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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


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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


Pope Francis performs an impromptu wedding ceremony for Latam Airlines employees Carlos Ciuffardi Elorriaga, 41, and Paula Podest Ruiz, 39, aboard the pontiff's flight from Santiago, Chile, to Iquique Jan. 18. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano) See POPE-CHILE-MARRIAGE Jan. 18, 2018.

Pope Francis marries couple on aeroplane

Posted on: January 18th, 2018 No Comments

By Ryan McDougall

On Thursday morning, Pope Francis married a couple on an aeroplane, which in terms of Catholic weddings, is probably impossible to beat. The spontaneous ceremony took place when crew members and couple Paula Podest and Carlos Ciuffardi were asked by Pope Francis if they were married, to which they replied that... read more


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Cardinal Burke is coming to Scotland

Posted on: August 11th, 2017 No Comments

One of the Church’s most prominent members of clergy will visit Scotland next month.

Cardinal Raymond Burke, one of the most high profile figures in the Catholic Church is to visit Scotland at the start of September. The cardinal, known for his traditionalist views, will offer a Pontifical High Mass at the Immaculate Heart of Mary parish in Balornock on September 2, the Feast of... read more


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Pope Francis announces new path to sainthood

Posted on: July 14th, 2017 No Comments

Pope Francis has declared a new category of path to sainthood called ‘offering of life,’ in which a person has died prematurely through an offering of their life for love of God and neighbour.

Though similar to martyrdom, this definition fits those servants of God who have in some way given up their life prematurely for charity, though the circumstances may fall outside the strict definition of martyrdom, which requires the presence of a persecutor. The changes were issued in a Motu proprio on July... read more


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Pope expresses ‘closeness’ to parents of Charlie Gard

Posted on: July 7th, 2017 No Comments

Pope Francis has spoken out in a show of solidarity with the parents of terminally ill baby Charlie Gard, saying they should be able to ‘accompany and treat their child until the end.’ – By Amanda Connelly

A statement from the Vatican on Sunday said the Pope was following the case and hoped the wishes of the parents would be respected. Charlie, aged 10 months, was born in England with mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome, which causes progressive muscle weakness, brain damage and respiratory or liver failure; it is... read more


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Women can change politics for better, Holy Father says

Posted on: June 16th, 2017 No Comments

THE more women are involved in politics, the more positive changes will happen, Pope Francis has said.

THE more women are involved in politics, the more positive changes will happen, Pope Francis has said. “Women are fully entitled to actively take part in all settings, and their rights must be affirmed and protected, including through legal instruments wherever it may prove necessary,” he said. The Holy Father was speaking... read more


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From Port Glasgow to Pope’s right hand

Posted on: April 21st, 2017 No Comments

Seminarians at the Pontifical Scots College in Rome had the ‘incredible’ honour of assisting Pope Francis at the Easter Vigil at the Vatican.

Ryan Black (pictured), whose home parish is St Francis of Assisi in Port Glasgow, was given the job of being the Pope’s microphone-bearer. “I was very nervous,” he said. “Truth be told, I felt sick as we got on the bus to go to the Vatican. Before Mass, the Pope... read more


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Scots to serve with Pope at Easter vigil

Posted on: April 7th, 2017 No Comments

Amanda Connelly

Seminarians studying at the Pontifical Scots College in Rome have been given the honour of being asked to assist Pope Francis at the Easter Vigil in the Vatican. The Mass, the most important event in the Church’s calendar, will begin in the Basilica of St Peter at 7.30pm UK time on... read more


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Pope plans visit with Anglican leader to famine-hit South Sudan

Posted on: March 3rd, 2017 No Comments

POPE Francis has said he wants to make a trip to South Sudan together with the head of the Anglican Church to bring attention to the suffering of people stricken by civil war and famine.

The Pope made the disclosure in impromptu comments during a visit on Sunday to Rome’s Anglican church, All Saints’. It was the first visit to the parish by a pope, and marked the 200th anniversary of the church’s opening. “My aides and I are studying the possibility of a trip to... read more




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