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Philippine religious orders urge 'stay order' on controversial anti-terror law

President Rodrigo Duterte on July 3 signed the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020, which local and international rights and civil society groups fear could be used to target critics and dissenters.

Vatican Museum: Beauty that Unites! 56

Beauty creates communion. It unites onlookers from a distance, uniting past, present and future. Pope Francis has recalled this on a number of occasions. The Church has always translated the universality of the Good News into the language of art. From this premise, this dramatic moment in history characterized by uncertainty and isolation, gives rise to this initiative which is a partnership between the Vatican Museum and Vatican News: Masterpieces from the Vatican Collection accompanied by comments from the words of the Popes.

Interfaith Forum calls for protection of human rights amid Covid-19

The Geneva Interfaith Forum appeals for the protection of human rights amid the twin crises of Covid-19 and climate change.

Tuesday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Reading 1 Hos 8:4-7, 11-13

Thus says the LORD:
They made kings in Israel, but not by my authority;
they established princes, but without my approval.
With their silver and gold they made
idols for themselves, to their own destruction.
Cast away your calf, O Samaria!
my wrath is kindled against them;
How long will they be unable to attain
innocence in Israel?
The work of an artisan,
no god at all,
Destined for the flames—
such is the calf of Samaria!

When they sow the wind,
they shall reap the whirlwind;
The stalk of grain that forms no ear
can yield no flour;
Even if it could,
strangers would swallow it.

When Ephraim made many altars to expiate sin,
his altars became occasions of sin.
Though I write for him my many ordinances,
they are considered as a stranger’s.
Though they offer sacrifice,
immolate flesh and eat it,
the LORD is not pleased with them.
He shall still remember their guilt
and punish their sins;
they shall return to Egypt.

Responsorial Psalm 115:3-4, 5-6, 7ab-8, 9-10

R. (9a) The house of Israel trusts in the Lord.
or:
R. Alleluia.
Our God is in heaven;
whatever he wills, he does.
Their idols are silver and gold,
the handiwork of men.
R. The house of Israel trusts in the Lord.
or:
R. Alleluia.
They have mouths but speak not;
they have eyes but see not;
They have ears but hear not;
they have noses but smell not.
R. The house of Israel trusts in the Lord.
or:
R. Alleluia.
They have hands but feel not;
they have feet but walk not.
Their makers shall be like them,
everyone that trusts in them.
R. The house of Israel trusts in the Lord.
or:
R. Alleluia.

Alleluia Jn 10:14

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
I am the good shepherd, says the Lord;
I know my sheep, and mine know me.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Mt 9:32-38

A demoniac who could not speak was brought to Jesus,
and when the demon was driven out the mute man spoke.
The crowds were amazed and said,
“Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel.”
But the Pharisees said,
“He drives out demons by the prince of demons.”

Jesus went around to all the towns and villages,
teaching in their synagogues,
proclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom,
and curing every disease and illness.
At the sight of the crowds, his heart was moved with pity for them
because they were troubled and abandoned,
like sheep without a shepherd.
Then he said to his disciples,
“The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few;
so ask the master of the harvest
to send out laborers for his harvest.”

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Dominican Republic's President-Elect promises to enact change

Luis Arbinader, the President Elect of the Dominican Republic, will bring two important assets to the top job.

COVID-19 financial strain shuts down Ivory Coast’s Radio Nationale Catholique

COVID-19 has taken a toll on the financial sustainability of Ivory Coast’s Radio Nationale Catholique forcing Church authorities to temporarily close the radio station.

Archbishop Naumann: Women are the second victims of abortion

Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City, the chairman of the USCCB’s Committee for Pro-Life Activities, says in addition to the life of the unborn, the health and welfare of mothers is vitally important.

Damascus priest: ‘Don’t forget the suffering population of Syria'

Fr Bahjat Karakach, guardian of the Franciscan Convent in the Bab Thouma area of Damascus, appeals for help for a population on its knees.

Bishops call for an end to corporate abuse

Over 110 Bishops from all over the world appeal for an end to corporate abuse by multinational companies, calling for legislation that binds both nationally and internationally.

Covid-19: Indian Catholic hospital shut after 12 nuns are infected

The local administration of Dibrugarh district, in Assam state, has sealed the VG (Vincenza Gerosa) Hospital, which has been serving the poor of the region for 5 decades.