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Cross Wires: Tuesday breaking news

October 21st, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Holy Father to consistory: We are witnessing a phenomenon of terrorism. (Video here.) Coptic Catholic Patriarch of Egypt: Muslims in my country do not support the Islamic State. (Video). 200,000 activists tell Europe: stand up for persecuted Christians. Pope Francis picks Brentwood priest for Biblical commission. Vatican Library’s digital archives now available online. A hundred thousand on a pilgrimage for the family to the shrine of the first Chilean saint. AND FINALLY Justin Bieber ‘scolded’ by vatican for playing football in Pope’s Museum.   —Cross Wires is The Scottish Catholic Observer blog. Follow breaking news from the SCO through the day on ... continue reading.

Cross Wires: Sunday breaking news

October 19th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The latest Catholic headlines... continue reading.


Pope Francis’s final address to synod

October 18th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Dear Eminences, Beatitudes, Excellencies, Brothers and Sisters, With a heart full of appreciation and gratitude I want to thank, along with you, the Lord who has accompanied and guided us in the past days, with the light of the Holy Spirit.... continue reading.


Synod: Bishops’ closing message, full text

October 18th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

We, Synod Fathers, gathered in Rome together with Pope Francis in the Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, greet all families of the different continents and in particular all who follow Christ, the Way, the Truth, and the Life. We admire and are grateful for the daily witness which you offer us and the world with your fidelity, faith, hope, and love.... continue reading.


Faith is not weakened by persecution or charity

October 17th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

It takes a brave person to speak up on religious injustice and persecution in the Middle East as tensions spiral, especially if that person lives in the region. It takes a wise person to identify those who need to take responsibility and action for these problems without apportioning blame or pointing fingers. Archbishop Elias Nassar is such a person.... continue reading.


Let go of unhappy resentment, its costs

October 17th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

By Fr Ronald Rolhesier... continue reading.


A time for every purpose under Heaven

October 17th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Our Church was right to stay largely out of the independence referendum, but now is a time for action says KEVIN McKENNA... continue reading.

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Cross Wires: Thursday breaking news

October 16th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

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Cross Wires: Wednesday breaking news

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Cross Wires: Tuesday breaking news

October 14th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

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Synod on the family: Full text of Relatio Post Disceptationem

October 13th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Interim document read to bishops taking part on Monday Oct 13 by general rapporteur, Cardinal Peter Erdo AND UPDATED TRANSLATION Oct 16... continue reading.

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