This weeks international news

South Sudanese fleeing attack wait to register after arriving at border gate

SCIAF fears escalating violence in South Sudan

April 23rd, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The United Nations have reported that the on-going conflict in South Sudan has a disturbing echo of events in Rwanda 20 years ago. Toby Lanzer, the UN’s top humanitarian official, reported that piles and piles of bodies were left in the town of Bentiu following an attack last week by fighters loyal to the former Vice President Riak Machar. Six weeks ago the Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund directed £50,000 to one of its sister agencies in the country to pay for for emergency aid to help people affected by violence there. Lorraine Currie, SCIAF’s head of international programmes, said ‘the ... continue reading.
24 General audience

Thousands fill St Peter’s Square to hear the Pope speak on the Resurrection of Christ

April 23rd, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The Pope greeted pilgrims from Scotland and across the world as he delivered his weekly general audience ahead of Sunday’s Papal Canonisations... continue reading.

Pope Francis kisses a foot of a disabled person Our Lady of Providence Center in Rome

Pope Francis bends low to wash the feet of the disabled

April 18th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Holy Father celebrates Holy Thursday Mass at the Our Lady of Providence Centre outside Rome, washes the feet of 12 residents... continue reading.


Bishops’ president wants rid of Trident

April 18th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Archbishop Philip Tartaglia of Glasgow called for nuclear weapons to be removed from Scotland during an ecumenical act of witness at the Trident nuclear base at Faslane.... continue reading.

20 Imagine life as a sister

Online help to imagine religious life for women

April 16th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

A religious congregation of Catholic sisters and nuns from the US have unveiled a website entitled Imagine a Sister’s Life. ... continue reading.

Pope Francis leads Good Friday Way of the Cross at Colosseum

Papal Way of the Cross mediations on financial crises and social justice

April 15th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The Holy Father’s Good Friday address, written by an archbishop who campaigns against the mafia, will examine the failures of our economic and justice systems... continue reading.

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Pope gives prisoners gift of pocket Gospels

April 15th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The Holy Father is to send a special Easter gift to a numbers of Italian prisoners.... continue reading.

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Who are we before Jesus who suffers?

April 14th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Pope Francis tells Palm Sunday congregation that the characters in the Passion help us to examine our own consciences... continue reading.

United Nations told not to treat pregnancy as a disease

April 11th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Holy See’s Permanent Observer advises care for the poor, rather than a focus on fertility reduction, is key to global development... continue reading.

Order re-pledges support to Rwanda 20 years after genocide

April 10th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The Order of Malta has pledged to work to prevent any repeat of the Rwandan genocide, 20 years after it played a key role in saving the victims of violence there.... continue reading.

Pope condemns brutal killing of priest in Syria

April 9th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Pope Francis has condemned the ‘brutal killing’ of the Dutch Jesuit Priest Fr Frans van der Lugt (above) in Syria and called for an end to the conflict there. ... continue reading.

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