International Youth Archives


Malawians make a song and dance for pupils

Posted on: July 18th, 2014 by SCO Admin No Comments

PUPILS from four Lanarkshire schools were treated to traditional African dance, drama and food by Malawi villagers two years to the day after they were found starving to death in their homeland.

The Africans were plunged into difficulties after the only male in their village died resulting in them losing their property and land rights. With the help of Coatbridge-based charity Aiming Higher in Malawi, and with the assistance of Labour MSP for Central Scotland Siobhan McMahon, Airdrie school St Margaret’s High provided... read more


A thankful Church, a joyful ceremony

Posted on: May 2nd, 2014 No Comments

JIM CASSIDY reports from the Canonisations, launching an appeal to help subsidise Scottish WYD pilgrims for Kraków 2016

In the darkness of the streets leading up to St Peter’s it had been difficult to see the colours but as the dawn broke it was a universal rainbow that dazzled your eye. Greens, blues, yellows brought life to a damp dank morning in St Peter’s Square. Argentina, Brazil, Croatia and... read more


Viva Brasil!

Posted on: August 16th, 2013 No Comments

— AIDAN COOK travelled to World Youth Day in Rio with Fr John Keenan and a group from Glasgow University

Arriving in town at 11pm at night, we were not expecting much of a welcome. But as our bus pulled up in front of the church, the waiting crowd burst into song and dance, jumping around as madly as if Brazil had just won the World Cup. These were the... read more


SSVP youth changed by WYD pilgrimage

Posted on: August 14th, 2013 No Comments

In a sneak preview of the reports from Scottish pilgrims back from World Youth Day Rio, Brazil, in this Friday’s SCO, here is an account from three pilgrims who travelled with the Society of St Vincent De Paul Scotland

July 6-15: The cities of Sao Goncalo, Trinidade and Itaborai Our work with the SSVP Brazil By Paul Breslin Strain, Barrhead Our work with the SSVP Brazil took us to some of the poorest parts in Rio. We visited a number of parish conferences, were shown around SSVP projects and centres, participated in... read more


Send-off for Scottish World Youth Day pilgrims

Posted on: July 5th, 2013 by SCO Admin No Comments

Archbishop Tartaglia celebrates Mass for Scottish youths attending World Youth Day in Rio

A send-off Mass for Scottish pilgrims attending the International World Youth Day gathering in Brazil was celebrated at the end of last month at St Francis Xavier’s Church in Falkirk. Pope Francis will attend the 14th international World Youth Day gathering in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro later this... read more


Strong in Faith: Is the historicity of the Resurrection essential to your Faith?

Posted on: April 5th, 2013 No Comments

A fortnightly discussion chaired by our Catholic university chaplaincies.

Discussion 12: Is the historicity of the Resurrection essential to your Faith? EMERSON STEVENS: Yes, the Resurrection signifies Christ’s (literal) triumph over death, and the evidence that our sins had been paid for once and for all. While I think it is acceptable to interpret some aspects of the Bible (for... read more


Strong in Faith: What are you hoping for in the next Pope?

Posted on: March 8th, 2013 No Comments

— A fortnightly discussion chaired by our Catholic university chaplaincies
Next time: How should we react to the events around Cardinal O’Brien? Have your say at

Discussion 10: What are you hoping for in the next Pope? ADAM COATES: Firstly holiness is the most important thing, we need a saintly Pope who can be a witness to the world. Part of that holiness is, of course, orthodoxy. A continuity of Pope Benedict XVI’s proper interpretation of the Second Vatican Council... read more


Are you going to Scotland’s Rio for WYD?

Posted on: January 25th, 2013 by SCO Admin 1 Comment

Young Catholics are asked to book their place at the Year of Faith WYD event now to avoid disappointment

Young Catholics from across the country are being encouraged to sign up now for what will be the Church in Scotland’s biggest youth event during the Year of Faith. This summer, hundreds of young people from parishes and schools across the country will gather together to celebrate Scotland’s Rio, a national... read more


Glasgow school helps build Malawi’s future

Posted on: September 21st, 2012 by SCO Admin 2 Comments

Pupils from Holyrood Secondary travelled to the African country to build schools for impoverished children

A group of 37 pupils and eight staff from Glasgow’s Holyrood Secondary School this summer travelled to Malawi for what was the school’s ‘most ambitious’ project in the African country to date. The Malawi 2012 visit was the fifth consecutive year of the Glasgow school’s programme, which this year saw staff... read more


Holy Father looks forward to World Youth Day in a year

Posted on: July 30th, 2012 No Comments

Pope Benedict XVI has congratulated organisers in advance of next year’s World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and said he is looking forward to the event.

In his remarks to the faithful during his Sunday Angelus at Castel Gandolfo yesterday, the Pope described the upcoming events a year from now as 'a valuable opportunity for many young people to experience the joy and beauty of belonging to the Church and living the faith.' The World Youth Day... read more

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