This weeks international news


Prayers for Archbishop Tartaglia

January 23rd, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The Scottish bishops were in Spain for their annual in-service week at the Scots College in Salamanca. The spokesman for the archdiocese said the archbishop was conscious today and in good spirits, and had been visited by other Scots bishops attending the meeting. "The archbishop will remain in hospital in Spain until he is well enough to return home,” he said. "Further medical updates will be released if any change in the archbishop's condition takes place." Catholic parishes in the Glasgow Archdiocese have been informed of the archbishop’s illness and special prayers will be said this weekend throughout the archdiocese for his ... continue reading.

Three-city itinerary planned for US trip

January 23rd, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

After the success of Pope Francis’s visit to Sri Lanka and the Philippines, similar excitement is expected during his trip to the US later this year.... continue reading.


The massive Papal Mass

January 23rd, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Congregation of 6 to 7 million gathers for Holy Father’s final Mass in the Philippines, the largest gathering for a Pope and believed to be the largest public gathering on record ... continue reading.


Nigerian bishop dies aged 58

January 20th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Bishop James Daman of Shendam Diocese, Nigeria, which has close ties to St Andrews and Edinburgh Archdiocese, died in his sleep on January 12... continue reading.

Pope Francis answers questions from journalists aboard flight from Manila to Rome

Pope promotes ‘responsible parenthood’

January 20th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Holy Father's candid answers during in-flight press conference (above) from Asia on ‘licit ways’ to control reproduction; freedom of expression and the Dalai Lama... continue reading.

The Catholic Bishop of Maiduguri Most Rev. Oliver Dashe Doeme cares for the displaced in Maiduguri in Nigeria

Nigeria bishop calls for international military forces to battle Boko Haram

January 19th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Bishop Oliver Dashe Doeme of Maiduguri also calls for prayer when he talked to Aid to the Church in Need... continue reading.

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Catholics mourn Malawian bishop

January 16th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Bishop Joseph Mukasa Zuza, who celebrated Mass for Scottish children in 2013, was killed in a car crash yesterday... continue reading.

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Pope makes history in Sri Lanka and the Philippines

January 16th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Pope Francis’ week-long visit to Sri Lanka and the Philippines this week included the Canonisation of the former’s first saint and a closing Mass in the latter that is expected to be the largest Papal event in history.... continue reading.

Pope Francis offers prayers for France after terror attacks

January 16th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Pope Francis has condemned the ‘deviant forms of religion’ behind the Paris terror attacks that claimed 17 lives and Cardinal André Vingt-Trois of Paris is urging Catholics to pray that France will continue to show ‘moderation, temperance and control’ in response to the crimes. ... continue reading.

Pope’s warm but windy welcome to the Philippines

January 15th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Cheering crowds greet the Holy Father at the start of a five-day trip to the Asian country... continue reading.

‘You cannot kill in the name of God’

January 15th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

In the wake of the Paris terror attacks, Pope Francis says freedom of expression has a limit during a press conference on his flight from Sri Lanka to the Philippines this morning... continue reading.

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  • Bishop John Keenan marks Week of Prayer for Christian Unity at Greenock parish, saying ‘no matter how terrorised peoples have become… the well of God’s unifying grace is always deeper.’
  • Archbishop Leo Cushley speaks of healing in St Andrews and Edinburgh Archdiocese.
  • Knights of St Columba members join the celebration of Mass in Glasgow for the January intentions of the order’s prayer campaign, backed by the SCO.
  • Gerald Warner says that Catholics involved in inter-faith dialogue must question Islam and its promotion in once Christian Europe.

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