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Scots clergymen at the heart of translating the Roman Rite

January 17th, 2020 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Archbishop Leo Cushley of St Andrews & Edinburgh and Bishop Hugh Gilbert of Aberdeen, pictured, returned from the International Commission of English in the Liturgy (ICEL), held in Washington DC, on Sunday January 12. “I go three times a year for week-long meetings, and it’s very much nine-to-five work,” Archbishop Cushley stated. “I enjoy it because I have a passion for the liturgy, and I have many good friends among those at ICEL. The work of translation can be laborious and slow, so it takes patience—and the list of things to be translated is a long one!”     Translations ICEL translates various liturgical ... continue reading.

Voting rights outcome demonstrates Church and council’s rapport

January 17th, 2020 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Bishop welcomes councillors’ decision to keep Catholic voting rights on education committee... continue reading.

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Catholics invited to talk on ‘the truth of assisted dying’

January 17th, 2020 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Catholics across Scotland are being invited to attend a talk in the capital on the ‘truth of assisted dying’, given by a bioethics expert from a Roman Catholic academic institute in Oxford.... continue reading.


Edinburgh’s newest vicar episcopal for education relishes new role

January 17th, 2020 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

St Andrews & Edinburgh Archdiocese has appointed a new Vicar Episcopal for Catholic Education.... continue reading.


School goes the extra mile to help neighbours after fire

January 17th, 2020 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

A Catholic high school in Fife is continuing to support senior pupils of a nearby non-denominational school which is being rebuilt after a catastrophic fire in August.... continue reading.


Catholic Church says Scots must engage in new draft gender bill

January 17th, 2020 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The Church has said it is ‘important that Catholics engage in the consultation’ of a draft bill, which the Scottish Government is holding on reforming current legislation in relation to legal gender recognition.... continue reading.


New general secretary for bishops in Motherwell Diocese reshuffle

January 17th, 2020 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The bishops’ Conference of Scotland has announced they are appointing a new general secretary next month and that the current priest in the role will return to being a parish priest.... continue reading.

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Standing ovation as solicitor receives papal knighthood

January 10th, 2020 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

An Inverness solicitor has been honoured with a papal award for his services to the Church.... continue reading.

News agency reveals worrying 2019 missionary death toll

January 10th, 2020 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

A total of 29 missionaries were killed across the globe in 2019, a Vatican news agency has revealed. ... continue reading.

Vatican says parish must stay open as laity win appeal

January 10th, 2020 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Parishioners at a Welsh Catholic Church have won their appeal to the Vatican against the closure of their church, meaning it must remain open, despite no Mass celebrated there in two years.... continue reading.

Concern over spate of anti-Catholic and anti-Irish graffiti

January 10th, 2020 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The Catholic Church has said anti-Catholic graffiti scrawled at the side of one of Scotland’s busiest motorways is ‘very saddening’ and the problem is not merely ‘a historic one’.... continue reading.

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