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Committee Convener Stewart Maxwell MSP chairs a meeting of the Education and Culture Committee earlier today.  28 May 2013.  Pic - Andrew Cowan/Scottish Parliament

MSP wants religious to qualify for Pension Credit

September 29th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Pension Credit is a benefit paid to those of pensionable age to make their income up to a guaranteed minimum amount. Prisoners and members of enclosed religious orders do not qualify. “It seems to me to be ridiculous that members of enclosed religious orders, who are fully maintained by their order, are one of only two groups of people in the UK who are denied Pension Credit,” Mr Maxwell (above), an SNP MSP, said. “The other group of people who are denied Pension Credit are prisoners. The numbers of men and women in fully enclosed religious orders in Scotland, and indeed in the ... continue reading.

NI Church leaders fear political instability is ‘erasing hope’ for the vulnerable

September 22nd, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Archbishop Eamon Martin signs joint statement warning political parties... continue reading.


Assisted Dying Bill overwhelmingly rejected in the House of Commons

September 18th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

MPs voted overwhelmingly to reject the Assisted Dying Bill introduced by Rob Marris MP last Friday.... continue reading.


Scottish Church is open to refugees

September 18th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

— Many of our parishioners hail from families with a history of fleeing conflict and poverty, hierarchy says — Paisley answers Bishop Keenan’s call by setting up a refugee welcome group ... continue reading.


Church promises to help Scottish Government with refugees

September 11th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Archbishops Tartaglia pledges bishops' support to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon... continue reading.


Pope simplifies annulment process

September 8th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Local bishops given power to decide the nullity of marriage for Catholics, costs of annulments eliminated... continue reading.


Church backs charities’ encyclical guide

September 4th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Scotland and England’s most senior Catholic clergymen have united to endorse a new Catholic guide to the environment. ... continue reading.

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Catholic leaders call on Prime Minister to step up efforts for refugees

September 3rd, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Bishop John Keenan and Cardinal Vincent Nichols lead the call for action after shocking images of a drowned Syrian child but David Cameron remains unmoved... continue reading.

Pope decries war, persecution and weapons bathed in blood of the innocent

September 2nd, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Speaking at the end of his general audience, the Holy Father said 'war never again' is the desire of victims of conflict... continue reading.

Archbishop Tartaglia meets with abuse victim

September 1st, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The president of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland met with Dave Sharp after issuing an apology following the publication of the McLellan report... continue reading.

Half of Scots still describe themselves as Christian

August 27th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The challenge for the Catholic Church is to reach out to those who feel disaffected, a spokesman said in response to the government survey... continue reading.

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  • Glasgow Council reverses it decision to increase distance for pupils to qualify for free transport to secondary school.
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