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Cross Wires: Thursday breaking news

MSPs face call for Lockerbie conviction inquiry; Pope Benedict XVI's post-synodal apostolic exhortation Verbum Domini; The secretary of state for Northern Ireland not in favour of continuing PSNI's 50-50 recruitment; Church leaders decry death sentence given to Catholic woman in Pakistan; London Oratory Junior Choir in new Harry Potter film

SCOTTISH

The reputation of Scottish justice has been ‘shot to pieces’ because of the conviction of Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi for the Lockerbie atrocity, MSPs were told yesterday by Dr Jim Swire (above right), whose campaign is backed by Cardinal Keith O’Brien (above left). Pic: Paul McSherry

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/politics/swire-urges-holyrood-to-hold-inquiry-into-megrahi-1.1067219

VATICAN

Pope Benedict XVI has issued the post-synodal apostolic exhortation Verbum Domini [The Word of the Lord], the most important Church document devoted to Sacred Scripture since the Second Vatican Council’s Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation (Dei Verbum), which was promulgated in 1965.

links to full document http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=8243

G20 Summit: Pope urges cooperation to recover from crisis

Video and text link: http://www.romereports.com/palio/G20-Summit-Pope-urges-cooperation-to-recover-from-crisis-english-3054.html

The Vatican today released Pope Benedict XVI’s letter to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran. It was sent in response to the president’s letter to the Pope last month.

http://www.ncregister.com/blog/popes-letter-to-ahmadinejad/

The history of the “Pope’s Library” — the very large collection of books, manuscripts, drawings, plans, parchments, maps, coins, medals and other treasures—is open to the general public through an exhibition titled “Know the Vatican Library: A History Open to the Future.”

http://www.zenit.org/article-30923?l=english

NATIONAL

Owen Paterson, the secretary of state for Northern Ireland has said he is ‘not minded’ to continue the practice of 50-50 recruitment of Catholic and Protestant officer in the PSNI.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-11732911

Schola Cantorum, London Oratory Junior Choir in new Harry Potter film

http://www.indcatholicnews.com/news.php?viewStory=17088

The Ordinariate will help reconnect the English Church to its medieval roots

http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/commentandblogs/2010/11/11/the-ordinariate-will-help-reconnect-the-english-church-to-its-medieval-roots/

INTERNATIONAL

Church leaders decry death sentence given to Catholic woman in Pakistan over allegations of derogatory remarks about Prophet Mohammed

http://www.cathnewsindia.com/2010/11/11/christians-decry-death-sentence-to-catholic-woman/

Congo: murdered priest was victim of targetted killing

http://www.indcatholicnews.com/news.php?viewStory=17090

—Cross Wires is the Scottish Catholic Observer newspaper’s blog

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