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Chilean bishops offer resignation to Pope Francis

May 18th, 2018 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The 34 bishops asked for forgiveness from abuse survivors as the unprecedented decision came. “We want to announce that all bishops present in Rome, in writing, have placed our positions in the Holy Father’s hands so that he may freely decided regarding each one of us,” Bishop Juan Ignacio Gonzalez Errazuriz of San Bernardo said in a statement on May 18, according to Catholic Herald. It is unclear yet as to whether the Pope will accept the resignations. The BBC reported that the bishops were handed a 10-page document during the Vatican talks by Pope Francis, which accused the Church in Chile’s ... continue reading.

Deputy First Minister says Scotland’s education system can learn from the values of Catholic schools

May 18th, 2018 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

John Swinney: Catholic education provides young people with resilience... continue reading.


Research reveals Celtic and the SCO share founding fathers

May 18th, 2018 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

In November 1887, a group of men came together in St Mary’s Church Hall in Calton, Glasgow, to found what would become Celtic FC. But three years earlier, the same men had started another, some might say even greater, endeavour: the Scottish Catholic Observer.... continue reading.


Scotland must confront its anti-Irish, anti-Catholic history, academic says

May 18th, 2018 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Scotland must confront its history of anti-Irish Catholic racism, according to the author of a new book on the ‘myth’ that the country is less racist than the rest of the UK.... continue reading.


‘Secular elite’ at Glasgow college accused of blocking Catholic Mass

May 18th, 2018 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Complaints of a ‘hostile environment’ for Christians after Ascension Thursday Mass cancelled... continue reading.


MSP calls for clampdown on bullying of young Christians

May 11th, 2018 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Church applauds politicians for highlighting stories of schoolchildren being mocked — By Daniel Harkins and Peter Diamond ... continue reading.


Bishop’s rallying cry for political leaders to stand up for the unborn

May 11th, 2018 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Bishop John Keenan has issued a rallying call for politicians and leaders of the UK to speak up for the pro-life movement even if it means coming under attack. — By PETER DIAMOND AND JAMES FARRELL ... continue reading.

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Daughter of POW presents Crucifix to Italian chapel

May 11th, 2018 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

It was no ‘ordinary’ Mass that was celebrated in the Italian Chapel on Lambholm in Orkney on April 28. A ‘guest of honour’ was among the congregation gathered there: the daughter of one of the Italian prisoners of war who helped build the chapel.... continue reading.

Missio Scotland challenges the stereotypes of children in Africa

May 11th, 2018 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Scotland’s missionary charity sought to banish the stereotype of the sad African child as it conveyed the joy of the continent’s children to a global gathering of Catholic agencies. ... continue reading.

The devil is a loser but can still deceive us into giving him power, says Pope

May 9th, 2018 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Pope Francis has branded the devil as ‘a loser’ – but says he can still deceive people into giving him power.... continue reading.

The Church should be the conscience of the state, Cardinal says

May 4th, 2018 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The Catholic Church should serve as the conscience of the state, the UK’s most senior cleric has said ahead of an appearance in Scotland on Saturday. ... continue reading.

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