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Priest marks centenary of relative’s Somme death

December 2nd, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

 By Amanda Connelly Fr John Eagers of St James’ Church, Renfrew, is a descendant of Scottish Lieutenant Patrick Joseph McCusker, who died in 1916. Lt McCusker, an alumnus of Stonyhurst College in Lancashire, where he was taught by the Jesuits, was born on March 24 1894 in Neilston, East Renfrewshire. He returned to Scotland to study medicine at the University of Glasgow before being called up. He was killed on November 13 1916 at the age of 22, during the Battle of the Ancre, the last large British attack of the Battle of the Somme. A number of his relatives gathered at his ... continue reading.

European Catholic Church media officers meet in Glasgow

November 17th, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Catholic Church media officers from across Europe are meeting in Glasgow this week to discuss 'communicating a Christian message in increasingly secular societies.'... continue reading.


Keep vital dream of family life alive, visiting Bishop urges

November 11th, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

THE importance of the imperfect family was stressed in Glasgow this week by an Irish bishop visiting Scotland to address a conference of New Movements.... continue reading.


Speak out against abortion, brave young activist urges

November 4th, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Caitlin Keeper’s abortion objection praised at SNP Youth conference... continue reading.


Scottish church criticises ‘Gay cake’ ruling

October 28th, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

A court has ruled a Christian bakery in Belfast cannot refuse to bake a cake celebrating gay marriage in what the Scottish Church called ‘a blow to freedom of conscience.’... continue reading.

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Intruders put Livingston Catholic school in lock down

October 27th, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

A Catholic school in West Lothian is one of four schools on lockdown after intruders were seen in their grounds.... continue reading.

Catholic teachers attend ‘teaching Oscars’

October 24th, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Danielle Timmons from St Vincent's Primary School in East Kilbride and Carol McManus from St Roch's Secondary School, Glasgow nominated for prestigious prizes ... continue reading.

Huge crowd for funeral of ‘kind, gentle and holy’ Bishop John Mone

October 21st, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

His successor, Bishop John Keenan of Paisley, says Bishop Mone was ’loved by God and beloved of his people'.... continue reading.

Retired priest writes catechesis for prisoners

October 21st, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

An Ayrshire priest has written the first ever book of catechesis for British Catholic prisoners. ... continue reading.

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