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Jesuit priest abducted in Syria

May 22nd, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

AS ANOTHER priest is kidnapped in Syria, local Christians fear Islamic extremists have seized him. Fr Jacques Mourad was travelling in Qaryatayn with a co-worker yesterday when two motorcycles drew up alongside their car. The kidnappers seized the vehicle and abducted the Jesuit priest. Qaryatayn is a small town around 65 miles (100 km) southwest of Palmyra, which was seized by the extremist group Islamic State on Wednesday. For the past 12 years Fr Mourad had been ministering to Qaryatayn’s Syriac Catholic community. Fr Nawras Sammour, the director of the Jesuit Refugee Services for the Middle East, told Aid to the Church in Need: “We still ... continue reading.
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Our Lady of Paisley icon on tour

May 22nd, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Event part of preparations for Easter 2016 diocesan synod ... continue reading.


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The million-meal miracle

May 22nd, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Mary’s Meals now feeds one million children daily, encouraging them to stay in school... continue reading.


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Priest in South Sudan seeks help from his former parishioners in Scotland

May 22nd, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

A Tanzanian priest who served in Scotland has pleaded for help from here as his new home of South Sudan faces a ‘humanitarian crisis.’ ... continue reading.


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Don’t forget us, Iraqi Christians’ plea to UK bishops

May 21st, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

THE bishop overseeing the needs of displaced Christian families in northern Iraq called on an ecumenical delegation to ensure Britain does not forget the plight of Iraq’s suffering Christians.... continue reading.


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Five in court over historic abuse allegations

May 21st, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Accused plead not guilty over charges arising from between 1970 and 1983 at St Ninian’s School in Falkland... continue reading.


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MSPs to vote on assisted suicide next week

May 20th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Opposition group Care Not Killing arranges final rally before vote... continue reading.


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Parents are central to their children’s education, Pope says

May 20th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Speaking during his general audience today, Pope Francis said parents must not be silenced by ‘so called’ experts and should work in collaboration with schools... continue reading.


First Arabic-speaking Catholic saints are Canonised

May 18th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Pope Francis bestows sainthood on Palestinian nuns, naming St Marie Alphonsine Ghattas and St St Mary of Jesus Crucified... continue reading.


Bishop of Nottingham named

May 18th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Mgr Patrick McKinney succeeds Bishop Malcolm McMahon, who was appointed Archbishop of Liverpool last year... continue reading.


New Palestinian saints bring hope to their people

May 15th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Pope Francis will Canonise two 19th century Palestinian nuns this Sunday, an act a Palestinian bishop has said will show the world his people aren’t ‘just terrorists.'... continue reading.



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  • Work starts on the refurbishment of St Peter’s Seminary.
  • The Feast of the Ascension at St Mary’s Cathedral in Edinburgh.
  • School children observe the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima at Carfin Grotto.
  • Gerard Gough pays tribute to former Catholic teacher Frank McArdle who is headed to the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame.
  • Declan McSweeney looks at the forces at play in the Irish referendum on same-sex marriage.

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