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Cross Wires: Monday latest news

Catholic and Christian headlines from Scotland and around the world

The Korean bishops: “The death of Kim Jong-il may be the beginning of a turning point, for reunification.”

Mary and the mystery of Christmas: During his Sunday Angelus reflections Pope Benedict XVI focused on the Gospel this fourth Sunday of Advent which recounts the Angel’s annunciation.

Pope Benedict XVI unlikely to visit Ireland for Eucharistic Congress in June next year.

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin has said he felt abandoned at times in his dealings with the clerical abuse issue.

There was great jubilation for thousands of Palestinians who welcomed release last night of 550 inmates from Israeli prisons.

Holy Land: soldiers invade school, family homes, for ‘training practice.’

Another Christian accused of blasphemy by burning Qur’an in Pakistan, ACN reports.

Catholic mother in Dorset who gave birth to ‘miracle baby‘ after eight miscarriages dies after collapsing at Confession before Christmas service.

Oscar-winning screenwriter Julian Fellowes, creator of ITV’s Downton Abbey, has become vice president of the Catholic Association of Performing Arts.


Andrew McKie: Moral judgment has its roots in religious faith.

Allan Massie: Corrupt politicians passed the Act of Settlement to keep a Catholic off the throne: is it right for our time?


A Polish woman‘s heroic journey of self-discovery.


Ian Paisley steps down from pulpit after 60 years of preaching.

-Cross Wires is the Scottish Catholic Observer blog.

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