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Action needed to combat funeral ‘debt and distress’

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Churches call for more to be done to tackle rising cost of saying goodbye

Catholic and Protestant clergy have united to urge the Scottish Government to combat the exploding cost of burying a loved one. A new report from Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) shows the basic cost of a burial, excluding undertakers’ fees, is now £1,373, up 8% on last year. The total cost is estimated to be £3,799—double that of a decade ago, according to a separate survey by insurer Sunlife. The Scottish government is hosting a conference on funeral poverty in November before social security powers, including funeral payments, are devolved to the Scottish Parliament next year. Fr Jeremy Bath, of St Philomena’s, Whitburn, a Catholic representative on the Church Funeral Poverty Committee, said the situation required ‘aggressive action.’ He said there was an unemployed woman in his parish who buried her husband and son within nine months of each other. “At  three and a half grand a time, it’s huge sums.” Fr Bath, who met with... continue reading.

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Realities of reformation should not be glossed over, Catholic Church says

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A new visitor centre celebrating Scotland’s Christian heritage on the island of Iona should not... continue reading.


Work for World Youth Day earns Gaynoll warm praise from Pope

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ONE dynamic Scottish Catholic was singled out for praise by Pope Francis as she was... continue reading.


Bishops thank former SCES director

September 23rd, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

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Scots Catholics join Pope in call to help refugees

September 23rd, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Welcome refugees into your homes, Pope says, as Scots give their support... continue reading.



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Chloe waves goodbye to flowing locks for charity

September 30 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

CHLOE Carmichael, an S4 pupil at St Andrew’s and St Bride’s High School in...

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Holyrood marks 80 years of progress

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ARCHBISHOP Philip Tartaglia joined current and former pupils and staff of Holyrood Secondary School...

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Catholic education about critical engagement, Archbishop says

September 9 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS


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Teacher prepares for month-long stint in Malawi

August 26 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS


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Baby Maria brings WYD home to Scotland

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Opinion

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The spiralling cost of funerals is a scandal

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A call for diversity in education, and humanist schools if desired

September 30 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Recent coverage of the Humanist Society’s judicial review of the Scottish Government’s decision to...

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Each refugee is more than just a number

September 23 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS


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Call of the Lord was impossible to ignore

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Invaluable benefits of a Catholic education

September 16 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS



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