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Daily readings: June 1 – 7

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

The Ascension of the Lord, Acts 1:1-11; Ps 47; Eph 1:17-23; Mt 28:16-20 (Year A)

An image from the Fulda Sacramentary depicts the martyrdom of St Boniface

St Boniface (June 5) was named after a fourth-century martyr from Tarsus in Syria

The One Of Us Campaign gathered 2 million signatures

EU rejects pro-life initiative

A petition demanding an end to destruction of human embryos has been vetoed

Francis embraces a child during today's audience

Also asks faithful to pray for Middle East during general audience

Pope Francis talks to journalists on his way to Rome from the Holy Land (PA)

Pope tells reporters prayers at Israeli-built separation barrier were not planned

Retired Gen. Wojciech Jaruzelski who died on Sunday (CNS)

Retired General Wojciech Jaruzelski dies at the age of 90

Pope Francis waves to journalists on board his flight to Rome (PA)

Pontiff tells press during in-flight media conference that ‘no miracle has been found yet’

Petro Poroshenko has claimed outright victory in the presidential ballot (PA)

Ukrainian Catholic Church welcomes victory of billionaire confectionary tycoon

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir received a letter from the World Council of Churches (CNS)

Sudan Catholic Bishops’ Conference condemn sentencing of Meriam Ibrahim