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De Foucauld: Total surrender to God and universal fraternity

Blessed Charles de Foucauld, whom Pope Francis will canonize on Sunday, serves as an example of universal human fraternity in his dialogue of life with the people he loved and served, especially his years living in Algeria, according to Little Sister Claire Nicole.

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Friday of the Fourth Week of Easter

Reading I Acts 13:26-33

When Paul came to Antioch in Pisidia, he said in the synagogue:
 “My brothers, children of the family of Abraham,
and those others among you who are God-fearing,
to us this word of salvation has been sent.
The inhabitants of Jerusalem and their leaders failed to recognize him,
and by condemning him they fulfilled the oracles of the prophets
that are read sabbath after sabbath.
For even though they found no grounds for a death sentence,
they asked Pilate to have him put to death,
and when they had accomplished all that was written about him,
they took him down from the tree and placed him in a tomb.
But God raised him from the dead,
and for many days he appeared to those
who had come up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem.
These are now his witnesses before the people.
We ourselves are proclaiming this good news to you
that what God promised our fathers
he has brought to fulfillment for us, their children, by raising up Jesus,
as it is written in the second psalm,
     You are my Son; this day I have begotten you.

Responsorial Psalm 2:6-7, 8-9, 10-11ab

R.        (7bc)  You are my Son; this day I have begotten you.
or:
R.        Alleluia.
“I myself have set up my king
            on Zion, my holy mountain.”
I will proclaim the decree of the LORD:
            The LORD said to me, “You are my Son;
            this day I have begotten you.”
R.        You are my Son; this day I have begotten you.
or:
R.        Alleluia.
“Ask of me and I will give you
            the nations for an inheritance
            and the ends of the earth for your possession.
You shall rule them with an iron rod;
            you shall shatter them like an earthen dish.”
R.        You are my Son; this day I have begotten you.
or:
R.        Alleluia.
And now, O kings, give heed;
            take warning, you rulers of the earth.
Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice before him;
            with trembling rejoice.
R.        You are my Son; this day I have begotten you.
or:
R.        Alleluia.

Alleluia Jn 14:6

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
I am the way and the truth and the life, says the Lord;
no one comes to the Father except through me.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Jn 14:1-6

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Do not let your hearts be troubled.
You have faith in God; have faith also in me.
In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places.
If there were not,
would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?
And if I go and prepare a place for you,
I will come back again and take you to myself,
so that where I am you also may be.
Where I am going you know the way.”
Thomas said to him,
“Master, we do not know where you are going;
how can we know the way?”
Jesus said to him, “I am the way and the truth and the life.
No one comes to the Father except through me.”


 

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Interreligious meeting underscores need to protect family unity

Muslim scholars, Catholic, Jewish and Hindu leaders meet at a forum in Saudi Arabia to discuss common values and express shared commitments, at which Cardinal Parolin spoke in a video message and participants issued a joint statement at the conclusion of the forum outlining common commitments and goals.

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Experts reflect on family migration ahead of International Family Day

Experts from the Strategic Alliance of Catholic Research Universities (SACRU) share their academic reflections on family migration in view of the International Day of Families to be celebrated on Sunday.

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Parolin expresses closeness to Cardinal Zen and desire to dialogue with China

Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin, speaking on the sidelines of an event on Pope John Paul I, comments on the arrest and release on bail of Cardinal Zen in Hong Kong. He also speaks about the war in Ukraine ahead of Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher’s mission to Kyiv, and reiterates the Holy See’s willingness to do everything for peace.

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Pope to Anglican-Catholic Dialogue Commission: 'Unity prevails over conflict'

Pope Francis encourages the Anglican Communion to contribute to the Catholic Church’s synodal process, and looks ahead to his “pilgrimage of peace” to South Sudan in July in the company of the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Moderator of the Church of Scotland.

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Pope: ‘John Paul I showed Church shines with God’s light’

Pope Francis sends a message to participants in a conference on the legacy of Pope John Paul I, saying his predecessor still offers a path to solving the challenges facing the Church today.

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Pope discusses synodal process with professors from Americas

Pope Francis meets with a group of university professors from across the American continents, and Dr. Peter Jones of Loyola University Chicago talks to Vatican News about the encounter and how the Pope's support will help promote synodality in universities.

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Pope to Aviators: ‘May the skies always only be skies of peace’

Pope Francis addresses members of the Italian Civil Aviation Authority thanking them for their service to bring peoples together and expressing pain for the fact that aviation is being used as an instrument of destruction in the current war in Ukraine.

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Pope: ‘Family life and love help moral theology interpret faith’

Pope Francis meets with participants in an International Conference on Moral Theology, and urges theologians to help turn the experience of family life and joy into an opportunity to enrich their field of study and the wider Church.

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