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Orange walks rerouted after parishioners abused

Posted on: May 24th, 2019 by Ryan McDougall No Comments

Glasgow City Council have ordered the rerouting of four Orange marches that where set to pass a church outside of which the parish priest was attacked last year.

The move was made after ‘significant’ concerns were lodged by Police Scotland and follows anti-Catholic abuse being aimed at parishioners as an Orange walk passed the church on Saturday. The Apprentice Boys of Derry and the Dalmarnock No Surrender Branch Club were to march on Saturday June 1 and the... read more


‘A generous, fierce and loyal defender of the Faith’ – tributes on death of Bishop Devine

Posted on: May 24th, 2019 by Daniel Harkins No Comments

Bishop Joseph Devine has been described as a generous, fierce and loyal servant as tributes from SCIAF and Scotland’s hierarchy poured in for the late former Bishop of Motherwell.

Bishop Hugh Gilbert, president of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland, said that during his active years as a bishop, Bishop Devine ‘made a lasting and significant contribution to work of the Bishops’ Conference.’ I will pray for the repose of his soul and celebrate Mass for him today, Friday May 24... read more

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No arrests as parishioners branded ‘fenians’ outside their church

Posted on: May 24th, 2019 by Daniel Harkins No Comments

Glasgow parishioners were abused as ‘Fenian b*****ds’ last week as a heavily policed Orange walk marched past St Alphonsus Church in the East End on Saturday May 18.

The anti-Catholic abuse was directed at parishioners who had gathered outside their church to show their opposition to the parade, the second to march past since the start of the year. Parish priest Canon Tom White was attacked outside the church in July as parishioners left Mass while an Orange parade... read more


Churches unite in opposition to Edinburgh Sunday parking charges

Posted on: May 24th, 2019 No Comments

Christian churches in Edinburgh have united in opposition to Sunday parking charges being introduced in the city centre.
— By Daniel Harkins and Peter Diamond

At a meeting held in Sacred Heart, Lauriston, multiple Christian denominations including the Catholic Church, Church of Scotland, and Scottish Episcopal Church, were present to discuss the new Sunday charges in zones 1-4. The clergy have expressed concern that the charges will hit worshippers and potentially lower congregations, with a particular... read more


SCO-backed Mary’s Meals campaign raises £4 million for hungry children

Posted on: May 24th, 2019 by Daniel Harkins No Comments

A campaign by Mary’s Meals that was backed by the SCO has raised an incredible £4 million towards feeding and educating children in Zambia.

The charity, which was founded by Scottish Catholics after being inspired by a trip to the Marian pilgrimage site at Medjugorje, raised £2 million with their Double the Love campaign that launched in December with support from the SCO. That money will now be doubled by the UK Government thanks... read more


Bishop meets council over education rep voting van

Posted on: May 24th, 2019 by Daniel Harkins No Comments

Bishop Stephen Robson of Dunkeld has met with Perth and Kinross Council after the SCO revealed Church concern over a decision to remove voting rights from religious reps on education committees.

In April, Perth and Kinross become the first authority in Scotland to withdraw voting rights from church representatives appointed to sit on council committees. The decision came after the closure of a Kinross-shire non-denominational primary school last month, which was swung by the votes of two religious members of the Lifelong... read more


Bishop Joseph Devine has died

Posted on: May 23rd, 2019 by Daniel Harkins No Comments

Bishop Joseph Devine died on Thursday May 23 at the age of 81.

The bishop, who served served in Motherwell Diocese from 1983 until his retirement in 2013, died at Wishaw General Hospital. Announcing his death on social media, Motherwell Diocese said: “It is with great sadness that the Diocese of Motherwell announces the death of Bishop Joseph Devine today in Wishaw General Hospital. “Bishop... read more

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Comfort for bereaved families at Cumbernauld walk for those who have lost a child

Posted on: May 17th, 2019 by Ryan McDougall No Comments

Catholics from Cumbernauld and beyond gathered in the town on Saturday May 11 in honour of babies who have died.

The UCM’s Cumbernauld branch hosted its first Walk for Life, which saw them walk between the town’s three churches, St Joseph’s, Sacred Heart and St Lucy’s, with a short service and the unveiling of a plaque at each. Respective priests Frs Joseph McAuley, John Campbell and Harry McKay and Deacon Kenny... read more

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Bishops welcome new Vatican guidelines on safeguarding

Posted on: May 17th, 2019 by Peter Diamond No Comments

The Pope’s new Safeguarding procedures have been heralded as ‘a significant move for the global Church’ by the bishop overseeing the protection of minors and vulnerable people in Scotland.

Bishop Joseph Toal of Motherwell Diocese welcomed the new procedures and thanked Pope Francis for ‘acting quickly’ following the Vatican’s abuse summit in February. A statement from Bishop Toal released this week outlined how Pope Francis’ new procedures for reporting suspected abuse, carrying out initial investigations and the protection of victims... read more

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Catholics urged to use their vote in European elections

Posted on: May 17th, 2019 No Comments

The forthcoming EU elections present Catholics the opportunity to engage with democracy for the ‘common good,’ the director of the Catholic Parliamentary office has said.
— By Ryan McDougall and Peter Diamond

The elections are to be held across Europe on May 23-26, with voting in the UK taking place on Thursday 23 May. There is a total of 48 candidates in Scotland across the SNP, the Scottish Conservatives, Scottish Labour, the Scottish Greens, the Scottish Liberal Democrats, UKIP, Change UK, the Brexit... read more

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