This weeks vatican news

Pope Francis celebrates a memorial Mass for Father Jacques Hamel in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae at the Vatican Sept. 14. Father Hamel, seen in the photo on the altar, was murdered while celebrating Mass in Rouen, France, July 26; the two killers  claimed allegiance to the Islamic State group. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano) See POPE-MASS-HAMEL Sept. 14, 2016.

Pope Francis warns that ‘to kill in the name of God is Satanic’

September 15th, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The Mass took place at the Pope’s residence of Santa Marta and the those present included Archbishop Dominque Lebrun of Rouen and others from that Diocese where Fr. Jacques Hamel was murdered while celebrating Mass in his Parish by two men swearing allegiance to the so-called Islamic State in July. Reflecting on the many martyrs that are part of the history of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis said: ‘this is a story that repeats itself in the Church, and today, he said, there are more Christian martyrs than there were at beginning of Christianity’ Today – he continued - there are ... continue reading.

Pope Francis has approved a new day of prayer for abuse survivors

September 12th, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Pope Francis has approved the establishment of a day of prayer for survivors of abuse, but decided it will be up to each nation’s bishops’ conference to decide when the memorial should be held, according a press release from the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors.... continue reading.

Pope Benedict XVI arrives to lead a Christmas mass in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican

Pope Emeritus Benedict says he is preparing ‘to pass the ultimate examination before God’

September 8th, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The retired pope says preparing for death is part of his daily routine.... continue reading.


Pope Francis to visit Italian earthquake victims

August 29th, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The Holy Father has announced that he will visit the survivors of Wednesday’s earthquake in Central Italy, which killed over 290 people and left 2500 more homeless.... continue reading.


Vatican Commission to consider women deacons

August 2nd, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Pope Francis (above) is to establish a commission to look into the issue of women deacons.... continue reading.

Pope Francis answers questions from journalists aboard his flight from Bangui, Central African Republic, to Rome Nov. 30. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See story to come.

The world is at war, warns Pope

July 27th, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The Holy Father has paid tribute to Fr Jacques Hamel who was murdered in France yesterday.... continue reading.


Cardinal Sarah urges priests to face the east during Mass

July 8th, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Cardinal Robert Sarah, the Vatican’s liturgy chief, has asked priests to begin celebrating Mass facing east rather than towards the congregation.... continue reading.

More news

Pope urges love on Armenia trip

June 27th, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Pope Francis called on Christians to define themselves by ‘acts of love and kindness’ during his three-day visit to Armenia this weekend.... continue reading.

Pope says EU referendum result is ‘will of the people’

June 24th, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Brexit backed by 52% to 48% across Britain. ... continue reading.

Vital role of deacons celebrated for Year of Mercy Jubilee

June 10th, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

THE role of deacons was celebrated from the Vatican to Carfin for the Year of Mercy Jubilee for deacons at the end of May.... continue reading.

Pope Francis leads Jubilee of Priests retreats

June 3rd, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

"Nothing unites us to God more than an act of mercy," the Pope says... continue reading.

Social media

Latest edition

P1 OCT 21b

exclusively in the paper


  • A powerful report from Missio’s work with disabled children in Kenya on Mission Sunday
  • The launch of new feature, the bow in the Heavens, a parish diary from Fr Joseph Bollan
  • Stunning Pictures from the re opening Mass of St Columbkille’s, Rutherglen after lengthy renovations
  • The story of a new charity that offers refuge to bereaved parents
  • More tributes to the late Bishop John Mone

Previous editions

Previous editions of the Scottish Catholic Observer newspaper are only available to subscribed Members. To download previous editions of the paper, please subscribe.

note: registered members only.