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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


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


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


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


Kenyan parishioners disappointed after priest gets one-year suspension for rapping after Mass

Posted on: June 21st, 2018 by Daniel Harkins No Comments

Parishioners at a parish in western Kenya are unhappy after their favourite priest was suspended for one year after rapping following Mass.

Catholic News Service reported that Fr Paul Ogalo of St Monica Church was suspended for using secular music, drama and dance to attract youths to the church. The 45-year-old priest had been entertaining his parishioners with rap music, urging them to stop using drugs and to get involved in environmental... read more

Father William Muller, executive director of Jesuit Schools Network of North America wrote to President Trump this week

US Jesuits call on President Trump to bring in gun legislation laws following Florida shooting

Posted on: February 22nd, 2018 by Peter Diamond No Comments

Father William Muller, executive director of Jesuit Schools Network of North America, said that the Jesuit network stands “with so many voices against the proliferation of guns in our country.”

The head of an organisation representing Jesuit middle and high schools in the U.S. and Canada is calling for stricter gun legislation, following the Valentine's Day mass shooting at a Florida high school that left 17 dead and many injured. Yesterday, February 21 in a letter addressed to U.S. President... read more


Church on Isle of Man prepares to tackle reform of abortion bill

Posted on: February 20th, 2018 No Comments

By Ryan McDougall

The Catholic Church on the Isle of Man’s has shown concern following efforts to legalise abortion on the island. Mgr John Devine, dean of the island’s Catholic Church, said ‘every abortion is an act of desperation,’ in a letter to the island’s chief minister Howard Quayle. “The Catholic Church wishes to be... read more


Two cases of sexual misconduct against children dealt with by SCIAF, charity confirms.

Posted on: February 15th, 2018 by Daniel Harkins No Comments

SCIAF have revealed they have dealt with two cases of alleged sexual misconduct against children in recent years.

It comes amid a growing scandal around international aid agencies sparked by an investigation in The Times into the activities of Oxfam in Haiti. SCIAF, Scotland’s Catholic aid agency, said one case involved the alleged rape in 2012 of a 15-year-old girl by a 45-year-old Burundian man who volunteered for... read more

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