Prayer and Meditation for Sunday, October 23, 2016 — “The Lord is not deaf to the wail of the orphan.” — “The Lord stood by me and gave me strength.”

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Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 150

Reading 1 SIR 35:12-14, 16-18

The LORD is a God of justice,
who knows no favorites.
Though not unduly partial toward the weak,
yet he hears the cry of the oppressed.
The Lord is not deaf to the wail of the orphan,
nor to the widow when she pours out her complaint.
The one who serves God willingly is heard;
his petition reaches the heavens.
The prayer of the lowly pierces the clouds;
it does not rest till it reaches its goal,
nor will it withdraw till the Most High responds,
judges justly and affirms the right,
and the Lord will not delay.

Responsorial Psalm PS 34:2-3, 17-18, 19, 23

R. (7a) The Lord hears the cry of the poor.
I will bless the LORD at all times;
his praise shall be ever in my mouth.
Let my soul glory in the LORD;

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Pentagon chief sees role for Turkey in Mosul battle

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US Secretary of Defence Ashton Carter addresses journalists after a visit of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey (TBMM) and a meeting with Turkish Defence Minister Fikri Isik (R) in Ankara. AFP photo

ABU DHABI (AFP) – US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter said Friday he was confident that Turkey would take part in the operation to retake the Iraqi city of Mosul from the Islamic State group.”I think there is agreement there in principle,” he said after a visit to Turkey, following tensions between Ankara and Baghdad that have alarmed Washington.

“Iraq understands that Turkey as a member of the counter-ISIL (IS) coalition will play a role in counter-ISIL operations in Iraq and secondly that Turkey since it neighbours the region of Mosul has an interest (in) the ultimate outcome in Mosul,” Carter said.

“I am confident that we can work things out and there are things that would be…

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France says Calais Migrant Camp Called The Jungle Will Be Cleared on Monday — Then Demolished

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Migrants and refugees gather at the entrance of the ‘Jungle’ migrant camp in Calais, northern France. AFP photo

CALAIS (FRANCE) (AFP) – The “Jungle” migrant camp on France’s northern coast will be cleared of its residents on Monday before being demolished, authorities said Friday.Authorities will pass through the sprawling makeshift camp in the ferry port of Calais on Sunday to inform migrants that they will have to leave the site at 8:00 am (0600 GMT) on Monday.

© AFP / by Adam Plowright | Migrants and migrant-supporting association members look out from a watchtower at the “Jungle” migrant and refugee encampment in Calais

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Duterte says “America has lost”..aligns Philippines with China

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has announced his “separation” from the United States, declaring it had “lost” and that he had realigned with China as the two agreed to resolve their South China Sea dispute through talks.

“America has lost now,” Mr Duterte told Chinese and Philippine businesspeople in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People, in a forum attended by Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli.

“I’ve realigned myself in your ideological flow and maybe I will also go to Russia to talk to [President Vladimir] Putin and tell him that there are three of us against the world — China, Philippines and Russia.

“It’s the only way.”

Mr Duterte spoke to at least 200 business people as part of a push for what he called a new commercial alliance as relations with long-time ally the United States deteriorates.

His Trade Secretary, Ramon Lopez, said $US13.5 billion ($17.6 billion) in…

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Wikileaks publishes list of Obama emails

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Wikileaks reveals first batch of emails involving US President Barack Obama. Within those are emails sent from secret address used by the president.

The first batch from Wikileaks are searchable under the email address, an email account Obama was possibly using before winning the election in November 2008.

Among them is an email, dated October 30, 2008, from John Podesta to then-Senator Obama, with a confidential attachment, discussing an economic transition team, mapping out why Obama needs to get it up and running before his term begins in January 2009.

“Paulson and his subordinates do not believe they can responsibly defer until after January 20 significant decisions concerning both the use of TARP funds and other potential stabilizing measures,” it says.

The latest batch of emails…

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China holdings of U.S. Treasuries drop to almost four-year low

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China’s holdings of U.S. Treasuries fell to the lowest level since November 2012, as the world’s second-largest economy draws down its foreign reserves to prop up the yuan.

The biggest foreign holder of U.S. government debt had $1.19 trillion in bonds, notes and bills in August, down $33.7 billion from the prior month, the biggest drop since 2013, according to U.S. Treasury Department data released Tuesday in Washington and previous figures compiled by Bloomberg.

The portfolio of Japan, the largest holder after China, fell for the first time in three months, down $10.6 billion to $1.14 trillion. Saudi Arabia’s holdings of Treasuries declined for a seventh straight month, to $93 billion.

China sold an estimated $570 billion in foreign-exchange assets from August 2015 to August 2016 in an effort to keep the currency from plunging, according to an estimate by the U.S. Treasury released last week. It reiterated that…

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