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Volunteering is my small way of thanking God and giving to those who have nothing

Posted on: September 20th, 2019 No Comments

In the latest in our series, Catherine McSeveny explains how her Faith motivates her to help persecuted Christians through Aid to the Church in Need (ACN)

I WAS brought up believing in the missions and I remember donating money to the African missions as a young child. I was introduced to the work of the charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) through reading the literature they ­produce. The charity supports Christians who are persecuted... read more

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The miracle of St Thérèse’s visit to Scotland brought me comfort, solace and peace of mind

Posted on: September 20th, 2019 No Comments

Broadcaster Jim Spence reflects on the visit of the relics of St Thérèse to Dunkeld Diocese

The arrival of the relics of St Thérèse of Lisieux at St Andrew’s Cathedral in Dundee was an ­emotional, teary, and throat-catching affair. I raced breathlessly down the Perth Road, late for my own funeral as my old mum would have said, for the start of the solemn sung Mass, not... read more

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The legacy of St Thérèse’s visit to Scotland will be a renewed Faith

Posted on: September 20th, 2019 No Comments

The coordinator of the relics tour, Fr James Grant, looks back on an incredible three weeks

These last few months of my life have been consumed by the preparation for this visit of the relics of St Thérèse of Lisieux and the last two weeks and more have been exhausting. It has also been exhilarating, however, as I see how the Little Flower has been welcomed... read more

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Deacon ordained this weekend reveals the trials and triumphs of four-year course

Posted on: September 6th, 2019 No Comments

Deacon Eddie White, a maths teacher in East Lothian and father of three, will be ordained this weekend in St Mary’s Cathedral in Edinburgh.

With a baby only six weeks old, I went to visit my diocese vocations director to discuss a draw towards the permanent diaconate. I was only just old enough—married men must be 35 or older to become a candidate—and my wife and I were happy that the time was right. That... read more


‘We are trapped in a hostility towards migrants that sees them only as a threat to be controlled’

Posted on: June 28th, 2019 No Comments

Sarah Teather, director of the Jesuit Refugee Service, explains how faith can help refugees overcome harrowing experiences

In the UK, people are incarcerated indefinitely, in prison-like conditions, for the purposes of immigration control. Many of these have come to the UK to seek safety, but fallen foul of a notoriously arbitrary asylum system, blighted by a culture of disbelief. Detention is a profoundly traumatic experience. Torture victims... read more


Politics is in trouble and as Christians this must concern us deeply

Posted on: May 17th, 2019 No Comments

Dr Robert Doherty says gifted Catholic women and men are needed to carry the leaven of Catholic social doctrine into the political sphere

If I asked you to think about politics do the shutters come down? This would be a very understandable reaction today. Brexit fatigue is widespread and has contributed to an accumulated reservoir of frustration and anger towards our elected politicians. Opinion polls on trusted professions put doctors, teachers and judges... read more


‘Women who have had an abortion need love and support’

Posted on: March 29th, 2019 No Comments

By Clare Bremner

Thirty years ago women who had struggled after abortion and wanted to help other women and their families, as well as spread the truth about abortion, started ARCH, the Abortion Recovery Care Helpline. Today ARCH offers counselling and support to anyone affected by abortion mothers, fathers, grandparents, siblings and healthcare... read more


Pope’s visit signals a new era in the Gulf

Posted on: February 15th, 2019 No Comments

Andrew McFadyen reflects on Pope Francis’ visit to the United Arab Emirates.

Pope Francis’ three-day visit to the United Arab Emirates last week was a historic moment for Christians in the Middle East. No previous pontiff has ever been invited to set foot in the birthplace of Islam. This is a part of the world where many Christians are threatened by violence and... read more


Is the pro-life movement in America too aligned with hypocritical politicians?

Posted on: February 14th, 2019 by SCO Admin No Comments

Following January’s March for Life in Washington, Ben Smith argues that embracing Donald Trump may be counterproductive to the pro-life cause.

THE 46th annual ‘March for Life’ rally was held in Washington DC on ­January 18 this year. The ­gathering was attended by thousands from across the world, including from ­Scotland. The March for Life organisation describes its vision as having ‘a world where the beauty and dignity of every human... read more

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Coorie in to beat the winter darkness

Posted on: February 1st, 2019 No Comments

Clare M Fodey surveys an icy landscape to find the simple things that keep us warm at heart

Well, how was January for you? Was it a Dry January, Veganuary, or a ‘New Year, new you’ courtesy of your local gym or slimming club? Has an attack of de-cluttering taken you over as part of a very early spring clean? Now that the Christmas decorations are a memory, the nights... read more

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