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Changing attitudes, changing lives

December 19th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

It Is hard to conceive of a society where education is not considered a priority for all children, especially for those of us living in places such as Scotland, where each child is afforded a place in full-time education from the age of three. For many poor families in India and parts of Africa, children working to help support their household is not only accepted, it is seen as necessary. However, Scottish-based charity Mary’s Meals is committed to a vision of a world where every child receives one daily meal in a place of education. With your help, we can ... 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.


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.


Real Gifts can enact real change

November 7th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

In the lead up to Christmas, SCIAF is inviting its supporters to give presents that can transform the lives of many people living in poverty around the world, the charity’s ANTHONY McVEIGH reports... continue reading.

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Spiritual refreshment, and great views, on Aberdeen pilgrimage

October 31st, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

BISHOP HUGH GILBERT offers great insight into the Aberdeen Diocesan Pilgrimage to Fatima, Salamanca and Avila... continue reading.

Who says meditation is not for women?

October 24th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The Carmelite sisters celebration of the 5th centenary of the birth of St Teresa of Avila during 2014-2015 began with a very special celebration of Mass on her feast day, October 15, in Kirkintilloch with Bishop Joseph Toal of Motherwell. But who is this inspiring saint? Sr Anne Margaret, of Glasgow Carmel, provides great insight... 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.

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  • Catholic MP Jim Murphy selected as leader of the Scottish Labour Party.
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