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Bishop’s sadness as yobs wreck Aberdeen nativity

December 6th, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Catholics speak out after ‘mindless’ vandals smash baby Jesus figure

The Bishop of Aberdeen has spoken out after a public Nativity scene in the city was wrecked by vandals who destroyed the baby Jesus figure just hours after it was unveiled. The Nativity display at St Nicholas Kirk, Aberdeen city centre, was opened on Monday December 2 by an ecumenical group including Bishop Hugh Gilbert, to the delight of Christians across the city who have been left ‘shocked’ by the act of ‘desecration’. Between Monday evening and the early hours of Tuesday morning, the baby Jesus statue was smashed to pieces and had half its face stolen, while the figures of two wise men and a donkey were knocked over and damaged. Bishop Gilbert of Aberdeen Diocese, condemned the attack after he presided the blessing at the opening ceremony along with representatives of Aberdeen Churches Together, the city council’s lord and depute provosts, and pupils of both Catholic and non-denominational schools.   Perpetrators Bishop Hugh... continue reading.

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Archbishop calls on government to act as prison population soars

December 6th, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The Archbishop of St Andrews & Edinburgh has called on politicians to tackle Scotland’s growing prisoner population problem after it was revealed last week that prisoner numbers are at a near record high — by Colette Cooper continue reading...


Plans for new catechism on nuclear weapons welcomed by Justice and Peace Scotland

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Justice and Peace Scotland has welcomed Pope Francis' announcement that the immorality of nuclear weapons... continue reading.


Food for thought at St Margaret Mary’s Prayer Breakfast

December 6th, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Pupils, staff and guests were educated on the Turin Shroud during a community prayer breakfast... continue reading.


Persecution ‘more widespread than many would think,’ says immigration lawyer

December 6th, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

A Scottish immigration lawyer who defends persecuted Christians has said that ‘religious persecution is much... continue reading.



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Young Scots in Rome see their school’s patron made a saint

October 18 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Pupils from Cardinal Newman High in Bellshill travelled to Rome last week to witness...

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Retiring headteacher had positive impact on ‘thousands of children’

October 11 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

A newly retired headteacher received messages of support from his colleagues as he spoke...

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Mass marks 50 years of teaching at Catholic primary in West Dumbartonshire

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Fundraising campaign launched to bring Good News to youth

October 4 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS


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National Youth Pilgrimage venerates Patron saint’s relics in St Andrew’s Cathedral

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Opinion

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Decking the halls with faithful acts of service

December 6 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

As armies of volunteers prepare, clean and decorate our churches for Advent, it’s time...

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Real Mass appeal: the responsibility of clergy and Mass in education

December 6 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

In a fast-moving world, Canon Tom Shields explains why the role of priests and...

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The people vs the truth about anti-Catholic bigotry

December 6 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS


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There is value in slowing down this Advent to notice the coming of Christ

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Pope’s visit reminds us to take inspiration from the martyrs of Japan

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