International Youth Archives


St Mungo’s young debaters are named the best in the world

Posted on: January 26th, 2018 by Staff Reporter No Comments

Budding young politicians at a Glasgow school were praised by the First Minister this week, after they scooped top prize at the 2018 High School Parliamentary World Debate Competition

Pupils at St Mungo’s Academy (Pictured above) in Bridgeton were crowned the winners of the international competition, seeing them travel from Glasgow’s east end all the way to Japan, where they were crowned as the champions. The three pupils travelled to Asia, where they spent time learning, getting to know, and... read more


Polish school celebrates a decade of busy Saturdays

Posted on: October 20th, 2017 by Staff Reporter No Comments

The Polish community in Aberdeen are celebrating after the Scottish Parliament congratulated a Saturday school in the city on its 10th anniversary of making Polish language and culture come alive for young people

The ‘Polskiej Szkoły im św Stanisława Kostki’, or Polish School of St Stanisława Kostki, was established in October 2007 by Fr Piotr Zieliński, Arleta Jasinska and Joanna Schmitz at St Peter’s Church in Aberdeen. A parliamentary motion lodged by MSP Lewis Macdonald congratulated and praised the Polish school’s work. It reads: “The... read more


Join the revolution, US speaker tells young Catholics

Posted on: August 4th, 2017 No Comments

A popular Catholic keynote speaker and writer from the US has urged Scotland’s Catholic youth to ‘join in the revolution’ and stand up for their Faith.

Chris Stefanick, an American Catholic who gives motivational talks on the Catholic Faith, touched down last week, for what was his first visit to Scotland, to host REBOOT! Live! in Glasgow University’s Bute Hall. Catholics young and old flocked in their hundreds to hear from the popular speaker on Thursday July... read more


Praise for Airdrie pupils’ work to relieve poverty in Malawi

Posted on: January 13th, 2017 No Comments

FRANCISCAN missionary Sr Anna Tomassi paid tribute to the Catholic community of St Margaret’s High School in Airdrie in the year of her golden jubilee celebration. – By Shannon McGurin

Sr Tomassi, recently the subject of a documentary on the American CBS News programme 60 Minutes, celebrated with a special Mass held at St Pius X church in Blantyre, Malawi, which was attended by a number of Scottish guests including North Lanarkshire provost Jim Robertson, prison chaplain Patricia Roberts and... read more


A message of mercy at World Youth Day

Posted on: August 12th, 2016 No Comments

MAIRI HUGHES looks back at her pilgrimage to Krakow with Glasgow University Chaplaincy’s Faith Forum

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I arrived in Krakow for what would be my first World Youth Day. I was certainly overwhelmed as I stepped off the train in Krakow—there were nuns, priests, monks and pilgrims at quite literally every corner, all holding flags representing their country. The... read more


Artist thinks outside the box but within the lines

Posted on: December 25th, 2015 No Comments

A Scottish artist has raised more than £13,000 for Mary’s Meals by releasing a special colouring book online.

Illustrator Johanna Basford has been stunned by the popularity of her downloadable Christmas Colouring mini-book, which is available in exchange for a donation to Mary’s Meals. Ms Basford, who has sold more than 15 million books worldwide including Secret Garden and Enchanted Forest, said she is keen to use her talents... read more


Airdrie pupils’ gift of warmth and compassion for Malawi

Posted on: November 28th, 2014 No Comments

By Carleen Friel, S6 Student, St Margaret’s High School, reports

Italian Franciscan nun Sr Anna Tomassi heaped praise on the staff and pupils from St Margaret’s High School in Airdrie after they provided blankets for child prisoners in Bvumbwe Juvenile Prison in Malawi, where more than 250 children are forced to share a cell the size of a classroom with... read more


Strong in Faith: An Italian lesson for Scotland

Posted on: November 21st, 2014 No Comments

By Mary Dougherty

In September of this year I moved to Campobasso, a small town in Molise, a small rural part of Italy. I am a postgraduate intern in the university of this small town of 40,000 inhabitants. The experience has been cultural, a linguistic learning curve and, most interestingly and unexpectedly, an... read more


Beware of gangs, Pope urges youths in El Salvador

Posted on: September 10th, 2014 No Comments

Pope Francis has warned adolescents in El Salvador to ‘beware of gangs’ during a video conference call with young people in the violence-wracked country.

Speaking to a 15-year-old boy and dozens of his classmates in the town of Soyapango outside San Salvador, the Pope urged the youngsters to steer clear of the violent groups that are plaguing the Central American nation. The Holy Father told Gerardo Ernesto Mancia and some 30 of his schoolmates to... read more


Airdrie students make a difference in Malawi

Posted on: September 5th, 2014 No Comments

This summer pupils from St Margaret’s High School, Airdrie, visited Malawi with Coatbridge-based charity Aiming Higher in Malawi. Below, then S5 pupil Alexandra Barclay shares the joys and difficulties of her experience.

I arrived in Malawi on June 11. During the three-hour drive from the airport to my accommodation I was engrossed in what I was seeing as we travelled through many villages where I witnessed first hand the poverty of the country. I saw girls as young as seven with babies... read more

Social media

Latest edition


exclusively in the paper

  • Unite in prayer against the virus, Paisley bishop pleads
  • Papal award recognises 60 years of Faithful service
  • Catholic high school leads trend with positive outcomes for pupils
  • New memorials celebrate Croy’s proud mining heritage
  • Top Catholic university rolls out programme in Scotland

Previous editions

Previous editions of the Scottish Catholic Observer newspaper are only available to subscribed Members. To download previous editions of the paper, please subscribe.

note: registered members only.