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The stars of the seas

July 6th, 2018 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Bishop Stephen Robson loved listening to stories of how Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) helped seafarers. Now, as the charity’s bishop-promoter for Scotland, he finds himself moved every time he witnesses first-hand its mission being carried out. Bishop Robson was often regaled with anecdotes from Bishop Peter Moran, his predecessor at the charity, whom he replaced in February 2015, and since then he’s embraced uncharted waters to the extent he’s brimming with passion to improve the plight of many who venture out to sea to earn a living. It didn’t take long for the Bishop of Dunkeld to grasp just how ... continue reading.

Father and daughter steal the show at inclusive theatre group

June 29th, 2018 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

DANIEL HARKINS finds that Down’s syndrome is no barrier to treading the boards for one young star... continue reading.


Insight: Mary’s Meals open up about their fundraising, the power of prayer, and the fight against famine

June 22nd, 2018 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Our reporter speaks to Mary’s Meals about war-torn South Sudan and how you can help the most vulnerable... continue reading.


From pamphleteer to papal publisher: 150 years of the Catholic Truth Society

June 15th, 2018 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

In a special report, AMANDA CONNELLY looks at the rich legacy of the Catholic Truth Society as it releases a special collection of past publications to mark a century and a half of Faith education... continue reading.


The role of the prison chaplain is to show the possibility of redemption

June 8th, 2018 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

DR HARRY SCHNITKER addresses the vital role of the prison chaplain ... continue reading.


Scottish seminarian on praying for vocations

June 1st, 2018 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

AMANDA CONNELLY speaks to Ryan Black about the call to the priesthood, and surviving a hot Roman summer... continue reading.


London calling: the March for Life 2018

May 25th, 2018 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The March for Life was held in London for the first time this year. Here, SPUC Scotland’s Louise Grant and Emmet Dooley, and Colette McCourt from Dundee, explain what the event meant to them and why it was so inspirational at a time when pro-lifers are under renewed pressure to abandon public forms of witness... continue reading.

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The giving hearts of Girvan

May 18th, 2018 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

JOANNA MAGOUFAKIS explores the history of the Order of St Joseph of Cluny in Girvan, the Catholic community’s links to the Great Hunger, and speaks to the nuns about their mission... continue reading.

Turning to a new page in Scottish Irish relations

May 18th, 2018 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The historian behind the guide to The Book of Kells tells AMANDA CONNELLY why Scots should celebrate it too... continue reading.

With all our love from Lourdes

May 11th, 2018 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Seasoned pilgrim PETER DIAMOND reveals that, even after years of journeying to Our Lady’s shrine in southern France, he still finds it difficult to put into words the minor miracles that keep him going back ... continue reading.

Cardinal Vincent Nichols on Alfie Evans, Brexit and divisions within the Church

May 11th, 2018 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

DANIEL HARKINS speaks to the Archbishop of Westminster about his new book, religious freedom and the future of Faith in the West... continue reading.

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