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Fr Tom Shields ‘fully restored to ministry’ after historical abuse investigation

November 26th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Fr Tom Shields has been appointed as parish priest of St Fillan’s Church, Crieff and St Margaret’s Church, Comrie, after being restored to ministry in Dunkeld Diocese. Fr Shields (above) was temporarily removed from parish ministry at St John the Baptist, Perth, in August after a complaint of historical abuse was made against him. The diocese followed national safeguarding protocols, and referred the complaint to police. The police have now confirmed they are not actively investigating, and the Church said their investigation found no evidence of criminality. “In August, a historical allegation was made against Fr Tom Shields, parish priest of ... continue reading.
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Motherwell ecumenical service to be held for refugees and steel workers

November 25th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Christians invited to pray on Sunday in Dalziel St Andrew's Church of Scotland for those fleeing war in Syria, and for those in Scotland affected by the closure of steel plants ... continue reading.

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St Margaret’s High pupil an online hit after Alex Salmond impression

November 24th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Ryan McGuigan praised by former First Minister and impressionist Rory Bremner for spot-on parody of the Scottish MP. (Video below)... continue reading.


Cardinal Nichols honours Maryvale

November 20th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Cardinal Vincent Nichols presented the awards at Maryvale Institute’s graduation ceremony at St Chad’s Cathedral in Birmingham to over 250 students from all parts of the world who have completed further or higher education programmes of study during the last year. ... continue reading.


Glasgow archbishop’s message of support for Paris

November 14th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Archbishop Tartaglia sends support to Paris via French cardinal... continue reading.


Reach out to refugees

November 13th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Bishop John Keenan of Paisley urges parishioners to show the ‘best of Caledonian welcomes’ as Syrian refugees arrive in Scotland this month... continue reading.

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Intimidation fails to extinguish the light of life

November 6th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Pro-lifers see off intimidation by radical pro-abortion activists at annual event... continue reading.

Be ‘people of soul’ bishop tells MSPs

November 3rd, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Bishop Hugh Gilbert of Aberdeen delivered the Time for Reflection at Holyrood today and told MSPs to ignore those who say ‘most politicians are worthless’.... continue reading.

Support at Synod for divorced Catholics

October 30th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Bishops vote through, by a narrow margin, a recommendation for better pastoral support for Catholic divorcees... continue reading.

Archbishop Tartaglia calls for ‘humane approach’ to tax credits

October 27th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Archbishop Philip Tartaglia of Glasgow has urged on the Westminster Government to be ‘adopt a compassionate and humane approach’ over tax credit cuts.... continue reading.

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  • St Mirin’s Cathedral Administrator Mgr John Tormey Cathedral celebrates Mass for the Bereaved in Paisley.
  • As Pope Francis heads to Africa, Gerald Warner look at the African Church’s opposition of the liberal agenda at the synod.
  • The trials of Paul illustrate that God indeed has a plan for us all, says Joe McGrath.
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