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Cross Wires: Thursday headlines

The latest Catholic news from home and abroad

Vatican confirms May 16 date for publication of advice on guidelines the existence of which was revealed in Cross Wires yesterday- to prevent, respond to abuse.

The Catholic Church in Ireland’s child protection watchdog reveals that it was not told until recently of over 200 new allegations of clerical child abuse received by Church authorities in the year ended March 31.

New nuncio’s first address to English and Welsh bishops: full text.

Christian peace campaigners blockade Scottish nuclear base.

Campaign launched by Family Rosary International aims to unite people worldwide in praying the rosary for the success of World Youth Day.

World Youth Day visa ban frustrates young Catholics from Pakistan.

Cardinal Kurt Koch, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (PCPCU) , sounds ‘ecumenical keynote’ during first official visit to the World Council of Churches in Geneva.

Catholic professors in US petition House Speaker to rethink the Republicans’ budget that they say disproportionately harms the poor.

In the US, Rhode Island politicians yesterday backed a resolution calling for a pardon for the last person hanged in the state, Irish-Catholic immigrant John Gordon.


New blog: Taking education seriously by Leonardo Franchi who is based at the school of education at Glasgow Univesrity. His special interests are religion and culture.

And finally

New Australian Bishop, a theologian who studied and worked Scotland, to model himself on Holy Father.

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

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