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Pope Francis, Jordan's King Abdullah II and Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad bin Talal pose for photos during private audience at Vatican

Cross Wires: Tuesday breaking news

The latest Catholic and ecumenical headlines

Vatican bank gets Pope’s blessing to keep going.

Pope Francis has praised Church workers in Africa who promote chastity as a key way to prevent the spread of HIV.

Pakistani Christian couple sentenced to death on blasphemy charges.

Pope, Jordan’s King have tea ahead of Mideast trip (above).

Brazilian organisers of World Youth Day receive Papal thanks, encouragement.

CES appoints new higher education adviser.

Manse that hid the crown jewels for nine years for sale.


Warning from Whitstable Junior School and St Mary’s Catholic School after pupils become ‘frightened’ by computer games such as Call of Duty.


—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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