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Pope Francis denounces brutality against Christians in Iraq and Syria

March 2nd, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The Pope led tens of thousands of people at St Peter’s Square in silent prayer for over 220 Christians who were kidnapped from their homes in Tal Tamr last week, when ISIS seized control of their villages. “Unfortunately the tragic news just keeps coming from Iraq and Syria,” Pope Francis said. “We want to assure all those who find themselves in these situations that we have not forgotten them.” All reports on the kidnapped Christians so far have been unconfirmed, but footage has been released by ISIS showing them smashing ancient Assyrian statues and ransacking a museum and archaeological site in ... continue reading.
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Papal nuncio to Ireland offers Jesus as anchor in Scotland’s throwaway culture

March 1st, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Few thought that the second audience at the Bishops’ Lenten Catechesis at St Mirin’s Cathedral, Paisley, could be larger than the full house at that the opening session with Bishop John Keenan, nor that it could be lifted higher, yet today's gathering with the Papal Nuncio to Ireland was.... continue reading.


Pope warns the mafia that criminals cannot be ‘true believers’

February 27th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

You cannot call yourself a true believer if you participate in organised crime, Pope Francis said last Saturday. ... continue reading.

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Homeless man given bishop’s resting place

February 26th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Willy Herteller, 80, buried by Italian Mgr Americo Ciani in a Vatican cemetery to honour Pope Francis' wish to give priority to the poor ... continue reading.


Pope, Moderator see Scotland shine

February 20th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Pope Francis has praised Scotland as an ‘outstanding’ example of religious ‘understanding and co-operation’ in stark contrast with the beheading of 21 Christians by Islamic terrorists in Libya.... continue reading.


Pope Francis calls on new cardinals to serve with love

February 20th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

On Valentine’s Day Pope Francis created 20 new cardinals and told them their first responsibility was to serve the Church with love. ... continue reading.

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Pope Francis appeals for peace in Libya, the Ukraine

February 18th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

During his weekly general audience, the Pope prayed for the Christians murdered by Islamist militants and addressed bishops from the crisis-hit Ukraine.... continue reading.

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Pope calls on young people to have the courage to be happy

February 17th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

In his message for World Youth Day, the Holy Father calls on young people to ‘rebel against this culture that sees everything as temporary’ and to ‘not be afraid of love’... continue reading.

Vatican expert advises on safeguarding

February 13th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The bishops of Scotland have met with a leading Vatican exert on prevention of clergy abuse of children as part of their efforts to learn from past cases and continue to develop best practice.... continue reading.

Cardinal to represent Pope at Glasgow St John Ogilvie anniversary

February 12th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Pope Francis is to send a special envoy to Glasgow to mark the 400th anniversary of the martyrdom of St John Ogilvie in March.... continue reading.

Pope says children are a gift

February 12th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Speaking during his weekly General Audience, the Pope said that choosing not to have children was ‘selfish.’... continue reading.

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  •  Archbishop Leo Cushley’s full reflection on Malawi trip with SCIAF.
  • Bishop Hugh Gilbert of Aberdeen rallies opposition to assisted suicide.
  • Bishop John Keenan of Paisley express Church’s solidarity with the Jewish community.
  • Gerald Warner on being realistic about and alert to the challenges that face our Church’s teaching.
  • Politicians weigh in on parents’ bid to keep Catholic primary education in Milngavie by taking St Joseph’s out of local authority control.


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