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Cardinal addresses Catholic headteachers

Posted by SCMO on 20th September 2004 in Christianity |
Speaking on Friday 17 September at the national conference of Catholic Head Teachers (CHAPS) at the Hilton Dunblane Hydro Cardinal O Brien defended the provision of Catholic education in Scotland.  Addressing some 160 delegates the Cardinal highlighted the issue of shared  campuses.  He said: The views of local communities are vitally important. Any local  council, in considering a proposal to develop shared campus arrangements for  a specific school, is obliged to consult with the local bishop to seek his  view on the proposal. Many examples of good practice now exist in our  country where the views of the Catholic community have indeed been consulted...

53rd World Communications Day Message - Sunday 2nd June 2019

Posted by SCMO on 1st June 2019 in Blogging |
My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ   From a like to an Amen– From social network communities to the human community   In his message for World Communications Day this year, Pope Francis returns to the theme of the internet and the world of social communications, reminding us that no matter what technology might offer us the human person does not want to be left isolated and alone. I urge you to read his text in full, which is available on the website of the Catholic Media Office at   In his letter, Pope Francis draws our attention to an ambivalence in social media that we have begun to experience ourselves. We appreciate greatly...

Scotland's Catholic Bishops meet the Pope

Posted by SCMO on 3rd April 2003 in Christianity |
...Catholic community plays an important part in the life ofour country. With elections soon to take place in our country we will urgeCatholics to play their part and be guided by their conscience when deciding how to vote."In conclusion he added;"We thank you for your efforts to achieve peaceful solutions in the various trouble spots in the world at this present time. Together with leaders of other Churches, and with members of other Faiths, we appeal for world peace at this present time, our particular concern being the situation in Iraq."In his reply, the Pope said;"The reports you have brought from your various Dioceses attest to the new and demanding situatio...


Posted by SCMO on 31st January 2005 in Christianity |
...his small community of San Gregorio saved a long, long journey otherwise: two days there by jeep, following by 10 hours walking or by mule! The community had been evicted from their previous home and had now settled in this almost inaccessible place hoping for security. When they heard and then saw the plane, the church bell was rung and we received a very warm and tumultuous welcome from the 40 or so people living in the community. All gathered together in the church for a liturgy of greeting and blessings “ and then I led a ˜service of water , sprinkling all of the people and their community with blessed water.  The contrast was with the evening Mass out...

Cardinal Addresses Catholic Headteachers

Posted by SCMO on 9th May 2005 in Christianity |
...CHAS CONFERENCE  THE CHALLENGE OF LEADERSHIP IN THE CATHOLIC SCHOOL IN THE 21ST CENTURY  ADDRESS BY CARDINAL KEITH PATRICK O BRIEN  THURSDAY 5 MAY 2005  Welcome and thanks:  Today I am grateful for this opportunity to express thanks - on behalf of all the Bishops and of the Catholic community in Scotland - for all you do as Catholic Head Teachers to help our young people to grow into maturity and to lead lives of goodness and worth. Too often, public attention is only given to teachers at times of crisis, when we are looking to blame some one or some group for society s problems.So today, let me say to you: Thank you for the commitment and dedication you...

New Plans for St Peter's Seminary, Cardross

Posted by SCMO on 5th July 2004 in Christianity |
...New Plans for St Peter's Seminary, Cardross  Planning Application lodged to transform run-down estate.  One of Scotland's finest examples of post-modern architecture together with its surrounding estate could be re-opened for recreational use if a Planning Application launched on Friday (2 July 2004) by the Archdiocese of Glasgow is approved.  Under the scheme, the acclaimed A-listed St. Peter s Seminary building, regarded as one of the finest works of Glasgow Architects Gillespie Kidd and Coia, would be safeguarded and partially restored and Kilmahew Estate in which the seminary building revitalised and opened up for the amenity of the local community  Un...
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