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Pope to Jesuits in Kazakhstan: ‘Our hearts must be freed from hatred’

The Jesuit review “La Civiltà Cattolica” releases Pope Francis’ conversation with Jesuits in the “Russian Region” while on his Apostolic Journey to Kazakhstan, in which the Pope reflected on the causes of what he calls the third world war.

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Fr. Lougen: Oblates must leave ‘nothing undared’ to serve Christ’s Kingdom

As the Oblates of Mary Immaculate hold their General Chapter, Fr. Louis Lougen, the outgoing OMI Superior General, praises the work of Oblates across the globe and says his successor needs to be a man of hope and prayer to face the difficulties of the mission.

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Wednesday of the Twenty-sixth Week in Ordinary Time

Reading 1 Jb 9:1-12, 14-16

Job answered his friends and said:

I know well that it is so;
but how can a man be justified before God?
Should one wish to contend with him,
he could not answer him once in a thousand times.
God is wise in heart and mighty in strength;
who has withstood him and remained unscathed?

He removes the mountains before they know it;
he overturns them in his anger.
He shakes the earth out of its place,
and the pillars beneath it tremble.
He commands the sun, and it rises not;
he seals up the stars.

He alone stretches out the heavens
and treads upon the crests of the sea.
He made the Bear and Orion,
the Pleiades and the constellations of the south;
He does great things past finding out,
marvelous things beyond reckoning.

Should he come near me, I see him not;
should he pass by, I am not aware of him;
Should he seize me forcibly, who can say him nay?
Who can say to him, "What are you doing?"

How much less shall I give him any answer,
or choose out arguments against him!
Even though I were right, I could not answer him,
but should rather beg for what was due me.
If I appealed to him and he answered my call,
I could not believe that he would hearken to my words.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 88:10bc-11, 12-13, 14-15

R. (3) Let my prayer come before you, Lord.
Daily I call upon you, O LORD;
to you I stretch out my hands.
Will you work wonders for the dead?
Will the shades arise to give you thanks?
R. Let my prayer come before you, Lord.
Do they declare your mercy in the grave,
your faithfulness among those who have perished?
Are your wonders made known in the darkness,
or your justice in the land of oblivion?
R. Let my prayer come before you, Lord.
But I, O LORD, cry out to you;
with my morning prayer I wait upon you.
Why, O LORD, do you reject me;
why hide from me your face?
R. Let my prayer come before you, 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 9:57-62

As Jesus and his disciples were proceeding
on their journey, someone said to him,
"I will follow you wherever you go."
Jesus answered him,
"Foxes have dens and birds of the sky have nests,
but the Son of Man has nowhere to rest his head."
And to another he said, "Follow me."
But he replied, "Lord, let me go first and bury my father."
But he answered him, "Let the dead bury their dead.
But you, go and proclaim the Kingdom of God."
And another said, "I will follow you, Lord,
but first let me say farewell to my family at home."
Jesus answered him, "No one who sets a hand to the plow
and looks to what was left behind is fit for the Kingdom of God."
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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.

NI Bishops raise their voices over social cost of current economic crisis

As food and energy prices continue to soar in Britain and elsewhere, the Bishops of Northern Ireland call for an urgent combined effort from all those in politics, Church, and society to help address the crisis , saying that for the poorest “this is an emergency”.

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Caritas Algeria ends its activities in Algeria.

At the behest of the Algerian Government, the Catholic Church has announced with regret the closure of all charitable activities and facilities of Caritas Algeria from 1 October 2022.

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Vatican to host international meeting on "Sport for All"

At a press conference in the Vatican on Wednesday, organizers present the International Summit "Sport for All: Cohesive, Accessible and Tailored to each Person" to be held at the New Synod Hall on Friday and Saturday, bringing together people from around the world to underscore the importance of sports for human, educational and spiritual growth.

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Pope to travel to Bahrain in November

The Holy See Press Office announces that Pope Francis will undertake an Apostolic Journey to Bahrain at the beginning of November.

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Latvia: Bethlehem House at the service of the poor and needy

The Bethlehem House of the “Nova Vita” Foundation, located in Riga, is a center where the Church, through Caritas Latvia, supports those in need of help, along with the assistance of the German relief foundation, Bonifatiuswerk.

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Cardinal Roche pays tribute to Queen Elizabeth at Mass of Remembrance

English Cardinal Arthur Roche pays tribute to Queen Elizabeth II at a Mass of Remembrance celebrated in Rome, recalling the "hidden gem" of what inspired and directed her life: her faith based upon the truths and values found in the life of Christ.

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Cupich & Dolan: Transgender patients receive equal care in Catholic hospitals

American Cardinals Blase Cupich and Timothy Dolan affirm the high quality of care transgender patients receive in Catholic hospitals, while expressing concern over a new federal rule which would force faith-based health care facilities to perform gender transition procedures.

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