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A challenging time for Catholics at home and abroad

This week's SCO editorial

Pope Francis’ appeal for peace in Syria comes at a tragic time following reports that many have been killed by chemical weapons believed to have been used by the government to quell the rebellion and the news that child refugees fleeing Syrian violence have topped the one million mark. Following the recent burning of churches and the targeting of Christians in Egypt, and news this week that Christians are being purged from the Holy Land, we pray for those who are being religiously persecuted.

Mairead Maguire, Nobel peace laureate, appealed on Monday to British Foreign Minister William Hague and M Laurent Fabius, the French Foreign Minister, to stop calling for military action against Syria which, she said, will only lead the Middle East into even more violence and bloodshed for its people.

And that is the bottom line, people are dying, and, while the world cannot stand by and allow the Assad regime in Syria to use chemical weapons against civilians, meeting violence with more violence—even when it is unsanctioned action met by sanctioned—does not seem the Christian way forward. Our Lady, pray for us.


The Year of Faith has been, and remains, a challenging year for Catholics, particularly for the Catholic community in Scotland.

We have seen the historic retiral of a Pope, the difficult retirement of a cardinal here in Scotland and the subsequent fallout, a sadly depleted Scottish hierarchy and a trial by media following a broadcast on historic abuse cases at the closed Fort Augustus Abbey School.

So it might seem difficult for readers to get excited about the relaunch of their independent national Scottish Catholic newspaper. However, if there is one thing that this year has taught our community, it must be the value of and need for the Catholic press and communications.

With the secular emphasis on news, by definition, being bad news, without the Catholic press we might have missed the full joy of the election of Pope Francis, the amazing scenes at World Youth Day in Rio, the selection of a new Archbishop for St Andrews and Edinburgh and the arrival of the Nashville Dominican sisters in Elgin.

Your relaunched SCO in September will have a new look, and it will read differently, as the dedicated editorial team strive to meet the needs of the Scottish Catholic community and bring diverse voices to the debates we need to have.

Some things, however, will remain the same: A drive for fair and accurate reporting of news, good and challenging, without the emotive and sensational language or agenda of other media outlets.

Please support us in this venture, in your parish, school and community.



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