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Scottish Bishop to visit Calais migrant camp

Posted by SCMO on 27th November 2017 in Blogging |
Scottish Bishop to visit Calais migrant camp.Bishop William Nolan, Bishop of Galloway, and President of Justice and Peace Scotland, will travel to Calais with Danny Sweeney, Justice and Peace Scotland’s Social Justice Co-ordinator, on 28th and 29th November, to the visit the migrant camp there. The visit is in unity with the work of the Catholic community in Calais, along with many others, and in solidarity with those in Calais seeking asylum and safety from situations of persecution and conflict.The Justice and Peace Scotland representatives will be guests of the Maria Stobkova Catholic Worker House in Calais, where local authorities have imposed measures to...
 

Catholic Church suggests Hate Crime review, offers opportunity to consolidate rather than separate legislation

Posted by SCMO on 29th November 2017 in Blogging |
Catholic Church suggests Hate Crime review, offers opportunity to consolidate rather than separate legislation     Church comments come in response to the Scottish Government’s Review of Hate Crime legislation, chaired by Lord Bracadale: http://www.gov.scot/About/Review/Hate-Crime-Legislation     The review is charged with considering whether existing hate crime law represents the most effective approach for the justice system to deal with criminal conduct motivated by hatred, malice, ill-will or prejudice.     Commenting on the review, Director of the Catholic Parliamentary Office, Anthony Horan who submitted a detailed response on behalf of t...
 

Scots Seminarians meet Pope Francis

Posted by SCMO on 14th April 2016 in Blogging |
To mark the 400th anniversary of priestly formation the seminarians from the Pontifical Scots College in Rome will have a private audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican later today (Thursday 14 April)   They will be accompanied by Archbishop Philip Tartaglia and Archbishop Leo Cushley and by the staff of the College the Rector, Fr. Daniel Fitzpatrick, the Vice Rector, Fr. Gerald Sharkey and the Spiritual Director, Fr. Mark Cassidy.   Archbishop Tartaglia said:   “I am very pleased to be participating along with Archbishop Leo Cushley at the Audience Pope Francis has kindly agreed to grant to our College in Rome to mark the 400th Ann...
 

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...
 

Cardinal looks to Scots for support

Posted by SCMO on 6th May 2016 in Blogging |
THE first ever Catholic Cardinal of Myanmar/Burma will use a visit to Scotland to ask Scots to support his country during its transition to democracy after decades of military rule.   Cardinal Charles Maung Bo, the Archbishop of Yangon (Rangoon), who has promised to provide a ‘voice for the voiceless’ in his home country is coming to Scotland from May 8-11 as a guest of Missio Scotland, SCIAF, Aid to the Church in Need and Christian Solidarity Worldwide.   During his trip to Scotland, Cardinal Bo will celebrate Mass at St Andrew’s Cathedral in Glasgow, talk to more than 250 pupils from schools in the Motherwell Diocese and take pa...
 

Civic office requires Christian belief and principle like never before

Posted by SCMO on 6th March 2018 in Blogging |
The abusive criticism aimed at politicians like Elaine Smith and Tim Farron might be enough to put Christians off political office for good, warns Anthony Horan, Director of the Scottish Catholic Parliamentary Office in The Scotsman.     This follows recent derision of Elaine Smith’s appointment as shadow cabinet secretary for the eradication of poverty and inequality, which some have claimed is untenable because she voted against the redefinition of marriage in 2014.     Mr Horan echoes Pope Francis’ concerns that there is a sustained and ongoing “persecution” of traditional religion.     “For dissenters like Elaine Smith the persecutio...
 
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