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Bishop calls on Scots to show solidarity with people fleeing IS

Posted by SCMO on 15th June 2016 in Blogging |
Bishop John Keenan, Bishop of Paisley, will tomorrow (Thursday 16 June 2016) ask Scots to stand shoulder to shoulder in solidarity with those who are persecuted and oppressed for their religious faith.   Addressing more than a thousand Catholic school pupils at the Aid to the Church in Need youth rally at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes at Carfin, near Motherwell, on Thursday 16 June, Bishop Keenan will commend the bravery of keynote speaker, 20-year-old Sarmad Ozan who fled Mosul, northern Iraq after it was seized by IS in 2014.   Bishop Keenan will call on Scotland’s political leaders to renew their commitment to religious freedo...

Christmas and New Year Messages from the Archbishop of Glasgow

Posted by SCMO on 21st December 2011 in Christianity |
21 December 2011Christmas and New Year Messages from the Archbishop of GlasgowDear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,Yet again this year I was privileged to lead a pilgrimage to the Holy Land.   It is truly inspirational to walk there in the footsteps of Christ and to see the places which are so familiar to us through our reading of Sacred Scripture.Amid all the chaos of mass tourism, certain spots retain their sacred character, and cause us to contemplate the events which occurred there. At Nazareth, under the dome of the great Basilica, built in recent times, is the place of the Annunciation. An inscription reads, in Latin: Here the Word became flesh . Yes, at...

Catholic Church launches biggest ever arts festival

Posted by SCMO on 17th February 2012 in Christianity |
Fri, 17 Feb 2012  Catholic Church launches biggest ever arts festivalSome of Scotland s best known artists, politicians, Church leaders and academics will come together on Tuesday to launch LentFest 2012, the Catholic Church s biggest ever annual arts festival.  Peter Howson, Sandy Moffat, and Richard Demarco will join Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, Archbishop Mario Conti, composer James MacMillan and senior staff from the Universities of Glasgow, Strathclyde, Caledonian and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland for the launch.  A special message from the Vatican will be delivered and there will be an opportunity to meet some of the performers at the la...

Funeral Arrangements for Archbishop Emeritus Keith Patrick Cardinal O?Brien RIP

Posted by SCMO on 22nd March 2018 in Blogging |
The Requiem Mass of Cardinal Keith Patrick O?Brien RIP will take place at the Church of St Michael, Westmoreland Road, Newcastle on Thursday 5 April at 1.00pm. As requested by the Holy See, the main celebrant and homilist will be His Eminence Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster. Donations to SCIAF?s Lenten campaign in lieu of flowers please. ? ? The internment of the body of the late Cardinal O?Brien will then take place at Mount Vernon Cemetery, Edinburgh on 6 April at 1.00pm The Cardinal?s body will be laid to rest in the grave of his mother and father. This was in accordance with wishes expressed by Cardinal O?Brien himself. ? ? ENDS ?...

New Poll reveals Scots oppose Same Sex Marriage

Posted by SCMO on 14th March 2012 in Christianity |
Wednesday 14 March 2012Embargoed: 11.59pm, Wednesday 14 March 2012New Poll reveals Scots oppose Same Sex MarriageA new opinion poll shows that most Scots do not think marriage should be redefined to include "same sex marriage", the poll released by the campaign group "Scotland for Marriage" also shows that 85% of Scots think; "it is possible to be tolerant of the rights of others and protective of traditional marriage at the same time". Further questions revealed that 71% don not believe "defending traditional marriage is discriminating against gays and lesbians", while 69% endorsed the view that "although death or divorce may prevent it the ideal situation for...

Communications Sunday Message

Posted by SCMO on 22nd May 2012 in Christianity |
Communications Sunday - 20 May 2012 In his Message for Communications Sunday, Pope Benedict XVI has written about the need to rediscover silence as an integral part of communication. In this letter, I hope to give you just a flavour of what the Holy Father has written in his Message, which is typically packed full of insight and originality. Silence is a concept which is ever rarer in today s world. For many of us the media form a soundtrack to our daily lives which begins the moment we wake up and ends only when we go to sleep. The radio or TV fills a space in our minds, social media fill spaces in our lives which previously we may have used for reflection, a...
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