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Scots College rector says BBC documentary’s success shows desire for more religious-themed shows

Posted on: May 4th, 2020 by Ryan McDougall No Comments

The rector of the Pontifical Scots College in Rome said the success of a new BBC documentary on the seminary shows there is an appetite for more religious-themed TV shows.

Fr Daniel Fitzpatrick told the SCO he was 'delighted' with Priest School, which aired on April 19, and said Catholics are hopeful the seminarians featured on the show 'will be part of rebuilding the Church' after the COVID-19 pandemic. The one-off documentary was filmed across one academic year at the college,... read more

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Dunkeld pays tribute to priest who served for nearly 65 years

Posted on: May 4th, 2020 by Ryan McDougall No Comments

Bishop Stephen Robson of Dunkeld paid tribute to to a priest who served the diocese for nearly 65 years.

On Thursday April 30, Mgr Charles Hendry, parish priest of St Mary Magdalene's Church, Perth, died in Perth Royal Infirmary at 3.45PM. The bishop said he has 'great gratitude' for his priestly like, which was 'filled with service to his people and to the diocese.' "There are no plans yet for his... read more

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Church and Scottish government in talks regarding reopening of churches

Posted on: May 4th, 2020 by Ryan McDougall No Comments

The Bishop of Paisley has suggested various social distancing measures to be put in place in Scottish churches which could allow them to reopen in the lockdown is relaxed.

Bishop John Keenan has said the Church has been in talks with the Scottish Government over issues such as funerals, which have currently been restricted to immediate family members of the deceased. The Church's strategy to see that parishes are reopened could mean removing pews and halting the sign of peace,... read more

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Both of Scotland’s archbishops give messages of hope amid church closures

Posted on: April 30th, 2020 No Comments

Scottish bishops are working alongside authorities to establish when churches can be reopened, the Archbishop of St Andrews & Edinburgh has confirmed.

In a video message posted on Twitter, Archbishop Leo Cushley said: "Know that we're doing what we can as bishops to speak to the government and authorities so that we are exploring how to move forward, what the next steps will be and how to open our churches as soon... read more

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Mary’s Meals charity begins feeding hungry children from home as schools remain shut

Posted on: April 30th, 2020 by Ryan McDougall No Comments

Mary’s Meals will continue feeding children from home as classrooms across the world remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

With classrooms closed worldwide due to the coronavirus, the charity, founded by Dalmally Catholics, is continuing to provide food to children. In the countries it provides food to, homes have essentially become classrooms because of lockdown. The charity announced that its home feeding programme has already been rolled out in some of... read more


SPUC urges government to create COVID-19 vaccine without use of foetal cell lines

Posted on: April 30th, 2020 by Ryan McDougall No Comments

The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children has asked the UK Government to work on COVID-19 vaccines that are not made using cell lines from aborted foetuses.

In a letter to Jo Churchill, the parliamentary under-secretary, SPUC urged her to ensure that vaccines in development should respect those with concerns of conscience. There is currently no vaccine for coronavirus, however countries around the world are working hard to create a cure for the pandemic. Some research teams, such as... read more

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Archbishop Cushley joins city faith leaders to thank NHS and frontline workers

Posted on: April 29th, 2020 by Ryan McDougall No Comments

The Archbishop of St Andrews & Edinburgh joined faith leaders of the capital to express his thanks to the NHS, frontline staff, volunteers and key workers who are fighting to keep the country together amid the COVID-19 crisis.

Archbishop Leo Cushley spoke in a short video message released by the Edinburgh Interfaith Association. He spoke alongside Buddhist, Sikh, Church of Scotland, Episcopal, Baha'i, Jewish and Hindu representatives, who all delivered messages of thanks from their respective faiths to the workers keeping Scotland afloat during the pandemic. Archbishop Cushley said: "We... read more

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Over 1,000 pro-life supporters join SPUC in prayer from home

Posted on: April 28th, 2020 by Ryan McDougall No Comments

Over 1,000 pro-life supporters around the UK came together yesterday to remember the nine million lives lost to abortion in Britain.

On Monday April 27, Catholics and other pro-life activists took part in SPUC's Pro-Life Prayer Chain, an initiative set up by the organisation to help bring an end to abortion. The prayer chain was backed by supporters from the north of Scotland to the south of England, who prayed in solidarity... read more


Safeguarding Review Group continues to work during COVID-19

Posted on: April 24th, 2020 by Ryan McDougall No Comments

A reviewal group set up to inspect safeguarding in the Church in Scotland is continuing its work throughout the pandemic.

The Independent Review Group (IRG) set up by the Bishops' Conference of Scotland, which is chaired by Baroness Helen Liddell, to monitor the implementation of the McLellan Commission on safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults, has announced it will continue to work throughout the COVID-19 crisis. The IRG last met on... read more

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Scottish Government’s fresh home abortion initiative is ‘deeply concerning,’ bishop says

Posted on: April 23rd, 2020 No Comments

The Bishop of Aberdeen has strongly criticised the Scottish Government’s home abortion initiative in a letter to the health minister.

The Scottish Government has made the decision to allow women experiencing crisis pregnancies to have consultations via phone call and video chat, and has also made abortion pills available by post. Bishop Hugh Gilbert, president of the Bishops' Conference of Scotland, said the move was 'deeply troubling' and raised a series... read more

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