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Cross Wires: Thursday headlines

The latest Catholic news from home and abroad

Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco Varela of Madrid of  thanks World Youth Day volunteers, prays for good weather. (Photo: Pilgrims in Spain prepare for WYD)

Spanish airport workers call off strike during Pope’s visit.

Prime Minister David Cameron has hit out at the rioters for ‘a complete lack of responsibility, a lack of proper parenting, a lack of proper upbringing, a lack of proper ethics, a lack of proper morals.’

Report on abuse in Raphoe Diocese, Co Donegal, Ireland, is expected to be published by the Bishop of Raphoe, Dr Philip Boyce, in the next two weeks.

A record number of couples in Ireland are availing of marriage counselling services, according to the Catholic marriage care service Accord.

The findings of a report into the killing of Catholic Belfast man William McKavanagh by soldiers in 1971 will be released today.

Vatican aims to regain trust of US religious women, official says.

Blessed John Paul II’s blood to be displayed in Mexico.


David and Victoria Beckhams’ baby daughter has been defended as benefit to humanity according to a population expert after the celebrity couple faced condemnation for having another child.

-Cross Wires is the Scottish Catholic Observer blog

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