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Cross Wires: Friday headlines

The latest Catholic news from Scotland and around the world

How SCIAF and Mary’s Meals helped Scotland rebuild Haiti after earthquake. Above, Cardinal Keith O’Brien in Haiti with SCIAF in January 2011 on the first anniversary of the tragedy. (Pic: Paul McSherry).

Two years after deadly earthquake, Haitian Archbishop Guire Poulard urges residents to now take charge of recovery (video).

Scottish police probe anti-Catholic and Celtic-hating online rant made by English referee Jeff Winter.

Catholic bishops in the Democratic Republic of Congo have denounced elections in November that re-elected President Joseph Kabila.

Several dozen religious leaders in US joined together yesterday against redefining marriage in America, warning that such a move would have ‘far-reaching consequences’ for religious freedom.

The Holy Father’s prayer intentions, entrusted to the Apostleship of Prayer for the year 2013.

A South Armagh peacemaker has urged Irish border Catholics to consider ways in which they might help their Protestant neighbours facing school closures feel less insecure.

OPINION

Christine M Flowers: Catholic school closings (in in Philadelphia): Farewell to a way of life.

AND FINALLY

A 700-year-old letter from King Philip of France to his officials at the Vatican, that mentions William Wallace by name and is thought to have been in his possession, has returned to Scotland and is to go on display.

– Cross Wires is the Scottish Catholic Observer blog

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