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Pope Francis at general audience: The gift of understanding is not based on intellect (above). (Report and video).

Statement released at conclusion of Council of Eight Cardinals meetings.

Sectarian clashes in Assiut. Two Christians killed.

Chaldean patriarch rips Western actions in Iraq: ‘we are a ruined church.’


Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin says that options for parents who do not want to send their children to a Catholic school are developing ‘far too slowly.’

Botched execution shows death penalty‘s brutality, US bishop says.

Sarah Palin rebuked for comparing waterboarding to Baptism.

Intimidation and abuse of Christians in Orissa, India: homes destroyed, faithful thrown out.


London: Mass for Migrants on Bank Holiday Monday.


—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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