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Daily readings: August 17-23

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

Twentieth Sunday of the Year, Isaiah 56: & 6-7; Romans 11:13-15; Matthew 15: 21-32 (Year A

‘The Vision of St Bernard’ by Fra Bartolommeo, c. 1504

The saint who preached a Second Crusade

St Bernard (August 20) was reputed for defending the rights of the Church against the encroachments of kings

South Koreans at a Mass for peace and reconciliation in the city of Paju (PA)

The Church is growing fast in South Korea

The Confucian kingdom sought to exterminate Catholics but now the whole country admires the Church

Pope Francis with UN secretary-general Ban-Ki Moon at the Vatican (CNS)

Pope renews ‘urgent appeal to the international community to end Iraq tragedy’

UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon (PA)

UN secretary-general describes plight of Mount Sinjar refugees as ‘especially harrowing’

Harvey Hawkins with his younger brother Jayden

Five-year-old Harvey Hawkins was diagnosed with a colloid cyst in his brain

A displaced woman and child flee violence from forces loyal to the Islamic State in Sinjar (CNS)

State-run Iraqia TV says pilot dies after crash in Sinjar mountains

The flag of St George, the flag of Scotland and the Union flag fly on the border (PA)

Despite historical fears of sectarianism, some former Catholics have become Scottish Nationalists

Iraqi refugees in a camp near the northern city of Irbil (CNS)

Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue criticises ‘shameful practices’ of beheading and FGM