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Pope Francis denounces brutality against Christians in Iraq and Syria

March 2nd, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The Pope led tens of thousands of people at St Peter’s Square in silent prayer for over 220 Christians who were kidnapped from their homes in Tal Tamr last week, when ISIS seized control of their villages. “Unfortunately the tragic news just keeps coming from Iraq and Syria,” Pope Francis said. “We want to assure all those who find themselves in these situations that we have not forgotten them.” All reports on the kidnapped Christians so far have been unconfirmed, but footage has been released by ISIS showing them smashing ancient Assyrian statues and ransacking a museum and archaeological site in ... continue reading.
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Papal nuncio to Ireland offers Jesus as anchor in Scotland’s throwaway culture

March 1st, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Few thought that the second audience at the Bishops’ Lenten Catechesis at St Mirin’s Cathedral, Paisley, could be larger than the full house at that the opening session with Bishop John Keenan, nor that it could be lifted higher, yet today's gathering with the Papal Nuncio to Ireland was.... continue reading.


Donate and help re-evangelise Europe

February 27th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Archbishop Leo Cushley urges Scots to support SCIAF’s work in Africa and reap the potential benefits... continue reading.

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Homeless man given bishop’s resting place

February 26th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Willy Herteller, 80, buried by Italian Mgr Americo Ciani in a Vatican cemetery to honour Pope Francis' wish to give priority to the poor ... continue reading.

Relife Center. Marmarita food & hygen distribution. 
Emergency help for the families in Marmarita, Vallée des Chrétiens, Homs (October - December 2014)

ACN sends £1.7 million in emergency aid to Syria

February 23rd, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Michael J Robinson reports... continue reading.

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Pope Francis appeals for peace in Libya, the Ukraine

February 18th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

During his weekly general audience, the Pope prayed for the Christians murdered by Islamist militants and addressed bishops from the crisis-hit Ukraine.... continue reading.

People wave to Pope Francis as he arrives for World Youth Day closing Mass

Pope calls on young people to have the courage to be happy

February 17th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

In his message for World Youth Day, the Holy Father calls on young people to ‘rebel against this culture that sees everything as temporary’ and to ‘not be afraid of love’... continue reading.

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Pope says blood of murdered Christians in Libya is a ‘testimony which cries out to be heard.’

February 16th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Speaking during his address to the Moderator of the Church of Scotland, Pope Francis referred to the beheading of 21 Coptic Christians. ... continue reading.

Moderator invites Pope Francis to Scotland

February 16th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, the Right Rev John Chalmers met with the Pope this morning (above) and invited him to Scotland. ... continue reading.

Bittersweet golden jubilee national Mass for SCIAF

February 9th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Scotland’s present and retired bishops joined SCIAF staff and volunteers on Sunday for the charity’s 50th anniversary national Mass in the presence of senior Scottish politicians.... continue reading.

Archbishop to travel to Malawi with SCIAF

February 6th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Archbishop Leo Cushley is to visit Malawi with SCIAF to meet people whose homes and crops have been destroyed by the devastating floods that have left 121,000 people homeless.... continue reading.

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  • Bishop Hugh Gilbert of Aberdeen rallies opposition to assisted suicide.
  • Bishop John Keenan of Paisley express Church’s solidarity with the Jewish community.
  • Gerald Warner on being realistic about and alert to the challenges that face our Church’s teaching.
  • Politicians weigh in on parents’ bid to keep Catholic primary education in Milngavie by taking St Joseph’s out of local authority control.


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