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Prayers urged after George Square tragedy

December 22nd, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

A number of people are believed to have been killed and injured after a bin lorry crashed into a group of pedestrians in George Square in Glasgow city centre. Archbishop Tartaglia described the incident as heart breaking ‘tragedy’ and urged all to please pray for all involved. "My heart breaks for all those involved in this tragedy as they go about their business just a few days before Christmas," he said. "I ask any person of faith to pray now for those who have died and their relatives and those who have been injured." Police described the crash, outside Queen Street station ... continue reading.
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Tom Clarke MP to challenge Parliament on conscientious objection

December 22nd, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Veteran Coatbridge and Chryston MP plans action in wake of Supreme Court Ruling against Catholic midwives... continue reading.


Former First Minister’s generosity helps raise funds for orphanage

December 19th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Alex Salmond has auctioned gifts received during his time as First Minster to raise money for a Kenyan orphanage set up by a young Catholic from South Uist.... 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.


Pope declined to meet with the Dalai Lama

December 19th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Pope Francis declined the opportunity to meet the Dalai Lama last weekend when the Tibetan spiritual leader visited Rome. ... continue reading.


‘The Taliban will stop at nothing now’

December 18th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Archbishop in Pakistan talks to Aid to the Church in Need about school attack horror, asks schools to hold one-minute silence for Peshawar victims and a sober celebration of Christmas ... 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 in Pakistan condemns attack on school as barbaric and inhuman

December 17th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Condemnation comes after attack in which at least 132 children were killed by Taliban gunmen ... continue reading.

Positive Vatican report on women religious in the US

December 16th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Review urging orders to keep Christ at the centre of their communities is distinct from the ongoing inquiry into the Leadership Conference of Women Religious... 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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