Wednesday headlines

Roads, schools and refuse collections are being look at ahead of the Pope’s visit to Glasgow next month. Almost 3500 letters are being sent to households and businesses near Bellahouston Park advising of changes on and around September 16, when Pope Benedict XV1 will celebrate Mass on September 16 in front of 100,000 people.

The BBC has unveiled more details of its extensive plans for coverage of the forthcoming UK visit by Pope Benedict XVI, with more than 10 hours of live broadcasting on BBC1 and BBC2.

Archbishop of Westminster Vincent Nichols, the Catholic leader of England and Wales, said yesterday that he didi not think that asking the Faithful to pay a contribution to travel to see Pope Benedict XVI when he visits Britain this month would ‘dampen enthusiasm’ for the trip.

Pope Benedict XVI has granted a series of in-depth interviews with German journalist Peter Seewald. The Pope’s responses to questions about the state of the Church and his pontificate will form the basis for a book to be published before the end of this year.

Vatican official Archbishop Robert Sarah yesterday criticised Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi’s reported call for Islam to become the religion of all of Europe, labelling it disrespectful to the Pope and Catholic Italy.

Holy Father and past pupils interpret Vatican II.

When attending Mass and receiving the Eucharist, Catholics must be filled with gratitude for God’s great gifts, Pope Benedict XVI has told a group of his former students.

German Catholic Church rewrites sex abuse guidelines.

Fr Paddy O’Kane, from the Holy Family church in Londonderry, has made a call from the pulpit for talks with dissident republicans to begin.

Bob Geldof seeks comfort from his daughters as they mourn his father Bob Snr at Catholic funeral.

Former Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair has described his successor Gordon Brown as ‘difficult, at times maddening’ in his long-awaited memoirs, which are published today. Mr Blair, who converted to Catholicism in 2007, launched his Tony Blair Faith Foundation in May the following year.


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