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Bishops help order mark its 25th year

September 26th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The order was established in Scotland on September 22 1989 with a principal mission of providing support for the Church in the Holy Land. The order has particular responsibility for supporting Our Lady of Sorrows in Aboud—a village on the West Bank northwest of Jerusalem. During the anniversary celebrations at St Andrew’s Cathedral, three new members—Monty d’Inverno, from Edinburgh, Tony Graham from Bishopbriggs and John Kane from Dumbarton—were added to the Lieutenancy’s numbers, bringing their total to 125 knights and dames. Saturday’s ceremony had a number of similarities with the order’s inaugural event that took place 25 years ago, with both ... continue reading.
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Post-referendum: Scotland’s bishops call for Christian message to be upheld

September 19th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

After the 55 to 45 per cent no vote in yesterday’s independence referendum, Scotland’s bishops this morning urge the Catholic community to continue to engage in public debate and decision-making.... continue reading.


Paisley bishop in vocations awareness drive among young Catholics

September 19th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Bishop John Keenan spoke to schoolchildren from across Paisley Diocese this week as part of a vocations awareness drive that reached out to the future of the Church.... continue reading.


How Mary’s Meals is still trying to feed the hungry in Liberia

September 19th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The charity Mary’s Meals is delivering food aid to thousands of people affected by the Ebola outbreak in Liberia—including patients infected by the deadly virus—following the launch of an emergency relief effort.... continue reading.


Cardinal Nichols outlines Extraordinary Synod’s priorities

September 19th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, has described what he sees as some of the priorities of the Extraordinary Synod on the family to be held at the Vatican next month.... continue reading.


What’s on

September 19th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

A weekly guide to upcoming Church-related events. ***Due to a production error the days of the events in this week's column are correct but the dates were wrong in print. Here is the corrected column.... continue reading.


Church says organ donation bill undermines the integrity of the person

September 18th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The Scottish Church has raised concerns over proposed Organ and Tissue Donation (Scotland) Bill saying the Holyrood (above) bill risks ‘undermining the integrity of the person.’... continue reading.

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Protection for Catholic schools in independent Scotland

September 15th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

SNP Minister Roseanna Cunningham’s pledge welcomed by Catholic spokesmen but questions remain on its implementation.... continue reading.

Pope Francis to address European Parliament

September 12th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

On November 25 Holy Father will become only the second Pope to do so. St John Paul II's visit in October 1988 event was disrupted by the Ian Paisley, who died today... continue reading.

Ian Paisley has died

September 12th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Wife announces death of former First Minister of Northern Ireland, famed for his anti-Catholic views and actions... continue reading.

Pope leads tributes to murdered Italian nuns

September 12th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

After this week's SCO went press it was announced that the murderer of three missionary sisters had been arrested and confessed to the crime, according to local police ... continue reading.

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  • Archbishop Leo Cushley celebrates the Red Mass for the legal profession at St Mary’s Cathedral in Edinburgh.
  • Reconciliation service in Edinburgh follows post-referendum violence in Glasgow’s George Square.
  • UK’s Christian leaders speak out against Trident.
  • Senior secondary school pupils sign up in great numbers for Caritas Award programme.
  • Scottish authors launch book Reclaiming the Piazza: Catholic Education as a Cultural Project in Rome.

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