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Loyalist graffiti painted on walls of Catholic school

November 26th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Police have launched a hate crime investigation after loyalist graffiti was spray-painted on the walls of a Catholic school. Two figures were caught on CCTV at 9:45pm on Sunday entering the grounds of Trinity High, Renfrew, and painting ‘UVF’ on the school’s wall, the acronym for the Ulster Volunteer Force, the loyalist paramilitary group responsible for a number of sectarian murders. Staff contacted police who have launched an investigation and are treating the incident as a hate crime. A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: “Police received a call at 9.45pm on Sunday November 23 reporting an incident of graffiti at a school in ... continue reading.

New composition by James MacMillan to premiere next week

November 26th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The piece will be performed as part of a concert for the 40th anniversary of the CBSO Chorus... continue reading.

Pope Francis answers reporter's question on flight back to Rome after speaking at European Parliament, Council of Europe in France

Pope says door remains open to dialogue with the Islamic State

November 26th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Holy Father fielded questions on terrorism, slavery and abuse on return flight from the European parliament... continue reading.

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Pope brings pro-life message to European Parliament

November 25th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Holy Father only second Pontiff to address the parliament... continue reading.


Guinean cardinal named as Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments

November 24th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Cardinal Robert Sarah takes over from Cardinal Antonio Cañizares Llovera who was made Archbishop of Valencia in August... continue reading.


Two Catholic MSPs promoted in Nicola Sturgeon’s cabinet

November 21st, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Two Catholics have been promoted to the Scottish Government cabinet by new First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.... continue reading.


Euthanasia is a ‘sin against God’

November 21st, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Pope Francis denounces practice amid latest efforts to legalise assisted suicide in Scotland... continue reading.

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Pope to visit US and the Philippines in 2015

November 21st, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Pope Francis confirmed he will be attending the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia in the US next year shortly after the programme for his visit to the Philippines was announced.... continue reading.

School in Malawi honours an Airdrie teacher who died

November 21st, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

A newly built science lab in a Malawian school has been named in tribute to a fundraising Airdrie teacher who died of cancer in 2011. ... continue reading.

‘We ask for dignity, not for charity’ for the hungry

November 20th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Pope Francis appeals at UN meeting for more efforts to help those who are starving.... continue reading.

Pope calls for an end to spiral of violence and hatred in the Holy Land

November 19th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Speaking during his weekly general audience, Pope Francis said he was following with concern the ‘unacceptable episodes of violence’ in Jerusalem... continue reading.

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  • Catholic Education Director Michael McGrath says he will defend those who conscientiously object to teaching about gay marriage.
  • Bishop John Keenan announces that Paisley Diocese will hold synod in 2016.
  • Scotland’s bishops get behind interfaith week.
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