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Double your SCIAF support

August 29th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund has won UK Government fund-matching for its Wee Box, Big Change Lenten Appeal next year, the charity’s 50th anniversary year

The UK Government has announced that it will match every pound donated to SCIAF’s 50th anniversary Wee Box, Big Change appeal next Lent. The aid agency is now hopeful that, with the match funding, it could raise more than £2 million pounds for the world’s poorest during the appeal. Archbishop Philip Tartaglia, president of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland who is on the board of the Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund, said the money would help those who needed it most. The SCIAF 2015 Wee Box appeal will help women farmers in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi and Rwanda grow more food, boost their incomes and have a bigger say in their communities. The match funding was awarded to SCIAF through the UK Department for International Development’s (DFID) UK Aid Match scheme. The programme matches pound for pound public donations to selected charity appeals, giving the public a say in how Britain’s... continue reading.

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Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk says on-going conflict in the country’s east is a ‘tragedy for all peoples, believers of all faiths and all social groups;’ Ukrainian football superstar appeals for help to Pope Francis at Match for Peace continue reading...

Clergy changes for Glasgow Archdiocese

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Mgr Peter Smith returns from Vatican’s mission to the UN in New York this month... continue reading.

Prayer vigil for Scotland’s future

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Tyburn Benedictine Convent to hold evening of prayer through the night on last Friday before... continue reading.

Italy takes Islamic State threat on Pope seriously

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In spite of Vatican’s lack of immediate concern, the Italian government has announced terror alert... continue reading.

Scotland’s archbishops urge Catholics to vote in independence referendum.

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In messages to their parishioners to be read this weekend, Archbishops Philip Tartaglia (above right)... continue reading.



Volunteers bring Project Truth home

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Young pro-life activists came to Glasgow Chaplaincy’s Turnbull Hall last Saturday for a rally...


Perth Catholics enjoy pilgrimage to Santiago De Compostela

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Pilgrims from Perth arrived in Santiago de Compostela in time for the Feast of...


First national youth pilgrimage is in honour of St Margaret

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Commonwealth coming of age for teen who met the Pope

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Malawians make a song and dance for pupils

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Why do we fear our own maturity?

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The Catholic community must base choices on practical needs

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  • Bishop Toal leads 50th celebrations for St Bride’s, East Kilbride, after both sad and good news.
  • Rector of Pontifical Scots College in Rome officially named a monsignor in ceremony in his home Archdiocese of Glasgow.
  • Christine Glen brings readers some of Edinburgh Fringe Festival highlights.
  • Margaret Sinclair pilgrimage will take place on Sunday at 2pm at St Patrick’s Church, Cowgate, Edinburgh with Archbishop Cushley.
  • The Queenship of Mary and Polish pilgrimages to Carfin.

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