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FIRST Minister Alex Salmond is due to host crunch talks with one of Scotland’s most senior bishops tomorrow, amid growing concerns the SNP is losing the confidence of the country’s Catholic leadership over its controversial stance on anti-sectarianism and gay marriage.
Pope Benedict denounced economic structures that put profits ahead of people yesterday at the start of a trip to recession-hit Spain where the costs of the pontiff's visit have sparked violent protests.
A CHEMISTRY student working as a volunteer to prepare for a visit by the Pope to Madrid has been arrested on suspicion of planning a gas attack targeting anti-papal protesters.
Relations between the Vatican and Ireland plunged to a new low yesterday following the country's recent sex abuse scandal, after the Papal Nuncio was dramatically recalled to Rome.
In 1950, Ireland's then minister for health, Dr Noel Browne, announced his intention to radically reform the former Free State's ailing health service. For the first time, maternity care for all mothers and healthcare for all children up to the age of 16 would be delivered free of charge.
THE once-solid relationship between the Irish state and the Vatican was rocked yesterday as the Republic absorbed the shockwaves of an unprecedented attack on the Holy See's response to child sex abuse cases by Prime Minister Enda Kenny.
Ireland's prime minister has warned Catholic clerics will be prosecuted if they failed to tell the authorities about crimes disclosed during confession.
A NEW bishop for the diocese of Aberdeen has been nominated by Pope Benedict XVI.
THE Catholic Church has criticised a failure to tackle sectarianism following a rise of almost 10 per cent in charges for religiously motivated crimes - and warned it goes deeper than footballing rivalry.
Support groups for victims of paedophile priests have dismissed new guidelines issued by the Vatican in dealing with the problem, as a fresh case rocked the Catholic Church in Italy.
Pope Benedict XVI has fired an outspoken Australian bishop who had called on the church to consider ordaining women and married men.
MORE than a million people crowded into St Peter's Square in Vatican City to celebrate the beatification of the late pope John Paul II as he moved a step closer to sainthood.
BLOOD taken from Pope John Paul II during his final stay in hospital will be used as the official relic for veneration after he is beatified.
THE Pope offered an Easter prayer for diplomacy to prevail over warfare in Libya and for citizens of the Middle East to build a new society based on respect.
POPE Benedict XVI marked the holiest night of the year for Christians by stressing that humanity is not a random product of evolution.
POPE Benedict XVI took questions from a child in Japan, a Muslim woman in Ivory Coast and a mother caring for a son in a permanent coma, in his first televised dialogue with the public, broadcast yesterday.
The leader of the Catholic Church in Scotland will use his Easter message tomorrow to call on Christians to unite in the face of "aggressive secularism".
The leader of Scotland's Roman Catholics yesterday said he was "going on as normal", after confirming he had received a bullet in the post last year.