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Cross Wires: Monday headlines

The latest Catholic, ecumenical and interfaith news from Scotland and around the world

Faculty of Advocates says Scottish Marriage Bill does not guarantee freedom of conscience.

Pope Francis appoints Archbishop Pietro Parolin as the new Vatican Secretary of State.

Holy Father announces day of fasting for peace for Syria. Full Angelus text.

New Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis calls for ‘real unity‘ in Britain among different faiths.

Leading Catholic charities say UK ‘cannot afford poverty.’

Historic abuse allegations against the Verona Fathers Junior Seminary in Yorkshire.

Cardinal Seán Brady speaks at German celebrations in honour of St Oliver Plunkett.

Nobel prize-winning poet Seamus Heaney dies, aged 74.

Bolton’s Polish Catholic church celebrates 50th anniversary.


Mark Sawyer wonders whether the next generation of songwriters, in ‘losing their religion,’ are also losing a vital source of inspiration.


Pope bows for Muslim Queen Rania of Jordan in latest display of humility.


—Cross Wires is The Scottish Catholic Observerblog. Follow breaking news from the SCO through the day on Twitter at SCO_NEWS

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