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Priests call for more action to combat funeral poverty in Scotland

September 13th, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Families are struggling to afford funerals, priests say as new funds announced, by Peter Diamond and Ryan McDougall

Catholic priests have welcomed a new benefit to tackle funeral poverty for low-income families, but insisted more needs to be done to solve the problem. Clergy from across the country, in some of the most deprived areas, this week challenged the government to do more to tackle the issue which ‘can plunge people into debt overnight.’   Expenses On Monday the Scottish Government’s social security department announced it is preparing to take control of a benefit which helps families pay funeral expenses. The new fund, which goes live on September 16, will make payments to low income families who have suffered a bereavement. It will replace the UK Government’s funeral expense payment. According to the Scottish Government up to 2,000 more applicants will be eligible for the new benefit.   Debt Fr Liam McMahon, parish priest of St Michael’s Church, Parkhead, said he welcomed ‘any government support for the most vulnerable.’ However, he added that the reported allowance... continue reading.

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Local authority and Catholic priests resolve transport dispute

September 13th, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

A dispute between Catholic parents and a local authority has been resolved after an agreement to widen an Oban school’s catchment area. continue reading...

Prayers and hope for Margaret Sinclair’s sainthood cause at annual pilgrimage

September 13th, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

As Margaret Sinclair’s sainthood cause drew nearer at St Patrick’s Church in Edinburgh Cowgate last... continue reading.

St Andrews and Edinburgh celebrates bumper weekend for vocations at cathedral

September 13th, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

A deacon and a permanent deacon were ordained at St Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh, last week... continue reading.

Scottish priest who served in Amazon calls on Church to lead on climate change

September 6th, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Fr Clarke said: “We are facing an international scandal which has significant implications for the... continue reading.


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

September 6 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Throughout the day young Catholics carried the relics of St Andrew, which are normally...


Parish prays for Kieran Tierney after record-breaking transfer

August 16 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

A Motherwell parish has praised the contribution of its young people to the community—including...


Priest pays tribute to St Mungo’s pupil killed in accident

August 9 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS


Mini Vinnies celebrate past year with ‘inspiring’ gathering

July 5 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS


Bumper birthday celebration as St Constantine’s turns ten

June 28 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS



True liberalism is found rooted in the teachings of Christianity

September 13 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

James Bundy argues that the philosophy of liberalism has lost its way in the...


St Thérèse’s relics’ tour brought my devotion to life

September 13 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

‘Seeing St Thérèse’s relics in person made stark the reality that she was a...


A proud, public pilgrimage of Faith in Whithorn

September 13 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS


Cynicism and online abuse have poisoned debate in politics and the Church

September 13 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS


Forefathers who built our parishes gave true sacrifice and service: we should remember them

September 6 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

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