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Cross Wires: Thursday latest headlines

Scottish parishioners help to clear snow; Holy Father leads crowning of Mary; US site declared a Marian shrine; Former SFA referee chief appeals against removal over Pope e-mail...

As Scotland struggles to get back to normal after recent heavy snow, and to prepare for the severe winter weather forecast ahead, parishioners at St Aloysius in Chapelhall, North Lanarkshire (above), showed really community spirit  by answering Canon Michael Walsh’s call to help clear snow around the church on the Feast of the Immaculate conception. An example to us all.

Pope Benedict XVI leads crowning of Mary in Piazza di Spagna

Catholic Diocese declares Wisconsin site a Marian Shrine. Shrine is only one in the US; Virgin Mary

Hugh Dallas appeals sacking with SFA. Mr Dallas and four other SFA employees were dismissed for forwarding an e-mail that linked the visit of the Pope to Scotland with the child abuse scandal within the Catholic Church.

Papal Visit has given us fresh courage says Archbishop of Birmingham

Material relating to the Vatican and Israel is described as “in the pipeline”, and could be release on Wilkileaks within the next few days.

Thousands expected for Bishop Steinbock’s fun

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

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