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Commonwealth visitors welcome Christian bid to make them feel at home

July 31st, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The programme to house to relatives of athletes and volunteers (known locally as the Clydesiders) in Glasgow during the Commonwealth Games has been so popular that demand proved far higher than anticipated, outstripping supply. More Than Gold 2014, which is running the programme with the backing of churches, parishes and religious groups, is providing 2000 bed nights during Glasgow 2014. The Christian group says that the response has been phenomenal, as has been the demand.  A waiting list had to be created and was closed when it reached 120. “We have done the athlete family homestay programme for about 20 years starting ... continue reading.
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300th anniversary of first seminary on to be marked with open-air Mass

July 31st, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The Eilean Ban college was opened in Scotland in 1714 and trained priests during a period of Catholic persecution... continue reading.


Archbishop Longely calls for greater respect for carers

July 30th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Birmingham archbishop speaks at Charity Leaders’ Network event on the vital work of careers and how poverty goes beyond a lack of wealth... continue reading.

Pope Francis greets woman during his visit with Protestants in Caserta, Italy

Pope visits Pentecostal church and acknowledges persecution

July 29th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

During a visit yesterday to the Pentecostal Church of the Reconciliation in the south of Italy, Pope Francis recognised the persecution they suffered in Fascist Italy... continue reading.

Pope Francis talks with Archbishop Chaput during general audience in St. Peter's Square at Vatican

Pope Francis to join World Meeting of Families in US

July 25th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Holy Father will spend three days at Philadelphia event next September, Archbishop Charles Chaput says and Vatican confirms... continue reading.


Papal pro-life message for UK, Ireland

July 25th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Pope Francis has urged Catholics in Britain and Ireland to combat the ‘culture of death’ in a message ahead of Day for Life this Sunday.... continue reading.


Remember in prayer Mosul’s Christians

July 25th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Pope Francis has called on the Faithful to remember in prayer Christians fleeing the Iraqi city of Mosul.... continue reading.

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Getting into the spirit of the games

July 25th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Archbishop Tartaglia welcomes Glasgow 2014 athletes and visitors after Church-run conference ... continue reading.

Sudanese Christian saved from death penalty meets Pope

July 24th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The Sudanese woman who fled to Italy after being spared a death sentence for refusing to convert to Islam has met the Pope.... continue reading.

Goals for peace

July 23rd, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

World class footballers such as Lionel Messi (above with Pope Francis) will take to the pitch for an interreligious match at the Olympic Stadium in Rome on September 1.... continue reading.

Joining forces to help Nigeria’s poor

July 18th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

A NIGERIAN priest has joined forces with his Scottish parishioners to help young people back in his homeland escape poverty.... continue reading.

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  • Standing room only at Commonwealth Games Mass at St Andrew’s Cathedral, Glasgow.
  • Perth teacher reports for SCIAF/Mission Matters Scotland from Ethiopia.
  • Aid to the Church in Need gets a cash boost for Fife parishioners.
  • Latest on Pope Francis and the World Meeting of Families in the US.
  • Comment from Michael McGrath, Sr Roseann Reddy and Hugh Dougherty.

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