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New structure for Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development

The Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development undergoes an organizational restructuring in line with Pope Francis’ new Apostolic Constitution “Praedicate Evangelium.”

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Murders of environmental and land activists on the rise globally

Global Witness' annual report reveals that some 200 environmental and land defense activists were killed around the world in 2021, a big percentage of them in Mexico.

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Feast of Saints Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, archangels

Reading I Dn 7:9-10, 13-14

As I watched:

    Thrones were set up
        and the Ancient One took his throne.
    His clothing was bright as snow,
        and the hair on his head as white as wool;
    His throne was flames of fire,
        with wheels of burning fire.
    A surging stream of fire
        flowed out from where he sat;
    Thousands upon thousands were ministering to him,
        and myriads upon myriads attended him.

The court was convened, and the books were opened.
As the visions during the night continued, I saw

    One like a son of man coming,
        on the clouds of heaven;
    When he reached the Ancient One
        and was presented before him,
    He received dominion, glory, and kingship;
        nations and peoples of every language serve him.
    His dominion is an everlasting dominion
        that shall not be taken away,
        his kingship shall not be destroyed.


Rv 12:7-12ab

War broke out in heaven;
Michael and his angels battled against the dragon.
The dragon and its angels fought back,
but they did not prevail
and there was no longer any place for them in heaven.
The huge dragon, the ancient serpent,
who is called the Devil and Satan,
who deceived the whole world,
was thrown down to earth,
and its angels were thrown down with it.

Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say:
“Now have salvation and power come,
and the Kingdom of our God
and the authority of his Anointed.
For the accuser of our brothers is cast out,
who accuses them before our God day and night.
They conquered him by the Blood of the Lamb
and by the word of their testimony;
love for life did not deter them from death.
Therefore, rejoice, you heavens,
and you who dwell in them.”

Responsorial Psalm 138:1-2ab, 2cde-3, 4-5

R.    (1)  In the sight of the angels I will sing your praises, Lord.
I will give thanks to you, O LORD, with all my heart,
    for you have heard the words of my mouth;
    in the presence of the angels I will sing your praise;
I will worship at your holy temple
    and give thanks to your name.
R.    In the sight of the angels I will sing your praises, Lord.
Because of your kindness and your truth;
    for you have made great above all things
    your name and your promise.
When I called, you answered me;
    you built up strength within me.
R.    In the sight of the angels I will sing your praises, Lord.
All the kings of the earth shall give thanks to you, O LORD
    when they hear the words of your mouth;
And they shall sing of the ways of the LORD
    “Great is the glory of the LORD
R.    In the sight of the angels I will sing your praises, Lord.

Alleluia Ps 103:21

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Bless the LORD, all you angels,
you ministers, who do his will.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Jn 1:47-51

Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said of him,
“Here is a true child of Israel.
There is no duplicity in him.”
Nathanael said to him, “How do you know me?”
Jesus answered and said to him,
“Before Philip called you, I saw you under the fig tree.”
Nathanael answered him,
“Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel.”
Jesus answered and said to him,
“Do you believe
because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree?
You will see greater things than this.”
And he said to him, “Amen, amen, I say to you,
you will see heaven opened
and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”

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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.

US Assistant Secretary Noyes: global collaboration is needed to help migrants, refugees

Julieta Valls Noyes, US Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration, says both governments and religious organizations must come together to respond to the growing needs of migrants and refugees uprooted by war and conflict.

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Farrell: Sport can promote togetherness, culture of encounter

The prefect of the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life, Cardinal Kevin Farrell, opens the International Summit for the presentation of the Declaration of Sport, and says sport can contribute to the integral good of the human person.

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Cardinal Czerny: environmental crisis must be addressed at grassroot level

The Prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development sends a video message to participants in the Second Latin American International Congress on Climate Change and Biodiversity in Buenos Aires, Argentina, focused on local governments’ climate action in the region.

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Vatican announces theme for 57th World Day of Social Communications

The Holy See Press Office announces “Speak with the heart: Veritatem facientes in caritate” as the theme for the 57th World Communications Day.

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Pope: Educational institutions are to be places of welcome, integration for all

Pope Francis urges participants at the Gregorian University conference on Initiatives in Refugee and Migrant Education to do more in research, teaching and social promotion of migrants and refugees, and to make all educational institutions places of welcome, protection, promotion and integration for all, to the exclusion of none.

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Open Doors founder Brother Andrew dies aged 94

Anne van der Bijl, who died on Tuesday at age 94, was the founder of the Open Doors Foundation, which supported persecuted Christians throughout the world.

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Synod: An exercise in hope

As the Synod on Synodality enters a new phase, we bring you the fourth in a series of videos to explore how the continental phase is being prepared, following the completion of documents from the diocesan and national levels.

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