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The Scottish Catholic Observer was founded in 1885 and for the last 125 years, it has distinguished itself with quality news coverage. Scotland’s only national Catholic newspaper features ‘Home News’ of the Catholic Church in Scotland as well as regular International Church News, Youth Columns and reports from the Vatican.

Weekly editions contain an opinion page, letters, education and reviews in addition to regular reader competitions.  The paper also lists births, deaths and marriages across Scotland.

The paper carries regular features on Scottish Catholic life and history, weekly columnists alongside a Children’s Liturgy page which explains the liturgy for children.


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  • Catholic MP Jim Murphy selected as leader of the Scottish Labour Party.
  • Kevin McKenna on why being pro-life is an uphill struggle in Scotland.
  • Fr Michael Conroy provides a timely insight into vocations and parish closures and how both will impact on parishioners.
  • Bishop Joseph Toal celebrates anniversary dedication Mass at Our Lady of Good Aid Cathedral in Motherwell.
  • The double Christmas and New Year edition of the SCO will be in parishes from December 24, priced £2, covering the December 26-January 2 period with include all your SCO favourites including the Year in Review, messages from the Bishops of Scotland, Christmas short stories and much more. The next 2015 edition with be January 9.

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