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Vatican honours St John Paul II

October 22nd, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

At his general audience this morning Pope Francis paid tribute to St John Paul II on his first feast day as a saint. In a special greeting addressed to Polish pilgrims, finally, the Holy Father recalled John Paul II, celebrated today, for the first time, as a saint, after the Canonisation of April 27. “Today we celebrate the liturgical memorial of St. John Paul II, who invited everyone to open their doors to Christ,” the Pope said. “In his first visit to your homeland he invoked the Holy Spirit to come down to renew the land of Poland; he reminded the ... continue reading.
Pope Francis leads consistory for Mideast and canonizations

Middle East without Christians is unthinkable

October 21st, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Holy Father expresses concerns at opening of consistory of cardinal... continue reading.

Tapestry of Blessed Paul VI hangs from facade of St. Peter's Basilica during his beatification Mass at Vatican

Pope Francis Beatifies founder of synod of bishops

October 20th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Extraordinary synod on the family ends with Pope Paul VI— a ‘great helmsman’ of the Second Vatican Council—being named blessed... continue reading.


Plans to reserve Catholic school places for Baptised children given support

October 17th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

A consultation by Falkirk Council finds the majority of respondents are in favour of the move to deal with over-subscription in Catholic schools... continue reading.

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Outcry as high court rejects Asia Bibi’s appeal in Pakistan

October 17th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Pakistani Christian mother in jail for four years under Pakistan’s strict blasphemy laws faces death penalty if Pakistan’s Supreme Court don’t rule in her favour... continue reading.


Mid-synod report does not change ‘Church teaching’

October 17th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

A preliminary document released on Monday by the extraordinary synod on the family—suggesting a gentler approach towards gay people and unmarried couples—has been criticised by some taking part in the synod.... continue reading.


‘God only knows’ if Christians will survive in the Middle East

October 17th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Lebanese bishop gives Scots harrowing account of ongoing religious persecution... continue reading.

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Mary’s Meals extends feeding programme into Zambia

October 17th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Mary’s Meals has rolled out its school feeding programme to Zambia, one of the world’s poorest countries.... continue reading.

Charity sends £3million to persecuted Iraqis

October 16th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

ACN’s programme, one of the charity’s largest such projects to date, will help Christian victims of ISIS terror attacks who are still displaced as winter sets in... continue reading.

Pope reflects on Christian hope

October 15th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Speaking during his weekly General Audience in Rome, Pope Francis considered hope and its unique relationship to Christianity... continue reading.

Love is the answer to marriage crisis

October 10th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Archbishop Philip Tartaglia of Glasgow tells extraordinary synod of need to heal and support couples and the family in Scotland and beyond... continue reading.

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  • Photo spread on the Beatification of Pope Paul VI.
  • ‘Happy and Holy couples’ is aim of new marriage preparation initiative in St Andrews and Edinburgh.
  • Peter Kearney: Ultimately, the laity are left to uphold the sanctity of family life.
  • Plans for pilot Catholic/Jewish school in East Renfrewshire get gold star from education officials.

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