This weeks editorials


Help to double your charitable efforts

August 29th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

During Lent next year, for every pound you donate to the Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund, SCIAF will receive another through the UK Department for International Development’s UK Aid Match scheme. SCIAF, which was started in Rutherglen in 1965, is now a household name nationally and an expert in its field. As part of the Catholic Caritas Internationalis charity network, SCIAF can effectively get emergency aid through to epicentres at times of crisis by working with its Caritas partners, as well as working towards long term solutions to the problems in the less developed world. The Scottish Church and Scotland as ... continue reading.

We are the jam that can hold lives together

August 22nd, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

It began with a plum tree and it became the jam that held lives together. At a recent funeral the celebrant looked back on the life of a great-grandmother whose happy married life produced six children, several grandchildren and one great-grandchild for her to enjoy before she passed away last week. She had indeed led a fruitful life, simple but not necessarily without its challenges—including the loss of one daughter in infancy—and all its wonders.... continue reading.

Christian refugee rests at St. JosephÕs Church in Ankawa, Iraq

A time when the world cannot turn the other cheek

August 15th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The world’s attention was grabbed by the loss of innocent lives in Gaza this summer as global interest in the Holy Land prompted blanket media coverage of the increase in violence and the subsequent humanitarian crisis there. Only last week, however, did one brave SCO comment writer dare to cast the net of Christian persecution wider and call for prays and intervention in other countries in the region where the so-called Arab spring had become a winter of discontent. How tragic that the broader dangers and concerns Hugh McLoughlin pinpointed have come home to roost so dramatically in Iraq.... continue reading.


The world and God are watching us

August 8th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

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If only all battles were reserved for, and resolved in, sport

August 1st, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Glasgow was full to overflowing for the Mass with Archbishop Philip Tartaglia at Sunday Mass to celebrate the Commonwealth Games. Athletes and Glasgow 2014 volunteers joined the cathedral congregation for the celebration to hear the Archbishop reflect on the links between sport and faith and the need for dedication and commitment. He also asked the international audience to pray for peace in Gaza.... continue reading.


God’s gifts are at work during Glasgow 2014

July 25th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

THERE IS currently a great deal to celebrate in Scotland, and especially in Glasgow. ... continue reading.


Hope expiring, but faith remains

July 18th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

IF YOU wish to have your Faith tested, seek peace in the Holy Land. ... continue reading.

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Be proud and debate wisely ahead of independence vote

June 20th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The Pope’s intervention into the debate over Scottish independence this week was timely and wise. As the Holy Father suggests, it is only right to give proper care and attention to a decision of this magnitude. Furthermore, the fact he mentioned it at all is an indication of how Scotland has captured the attention of the world. The Pope, the US president and the world’s media are all closely watching to see how the referendum campaign plays out.... continue reading.

Will the peacemaking Pope visit an evolving Scotland?

June 13th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

We would be blessed indeed to be visited here in Scotland by three consecutive Popes. That is the hope though, after Archbishop Philip Tartaglia of Glasgow invited Pope Francis to come to the city next year to mark the 400th anniversary of the martyrdom of the Jesuit St John Ogilvie, who was executed at Glasgow Cross on March 10 1615.... continue reading.

Blessed, and much needed, are the peacemakers

May 30th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The Holy Father spoke clearly and powerfully about peace breaching the walls of hate during his pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Pope Francis made it clear that his visit to the region was a religious one to reinforce the ecumenical dialogue of the historic meeting between the leaders of the Western and Eastern churches on the Mount of Olives in 1964. Nonetheless, the Holy Father did carefully balance his time during the pilgrimage between the Israelis and Palestinians.... continue reading.

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  • Bishop Toal leads 50th celebrations for St Bride’s, East Kilbride, after both sad and good news.
  • Rector of Pontifical Scots College in Rome officially named a monsignor in ceremony in his home Archdiocese of Glasgow.
  • Christine Glen brings readers some of Edinburgh Fringe Festival highlights.
  • Margaret Sinclair pilgrimage will take place on Sunday at 2pm at St Patrick’s Church, Cowgate, Edinburgh with Archbishop Cushley.
  • The Queenship of Mary and Polish pilgrimages to Carfin.

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