This weeks vatican news


Holy Father’s World War III warning

September 19th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

A ’piecemeal’ Third World War may have already begun, Pope Francis has warned. He was speaking during a visit to Italy’s largest military cemetery last Sunday, where he was commemorating the centenary of the First World War. “War is madness,” the Pope said at a memorial to 100,000 Italian soldiers at Redipuglia cemetery near Slovenia. “When will we learn this lesson? We must understand that hatred and evil are defeated with forgiveness and good, and to understand that responding with war only augments evil and death.” The Holy Father said it is believed that more than 8 million soldiers and 7 million ... continue reading.

Cardinal Nichols outlines Extraordinary Synod’s priorities

September 19th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, has described what he sees as some of the priorities of the Extraordinary Synod on the family to be held at the Vatican next month.... continue reading.


Pope Francis to address European Parliament

September 12th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

On November 25 Holy Father will become only the second Pope to do so. St John Paul II's visit in October 1988 event was disrupted by the Ian Paisley, who died today... continue reading.


Pope leads tributes to murdered Italian nuns

September 12th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

After this week's SCO went press it was announced that the murderer of three missionary sisters had been arrested and confessed to the crime, according to local police ... continue reading.

Pope Francis walks Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew

Pope’s trip to Turkey nears Iraqi border

September 9th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Holy Father intends to visit Istanbul on November 30, the feast of St Andrew, and meet with Bartholomew I, the first Patriarch of Constantinople... continue reading.


Vatican accepts Cardinal Séan Brady’s resignation

September 8th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Archbishop Eamon Martin named new Primate of All Ireland... continue reading.


Peres asks Pope to head group to counter religious extremism

September 4th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Former Israeli President Shimon Peres today asked Pope Francis to head a parallel United Nations called the ‘United Religions’ to counter religious extremism.... continue reading.

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Pope tells Iraqi pilgrims that the Church will defend the defenceless

September 3rd, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Speaking at the end of his weekly General Audience, Pope Francis addressed Arabic-speaking pilgrims and spoke of the caring and protective nature of the Church.... continue reading.

Italy takes Islamic State threat on Pope seriously

September 1st, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

In spite of Vatican’s lack of immediate concern, the Italian government has announced terror alert amid fears for country and Holy See. UK also heightens terror alert... continue reading.

Pope warns against divisions within the Christian community

August 27th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Speaking during his weekly general audience, the Holy Father highlighted the serious sin and called for Christian unity. ... continue reading.

Peacemaking Taoiseach honoured at funeral by Pope Francis

August 26th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Holy Father’s tribute to Albert Reynolds read at his funeral yesterday... continue reading.

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  • Emeritus Professor Sir Tom Devine bears witness to a silent revolution in Scotland.
  • Kevin McKenna on reconciliation after September 18: Politics can help us change things but we only through Jesus can peace prevail.
  • Bishop Noel Treanor’s reaction to the death of former Northern Ireland first minister Ian Paisley.
  • A champion musician from St Ninian’s High, Giffnock, is to perform during An Afternoon with Our Lady at Blessed John Duns Scotus, Gorbals, on Sunday September 21.
  • The congregation of Our Lady of Consolation, Govanhill, were joined with Archbishop Philip Tartaglia of Glasgow in saying goodbye to their church of 43 years.

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