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Year of consecrated life begins at the weekend

November 28th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Pope Francis has said 2015 will be a year dedicated to the promotion of consecrated life, and is asking the Church’s religious sisters, brothers and priests to ‘wake up the world’ with their testimony of faith, holiness and hope. Last Thursday Archbishop Leo Cushley of St Andrews and Edinburgh marked the year’s opening with a Mass at the Gillis Centre in Edinburgh and this Saturday Bishop Joseph Toal of Motherwell will celebrate Mass with the Poor Clare Sisters at St Bride’s in Bothwell. Archbishop Cushley said last week that the religious are ‘a shining witness to the love of Christ in ... continue reading.

Last Gorsilaure appeal as project ends

November 28th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

After 15 years, charity announces that its ongoing commitments could not continue in... continue reading.


Cardinal Nichols speaks about the devastation he witnessed in Gaza

November 28th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, has said he was ‘deeply shocked after visiting areas of Gaza left devastated by the conflict between Hamas and Israel.... continue reading.


SCIAF calls for rights of the vulnerable to be at the heart of climate change deal

November 27th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Governments will meet in Peru next month to discuss climate change with the catholic charity calling for protection of poor communities... continue reading.


Smith Commission recommends abortion be devolved to the Scottish Parliament

November 27th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The Smith Commission into further devolution for Scotland has suggested abortion legislation should be devolved to the Scottish Parliament.... continue reading.


Two Catholic MSPs promoted in Nicola Sturgeon’s cabinet

November 21st, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Two Catholics have been promoted to the Scottish Government cabinet by new First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.... continue reading.


Euthanasia is a ‘sin against God’

November 21st, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Pope Francis denounces practice amid latest efforts to legalise assisted suicide in Scotland... continue reading.

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Reframing the Church’s message

November 18th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

New book taking a less confrontational look at how Catholic education and communication can reach out today is launched in Scotland... continue reading.

Vatican appointment for Archbishop Gallagher

November 14th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Pope Francis has appointed Archbishop Paul Gallagher, a 60-year-old Liverpudlian who is currently nuncio to Australia, as Secretary for Relations with States, popularly known as the Vatican foreign minister.... continue reading.

Midwives battle on over abortion

November 14th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Mary Doogan and Connie Wood defend Court of Session ruling at UK’s highest court... continue reading.

What’s on

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A weekly guide to upcoming Church-related events... continue reading.

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  • A total of 165 women gathered for the second annual St Margaret, Queen of Scots, ladies lunch for the joyful celebration of life and the launch of Campaign Life 2017.
  • Archbishop Leo Cushley called e religious life ‘a shining witness to the love of Christ’ during a visit to Dysart Carmel..
  • Pupils from Sr Monica’s Primary, Milton, brought the story of David and Goliath to life with an ecumenical service in Wellington Church, Glasgow, attended by Archbishop Philip Tartaglia.
  • Bishop Joseph Toal of Motherwell celebrated Mass at St Mary’s Parish in Lanark last Friday as a hospital chaplain Sr Marguerite Ford was honoured with a Bene Merenti medal.
  • John Deighan writes—Hubble and moral trouble: The light of the Christian message.

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