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Vatican decree clarifies role of Bishops’ conferences in liturgical translations

The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments has published a decree implementing Pope Francis’ motu proprio “Magnum principium,” concerning the respective competencies of the Congregation and the episcopal conferences with regard to the translation of liturgical texts. The Prefect of the Congregation explains the import of the new decree, in a written interview with Vatican Media.

Haitian gang threatens kidnapped Christian missionaries

The leader of a Haitian street gang, which has kidnapped seventeen missionaries and family members, is threatening to murder them unless their $17 million ransom demand is paid in full.

Pope congratulates Bartholomew on 30 years as Ecumenical Patriarch

Pope Francis sends a congratulatory letter to Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I as he marks the 30th anniversary of his election as the Archbishop of Constantinople.

Fr. Alain Mayama is new Superior General of the Spiritans.

The General Chapter of the Spiritans, taking place in Bagamoyo, Tanzania, has elected as new Superior General, Fr Alain Mayama.

WHO warns vaccine inequality will prolong Covid-19 pandemic

A senior leader at the World Health Organisation (WHO) warns that the Covid-19 pandemic will "go on for a year longer than it needs to" and drag deep into 2022 because poorer countries are not getting the vaccines they need.

Thursday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time

Reading I Rom 6:19-23

Brothers and sisters:
I am speaking in human terms because of the weakness of your nature.
For just as you presented the parts of your bodies as slaves to impurity
and to lawlessness for lawlessness,
so now present them as slaves to righteousness for sanctification.
For when you were slaves of sin, you were free from righteousness.
But what profit did you get then
from the things of which you are now ashamed? 
For the end of those things is death.
But now that you have been freed from sin and have become slaves of God,
the benefit that you have leads to sanctification,
and its end is eternal life.
For the wages of sin is death,
but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Responsorial Psalm 1:1-2, 3, 4 and 6

R.    (Ps 40:5) Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.
Blessed the man who follows not
    the counsel of the wicked
Nor walks in the way of sinners,
    nor sits in the company of the insolent,
But delights in the law of the LORD
    and meditates on his law day and night.
R.    Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.
He is like a tree
    planted near running water,
That yields its fruit in due season,
    and whose leaves never fade.
    Whatever he does, prospers.
R.    Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.
Not so the wicked, not so;
    they are like chaff which the wind drives away.
For the LORD watches over the way of the just,
    but the way of the wicked vanishes.
R.    Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.

Alleluia Phil 3:8-9

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
I consider all things so much rubbish
that I may gain Christ and be found in him.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Lk 12:49-53

Jesus said to his disciples:
“I have come to set the earth on fire,
and how I wish it were already blazing!
There is a baptism with which I must be baptized,
and how great is my anguish until it is accomplished!
Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth?
No, I tell you, but rather division.
From now on a household of five will be divided,
three against two and two against three;
a father will be divided against his son
and a son against his father, 
a mother against her daughter
and a daughter against her mother,
a mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law
and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.”

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Cardinal Tagle: An encounter with the Lord is always missionary

World Mission Day 2021, with the theme “We cannot but speak about what we have seen and heard”, will be celebrated throughout the Church this Sunday, October 24th.

“Fratelli tutti” Foundation launched in the Vatican

Cardinal Mauro Gambetti explains that the just-established “Fratelli tutti” Foundation aims to promote and support sustainable growth and a new humanism and provide a workshop for the future.

Pope: “We are called to be the yeast that leavens the dough”

Pope Francis has sent a message to participants in the 49th Social Week of Italian Catholics in Taranto. The theme of the event is: "The Planet We Hope For. Environment, Work, Future. Everything is connected”.

CAFOD concerned about new Ebola cases in DR Congo

The Catholic Church’s humanitarian services swing into action in the Democratic Republic of Congo where five new cases of Ebola have been discovered, including three deaths.