This weeks international news


Message of peace from a Syrian nun

October 21st, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

This was the message to Scotland from a heroic Syrian nun who tends to the wounded of Aleppo. Sr Annie Demerjian leads a team of volunteers who go house to house helping sick and elderly people trapped in war-torn Aleppo, where the population has plummeted by upwards of 60 per cent since conflict began in March 2011. She was speaking in Paisley last week at an event organised by Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need, who support her work in Syria. Fighting in and around the city of Aleppo, formerly Syria’s largest has been among the fiercest of the brutal ... continue reading.

New leader of the Jesuits elected

October 14th, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

By Amanda Connelly... continue reading.


‘Preach Gospel to combat aggressive secularism’

October 14th, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

On a rare trip to Scotland last week, leading American Catholic intellectual George Weigel warned that Europe faces an imminent descent into a ‘dictatorship of relativism’ unless it rediscovers the truths of the Gospel.... continue reading.


Priest wins fortune, then gives it away

October 13th, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

A Catholic priest from West Virginia has pledged to donate the $250,000 prize he won on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire to his local Catholic school.... continue reading.


Scottish Monk tells of life following Italian quake

September 23rd, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

ONE month on from the devastating earthquake in Italy, one Scottish monk has spoken of the destruction and ongoing hardship affecting the people of the country.... continue reading.

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Pope Francis warns that ‘to kill in the name of God is Satanic’

September 15th, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The Holy Father was celebrating a special Mass for Fr Jacques Hamel who he described as part of the chain of Christian martyrs that runs throughout the history of the Church.... continue reading.

Terrorists may have plotted to attack famous French Cathedral

September 8th, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

French Authorities believe they have foiled a planned terror attack on Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. ... continue reading.

Pope Emeritus Benedict says he is preparing ‘to pass the ultimate examination before God’

September 8th, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The retired pope says preparing for death is part of his daily routine.... continue reading.

Pope leads tributes to murdered nun

September 5th, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

A Spanish missionary nun who had dedicated herself to helping the poor was killed after being shot in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on Friday.... continue reading.

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  • The launch of new feature, the bow in the Heavens, a parish diary from Fr Joseph Bollan
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