This week's feature


Sacrament gives strength and comfort to all

January 23rd, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Ordained to the permanent diaconate in September 2012 and with the approval of my bishop I was fortunate in being allowed to further develop my studies. However, having completed my studies is not as important as the knowledge I have gained from my studies. My thesis consisted of researching deeper into hospital ministry and the importance of the Sacrament of ‘Anointing the Sick.’ The research gave me an insight into hospital ministry and in dealing with families who were experiencing the difficulties of having their loved ones hospitalised. For families the news of a loved one having to be taken ... continue reading.

Charity commends readers’ backing

January 16th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

JANE HAMILTON, media and communications officer for Mary’s Meals, explains how your support has changed lives and appeals for further assistance... continue reading.


When did I see you in prison?

January 16th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

IAN DUNN explores the Knights of St Columba prayer campaign’s January theme of slavery and bondage, and looks at prayer intentions... continue reading.


Jim Murphy is a man on a mission

January 9th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The first in a series of interviews with Scottish political party leaders sees SCO editor Liz Leydon ask the new Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy MP, a Catholic, to stand up for what he believes in ahead of this year’s general election. Extracts below. ... continue reading.


Knights hoping for a flowering of Faith

December 25th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

IAN DUNN reports on the launch of the Knights of St Columba’s national prayer campaign for the family, backed by Archbishop Philip Tartaglia—president of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland—Archbishop Malcolm McMahon—ecclesiastical advisor to the order—and also by The Scottish Catholic Observer ... continue reading.


Changing attitudes, changing lives

December 19th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

MARY’S MEALS is the focus of the Scottish Catholic Observer’s 2014 Advent appeal. This week, we hear about the charity’s work in India and Zambia and how your continued support can make a real difference to the lives of the impoverished children there... continue reading.


A Christmas prayer

December 12th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

As many of Iraq and Syria’s Christians continue to live in displacement camps or as refugees outside of their own country, MICHAEL J ROBINSON, communications executive in Scotland for Aid to the Church in Need, explores the trials and persecution in which Middle Eastern Christians live out their faith... continue reading.

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Looking forward to a brighter future

December 5th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

MARY’S MEALS is the focus of the Scottish Catholic Observer’s 2014 Advent appeal. MAGNUS MacFARLANE-BARROW, the charity’s founder and chief executive explains how your support can make a difference to the lives of the world’s impoverished children... continue reading.

Supreme knight on prayers and the future

November 28th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

DANIEL HARKINS meets Glasgow post office manager CHARLIE McCLUSKEY, the newly appointed supreme knight for the Knights of St Columba order... continue reading.

An Uncharted Journey brings priest home

November 21st, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Ian Dunn meets Fr Neal Carlin, the adopted son of Motherwell Diocese who put his Faith and vocation into action here and in Ireland, then into a new book with a fresh Church vision... continue reading.

Shining a light on charity and care

November 14th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

CLAIRE MURPHY from ST MARGARET OF SCOTLAND HOSPICE in Clydebank, reflects on 2014, a year in which the hospice has touched many lives and many have, in turn, touched the life of the hospice... continue reading.

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  • Bishop John Keenan marks Week of Prayer for Christian Unity at Greenock parish, saying ‘no matter how terrorised peoples have become… the well of God’s unifying grace is always deeper.’
  • Archbishop Leo Cushley speaks of healing in St Andrews and Edinburgh Archdiocese.
  • Knights of St Columba members join the celebration of Mass in Glasgow for the January intentions of the order’s prayer campaign, backed by the SCO.
  • Gerald Warner says that Catholics involved in inter-faith dialogue must question Islam and its promotion in once Christian Europe.

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