This weeks international news


Scottish priest who served in Amazon calls on Church to lead on climate change

September 6th, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The fires destroying Brazil’s rainforest ‘is an international scandal,’ a Scottish priest who worked for six years in the Amazon has said as he called for the Church to do more to combat climate change. Fr Jim Clarke, a Xaverian missionary who is provincial in Great Britain, served in the State of Para, Brazil, as a deacon in 1987 for one year and then as a missionary priest from 1999 to 2004. Fr Clarke, who is originally from Coatbridge but now serving in Preston, said: “People forget that the Amazon isn’t just a Brazil issue, it’s an international one. We are ... continue reading.

More than a dozen Catholic schoolgirls stabbed in Japan knife attack

May 28th, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Two people have died after more than a dozen schoolchildren from a Catholic school in Japan were stabbed as they waited for their school bus. ... continue reading.


Muller issues Manifesto of Faith

February 12th, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Cardinal Gerhard Muller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith from 2012-2017, released a 'Manifesto of Faith' on February 8 in which he affirms basic teachings of the Church 'in the face of growing confusion about the doctrine of the faith.' The document has been seen by some as a criticism of the teachings of Pope Francis. It can be found in full below. ... continue reading.


Argyll Catholic success story gets backing from Government

December 7th, 2018 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Donations to Mary’s Meals campaign to be doubled by UK aid department... continue reading.


Pope Francis and Scottish bishops discuss nuclear disarmament in Vatican meeting

September 27th, 2018 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Scotland’s bishops spoke to Pope Francis about nuclear disarmament during a one-hour and 40 minute-long meeting on Thursday September 27, at the beginning of their Ad Limina visit to Rome.... continue reading.


Scotland’s bishops to meet Pope Francis on Thursday

September 26th, 2018 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Scotland's bishops will speak to Pope Francis on Thursday September 27 about the scandal of abuse in the global Church as they visit Rome for their Ad Limina pilgrimage. ... continue reading.

Pope Francis arrives to celebrate Mass at Phoenix Park in Dublin Aug. 26. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-DUBLIN-MASS Aug. 26, 2018.

In photos: day two of Pope Francis’ visit to Ireland

August 26th, 2018 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The second day of Pope Francis' visit to Ireland included a trip to the Knock Shrine and the celebration of Mass in Phoenix Park in Dublin. Below is a selection of photos from the second day of the papal visit.... continue reading.

More news

In photos: day one of Pope Francis’ visit to Ireland

August 25th, 2018 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Pope Francis is visiting Ireland from Saturday August 25 to Sunday August 26, including a trip tommorow to the Knock Shrine. Below is a selection of photographs from the first day of the visit. ... continue reading.

Pope speaks of failures over abuse at start of two-day visit to Ireland

August 25th, 2018 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Acknowledging the failures "of bishops, religious superiors, priests and others" in the Catholic Church to protect children from the "repugnant crimes" of physical and sexual abuse, Pope Francis began his two-day visit to Ireland.... continue reading.

SCIAF to manage £3.2 million Scottish Government programme in Malawi

July 6th, 2018 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund will deliver a new £3.2 million Scottish Government programme in Malawi focusing on climate change, human rights and access to resources. ... continue reading.

Kenyan parishioners disappointed after priest gets one-year suspension for rapping after Mass

June 21st, 2018 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Parishioners at a parish in western Kenya are unhappy after their favourite priest was suspended for one year after rapping following Mass.... continue reading.

Social media

Latest edition


exclusively in the paper

  • SCIAF recieves £100,000 boost from Scottish Government
  • Priest to give talk on Jesus in the Koran
  • Everyone’s a winner as Trinity High takes on 5K run
  • Setting out a plan for a Catholic Gaelic conference
  • Parish enlists MP’s support over Home Office visa dispute

Previous editions

Previous editions of the Scottish Catholic Observer newspaper are only available to subscribed Members. To download previous editions of the paper, please subscribe.

note: registered members only.