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Greens oppose environment of Catholic schools

April 29th, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The Scottish Green Party has admitted that it remains intent on ending state-funded Catholic education in Scotland. Despite the policy being left out of the party’s 2016 manifesto ahead of the May 5 elections, a Green spokesman told the SCO that ‘the Scottish Greens’ policy remains to move toward an nondenominational education system in Scotland, the focus of this is not to close down schools but for greater integration.’ Michael McGrath, director of the Scottish Catholic Education Service, said this was a policy intended to ‘close schools, and end Catholic schools in Scotland.’ “They don’t want Catholic schools and it’s important the ... continue reading.

Pro-lifers appalled that the Greens would remove basic legal protection from mothers, unborn children

April 26th, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Don’t Stop A Beating Heart campaign flags up Scottish Green Party’s manifesto pledge to liberalise abortion laws that are on the verge of being devolved... continue reading.

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Ringing in the Queen’s 90th birthday

April 21st, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Pluscarden monks honour monarch in traditional way as the Scottish Catholic Church pays tribute to the Queen... continue reading.

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MPs unanimous in declaring ISIS violence genocide against Christians and Yazidis

April 21st, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Scottish Church praises Commons vote in favour of MP Fiona Bruce’s motion by 278 votes to 0—with backing from all major parties—despite official Government opposition... continue reading.

Syria 08 April 2016 
Fr. Lukas Awad, secretary to the Syriac Orthodox Archbishop of Homs in front of the demolished St. Elian church (Syriac Orthodox) in al-Qaryatayn

Al-Qaryatayn (also spelled Karyatayn, Qaratin or Cariatein) is a town in central Syria, administratively part of the Homs Governorate located southeast of Homs. It is situated on an oasis in the Syrian Desert. Nearby localities include Tadmur (Palmyra) to the northeast, Furqlus to the north, al-Riqama and Dardaghan to the northwest, Mahin, Huwwarin and Sadad to the west, Qarah, Deir Atiyah and al-Nabk to the southwest and Jayrud to the south. Al-Qaryatayn translates as "the two villages". 
According to the Syria Central Bureau of Statistics, al-Qaryatayn had a population of 14,208 in the 2004 census. It is the administrative center of the al-Qaryatayn nahiyah ("subdistrict") which consists of three localities with a collective population of 16,795 in 2004. Its inhabitants are predominantly Sunni Muslims and Christians. 
On 5 August 2015, the town was captured by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant militants. al-Qaryatayn is important to ISIL because the town is one of many along the Damascus-Homs Highway. On 6 August 2015, ISIL abducted 230 civilians, including at least 60 Christians from al-Qaryatayn. ISIL later advanced even further, taking control of Mahin and Huwwarin by 8 August, thus forcing hundreds of Christians to flee persecution by the terrorist group. On 9 August 2015, the Syrian Arab Air Force (SAAF) bombed Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant positions in al-Qaryatayn, resulting in the death of around 30 militants as well as the destruction of seven vehicles and a rocket depot, according to government sources. Meanwhile, ISIL announced a 30-day ultimatum for the remaining Syrian officials in the city to "declare their repentance", or else their houses would be seized. 
On 21 August, ISIL released images showing their demolition of the Monastery of St. Elian in al-Qaryatayn. Parts of the monastery were 1,500 years old. 
On 3 April 2016, the Syrian Army regained control of the town from ISIL.

UK Government must recognise ISIS genocide in Syria and Iraq

April 15th, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Aid to the Church in Need calls on MPS to officially recognise that the ongoing attacks against Christians, Yazidis and other minorities in the Middle East is genocide ... continue reading.


UKIP stoking sectarianism?

April 15th, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Ex-senior member accuses party of using religious hatred in Scottish elections... continue reading.


Pope urges Scottish seminarians to have the courage of martyrs in today’s hostile times

April 14th, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Holy Father tells Scotland's archbishops and the clergy and students of Pontifical Scots College—on its 400th anniversary—to continue to be as inspired by the martyrdom of St John Ogilvie as its founding members were... continue reading.

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Mary’s Meal’s Generation Hope to premiere in Glasgow

April 14th, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

First screening tomorrow of the charity’s documentary film drawing attention to what those who have benefited from its work have gone on to achieve... continue reading.

Pope invites Pontifical Scots College community for private audience

April 13th, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Archbishop Philip Tartaglia of Glasgow and Archbishop Leo Cushley to join clergy and seminarians for meeting tomorrow... continue reading.

Scottish bishops: ‘Consider joining a political party’

April 8th, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Bishops’ Conference of Scotland send pre-election letter to parishes... continue reading.

Scots College seminarians ask Scottish Faithful to join vocations novena

April 6th, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The Pontifical Scots College has launched a national novena beginning on Saturday as the World Day of Prayer for Vocations approaches... continue reading.

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  • Lawrence Logue on the way forward for the pro-life movement.
  • Dr Harry Schnitker explains the very real differences between the green movement and Catholic thinking despite shared interest in the environment.
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