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Italy takes Islamic State threat on Pope seriously

September 1st, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

New reports have surfaced of a possible Islamic State (ISIS) attack on Pope Francis following the Vatican statement last week saying there were no current concerns about the Holy Father’s safety. An Italians newspaper reported last week that that the Holy Father was a target of ISIS, citing an unnamed Italian intelligence source. The Vatican, however, immediately denounced the concerns, calling them unfounded despite growing fear in Italy that it is not just the Pope who is under threat. “There is nothing serious to this,” Vatican spokesman Fr Federico Lombard said. “There is no particular concern in the Vatican.” The Italian government, ... continue reading.

Double your SCIAF support

August 29th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund has won UK Government fund-matching for its Wee Box, Big Change Lenten Appeal next year, the charity’s 50th anniversary year... continue reading.


Papal envoy confirms dire situation in Iraq

August 29th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Pope Francis’ personal envoy to Iraq has returned from the crisis-hit country to brief the Holy Father on the plight of persecuted minorities and the reported genocide of Christians.... continue reading.

Palestinians celebrate cease-fire in Gaza

Gaza truce is a step closer to peace

August 27th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Palestinians have begun returning to their homes after a ceasefire reached with Israel, keeping alive Pope Francis’ hope that the ‘door to peace’ in the Holy Land remains open... continue reading.

Coffin of former Irish Prime Minister Albert Reynolds is carried out of church following funeral Mass

Peacemaking Taoiseach honoured at funeral by Pope Francis

August 26th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Holy Father’s tribute to Albert Reynolds read at his funeral yesterday... continue reading.


Iraq appeal to Glasgow, the world

August 22nd, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Archbishop Tartaglia makes appeal to archdiocese, world leaders... continue reading.


Pope calls for reconciliation, peace

August 22nd, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Pope Francis’ trip to South Korea, his first to Asia, was dominated by his calls for peace and reconciliation on the Korean peninsula and around the world.... continue reading.

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Pope Francis hopes for ‘few more years’

August 22nd, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Pontiff gives revealing interview on trip from South Korea on his health, Iraq, future trips and Oscar Romero... continue reading.

British Government to double SCIAF’s 50th anniversary Lenten appeal total

August 21st, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Development agency of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland wins UK Aid Match scheme... continue reading.

Pope mourns tragic deaths of three relatives in a car crash

August 19th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Holy Father is ‘deeply pained’ over loss this morning of his nephew’s wife and his two infant great-nephews. His nephew is said to be in a serious condition.... continue reading.

Oscar Romero’s Beatification in hands of theologians, says Pope

August 19th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Speaking to journalists while flying home from South Korea, Pope Francis said the murdered Salvadorian archbishop was ‘a man of God’ and reflected on a number of issues affecting the world today... continue reading.

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  • Bishop Toal leads 50th celebrations for St Bride’s, East Kilbride, after both sad and good news.
  • Rector of Pontifical Scots College in Rome officially named a monsignor in ceremony in his home Archdiocese of Glasgow.
  • Christine Glen brings readers some of Edinburgh Fringe Festival highlights.
  • Margaret Sinclair pilgrimage will take place on Sunday at 2pm at St Patrick’s Church, Cowgate, Edinburgh with Archbishop Cushley.
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