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Cross Wires: Thursday headlines

Latest Catholic news from home and abroad

Pope Benedict XVI recommends the Bible for summer holiday reading during general audience at Castel Gandolfo, Italy. (Video link)

Aid to the Church in Need report and film on the plight of Christians in Iraq.

Public protests in Syria were not originally intended to bring down the Assad government, according to a noted Vatican Arab scholar Fr Samir Khalil Samir, SJ.

Spanish Cardinal Antonio Canizares Llovera, the Vatican cardinal in charge of the Mass, wants Catholics to revert to receiving Communion on the tongue while kneeling.

Fr Fernando Valenciano, the longest-standing member of Opus Dei, can still recall with crystal clarity the day over seven decades ago when his life changed forever.


The bobblehead figure of US Catholic Bishop Donald W Trautman is in demand.

-Cross Wires is the Scottish Catholic Observer blog

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