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New bishop president hopes to bring the light of Christ into parishes

November 16th, 2018 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Bishop Hugh Gilbert of Aberdeen Diocese was appointed as president by his fellow bishops last Wednesday after Archbishop Philip Tartaglia of Glasgow stepped down following a full six year term. Bishop Gilbert this week told the SCO that the conference needs to be the ‘Lumen Christi’ which we see at the Easter Vigil Mass. Bishop Gilbert said: “Our duty is to find the best ways of professing our Faith in Christ who died and was raised from the dead to new life, to give us new life, and it’s about transcending that into our parishes, and across the whole country, seeking ... continue reading.

Group calls for an end to anti-Catholic marches past churches

November 16th, 2018 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

‘NO anti-Catholic marches past Catholic churches’—that was the message from an all-women protest last weekend as an Orange walk paraded past St Michael’s Church in the East End of Glasgow.... continue reading.


Mary’s Meals returns to Medjugorje for Mass with Pope Francis’ envoy

November 9th, 2018 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Bishop Keenan of Paisley diocese joins global charity as they returned to the Shrine where it all began ... continue reading.


Church ‘needs your help’ to combat renewed plans to introduce assisted suicide

November 9th, 2018 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The call comes as a cross-party group was recently established at the Scottish Parliament to look at the prospect of a fresh attempt to introduce assisted suicide.... continue reading.

All Souls Day

Rediscover the month of Holy Souls, bishop says

November 2nd, 2018 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The Bishop of Aberdeen has said Catholics should not let the commercial build up to Christmas overshadow the month of the Holy Souls and that Scotland’s relationship with the dead has been closed down as a result of the Protestant reformation.... continue reading.


Campaign is seeking your stories of discrimination

November 2nd, 2018 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Catholic experiences of discrimination need to be compiled and recorded, a public meeting to combat anti-Catholicism and anti-Irish racism was told on Monday.... continue reading.


Public meeting to fight anti-Catholicism to go ahead despite threatening phone calls

October 26th, 2018 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Scotland’s Justice Secretary said he would give ‘full consideration’ to a group holding a meeting on Monday against anti-Catholicism and anti-Irish racism. ... continue reading.

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Scotland hails canonisation of St Romero as relic heads to Edinburgh

October 19th, 2018 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The canonisation of Oscar Romero was celebrated in Scotland with the blessing of a shrine to the ‘Saint of the Poor.’... continue reading.

Bishop Keenan to pray the Rosary live on Facebook

October 17th, 2018 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

BISHOP John Keenan of Paisley Diocese is to pray the Rosary live on Facebook tonight at 9.30PM through the page Free Prayer UK. ... continue reading.

Church welcomes justice minister’s use of the term ‘anti-Catholicism’

October 12th, 2018 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

A spokesman for the Catholic Church said that 'until now the Scottish Government have refused to use the term anti-Catholic' preferring to use 'diffuse and generic terms like ‘sectarianism.’... continue reading.

Bishop lies prostrate at altar for sins of Church abuse

October 12th, 2018 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Two Scottish bishops took up Pope Francis’ call to make a special effort to say the Rosary in the month of October—with one lying prostrate in front of the altar in reparation at the sins of abuse in the Church.... continue reading.

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