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Cross Wires: Thursday headlines

The latest religious news from home and abroad

An Aberdeen church is expected to break away from the Church of Scotland following the decision to allow the appointment of gay ministers.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-13708804

The Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams (above) has warned that the government is committing Britain to ‘radical, long-term policies for which no-one voted.’

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-13706710

Prime Minister David Cameron launches new approach to prevent ‘sexualisation of children.’ (video)

http://www.romereports.com/palio/UKs-prime-minister-launches-new-approach-to-prevent-sexualization-of-children-english-4296.html

UN anti-crime official and Pope Benedict XVI confer on global challenges.

http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=38659&Cr=unodc&Cr1=

A long-awaited report on sexual abuse in Ireland’s Cloyne diocese may not be made public until the nation’s High Court resolves arguments about material that should be withheld, justice minister Alan Shatter has revealed.

http://www.rte.ie/news/2011/0608/cloyne_abuse.html

Death tolls rise to 14 after Islamist bomb attack on Nigerian Church.

http://www.timeslive.co.za/africa/article1108685.ece/Nigeria-rsquo-s-Islamist-attack-toll-now-14–Medical-source

The Jesuits in Syria spoke out after meeting in Damascus last week to pray and reflect on the nation’s crisis.

http://www.sjweb.info/documents/news/Meditations_Syria_En.pdf

World Youth Day expected to pump £88.8 million into Spanish economy.

http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/world-youth-day-expected-to-pump-146-million-into-spanish-economy/

St Bede’s Catholic Science College in Boston to close.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lincolnshire-13684900

AND FINALLY

Simon Barrow: The ‘Big Society’ is becoming a fresh political battleground over the summer— Archbishop Vincent Nichols has accused the concept of having ‘no teeth’— but Scotland is more focused on independence,

http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/node/14919

—Cross Wires is the Scottish Catholic Observer newspaper’s blog

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