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Pope declined to meet with the Dalai Lama

December 19th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The Vatican suggested the decision was made to avoid giving the Chinese Government the chance to punish Chain’s Catholic population, so the Pope decided not to meet the exiled Buddhist leader when he comes to Rome for a summit of Nobel Peace Prize winners. The Dalai Lama told reporters: “The Vatican administration says it’s not possible because it could cause inconveniences.” “This time I won’t meet Pope Francis,” he said, adding that he would have been ‘very happy’ to meet. The decision is seen as an attempt to avoid offending the Chinese administration, which has a difficult relationship with the Catholic Church. ... continue reading.

‘The Taliban will stop at nothing now’

December 18th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Archbishop in Pakistan talks to Aid to the Church in Need about school attack horror, asks schools to hold one-minute silence for Peshawar victims and a sober celebration of Christmas ... continue reading.

Soldier escorts schoolchildren from Army Public School attacked by Taliban gunmen in Pakistan

Church in Pakistan condemns attack on school as barbaric and inhuman

December 17th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Condemnation comes after attack in which at least 132 children were killed by Taliban gunmen ... continue reading.

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Positive Vatican report on women religious in the US

December 16th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Review urging orders to keep Christ at the centre of their communities is distinct from the ongoing inquiry into the Leadership Conference of Women Religious... continue reading.


Ebola epidemic may trigger a social and economic crisis

December 12th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

A priest returning from Scotland to Ebola-hit Sierra Leone has said that the need for aid will continue for several years after the worst effects of the disease have been dealt with, Hugh Dougherty reports... continue reading.


Decrying the suffering of those persecuted for faith

December 12th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Pope Francis has decried the suffering experienced by those persecuted for their faith. He made the comments in a video message delivered to the displaced Iraqi Christians last Saturday. ... continue reading.


Relief efforts minimise Typhoon Hagupit death toll

December 12th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Despite 160mph winds and heavy rains hitting the Philippines since Typhoon Hagupit made landfall on Saturday, casualties from the storm have been minimal due to Caritas working with government and communities to prepare for the emergency.... continue reading.

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Year of Consecrated Life officially begins

December 5th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Bishop Joseph Toal of Motherwell opened the Year of Consecrated Life in the diocese with a Mass in St Bride’s Church, Bothwell, last Saturday ahead of Pope Francis’ call to priests and those in religious life ‘to wake up the world.... continue reading.

Peace call and prayers on Pope Francis’ visit to Turkey

December 5th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

On the last day of his visit to Turkey, Pope Francis condemned Friday’s bomb attack on a busy Mosque in Kano, northern Nigeria at the end of a joint Liturgical prayer service that he held with the Ecumenical Patriarch, Bartholomew I.... continue reading.

Holy Father’s anti-slavery drive wins historic interfaith support

December 2nd, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The leaders of the world’s major religions gathered together in the Vatican this morning to support Pope Francis’ drive to eliminate modern slavery.... continue reading.

Year of consecrated life begins at the weekend

November 28th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The Year of Consecrated life officially gets underway this weekend at the start of the Liturgical year with events to mark its opening around the country and world.... continue reading.

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