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Cross Wires: Wednesday headlines

The latest news for Catholics in Scotland and around the world

First anniversary celebrations for Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham this Sunday, Mgr Keith Newton (above left) to preside.

Action is needed to tackle ‘shameful’ levels of child poverty in parts of Scotland, campaigners have urged.

Church in Ireland pays tribute to Mary Raftery, journalist who exposed abuse, who died at the age of 54.

Catholic teenager James Turley tells of beating on Belfast film set.

Benedictine monks could lose control of one of England’s most prestigious private schools, Downside Abbey in Somerset, after 200 years due to abuse cases.

A Catholic agency has launched a campaign to raise awareness on the fate of two Chinese bishops who disappeared over a decade ago,

Three-year apostolic visitation study of US female religious, called for by the Vatican, has been completed.

Two Christian leaders arrested in Orissa, India, under false accusations.

European bishops tell Christians of Gaza: ‘You are not alone.’

Ahead of January 15 World Day of Migrants and Refugees, Archbishop Antonio Maria Veglio, president of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant Peoples, says migration offers ‘opportunities for evangelisation.’

Researcher reveals Pope Pius XII’s ‘remarkable’ aid for Jewish refugees.

Spanish priest Fr Jose Antonio Fortea says exorcism is God’s ‘gift to help us believe’ and thinks Harry Potter is great fun as long as it is regarded as entertainment.


Scottish independence: Heed the lesson of a disunited Ireland.


Vatican museums hit new record in 2011, over 5 million visitors for first time.

– Cross Wires is the Scottish Catholic Observer blog

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