Scottish re-launch for Bishops' magazine

A presentation by the editorial team of "Briefing" magazine - the official journal of the Catholic Bishops of England, Wales and Scotland - will be given to Scotland's Catholic bishops on Wednesday 11 February at 11.30am at Scotus College in Glasgow.  

You are invited to attend or send a representative.  

The 30-year-old magazine and her online sister Virtual Briefing was relaunched in England & Wales on Monday, January 26, at a special reception at Vaughan House, Archdiocese of Westminster, hosted by Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England & Wales and Archbishop of Westminster.  

Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor said: "You only have to look at the latest edition of Briefing to know that exciting things are happening. It's more than just a new look. Read it - because if you do you will get a unique view of the life of the local Church in these islands as well as the Universal Church worldwide."  

The Scottish launch was welcomed by Bishop Joseph Devine, President of the Church's Communications Commission, who said: "In our increasingly secular society, a publication like 'Briefing' is not only a journal of record but a tool to be used in the re-evangelistaion of these islands. The Bishops' Conference of Scotland is delighted to reiterate its unequivocal support for 'Briefing' and to wish it growing success in future."  

Archbishop Mario Conti of Glasgow added;  
Briefing provides an invaluable service to the Church in Britain, publishing statements and reports from bishops, commissions and agencies of the Church, north and south of the border, thereby allowing them a wider circulation, and by providing original texts for the good of clergy and laity alike. As a journal of record it provides a much needed service to the Catholic community of our own time, and as a historical record it will prove to be of great worth to future generations.'  

Oliver Wilson, Head of News / Acting Director of the Catholic Communications Service, in England & Wales and Editor of Virtual Briefing, said: "It is a great pleasure to be in Scotland to relaunch Briefing. Your involvement is vital to the future success of this joint venture of the Scottish and English & Welsh bishops and your enthusiasm is marvellous to behold. We at the Catholic Communications Service are grateful to all the Scottish bishops - and particularly Cardinal Keith Patrick O'Brien - for providing the platform to relaunch Briefing in Scotland. We look forward together to a bright future for our journal."  

The 88-page relaunch issue features an exclusive interview with former Conservative Party Leader Iain Duncan Smith, and a diary by Cardinal Keith Patrick O'Brien.  

ENDS  
Note to editors:  

Scotus College, 2 Chesters Road Bearsden, Glasgow  

11.30 Presentation  
11.45 Q&A  
12.00 Photocall editorial team and Scottish Bishops  
12.15 Lunch  

Editorial team: Dominic Baster (Editor), Primavera Quantrill (Associate Editor), Peter Kearney (Associate Editor), Ollie Wilson (Editor, Virtual Briefing)  

CONTACT:  
Peter Kearney  
Director  
Catholic Media Office  
5 St. Vincent Place  
Glasgow  
G1 2DH  
0141 221 1168  
pk@scmo.org  
www.scmo.org  

OR  

Oliver Wilson, Head of News, Catholic Communications Service, 07974 951181 or 020 7901 4803  


BRIEFING SUBSCRIPTIONS:  

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(F) 020 7901 4820  
(E) briefing@cbcew.org.uk  

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