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Pope condemns the ISIS slaughter of 30 Christians

April 24th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

“With great distress and sadness I learn of the further shocking violence perpetrated against innocent Christians in Libya,” the Pope said in a message to Patriarch Abuna Matthias of the Ethiopian Tewahedo Orthodox Church. ISIS released a video this week depicting the slaughter of Christians in Libya, showing footage of two massacres in which 30 Ethiopian Christians were killed. Before the executions a masked militant said: “To the nation of the cross, we’re back again… Muslim blood that was shed under the hands of your religion is not cheap. We swear to Allah… you will not have safety even in ... continue reading.

Prayers, action for refugees

April 24th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Pope Francis, Archbishop Tartaglia speak out as death toll nears 800 after capsize of boat from Libya in one of the worst maritime disasters since the Second World War... continue reading.


European bishops call for return of search and rescue missions following migrant tragedy

April 21st, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Cardinal Reinhard Marx says recent death of 1000 migrants in the Mediterranean calls into question how seriously the European Union considers the values on which it was founded... continue reading.


Let goodness and mercy follow you in, out of church

April 17th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Officially proclaiming the upcoming Jubilee Year of Mercy, the Pope envisions a non-judging, non-condemning Church and Scotland responds to his call... continue reading.

Pope Francis blesses a nun during visit to Missionaries of Charity soup kitchen and women's shelter at Vatican

Women’s voices must be heard, Pope says

April 15th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

During his general audience, the Holy Father stressed that equal authority of women and men must be recognised in the Church and global society, as must their complimentary differences ... continue reading.

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Prayers for nursing student missing in Glasgow

April 15th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Hometown priest of an Irish woman says community is praying for her return... continue reading.


Kenyan cardinal calls for prayers for peace and security in the wake of deadly attack

April 10th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The president of the Kenyan bishops’ conference has called on Easter worshippers to commit themselves to praying for peace and security in their homeland after militants attacked and killed college students days earlier.... continue reading.

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Pope Francis: Urbi et Orbi Message

April 5th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

To the City and to the World, April 5 2015... continue reading.

Open your hearts to the deafblind

March 27th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

World’s only deaf and blind priest calls on Catholics to show love to the visually and hearing impaired... continue reading.

Pope meets brother of Scottish Aid worker murdered by Islamic State

March 25th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Mike Haines spoke to Pope Francis following the Holy Father’s weekly general audience in Rome... continue reading.

Apostleship of the Sea Mass held for victims of Tunisian terrorist attack

March 24th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Bishop Joseph Kalathiparambil celebrated Mass on board cruse ship that lost passengers in March 18 shootings inside a museum in Tunis.... continue reading.

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  • SCO exclusive: Harrowing account of helping refugees at sea from the Order of Malta.
  • Bishop Stephen Robson confers of the Ministry at Mass on candidate for the permanent diaconate Kris Jablonski at St John’s Perth.
  • Vocations to the priesthood are precious, writes Deacon Henry McKenna ahead of World Day of Prayer for Vocations on Sunday, with guidance from Pope Francis and Archbishop Leo Cushley.
  • New series by Joe McGrath begins on what happened to the Church after the Resurrection.
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