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How Polish Catholics made a home in Scotland after WW2

January 11th, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

LAST November, a Mass was celebrated in St Mary’s Cathedral in Edinburgh to mark the centenary of Polish independence. Across Scotland, officials, politicians and authorities celebrated the occasion, with a statue to Polish Second World War hero General Stanislaw Maczek unveiled outside the City of Edinburgh Council chambers. However, the positivity of the occasion masked the complex reality of post-war immigration to Scotland, and the frosty reception many Polish Catholics seeking a permanent home here were given by those in power. During and after the Second World War, the Catholic bishops assumed pastoral responsibility for foreign nationals from many European nations, whose needs ... continue reading.

‘I was in prison and you came to see me’: the Christians taking the Bible into Scotland’s jails

January 4th, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Visiting prisoners in HMP Greenock, Peter Diamond finds that even those who have committed the worst crimes imaginable can be redeemed, and speaks to the volunteers who are spreading the message of Christ behind bars... continue reading.


Peterson’s praise for Catholic morality

January 4th, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

In the concluding part of the series, Richard Purden speaks to Jordan Peterson about Faith, Scottish Independence and the nature of evil.... continue reading.


A quiet catholic message, hidden in horror

December 27th, 2018 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Hit monster movie A Quiet Place, James Farrell argues, is the film of 2018 with its subtle themes that speak to a Christian ethos.... continue reading.


Learning to be evangelised by Christmas

December 27th, 2018 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Putting Christ back into Christmas is all very well, but it goes much deeper than that, Peter Diamond discovers in conversation with Bishop John Keenan... continue reading.


Jordan Peterson on Scotland’s pro-life bans, becoming a global hate figure, and the Bible’s importance to society

December 27th, 2018 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

In the first of a two-part series, Richard Purden speaks to the academic who caught the interest of the Catholic world in 2018, and gets his opinion on Scottish issues and the truth of the Bible... continue reading.

30th Anniversary of the Lockerbie Disaster, 21st Dec 1988, Laying of wreaths at the Memorial in Dryfesdale Cemetery,and mass at Holy Trinity RC, Lockerbie, 21st Dec 2018.Photo by and copyright of Paul Mc Sherry 07770 393960 @Paulmcsherry2

The night fire fell from the sky

December 27th, 2018 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Thirty years after the Lockerbie disaster, Mary McGinty speaks to the town’s then-parish priest Canon Keegans... continue reading.

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For all those who are banking on us

December 27th, 2018 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Visiting a foodbank, Ryan McDougall discovers the behind-the-scenes generosity which is a lifeline to many... continue reading.

The man who founded Mary’s Meals on Faith in Our Lady

December 27th, 2018 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Started in a shed in Argyll, Mary’s Meals has a simple recipe for changing the world, Daniel Harkins learns as he speaks to Magnus MacFarlane Barrow... continue reading.

A violence-filled TV series that explored redemption

December 21st, 2018 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

DR HARRY SCHNITKER reckons The Sopranos proves that the Catholic Imagination emerges in the most unlikely of places ... continue reading.

SCIAF find an incredible priest in the ruins of Aleppo

December 14th, 2018 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

A visit to the bombed-out northern Syrian city, once the Milan of the Middle East, reveals the enduring power of devotion and Faith and why it is vital we each continue to give our support to those stricken by a brutal civil war, writes SCIAF director Alistair Dutton... continue reading.

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