This week's feature


Going the extra mile: the Scottish charity helping the children of Uganda

October 20th, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Jesus knew what thoughts were going through their minds, and He took a little child whom He set by His side and then He said to them: “Anyone who welcomes this little child in my name welcomes me; and anyone who welcomes me, welcomes the one who sent me. The least among you all is the one who is the greatest.” (Luke 9:47-48). Nowadays, it can often seem like we are being bombarded with news stories—mainly from secular sources—that suggest that not only is the Catholic Faith in decline, but that it has few redeeming positive qualities whatsoever either. Of ... continue reading.

A gaping wound in the body of Christ

October 13th, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Christians radically changed society’s view of the poor in the Middle Ages, but the poverty gap is now increasingly widening, and prejudiced attitudes are returning. ELIZABETH BREUNIG argues that we have a duty to fight for charity and justice. ... continue reading.


Three keys: memory, fidelity and prayer

October 6th, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Missio Scotland’s communications officer GERARD GOUGH looks at what makes Faith flourish in Uganda, where people keep the memory of their martyrs alive -BY GERARD GOUGH ... continue reading.


Devotions to Our Lady span the world

September 29th, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

AMANDA CONNELLY looks at some the spectacular shrines to Our Blessed Mother, from Mexico to Ireland... continue reading.


A life with Down’s syndrome is a life worth living

September 22nd, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

In a revealing interview, AMANDA CONNELLY meets the inspirational Olympic athlete Karen Gaffney... continue reading.


September 15th, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

ROSS AHLFELD sets out on a dual destination pilgrimage in the footsteps of an archangel who was a defender of the Church and staunch enemy of Satan. - BY ROSS AHLFELD ... continue reading.


Experiencing the motherly love of Mary in Lourdes

September 8th, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

KENNETH BLACK explains how pilgrimage to the Marian shrine has shaped his life over 25 years. -By KENNETH BLACK ... continue reading.

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The day we sang for Pope Benedict

September 1st, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

AMANDA CONNELLY shares her memories ahead of the the anniversary of the Holy Father’s visit to Scotland... continue reading.

A leap of Faith

September 1st, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

SCO editor Ian Dunn takes a dive off Glasgow’s Titan Crane, and survives to tell the tale of the Catholic charity who inspired his jump. ... continue reading.

Finding the saints in our everyday world

August 25th, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

AMANDA CONNELLY finds that while St Patrick’s visit to Scotland may only be a myth, its influence is real.... continue reading.

Living water and lessons of life

August 25th, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

AMANDA CONNELLY reflects on a life-changing visit to Lourdes with Hosanna House and Children’s Pilgrimage Trust.... continue reading.

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