taste is your promise!
How sweet to my palate are your promises,
sweeter than honey to my mouth!
R. How sweet to my taste is your promise!
Your decrees are my inheritance forever;
the joy of my heart they are.
R. How sweet to my taste is your promise!
I gasp with open mouth
in my yearning for your commands.
R. How sweet to my taste is your promise!



Alleluia JN 10:27

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
My sheep hear my voice, says the Lord;
I know them, and they follow me.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel LK 19:45-48

Jesus entered the temple area and proceeded to drive out
those who were selling things, saying to them,
“It is written,
My house shall be a house of prayer,
but you have made it a den of thieves.”

And every day he was teaching in the temple area.
The chief priests, the scribes, and the leaders of the people, meanwhile,
were seeking to put him to death,
but they could find no way to accomplish their purpose
because all the people were hanging on his words.

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Peru's 3rd president in 1 week seeks stability for the nation

Peru which has had three Presidents in the last week, is craving stability, to see it through to an election next summer, ending a winter of discontent.

The Economy of Francesco: “Economy + Fraternity x Development = Future"

The three-day “The Economy of Francesco” event kicked off on Thursday 19 November with the welcome of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development and of civil and religious authorities in Assisi, the beating heart of the global initiative.