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Pope waves as he arrives to celebrate Mass at Basilica of St. Augustine in Rome

Cross Wires: Thursday breaking news

The latest Catholic headlines from Scotland and around the world

Reports US ‘spied on future Pope Francis during Vatican conclave’ denied as the US National Security Agency (NSA) says that the agency does not ‘target the Vatican.

Pope Francis calls for reconciliation, peace, unity and stability for Iraq.

Holy See to UN on food security: Clearly more needs to be done.

Lebanon in negotiations to secure release of kidnapped bishops.


Lecture on Pope’s favourite painter in Edinburgh on November 11.


Vatican newspaper highlights group’s ‘Christ-centred alternative to Halloween.’

Polish archbishop: Halloween festivities violate Church teaching.

A Christian defence of Halloween.


Actor David Suchet, who plays the detective Hercule Poirot, is a convert to Christianity.

Vatican fast facts.


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


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