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ISIS plot against Vatican thwarted

April 29th, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

According to Italian authorities, one of the suspects is a Abderrahim Moutahrrick, a Moroccan-born national living in Italy who allegedly received orders from ISIS to attack Rome during the Year of Mercy events that end on November 2016. It is believed that the planned attack on the Vatican would have coincided with another strike on the Israeli embassy in Rome—described by one of the other suspects, 23-year-old Moroccan-born Abderrahmane Khachia, as hitting ‘Israel in Rome.’ After intercepting the suspects’ messages, authorities made arrested Mr Khachia in the northern Italian city of Varese and Mr Moutahrrick in the city of Lecco, north ... continue reading.

Scots Catholics building Ethiopian health centre

April 29th, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Two Catholic women who support a clinic for women with medical problems in Ethiopia have helped lay the foundations of a new medical centre there.... continue reading.

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Adolescent girl on path to sainthood

April 27th, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Vatican today affirmed heroic virtues of the teenage Spanish Opus Dei member Montserrat Grases aka Montse... continue reading.


SCIAF director in Nepal to mark first anniversary of earthquake

April 26th, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Alistair Dutton of the Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund speaks of ongoing need of the people who were impacted by the disaster ... continue reading.


Scotland helps after Ecuador quake

April 22nd, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Former missionary priest Fr Martin Chambers on Missio’s pledge... continue reading.


Irish nun among the dead in earthquake in Ecuador

April 22nd, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Pope Francis offered prayers for victims of a deadly earthquakes in Ecuador that claimed the life of a Northern Irish nun is among the hundreds of dead.... continue reading.

Pope Francis is followed by Syrian refugees as he disembarks from this flight from the Greek island of Lesbos  at Ciampino airport in Rome April 16, 2016. The pope concluded his one-day visit to Greece by bringing 12 Syrian refugees to Italy aboard his flight. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-LESBOS-FLIGHT April 16, 2016.

Pope returns to Vatican with Syrian refugee families

April 18th, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Holy Father says the gesture was ‘a drop in the ocean,’ but if Europe followed suit, this would mean that 6 million people would be given asylum... continue reading.

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Mary’s Meal’s Generation Hope to premiere in Glasgow

April 14th, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

First screening tomorrow of the charity’s documentary film drawing attention to what those who have benefited from its work have gone on to achieve... continue reading.

Papal telegram after explosion in Indian temple

April 12th, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State, has sent a telegram of condolence in Pope Francis’s name following a fireworks explosion at an Indian Hindu temple that left more than 100 people dead.... continue reading.

Polish bishops call for permanent abortion ban

April 8th, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Poland’s Catholic bishops have called for a permanent ban on abortions to mark the anniversary of their country’s Christian conversion in AD 966.... continue reading.

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