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Right to Left - Palestinian Joseph Hazboun, 46, helps his son, Lene, 12, with his homework in their apartment in East Jerusalem, February 28, 2012. Joseph from Bethlehem, West Bank, has been living for 17 years with his wife, Rima, 45, (she refused to be photographed) who is from Jerusalem, without being granted a permanent residency to live with his family by the Israeli authorities. PHOTO: DEBBIE HILL

Parents are central to their children’s education, Pope says

May 20th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Pope Francis has called on parents to take back from ‘so-called experts’ the role of raising their children. Speaking during his weekly general audience, the Pope said parents had self-exiled themselves from their children’s education and must now return. He called for families to take up the central role in the lives of children saying that parents ‘spend less time with their children, and schools are often more influential than families in shaping the thinking and values of the young.’ “Yet the relationship between family and school ought to be harmonious,” the Holy Father said. “Our children need sure guidance in ... continue reading.

First Arabic-speaking Catholic saints are Canonised

May 18th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Pope Francis bestows sainthood on Palestinian nuns, naming St Marie Alphonsine Ghattas and St St Mary of Jesus Crucified... continue reading.

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New Palestinian saints bring hope to their people

May 15th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Pope Francis will Canonise two 19th century Palestinian nuns this Sunday, an act a Palestinian bishop has said will show the world his people aren’t ‘just terrorists.'... continue reading.

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas adjusts the microphone during a press conference on August 26, 2014 in the West Bank city of Ramallah, to formally announce that a deal had been reached with Israel over a long-term end to seven weeks of fighting in Gaza. Israel has agreed to observe an "unlimited" ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, a senior official told AFP, shortly after the deal was announced by the Palestinians. AFP PHOTO / ABBAS MOMANI        (Photo credit should read ABBAS MOMANI/AFP/Getty Images)

Vatican to officially recognise the State of Palestine

May 13th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Reports suggest that a new treaty may be signed by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Pope Francis on Saturday... continue reading.


Rules for child protection commission

May 13th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The Vatican has published a new set of rules for its commission to protect children.... continue reading.


Priests to absolve sin of abortion during Jubilee of Mercy

May 7th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Pro-life movement in Scotland welcomes new powers for ‘missionaries of mercy’ as part of healing process... continue reading.


Urgent appeal to help Nepal

May 1st, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

SCIAF’s aid reaches earthquake survivors immediately through Caritas network... continue reading.

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Pope calls for equal pay, radical equality between the sexes

April 29th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The Holy Father told pilgrims in St Peter’s Square at his general audience that there must be more equal opportunities in the workplace, and spoke out against chauvinism ... continue reading.

UN secretary general thanks Pope for his moral leadership

April 28th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Ban Ki-moon had a ‘fruitful and wide ranging conversation’ with the Pope before addressing a climate change conference at the Vatican... continue reading.

Prayers, action for refugees

April 24th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Pope Francis, Archbishop Tartaglia speak out as death toll nears 800 after capsize of boat from Libya in one of the worst maritime disasters since the Second World War... continue reading.

Let goodness and mercy follow you in, out of church

April 17th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Officially proclaiming the upcoming Jubilee Year of Mercy, the Pope envisions a non-judging, non-condemning Church and Scotland responds to his call... continue reading.

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