This week's feature


‘Bless Mary’s Meals for giving us some strength’

May 27th, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

At Chirimba Primary School, Malawi, teachers, schoolchildren, Mary’s Meals staff and volunteers gather together to commemorate the fact that charity is providing more than one million children with a daily meal in their place of education every school day. Yet, even during the celebrations of music, dance and—of course—food, it was clear that Mary’s Meals considered its work to be only just getting started. When the charity’s founder and CEO, Magnus McFarlane-Barrow, addressed the crowd at Chirimba in May last year, he noted that 59 million school-age children were still missing out on an education, stressing the importance of continuing ... continue reading.

Opposing abortion should not mean shutting anyone out

May 20th, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

— Whether engaging in vigorous debate with political parties or reaching out to women in distress, pro-life activists should hold firm to their principles and let their compassion shine through, JOHN DEIGHAN of SPUC Scotland reports... continue reading.


Hospice’s connection to St Margaret and the community

May 13th, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

MICHAEL McCARTNEY of St Margaret of Scotland Hospice looks at the significant dates and events for the Clydebank facility, the fundraising events of the year so far, a new appeal and the highlights of events still to come in this year ... continue reading.


Scots saved lives after Nepal quake

May 6th, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Alistair Dutton, director of SCIAF, reports from Nepal from his visit on the first anniversary of the devastating earthquake. He witnessed first-hand the progress that is being made and sees the long road to recovery that still lies ahead... continue reading.


From Ecuador’s epicentre April 17

April 29th, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Scottish priest FR COLIN MACINNES, a missionary living and working in Guayaquil, Ecuador, gives a first hand account of the recent tragic earthquake in the Latin American country... continue reading.


Syria: ‘I was hungry and you fed me’

April 8th, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Clare Creegan and John Pontifex of Aid to the Church in Need describe the findings of the Catholic charity’s recent project-assessment trip to war-torn Syria, focusing on the needs of the suffering trapped Christians... continue reading.


Bringing light into lives

April 1st, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Sally McEllistrim from MISSIO SCOTLAND explains how the charity—through its Scottish supporters—is helping change the lives of people in Malawi both in a material and also a spiritual sense... continue reading.

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Our father

March 25th, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

IAN DUNN’S final report from Ethiopia in support of the 2016 SCIAF Wee Box Appeal looks at the work of Fr Paddy Moran... continue reading.

Standing up for life

March 18th, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

LOUISE GRANT, development officer for SPUC SCOTLAND, shares with us some of the pro-life events and initiatives that have taken place—and those planned for the future... continue reading.

‘I never felt the need to break away [from the Church]’

March 14th, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Ian Dunn talks to Stonewall CEO Ruth Hunt, a Catholic, in search of common ground between religious groups and the gay community ... continue reading.

Would you break the law to feed your starving family?

March 4th, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

IAN DUNN met the Saras, the family on the 2016 Lenten SCIAF Wee Box, when he was visiting Ethiopia and discovered how their lives were turned around by Scottish support... continue reading.

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