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Children flee violence in northern Iraq

‘These are our own flesh and blood’

August 15th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Scotland’s hierarchy has joined Pope Francis in calling for Catholics to do everything possible to help the Christians of Northern Iraq who are facing genocide at the hands of the Islamic State and death in overcrowded refugee camps. Archbishop Antonio Mennini, the Apostolic Nuncio to the United Kingdom, wrote to Archbishop Philip Tartaglia, president of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland last week, urging Scotland’s bishops to follow the Holy Father’s example in encouraging the Church ‘to raise up with one voice a ceaseless prayer, imploring the Holy Spirit to send the gift of peace.’ In a special letter to his diocese, ... continue reading.

Archbishop Tartaglia appeals for prayers for Iraq and peace

August 14th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The president of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland joins Bishop Hugh Gilbert of Aberdeen in following Pope Francis' lead in speaking up for victims of recent violence in the region... continue reading.

Children flee violence in northern Iraq

Holy Father appeals for help for Iraqi Christians in letter to Archbishop of Glasgow

August 12th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain writes to Archbishop Philip Tartaglia to ask for support for Pope Francis’ appeal for help in assisting persecuted Christians fleeing for their lives in the conflict-hit Middle Eastern country... continue reading.

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Meet a reformed gangster on his journey of Faith

August 12th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

A London ex-gangster who converted to Catholicism and went on to meet St John Paul II is set to share his story at parishes in Paisley and Glasgow.... continue reading.


Lest we forget

August 8th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Church and state commemorate the centenary of Britain’s entry into the First World War at services in Glasgow, Paisley, throughout Scotland and the UK... continue reading.


Coatbridge says goodbye to De La Salle Order

August 1st, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The parish of St Augustine’s in Coatbridge joined with the Bishop of Motherwell last Saturday to say a fond farewell to the De La Salle Order who have served the community for 40 years.... continue reading.


Glasgow 2014 coming of age for teen who met Pope

August 1st, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Erraid Davies—who, at 13 years old, is the youngest ever competitor to win a Commonwealth Games medal—was lifted into the Popemobile at the Vatican while in a wheelchair in 2006... continue reading.

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Commonwealth visitors welcome Christian bid to make them feel at home

July 31st, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

More than Gold homestay programme for Glasgow's 'friendly games' proved to be so popular even the waiting list had to be closed. Now homes are requested by PGA for Ryder Cup... continue reading.

300th anniversary of first seminary on to be marked with open-air Mass

July 31st, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The Eilean Ban college was opened in Scotland in 1714 and trained priests during a period of Catholic persecution... continue reading.

Getting into the spirit of the games

July 25th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Archbishop Tartaglia welcomes Glasgow 2014 athletes and visitors after Church-run conference ... continue reading.

Joining forces to help Nigeria’s poor

July 18th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

A NIGERIAN priest has joined forces with his Scottish parishioners to help young people back in his homeland escape poverty.... continue reading.

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  • St Mary’s Cathedral parish in Edinburgh marks 200 years with Masses with Archbishop Cushley.
  • Diamond jubilee celebrations held in Girvan for Canon Thomas Gibbon.
  • Andrew Carnegie tells the SCO about the vital service provided by food banks such as his but reminds all that the ultimate aim is to eliminate the need for them
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