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Scottish Bishops: 'Put life at centre in upcoming elections'

The Bishops of Scotland call on Catholics to put human life and dignity at the centre in next elections.

Pope Francis Accepts Resignation of Bishop Michael Hoeppner of the Diocese of Crookston and Appoints the Bishop Richard Pates as Apostolic Administrator

WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of the Most Reverend Michael Hoeppner from the Office of Bishop of Crookston and has appointed Most Reverend Richard E. Pates as the Apostolic Administrator sede vacante of the Diocese of Crookston.

The resignation and appointment were publicized in Washington, D.C. on April 13, 2021, by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States.

The Diocese of Crookston is comprised of 17,210 square miles in the state of Minnesota and has a total population of 277,689, of which 34,649 are Catholic.

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Tuesday of the Second Week of Easter

Reading I Acts 4:32-37

The community of believers was of one heart and mind,
and no one claimed that any of his possessions was his own,
but they had everything in common.
With great power the Apostles bore witness
to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus,
and great favor was accorded them all.
There was no needy person among them,
for those who owned property or houses would sell them,
bring the proceeds of the sale,
and put them at the feet of the Apostles,
and they were distributed to each according to need.

Thus Joseph, also named by the Apostles Barnabas
(which is translated son of encouragement”),
a Levite, a Cypriot by birth,
sold a piece of property that he owned,
then brought the money and put it at the feet of the Apostles.

Responsorial Psalm 93:1ab, 1cd-2, 5

R.    (1a)  The Lord is king; he is robed in majesty.
R.    Alleluia.
The LORD is king, in splendor robed;
    robed is the LORD and girt about with strength.
R.    The Lord is king; he is robed in majesty.
R.    Alleluia.
And he has made the world firm,
    not to be moved.
Your throne stands firm from of old;
    from everlasting you are, O LORD.
R.    The Lord is king; he is robed in majesty.
R.    Alleluia.
Your decrees are worthy of trust indeed:
    holiness befits your house,
    O LORD, for length of days.
R.    The Lord is king; he is robed in majesty.
R.    Alleluia.

Alleluia Jn 3:14-15

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
The Son of Man must be lifted up,
so that everyone who believes in him
may have eternal life.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Jn 3:7b-15

Jesus said to Nicodemus:
“‘You must be born from above.’
The wind blows where it wills, and you can hear the sound it makes,
but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes;
so it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
Nicodemus answered and said to him,
‘How can this happen?”
Jesus answered and said to him,
“You are the teacher of Israel and you do not understand this?
Amen, amen, I say to you,
we speak of what we know and we testify to what we have seen,
but you people do not accept our testimony.
If I tell you about earthly things and you do not believe,
how will you believe if I tell you about heavenly things?
No one has gone up to heaven
except the one who has come down from heaven, the Son of Man.
And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert,
so must the Son of Man be lifted up,
so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.”

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35 years since Pope St John Paul II’s historic visit to Rome’s Synagogue

Pope St John Paul II's historic visit to Rome’s Synagogue 35 years ago marked a new chapter in Catholic-Jewish relations.

Myanmar: military raids on places of worship deplored

In the Myanmar military’s crackdown against opponents of its Feb. 1 coup, places of worship of all religious affiliations are being targeted with raids by security forces in search of protesters, alleged illegal activities or insurgents.

CAFOD: Marginalized communities hardest hit by pandemic in Brazil

As the death toll from Covid-19 continues to rise in Brazil, the UK-based Catholic relief agency CAFOD says marginalized communities are exceptionally hard hit by the pandemic.

Northern Ireland: Churches urge politicians to uphold Good Friday Agreement

Irish Christian leaders are appealing to politicians to preserve the Good Friday Agreement, following days of violent protests on the streets of Northern Ireland.

Pope: St Teresa of Ávila shows importance of women in Church and society

Pope Francis marks the 50th anniversary of the proclamation of Saint Teresa of Ávila as a Doctor of the Church, and stresses her importance even today, especially in highlighting the role of women in the Church and in society.

Guillermo Lasso is Ecuador's new President

Former banker, the conservative Guillermo Lasso has won the Presidency of Ecuador on his third attempt, in a second round runoff.

Cameroon: caring for creation a way to combat malnutrition

Thirty-nine per cent of Cameroon’s population lives below the poverty line. Caritas Yagoua has launched a project to combat child malnutrition using moringa leaves and seeds which are rich in protein, vitamins and trace minerals. Italian missionary and project coordinator Fabio Mussi says he hears Pope Francis speaking directly to him through "Laudato si’".