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Cross Wires: Monday headlines

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Pope Benedict XVI’s Benin homily on Sunday: “We must be attentive to the cry of the poor and marginalised.” (Video).

New Papal document outlines role of Catholic Church in Africa.


Cardinal Keith O’Brien has met with world church leaders in Edinburgh to discuss plans to rid the world of nuclear weapons and to hold discussions with civic and political leaders.

Holyrood likely to call for the scraping of the UK ban on Catholic rulers. MSPs to debate issue, after SNP Edinburgh MSP Jim Eadie called the Act of Settlement ‘a centuries-old anachronism.’

Scottish Parliament staff offered lessons in how not to be religious bigots.

Bishop Tartaglia of Paisley criticised the ‘hostile’ nature of the surveillance of supporters after being body searched during a Celtic football game.

Teenage football fan stands up to Scotland’s sectarian thugs.

Dr Philip Nitschke’s suicide road show in Edinburgh allowed in spite of Catholic and ecumenical concerns.


Peter Robinson: NI in UK could ‘depend on Catholic votes’ admits.

Catholic bishops have for the first time in modern history approved a prayer for the Queen for use in Catholic churches, authorised for her Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

Irish Association of Catholic Priests has accused some sections of the media, including RTE, of being anti-Catholic and anti-priest.


Vatican claims there is ‘little doubt’ William Shakespeare was Catholic

-Cross Wires is the Scottish Catholic Observer blog

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