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Government helps SCIAF make ‘twice the difference’

Posted on: February 21st, 2020 No Comments

Charity bosses were delighted to announce that every pound donated to this year’s appeal, which takes place between February 21 and May 20 this year, will be matched by the government project.

The annual ‘Wee Box Big Change’ appeal raises vital funding for people in countries ravaged by war, poverty, hunger and natural disasters. 2020’s appeal tells the story of SCIAF’s work with thousands of women and girls affected by sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The aid-matching from the UK... read more


Talks set to deliver ‘truth with love’ on transgender debate

Posted on: February 21st, 2020 No Comments

Catholics are being called to speak the truth in the transgender debate ‘compassionately and without judgement.’ — by Matt Meade

Catholics are being called to speak the truth in the transgender debate ‘compassionately and without judgement.’ Sr Andrea Fraile, pictured right, a Sister of the Gospel of Life, believes too many people are confused about the facts amidst the clamour of competing voices online and in the media. She hopes to help... read more

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Leading Catholic university to offer postgraduate courses in Edinburgh

Posted on: February 21st, 2020 No Comments

The Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh has announced a new partnership with a London University which is poised to deliver opportunities for people to enhance their Catholic knowledge.

The UK’s leading Catholic university, St Mary’s, Twickenham, is to launch postgraduate courses in Scotland for the first time, after agreeing with the Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh for a range of theology and education subjects to be taught at the Gillis Centre in Edinburgh. The University and the Archdiocese... read more


Coronavirus guidelines issued by Church in England and Wales but not in Scotland

Posted on: February 14th, 2020 by Ryan McDougall No Comments

The bishops of England and Wales offered guidance on how to minimise the risk of exposure to the virus during Mass.

The Bishops' Conference of England and Wales has offered prevention advice to Catholics on the Coronavirus epidemic as the number of cases in the UK and worldwide continues to rise. However, the Catholic Church in Scotland has confirmed it has not issued any guidelines on prevention of the spread of the... read more


Couples invited to ‘celebrate Valentine’s day in a Catholic way’

Posted on: February 14th, 2020 by Peter Diamond No Comments

As couples around the world celebrate their love on St Valentine’s Day, a priest has called for more Catholic couples to pray together to help strengthen their marriage.

The plea from Fr Bart Parys, a Divine Word Missionary (SVD), comes ahead of a talk he’s due to give on February 15 at a retreat for married couples in the Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh. Fr Bart, pictured, said: “Very few people pray as a married couple – or... read more

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Pope Francis rules against married clergy and women as deacons in the Amazon

Posted on: February 12th, 2020 No Comments

Pope Francis has ruled against ordaining married men in the Amazon as a means of addressing the region’s priest shortage.

Bishops had previously backed the measure last year but had to wait for the Holy Father’s approval to be implemented. In a statement released by the Vatican on Wednesday February 12, the Pope confirmed he would not change the status quo. The statement said: “The Amazon challenges us, the Pope writes, to overcome... read more


Open door brings ‘amazing’ response for Govan parish

Posted on: February 7th, 2020 No Comments

Govan parishioners welcomed almost 100 passers-by into their church in an initiative to evangelise the streets of Glasgow — by Mary McGinty

St Anthony’s parishioners Filip Chilecki and Charles Smith stood outside the church recently, inviting passers-by to enter the church, light a candle and spend a few moments in peace and contemplation. The men stood outside the church for six hours and almost 150 people lit candles inside the church, in what... read more

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Brexit deal could let down asylum children

Posted on: February 7th, 2020 by Ryan McDougall No Comments

The director of the Catholic Parliamentary Office has criticised the UK Parliament for voting against an EU Withdrawal Agreement Bill that would have given asylum-seeking children the right to be reunited with their families.

On Wednesday January 22, the UK parliament voted to reject calls to see unaccompanied refugee children reunited with their parents, despite the bill being passed earlier in the week by the House of Lords. Anthony Horan, director of the Catholic Parliamentary office said: “It is deeply disappointing that the UK Government... read more


Bishops warn against no-deal brexit in farewell message to departing UK

Posted on: February 7th, 2020 by Ryan McDougall No Comments

European bishops have released a statement in light of Britain’s exit from the European Union.

The Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union (COMECE), told Catholics across the continent that while they were ‘saddened’ that the UK had left the EU, the ‘Catholic Church in Europe respects the will expressed by the British citizens during the 2016 Referendum. In their statement, released on February... read more


Abortion was the leading cause of death in 2019

Posted on: January 24th, 2020 No Comments

The director of the Catholic Parliamentary Office for Scotland has encouraged Catholics to write to their local politicians after a charity revealed abortion was 2019’s biggest killer.

Anthony Horan’s call follows statistics released by Worldometer, which found approximately 42.4 million abortions took place worldwide last year, comparing to 21.2 million deaths due to illness, including cancer. Worldometer is an online resource that provides world statistics in real-time, including births, deaths, public expenditure and the number of road traffic... read more

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