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Pope Benedict XVI: Celebrating his 85th birthday and election as Pope. (Video).

Holy Father: Regina coeli on Divine Mercy Sunday.

Chancellor’s tax cap ‘may turn people off charitable giving,’ says John Swinney.

Lyall Duff, council candidate accused of insulting Catholic midwives, resigns from SNP.

Scottish DNA project reveals Paisley-born actor Tom Conti, son of Italian immigrant father and Irish Catholic mother, is directly related to Napoleon Bonaparte.

Christians are becoming more confident in the UK political arena.

Closure of Ireland’s Vatican embassy will not be reversed ‘in the immediate term,’ according to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade yesterday.

Association of Catholic Priests (ACP) survey finds Irish Catholics ‘want married priests.’

OPINION

Vatican hoping to make SSPX announcement early this week.

AND FINALLY

The story of Essex priest Fr Thomas Byles who refused to leave passengers on the Titanic, as told by his great nephew.

-Cross Wires is The Scottish Catholic Observer blog.

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