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Bishops thank former SCES director

September 23rd, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Michael McGrath stood down as director of SCES in July, and Archbishop Philip Tartaglia, president of the Catholic Education Commission, was joined by fellow bishops William Nolan, Joseph Toal, and Bishop Emeritus Peter Moran in celebrating a thanksgiving Mass (above) in Motherwell Cathedral on September 14. Schoolchildren from across Scotland joined teachers and staff, including former pupils of Mr McGrath from as long ago as 1975, in paying their respects. “Michael McGrath has made a unique contribution to Catholic Education in our times,” Archbishop Tartaglia said. “As a successful teacher and headteacher he lived out the vocation of the Catholic educator. ... continue reading.

Scots Catholics join Pope in call to help refugees

September 23rd, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Welcome refugees into your homes, Pope says, as Scots give their support... continue reading.


Archbishop appeals for more help for homeless

September 16th, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Archbishop Philip Tartalgia of Glasgow is calling for more support of the homeless, as the Church considers plans to convert unused land to affordable housing. ... continue reading.


Education minister tackles Catholic teacher shortage

September 16th, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

John Swinney offers support at primary headteachers’ conference... continue reading.


Government delays Named Person Scheme

September 8th, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The Scottish Government has delayed its planned implantation of the ‘Named Person’ scheme until August 2017 and committed to ‘intense engagement’ on amendments prior to that.... continue reading.


Archbishop urges Scots to ‘make Brexit work’

September 2nd, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Archbishop Leo Cushley of St Andrews & Edinburgh has said all must work together to make sure Post-Brexit Europe is a better place than before. ... continue reading.

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Bishop Keenan’s Mother Teresa memories

September 2nd, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The saint impacted on the lives of many, and Bishop John Keenan tells AMANDA CONNELLY about his own unforgettable meeting with the sister... continue reading.

Archbishop says ‘it breaks these hearts’ to see Italy suffering

August 29th, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Scottish Catholics today came together at St Andrew’s Cathedral, Glasgow at a special Mass for the victims of the Italian earthquake.... continue reading.

Motherwell diocese to amalgamate parishes

August 29th, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Bishop Joseph Toal of Motherwell has announced new plans for pastoral provision given the challenges the diocese faces, including the merger of parishes.... continue reading.

Glasgow and Edinburgh Masses for Italian earthquake victims

August 26th, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Both cities Cathedrals’ will host special services for the many victims of the tragedy.... continue reading.

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