This week's feature


Who says meditation is not for women?

October 24th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Renowned theologians in 16th century Spain were adamant that meditation was bad for women (and I may add lay people in general). They believed it led to hallucinations, heresy and undermined the authority of the Church. This last was a major concern, for we are in the middle of the reformation. Reformers are relying on interior inspiration and private interpretation of the Bible. Given this climate, it is difficult to grasp how one simple nun could not only practice this kind of prayer but found convents all over Spain for others to do so too—until you meet Teresa de Cepeda ... continue reading.

Drama for movement’s centenary

October 17th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Ian Dunn talks to AGAP’S Stephen Callaghan about the Arts in the Autumn play on Fr Kentenich, the founder of the Schoenstatt Movement, which is touring parishes... continue reading.


Faces of suffering Iraqi Christians

October 10th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

As the Christian settlements on the Nineveh Plains in Iraq fell, thousands of internal refugees sought shelter in Erbil in the Kurdish Region. JOHN NEWTON and MARIA LOZANO from AID TO THE CHURCH IN NEED visited Erbil last month and describe the terrible plight of those who have been driven from their homes by Islamist extremists... continue reading.


Tales from the hardship country

October 3rd, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

For World Mission Month, we hear from MISSION MATTERS SCOTLAND about the endeavours of Bishop Wenceslao (Wens) Padilla, who has been crucial to the growth of the Church in Mongolia... continue reading.


A million meals nears

September 26th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Having recently hit a new total of feeding 923,572 of the world’s poorest people, MARY’S MEALS explain how it got to that figure and how it is continuing to help those who are in desperate need... continue reading.


Message must be heard

September 19th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

SPUC SCOTLAND offers an insight into pro-life events held by the organisation—including its national conference and the Project Truth Summer Roadshow—and its disappointment at the removal of its stall at Dundee University... continue reading.


Spreding God’s love in Motherwell

September 12th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Lorraine Cunningham, the diocese’s new director of Special Religious Development, speaks about its vital, uplifting work... continue reading.

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Taking care of business

September 5th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

As well as providing direct aid to people in need in poor countries, it is vital that we identify and tackle the root causes of poverty. SCIAF’S Jo O’Neill reports on how big business needs to put people, and not profit, at the heart of its decisions, if we are to create a more just world... continue reading.

Looking back at a miracle

August 29th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

This summer marks the 70th anniversary of Orkney’s famous Italian chapel, often referred to as the ‘Miracle of Camp 60.’ Author PHILIP PARIS explains why a converted Nissen hut on a tiny uninhabited island is so important... continue reading.

A soldier’s tale

August 22nd, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Family of First World War veteran John O’Hara remembers... continue reading.

A priest’s unique insight into war

August 22nd, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Scots studying for the priesthood often live abroad as part of their vocation. The late Fr Alexander ‘Geddes’ Gerry moved to France after joining The Missionaries of Africa—the White Fathers. Glasgow-born Fr Gerry moved to Brittany in 1939 as the Nazi army blitzkrieged its way across Europe. He was interned by the Germans for four years, surviving to serve in Nigeria before passing away in 1989. To mark the 25th anniversary of his death, the SCO brings you Fr Gerry’s story, in his own words, never before published... continue reading.

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