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World Youth Day celebrations begin

Posted on: August 19th, 2011 by SCO Admin 1 Comment

— Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims attend the Opening Mass in Cibeles Square, Madrid

By Marin Dunlop in Madrid World Youth Day 2011 officially began in Madrid on Tuesday evening with the celebration of Mass in the city’s Cibeles Square. Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims—including more than 300 young Catholics from Scotland—gathered at the square in the late evening sun and lined the surrounding streets for... read more


World Youth Day Blog

Posted on: August 18th, 2011 by SCO Admin 2 Comments

Reporting live from Madrid, Thursday, August 18 2011

Pope Benedict XVI has arrived in Madrid! The Holy Father's plane touched down at midday Spanish time and was greeted by thousands of pilgrims at the city's Barajas Airport. After being welcomed to Spain by King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia, alongside Madrid's Archbishop, Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco Varela, the Holy... read more

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World Youth Day Blog

Posted on: August 17th, 2011 by SCO Admin No Comments

Reporting live from Madrid, Wednesday, August 17 2011

Hello folks, WYD 2011 is officially underway! Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims packed into Madrid's Cibeles Square and the surrounding streets for yesterday evening's opening Mass, celebrated by the Archbishop of Madrid, Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco Varela. Rather than view the Mass from the stuffy confines of the press area, I... read more

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World Youth Day Blog

Posted on: August 16th, 2011 by SCO Admin 1 Comment

Reporting live from Madrid, Tuesday, August 16 2011

Hola, soy Martin y estoy en Madrid por la jornada mundial de la juventud. Well, now that my Spanish lessons are out of the way for the week I am delighted to be blogging to you live from World Youth Day in Madrid. I arrived in the Spanish capital yesterday evening and... read more


Countdown is on for World Youth Day 2011 in Madrid

Posted on: August 12th, 2011 by SCO Admin No Comments

— Youngsters from Paisley Diocese revel in the excitement of their upcoming trip and reflect on the Papal visit that spurred on their interest

Like many other young Catholics from across Scotland and beyond, youths from Paisley Diocese have been making final preparations for attending World Youth Day in Madrid, which begins next week. The past 12 months have been an important time for the Catholic Faithful in Scotland with the visit of Pope Benedict... read more


The experience of a lifetime

Posted on: July 29th, 2011 by SCO Admin No Comments

Seeing the look upon young pilgrim’s faces as they describe the warmth, friendship and spiritual renewal they experienced at World Youth Day—an experience that made a lifetime impact on them—it becomes clear why there will be a large number of first-time participants as well as seasoned veterans among the thousands of young Catholics gathering in Madrid in August.

Greg Harrison and Fiona Devlin will be part of the Motherwell diocesan group that is travelling to Madrid next month to join in the special celebrations with Pope Benedict XVI. While Fiona, parishioner of St Augustine’s Church in Coatbridge, is, at 22 years old, a seasoned veteran, Greg, who attends Coatbridge’s... read more


Harry Potter champions sacrifice, says Vatican paper

Posted on: July 22nd, 2011 No Comments

The Vatican newspaper has praised the final Harry Potter film, saying it champions the values of friendship and sacrifice.

“The atmosphere of the last few episodes, which had become increasingly dark and ominous, reaches its pinnacle,” said one of two reviews of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 printed in the Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano. “Death, which was a rare occurrence (in the previous Harry Potter films) is... read more


Fundraising to Save the Saveable

Posted on: July 1st, 2011 No Comments

— Pupils from St Catherine’s Primary School present cheque to assist ACN’s work in Sudan

Youngsters at a Catholic primary school in Glasgow have raised £300 to help children in Sudan receive a Christian education. Lorraine McMahon, head of operations for Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) in Scotland, was presented with a cheque for £300 for Sudan’s Save the Saveable schools’ programme... read more


Cardinal Newman HS students help ACN to Save the Saveable in Sudan

Posted on: May 27th, 2011 No Comments

A Scottish Catholic school has raised £500 to provide education for Christian refugee children in Sudan.

Cardinal Newman High School in Bellshill, Lanarkshire, raised £500 for Aid to the Church in Need’s Save the Saveable project in North Sudan, which supports up to 20,000 students in 200 Church-run schools. Students from the school’s sixth year charity committee presented the cheque (above) to Lorraine McMahon, ACN head of... read more


Young players get star treatment

Posted on: May 20th, 2011 by SCO Admin No Comments

— St Ninian’s football fans pick up tips from top Spanish teams

Young pupils from St Ninian’s High School, Giffnock, had the fantastic opportunity to live like footballers during the Easter holidays, as they enjoyed a trip to Valencia and experienced training with some of Spain’s most highly-rated coaches. Every second year, since 2003 when they travelled to Madrid, S2 and S3 pupils... read more

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