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Raising up lives in Malawi

March 24th, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Give, and it will be given to you, says the Bible—but generosity is out of fashion. 78 per cent of people want the UK Government to spend less on foreign aid according to a Survation poll this year. Nearly every day there’s a fresh story in the tabloids bemoaning that aid is being wasted on the undeserving. Across the Atlantic, Donald Trump has vowed to slash the US Aid budget. Although on a personal level many remain incredibly generous to favoured charities, the amount given to animal, children and medical charities dwarfs that going to international development agencies like the Scottish Catholic International ... continue reading.

The joys of a Catholic childhood in Dundee

March 24th, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

JIM SPENCE, the Dundee-based broadcaster and writer, looks back fondly on his days of football, berry-picking and slow dances in a city where a quarter of the population was Catholic ... continue reading.


Could the Benedict option work in Scotland?

March 17th, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

In a radical new vision for the future of Christianity, Rod Dreher calls on Christians to prepare for the coming Dark Age by embracing an ancient monastic way of life. IAN DUNN talks to the controversial American author... continue reading.


Hidden history of British Catholic life

March 10th, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

He may not be religious but Roy Hattersley’s latest book explores the Church and its people in Britain and Ireland from the Reformation to the present day. RICHARD PURDEN talks to the 84-year-old peer and former deputy leader of the Labour Party... continue reading.


Seeking God in the Lord of the Rings

March 10th, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

NIALL GOOCH argues that JRR Tolkien’s epic series of novels has inspired a generation of young Catholics... continue reading.


Saving zambian lives by sharing knowledge

March 3rd, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Reporting from Zambia, SCO editor IAN DUNN investigates the work of the Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund (SCIAF), and finds the charity’s efforts spreading farming techniques is helping the country overcome its reliance on the copper trade ... continue reading.


Michael’s always ready with a warm welcome when the boat comes in

March 3rd, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

EUAN MCARTHUR meets a retired seafarer who gives spiritual and pastoral care as a ship visitor in Greenock and Port Glasgow ... continue reading.

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February 24th, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Helping Aleppo, the Syrian city which has fallen victim to what has been called ‘the worst humanitarian disaster since the Second World War,’ is a priority for Aid to the Church in Need. In spite of the risks, ACN’s JOHN PONTIFEX visited within days of the ceasefire that finally brought an end to four years of conflict, and met people ACN has been helping there. This is their story... continue reading.

In their own words: teachers tell us how to tackle the staff shortage

February 17th, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

As schools across Scotland struggle to deal with a shortage of teachers, DANIEL HARKINS speaks to education professionals to get their views on the problem, its complexities, and how the Church and society can encourage more people to pursue a teaching vocation in a Catholic school... continue reading.

The birth of a global spiritual renewal

February 10th, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

STEVE LAVERY looks back at how the Catholic Charismatic Renewal movement was born in the USA in 1967... continue reading.

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