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Pope is united in prayer with victims of terrorist attack

July 3rd, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Pope Francis has expressed his solidarity with victims of Friday’s terror attacks in Tunisia. As the SCO went to press, a total of 30 Britons are thought to have died in a gunman’s attack on a tourist resort of Sousse, with Scots among the dead. Dozens more people have been reported injured.

Tunisian authorities have arrested several people on suspicion of helping the gunman Seifeddine Rezgui, who had links to the jihadist group Islamic State (ISIS).

In a telegram to the Tunisian Government, the Holy Father said he was united in prayer with the relatives of the victims. He prayed, too, ... continue reading.


Holy See recognises Palestine, commits to religious freedom

July 3rd, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The Vatican signed a comprehensive agreement with the State of Palestine last Friday, marking the former’s recognition of the latter and pledging greater commitment to religious freedom.... continue reading.

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Glasgow University professor joins new Vatican foundation for Middle East

July 1st, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The only route to peace in the Holy Land is through education, Professor Bart McGettrick believes... continue reading.


Our nation is now a ‘mission country’

June 26th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Scotland’s bishops invite priests and nuns from the developing world to help swell ranks... continue reading.


SCIAF Colombian partner visits Scotland in bid to heal rainforest

June 26th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

A Colombian partner of SCIAF has been in Scotland this week meeting Scottish biology experts to find a way to heal rainforests profoundly polluted by mining companies. ... continue reading.

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Asia Bibi still a death row prisoner after six years

June 24th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

British Pakistani Christians call for release of the mother charged under strict blasphemy laws... continue reading.


Protests after arson attack on an historic church in Galilee

June 24th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Thousands of Christians attended a rally in Israel last Sunday to protest against an arson attack against a historic church in Galilee.... continue reading.

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Protecting God’s creation is moral need

June 19th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

SCIAF among those reacting to Pope Francis’ highly anticipated encyclical on the environment ... continue reading.

Scotland reacts to Pope’s environmental encyclical with ‘help to save the world’ message

June 18th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Archbishop Tartaglia, president of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland, and the Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund call for prayers and action to protect God's creation, including lobbying of the Prime Minister... continue reading.

Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’ in full

June 18th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Pope Francis' first Encyclical Laudato Si' 'Praise Be' was released by the Vatican this morning. ... continue reading.

Leaked encyclical warning of ‘unprecedented destruction’ not final version

June 16th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Vatican spokesman calls Italian magazine’s actions over Papal document on the environment a ‘heinous act,’ ... continue reading.

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