This weeks editorials

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

August 1st, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Many Commonwealth Games success stories have been inspirational this week, perhaps none more so for Scots than the success in the Tollcross pool of Erraid Davies, a 13-year-old Scottish swimmer from Shetland. The teenager, Scotland’s youngest Commonwealth competitor, achieved a bronze medal in the para-sports women’s 100m breaststroke. From a devout Catholic family, Erriad, who was born in Dundee, was diagnosed with a hip problem at the age of 4, and was in a wheelchair for four years. Swimming has been one of the only sports she has been able to take part in. She swam her first mile before ... continue reading.
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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.


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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.


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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.


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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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Great worth from hard times

May 23rd, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Something of great worth can emerge from a difficult period in Scottish history. This week we look at the legacy of the imprisonment of Italian prisoners of war on Orkney during the Second World War. While it was not permitted for PoWs to be put to work for the war effort of their captors, the Churchill barriers connecting Orkney was a clever workaround for this rule. That, however, is not the beauty being referred to here. No, the amazing transformation of Nissen huts by the Italian PoWs into what stands today as the Italian Chapel on Orkney remains the real wonder to behold on these islands, a tribute to both Faith and the human spirit.... continue reading.


Political and religious divisions

May 16th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Pope Francis is due to arrive in the Holy Land on May 24 for a packed three-day visit to mark the 50th anniversary of the meeting in Jerusalem between Pope Paul VI and Patriarch Athenagoras. It is understandable, therefore, in many ways that tensions are high in the region. This is an area of the world where religious and political tension overlaps and often, in fact, run in parallel.... continue reading.


Voices raised—in praise and opposition—with respect

May 9th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

It is inspiring to see that the relationship between the indie band The Vaccines and St Anne’s Primary School in Glasgow’s East End flourish, taking flight in a single for the Commonwealth Games principle charity UNICEF. The band was originally so inspired by the primary school’s choir and its anti-sectarian song Fix This that it invited choir members to London as special guests at a concert in March 2013.... continue reading.


Day of four Popes is a testimony to continuity

May 2nd, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

DIVINE Mercy Sunday this year will likely be referred to as ‘the day of four Popes’ for years to come. Pilgrims flocked to Rome on the second Sunday of Easter to see the Church, via Pope Francis, officially recognise Pope John XXII and Pope John Paul II as saints in a historic double Papal Canonisation. What they also witnessed were moments of respect and camaraderie between Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, St John Paul II’s rights hand man who waived the traditional waiting period before putting forward the cause for sainthood for his predecessor.... continue reading.



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