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Irish Church downplays reports of 2018 Papal visit

May 23rd, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Reports before the weekend suggested that Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin (above left) had confirmed that Pope Francis would visit Ireland for the World Meeting of Families in Dublin in 2018. A spokesman for the Archbishop of Dublin later said that ‘speculation in The Irish Catholic newspaper concerning locations etc, quoting unnamed Vatican official are completely without foundation.’ “If a Papal visit were to happen to coincide with the World Meeting of Families in Dublin in 2018, confirmation of such a visit would not happen until 2017, at the earliest,” the spokesman ... continue reading.

Candidates for priesthood share their thoughts

May 20th, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Two seminarians from Aberdeen Diocese gave a remarkable insight into their thoughts after being admitted to candidacy.... continue reading.


Pope Francis has a dream for Europe

May 13th, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Pope Francis has said he dreams ‘of a Europe where being a migrant is not a crime.’... continue reading.


Burma’s first cardinal about to visit Scotland

May 6th, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Burma’s first cardinal is to visit Scotland next week to promote religious freedom. ... continue reading.


ISIS plot against Vatican thwarted

April 29th, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Four people were arrested yesterday in Northern Italy over a planned ISIS attack on the Vatican. ... 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.

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