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Political parties support SCO dementia campaign

October 28th, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The Scottish Government’s Minister for Mental Health, Maureen Watt said it is ‘hugely encouraging to see churches playing their part in making our communities more dementia-friendly.’ “Dementia is a major public health challenge and the Scottish Government is taking action on diagnosis, better post-diagnostic support, and integrated home care, with a third National Dementia Strategy to be published soon,” she said. “I commend this campaign and its great work across Scotland’s communities.” Scottish Conservative shadow health secretary Donald Cameron agreeing saying ‘this is a welcome and extremely helpful campaign.’ “It will help not only those suffering from dementia and the people looking ... continue reading.

Vatican releases warning over ‘New Age’ cremations

October 28th, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Scottish Catholics cautioned against trend towards ‘consumer choice’... continue reading.


Scottish church criticises ‘Gay cake’ ruling

October 28th, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

A court has ruled a Christian bakery in Belfast cannot refuse to bake a cake celebrating gay marriage in what the Scottish Church called ‘a blow to freedom of conscience.’... continue reading.

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Paisely Synod report says share the Gospel to save the Church

October 27th, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The Diocese of Paisley has published the final document from its Synod on the future of the diocese.... continue reading.

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Intruders put Livingston Catholic school in lock down

October 27th, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

A Catholic school in West Lothian is one of four schools on lockdown after intruders were seen in their grounds.... continue reading.

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Catholic teachers attend ‘teaching Oscars’

October 24th, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Danielle Timmons from St Vincent's Primary School in East Kilbride and Carol McManus from St Roch's Secondary School, Glasgow nominated for prestigious prizes ... continue reading.


Huge crowd for funeral of ‘kind, gentle and holy’ Bishop John Mone

October 21st, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

His successor, Bishop John Keenan of Paisley, says Bishop Mone was ’loved by God and beloved of his people'.... continue reading.

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‘A truly good man gone to God’

October 21st, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Scotland mourns the death of John Mone, former Bishop of Paisley, a ‘faithful pastor of his people’... continue reading.

Get involved in politics, Catholic MP urges Church

October 21st, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

A leading SNP MP has urged the Church to get more involved in politics and Christians to ‘get out of the closest’ and be open about their beliefs.... continue reading.

Retired priest writes catechesis for prisoners

October 21st, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

An Ayrshire priest has written the first ever book of catechesis for British Catholic prisoners. ... continue reading.

Message of peace from a Syrian nun

October 21st, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

“Pray for a miracle, pray for peace.” ... continue reading.

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  • An ACN report on the hidden lives of Persecuted Christians in the Middle East.
  • Stunning picture of Bishop John Mone’s funeral
  • Joe McGrath on the need to forgive even the worst of men
  • Will Aid pull-out tells you how to leave your affairs in order
  • Tribute to Polish director Andrzej Wajda who died this month.

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