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Pope to social rights judges: justice is truly just when it makes people happy

Pope Francis sends a video message to judges from the Committee of Social Rights of Africa and America, urging them to promote justice, dignity and equality.

New Zealand bishops pledge to act to stop abuse in the Church

The Catholic Church in New Zealand says it is committed to work with the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in Care established in 2018 by the government to inquire into and report upon responses by institutions to instances and allegations of historical abuse in state care and faith based institutions between 1950 and 2000.

Vatican launches “A Light Has Shone” initiative for Christmas season

The Pontifical Academy for Life launches a campaign of Christmas greetings beginning from 1 December to spread a message of hope and peace to the world amid the ongoing health crisis.

Nigeria: Brutal attack leaves scores of people dead and missing

Burials are taking place in northeast Nigeria for scores of farmworkers murdered as they worked in rice fields. No group has claimed the attack but officials say it carries the hallmarks of Boko Haram militants who have been terrorizing the region for more than 10 years and control part of the territory.

Pope will not be in Piazza di Spagna for Immaculate Conception

Due to the ongoing health emergency, Pope Francis will not be going to Piazza di Spagna for the feast of the Immaculate Conception. Instead, the Holy Father will entrust the city of Rome, its inhabitants, and the many sick people throughout the world to the Blessed Virgin Mary in a private act of devotion.

Kate Raworth: reroute economy in human and ecological values

In an interview organised by the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, economist Kate Raworth, an advisor to the Pope’s Covid-19 commission, discusses the importance of giving room to young economists.

Pope Francis: Charity of St Andrew, encouragement in difficult times

Pope Francis sends a message to his Holiness, Patriarch Bartholomew I, Archbishop of Constantinople, on the feast of the Apostle Andrew, patron saint of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.

Feast of Saint Andrew, Apostle

Reading 1 ROM 10:9-18

Brothers and sisters:
If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord
and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead,
you will be saved.
For one believes with the heart and so is justified,
and one confesses with the mouth and so is saved.
The Scripture says,
No one who believes in him will be put to shame.
There is no distinction between Jew and Greek;
the same Lord is Lord of all,
enriching all who call upon him.
For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.

But how can they call on him in whom they have not believed?
And how can they believe in him of whom they have not heard?
And how can they hear without someone to preach?
And how can people preach unless they are sent?
As it is written,
How beautiful are the feet of those who bring the good news!
But not everyone has heeded the good news;
for Isaiah says,
Lord, who has believed what was heard from us?
Thus faith comes from what is heard,
and what is heard comes through the word of Christ.
But I ask, did they not hear?
Certainly they did; for

Their voice has gone forth to all the earth,
and their words to the ends of the world.

Responsorial Psalm PS 19:8, 9, 10, 11

R. (10)  The judgments of the Lord are true, and all of them are just.
R. (John 6:63)  Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.
The law of the LORD is perfect,
refreshing the soul;
The decree of the LORD is trustworthy,
giving wisdom to the simple.
R. The judgments of the Lord are true, and all of them are just.
R. Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.
The precepts of the LORD are right,
rejoicing the heart;
The command of the LORD is clear,
enlightening the eye.
R. The judgments of the Lord are true, and all of them are just.
R. Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.
The fear of the LORD is pure,
enduring forever;
The ordinances of the LORD are true,
all of them just.
R. The judgments of the Lord are true, and all of them are just.
R. Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.
They are more precious than gold,
than a heap of purest gold;
Sweeter also than syrup
or honey from the comb.
R. The judgments of the Lord are true, and all of them are just.
R. Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.



Alleluia MT 4:19

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Come after me, says the Lord,
and I will make you fishers of men.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel MT 4:18-22

As Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers,
Simon who is called Peter, and his brother Andrew,
casting a net into the sea; they were fishermen.
He said to them,
“Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
At once they left their nets and followed him.
He walked along from there and saw two other brothers,
James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John.
They were in a boat, with their father Zebedee, mending their nets.
He called them, and immediately they left their boat and their father 
and followed him.
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Ethiopia: Army takes control of Tigray

Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed announces the end of military operations in the Tigray region after the army took full control of the regional capital.

Mexicans face difficult Christmas due to pandemic

The Christmas Festivities or lack of them is going to leave an ache in the hearts of millions of family orientated Mexicans this year. While many will risk everything and anything to be together and close, for this most holy and cherished festive celebration, many others will remain in isolation, in the midst of pandemic, hoping for a vaccine to return to a normality, which is forever changed.