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Pope Francis to address European Parliament

September 12th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Pope Francis will address the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, on November 25. The Parliament’s president, Martin Schultz, made the announcement yesterday and the Vatican has confirmed the appearance. According to Fr Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesman, the Pope (above) will travel to Strasbourg and back to Rome the same day, and his brief trip should not be considered a pastoral visit to France. In visiting the parliament, the Pope will be accepting an invitation made by President Schultz during a visit to the Vatican in October 2013. “The decision to come to Strasbourg before visiting any individual EU member state as such ... continue reading.
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Ian Paisley has died

September 12th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Wife announces death of former First Minister of Northern Ireland, famed for his anti-Catholic views and actions... continue reading.


Pope leads tributes to murdered Italian nuns

September 12th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

After this week's SCO went press it was announced that the murderer of three missionary sisters had been arrested and confessed to the crime, according to local police ... continue reading.

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Pope’s trip to Turkey nears Iraqi border

September 9th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Holy Father intends to visit Istanbul on November 30, the feast of St Andrew, and meet with Bartholomew I, the first Patriarch of Constantinople... continue reading.


Vatican accepts Cardinal Séan Brady’s resignation

September 8th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Archbishop Eamon Martin named new Primate of All Ireland... continue reading.


Ceasefire in Gaza welcomed and pilgrimages encouraged

September 5th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Bishop Ibrahim Shomali, the Latin Patriarchal vicar in Jerusalem, has welcomed the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in Gaza and urged people from all over the world to resume pilgrimages to the Holy Land.... continue reading.

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SCIAF assists thousands of homeless Syrian refugees who have fled to Lebanon

September 4th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

With donations provided by Scottish Catholics, the charity is providing aid to destitute Syrians who fled the civil war in their home country... continue reading.

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Peres asks Pope to head group to counter religious extremism

September 4th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Former Israeli President Shimon Peres today asked Pope Francis to head a parallel United Nations called the ‘United Religions’ to counter religious extremism.... continue reading.

Plea for lasting peace in Ukraine

September 3rd, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The apostolic nuncio to Ukraine has said the international community owes it more than ‘a clean up operation’ as signs grow a ceasefire may lead to lasting peace.... continue reading.

Pope tells Iraqi pilgrims that the Church will defend the defenceless

September 3rd, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Speaking at the end of his weekly General Audience, Pope Francis addressed Arabic-speaking pilgrims and spoke of the caring and protective nature of the Church.... continue reading.

Ukrainian Catholic Primate, football star fear for country

September 2nd, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk says on-going conflict in the country’s east is a ‘tragedy for all peoples, believers of all faiths and all social groups;’ Ukrainian football superstar appeals for help to Pope Francis at Match for Peace... continue reading.

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  • Emeritus Professor Sir Tom Devine bears witness to a silent revolution in Scotland.
  • Kevin McKenna on reconciliation after September 18: Politics can help us change things but we only through Jesus can peace prevail.
  • Bishop Noel Treanor’s reaction to the death of former Northern Ireland first minister Ian Paisley.
  • A champion musician from St Ninian’s High, Giffnock, is to perform during An Afternoon with Our Lady at Blessed John Duns Scotus, Gorbals, on Sunday September 21.
  • The congregation of Our Lady of Consolation, Govanhill, were joined with Archbishop Philip Tartaglia of Glasgow in saying goodbye to their church of 43 years.

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