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Documentary praises the work of Faith behind bars

August 10th, 2018 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

BBC to showcase the work of Catholic chaplains in Scottish jails

A Faith-based documentary due to be aired next week is helping to illustrate the important role of Catholic chaplains within Scottish prisons. The priest at the centre of the 40-minute film set in HMP Edinburgh is this week urging Catholics to ‘learn about the great work we do within Scottish prisons.’ Fr Vasyl Krenus, a Ukrainian Catholic priest based at Our Lady of Pochayiv and St Andrew’s Church in Edinburgh, encounters a number of prisoners within the documentary who are seeking pastoral care for a range of issues. This week the Scottish Government, the Catholic Church and the Scottish Prison Service have all said that Catholic chaplains play an important role in reforming inmates. Bishop Joseph Toal of Motherwell Diocese, who is the president of the Pastoral and Social Care Commission, said: “Catholic chaplains work as a team across the Scottish Prison Service, and include priests, deacons and lay chaplains, as well as volunteers. “They... continue reading.

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Homelessness youth rally highlights work of SSVP

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Fundraising Georgia reaches for the sky

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Letting the waters of Baptism flow

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FR KANE explains how welcoming new members into the family of the Church is...


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