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St John Ogilvie statue campaign gets boost from council support

July 20th, 2018 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Proposed statue could be incorporated into plan to redevelop Trongate area

Plans to erect a permanent memorial statue to St John Ogilvie in Glasgow City Centre have gained momentum this week, as councillors and supporters backed a call for its inclusion in ­a multimillion pound plan to redevelop the city. The official launch of the campaign to erect a memorial to St John Ogilvie took place on July 21 last year. One year on, campaigners’ efforts have been galvanised as Glasgow City councillors called for the local ­authority to include the plans in a £115 million city deal ­earmarked to upgrade and regenerate areas of the city centre. The regeneration will include ­Trongate, where St John Ogilvie, Scotland’s only Catholic ­martyr, was hanged in 1615. Prior to the local government ­elections last year, the SCO secured backing from every mainstream ­political party for the campaign to erect a ­permanent memorial to the saint. Those parties have now reiterated their support for the plans, and... continue reading.

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Mass-finder app launches in Motherwell

July 20th, 2018 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Catholics in Motherwell can now find Mass times across the diocese at their fingertips, as an exciting new app was launched earlier this month. continue reading...

World’s longest-serving altar server dies aged 103

July 20th, 2018 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The world record holder for longest-serving altar server has been laid to rest after a... continue reading.

Priest forgives man given four year jail sentence for robbing him

July 20th, 2018 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

A Rutherglen priest has said he forgives the man who was imprisoned for four years... continue reading.



First for Aberdeen University as students pick up Catholic teachers’ certificates

July 20 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The first teachers at Aberdeen University to achieve a Catholic teaching qualification celebrated their...


Caitlin braves the mud to raise money for Zambia hospice

July 6 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

A former pupil of St John Ogilvie High School has raised money for Missio Scotland...


Homelessness youth rally highlights work of SSVP

June 22 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS


Fundraising Georgia reaches for the sky

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Fond memories for Bishop McGee as school celebrates its diamond jubilee

June 1 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS



Just how much does a priest earn?

July 20 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

THE BOW IN THE HEAVENS looks at an often shrouded aspect of priestly life:...


A period poverty campaign victory inspired by St Thérèse

July 20 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Erin Slaven writes on how a saint's example led Celtic FC to provide women...


Scottish links will aid new Melbourne Archbishop as he takes on troubled diocese

July 20 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS


There’s one simple way the government can reassure the Catholic community after attack on priest

July 13 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS


The challenge of living in a small town

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