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POPE-ASH-WEDNESDAY

Cross Wires: Thursday headlines

The latest Catholic news

TOP STORIES

Lenten ashes are call to repentance, humility, Pope Benedict XVI says at Mass, and Lent should be time of grace, he says at general audience. Full homily at Santa Sabina Mass.

Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster rejects claim UK Christians are persecuted.

Vatican wants to examine 1500-year-old Bible in Turkey.

Northern Irish comedian Frank Carson, who was awarded a Papal Knighthood of the Order of St Gregory by Pope John Paul II, has died.

SCOTLAND AND UK

Justice and Peace Scotland echoes Cardinal Keith O’Brien’s support for yesterday’s 30th annual anti-nuclear prayer vigil  outside the Ministry of Defence in London’s Whitehall. Cardinal O’Brien also backs Operation Noah, a Christian climate change lobby.

Fernhill School in Rutherglen is marking its 40th anniversary by offering five full scholarships worth a quarter-of-a-million-pounds.

Cardinal Keith O’Brien and Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor have written the forewords to two new books published specially for Lent by Saint Albert’s Press, the publishing house of The British Province of Carmelites.

Liverpool is one of 12 cities that have begun Mission Metropolis, the 
Evangelisation Council’s pilot project during Lent.

Belfast priest Fr Eugene O’Neill’s comments that a united Ireland is now irrelevant and in praise of the Queen provoke strong reaction.

VATICAN

Follow the Pope on Twitter for Lent.

Vatican-SSPX talks concluded; Papal decision due by summer.

INTERNATIONAL

Vatican embassy closure was a mistake for Ireland but it is time we moved on, says Archbishop Diarmuid Martin.

US Catholic colleges file lawsuits over birth control rule.

AND FINALLY

Eamonn Walsh at the BBC: Why do men become Catholic priests?

-Cross Wires is The Scottish Catholic Observer blog

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