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Former First Minister’s generosity helps raise funds for orphanage

December 19th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The sale of the former First Minister’s goods raised £43,000 at Great Western Auctions last Saturday, with the proceeds split between children’s cancer charity Clic Sargent, the Scottish Youth Theatre and St Jerome’s Children’s Home in Kenya. Gemma Steele set up St Jerome’s—named after the patron saint of abandoned children and orphans—out of necessity after the children she was helping to look after were left homeless. The young woman from South Uist picked up a Young Scot Unsung Hero Award earlier this year. As a teenager, Ms Steele had flown out to the African country to teach and volunteer in St ... continue reading.

Final bell for Milngavie primary?

December 19th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Scottish Government’s backing of council closure of St Joseph’s is a ‘hammer blow’... continue reading.

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Public inquiry in Scotland into historical abuse cases of children in care

December 17th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Scottish Government behind inquiry move, which the Church backs, to begin in April 2015... continue reading.

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Supreme Court rules against Glasgow midwives

December 17th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Midwives, Archbishop of Glasgow and SPUC react to decision announced this morning that fails to protect their right to conscientiously object to supervising abortion... continue reading.


Church would back Scottish Government inquiry into abuse in care homes

December 16th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The Church has said it would support a Scottish Government inquiry into abuse in care homes in Scotland, as it published details of safeguarding breaches within it own diocese in 2013.... continue reading.

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Christmas cards are a great opportunity to keep ‘Christ in Christmas’

December 16th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Archbishop Leo Cushley sees the real value in keeping the tradition of sending Christmas greetings alive as postal deadlines near.... continue reading.

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Midwives’ ruling due on Wednesday

December 15th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The Supreme Court is expected to rule on the conscientious objection to abortion case of the two Glasgow Catholic midwives on Wednesday, after the SCO goes to press this week. ... continue reading.

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Urgent appeal: Help Scotland’s poor

December 12th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Archbishop Tartaglia of Glasgow, welfare group call on UK Government to end austerity now... continue reading.

Wales votes against assisted suicide

December 11th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

In pro-life victory, Welsh Assembly members reject principles of bill currently going through the House of Lords... continue reading.

Shadow Home Secretary backs ‘buffer zone’ around abortion clinics

December 9th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Seen as latest attack by Labour Party on pro-life advocates... continue reading.

Call for end to Government austerity stance on the poor

December 9th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Archbishop Philip Tartaglia of Glasgow has called on the UK Government to make it easier for Scotland’s poorest to access benefits as they face poverty and hunger this Christmas.... continue reading.

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  • Catholic MP Jim Murphy selected as leader of the Scottish Labour Party.
  • Kevin McKenna on why being pro-life is an uphill struggle in Scotland.
  • Fr Michael Conroy provides a timely insight into vocations and parish closures and how both will impact on parishioners.
  • Bishop Joseph Toal celebrates anniversary dedication Mass at Our Lady of Good Aid Cathedral in Motherwell.
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