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News agency reveals worrying 2019 missionary death toll

Posted on: January 10th, 2020 by Ryan McDougall No Comments

A total of 29 missionaries were killed across the globe in 2019, a Vatican news agency has revealed.

Agenzia Fides said 18 of those killed were priests, one was a permanent deacon, two were religious men, two were nuns and six were laypeople. After eight consecutive years in which the highest number of missionaries killed was recorded in America. Since 2018 it is Africa that has taken the first place... read more


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Cardinal Pell granted final chance to challenge court

Posted on: November 13th, 2019 by Ryan McDougall No Comments

Cardinal George Pell has been granted a final chance to challenge his child sexual abuse convictions by the High Court of Australia.

Justices Michelle Gordon and James Edelman announced of Wednesday November 13, before the SCO went to press, that they referred the cardinal’s appeal application to a full seven member court. The move means the court will decide whether to hear the appeal and if it does, will hear arguments about why... read more


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More than a dozen Catholic schoolgirls stabbed in Japan knife attack

Posted on: May 28th, 2019 by Daniel Harkins No Comments

Two people have died after more than a dozen schoolchildren from a Catholic school in Japan were stabbed as they waited for their school bus.

A knife-wielding man attacked the group of schoolchildren as they were waiting for a bus in the Japanese city of Kawasaki, near Tokyo. An 11-year-old girl and a 39-year-old man are dead. The attacker, a man in his 50s, stabbed himself in the neck after the attack and has died. The 16... read more


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Muller issues Manifesto of Faith

Posted on: February 12th, 2019 by Daniel Harkins No Comments

Cardinal Gerhard Muller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith from 2012-2017, released a ‘Manifesto of Faith’ on February 8 in which he affirms basic teachings of the Church ‘in the face of growing confusion about the doctrine of the faith.’ The document has been seen by some as a criticism of the teachings of Pope Francis. It can be found in full below.

“Let not your heart be troubled!” (John 14:1) In the face of growing confusion about the doctrine of the Faith, many bishops, priests, religious and lay people of the Catholic Church have requested that I make a public testimony about the truth of revelation. It is the shepherds' very own task... read more


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Pope Francis and Scottish bishops discuss nuclear disarmament in Vatican meeting

Posted on: September 27th, 2018 by Daniel Harkins No Comments

Scotland’s bishops spoke to Pope Francis about nuclear disarmament during a one-hour and 40 minute-long meeting on Thursday September 27, at the beginning of their Ad Limina visit to Rome.

Archbishop Philip Tartaglia of Glasgow, president of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland, said the two-hour meeting ‘left all the Bishops grateful to him for his fraternal and fatherly support.’ “The Bishops introduced a wide range of topics which we were able to discuss at length,” he added. “We updated the Pope... read more


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Scotland’s bishops to meet Pope Francis on Thursday

Posted on: September 26th, 2018 by Daniel Harkins No Comments

Scotland’s bishops will speak to Pope Francis on Thursday September 27 about the scandal of abuse in the global Church as they visit Rome for their Ad Limina pilgrimage.

The Ad Limina visit obliges the bishops of each country to travel to Rome every five years, though longer delays are now common owing to the large number of bishops across the world. The Scottish bishops' last Ad Limina was in 2010, during which Pope Benedict XVI confirmed he would... read more


Pope Francis arrives to celebrate Mass at Phoenix Park in Dublin Aug. 26. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-DUBLIN-MASS Aug. 26, 2018.

In photos: day two of Pope Francis’ visit to Ireland

Posted on: August 26th, 2018 No Comments

The second day of Pope Francis’ visit to Ireland included a trip to the Knock Shrine and the celebration of Mass in Phoenix Park in Dublin. Below is a selection of photos from the second day of the papal visit.

[caption id="attachment_56304" align="alignnone" width="480"]Pope Francis finishes lighting a candle as he visits the Chapel of the Apparitions at the Knock Shrine in Knock, Ireland, Aug. 26. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-KNOCK Aug. 26, 2018. Pope Francis finishes lighting a candle as he... read more


Pope Francis attends the Festival of Families in Croke Park stadium in Dublin Aug. 25. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-FESTIVAL-FAMILIES Aug. 25, 2018.

In photos: day one of Pope Francis’ visit to Ireland

Posted on: August 25th, 2018 No Comments

Pope Francis is visiting Ireland from Saturday August 25 to Sunday August 26, including a trip tommorow to the Knock Shrine. Below is a selection of photographs from the first day of the visit.

[caption id="attachment_56282" align="alignnone" width="480"]Pope Francis greets journalists aboard his flight from Rome to Dublin Aug. 25. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) Pope Francis greets journalists aboard his flight from Rome to Dublin Aug. 25.(CNS photo/Paul Haring).[/caption] [caption id="attachment_56283" align="alignnone" width="480"]Pope Francis waves<a href=... read more


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Pope speaks of failures over abuse at start of two-day visit to Ireland

Posted on: August 25th, 2018 No Comments

Acknowledging the failures “of bishops, religious superiors, priests and others” in the Catholic Church to protect children from the “repugnant crimes” of physical and sexual abuse, Pope Francis began his two-day visit to Ireland.

Meeting with civil, cultural and religious leaders in Dublin Castle on August 25, the pope said he knew that the horrendous history of abuse and its cover-up in Ireland "has rightly given rise to outrage and remains a source of pain and shame for the Catholic community." "I myself share those... read more


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SCIAF to manage £3.2 million Scottish Government programme in Malawi

Posted on: July 6th, 2018 by Daniel Harkins No Comments

The Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund will deliver a new £3.2 million Scottish Government programme in Malawi focusing on climate change, human rights and access to resources.

Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham announced the funding of the Climate Challenge Programme Malawi ahead of attending an international conference at the Vatican on Pope Francis' Laudato si encyclical on care for our common home. According to the Scottish Government, the programme will work with local people in Southern Malawi to... read more




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