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26 October
Oct 26
26th October 1999

The Vatican today publishes a letter from Pope John Paul II to the elderly. The 7,000-word letter is a personal reflection on age in the light of the new millennium and the UN Year of Older People 1999.  The Pope looks back over the 20th century, so much of which is remembered by older people. Recent history, he says, has been marked by war and violence, as well as by peace and freedom. He highlights "many positive signs" of hope for the next millennium: the growing appreciation of human rights and the dignity of women; inter-religious dialogue; the expansion of communications; ecological awareness; medical and scientific progress.  In the present day, the Pope says that older people ought...

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11 August
Aug 11
11th August 1999

Scotland s Roman Catholic Bishops this morning met with International development minister, George Foulkes, during a visit by the Minister to the new headquarters of SCIAF, the Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund.During the Visit, the Bishops took the opportunity to thank the Government for its commitment to ending the scandal of Third World Debt and urged further pressure for a full cancellation of debt during the year 2000.Bishop John Mone, the President of SCIAF, said: "This government has done a very great deal to promote the cancellation of unpayable debts in the run up to the Jubilee Year 2000. In recent months that call has been taken up by President Clinton and there is now very...

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26 May
May 26
26th May 1999

The Bishops' Conference is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr John Deighan (32) as Parliamentary Officer.He will take up his appointment on 14th June.Married with three children, John is presently a Lecturer in Systems Analysis and Design at Motherwell College.A graduate of Paisley College (B.Sc. Hons Physics) with Post-Graduate Studies at the University of Strathclyde (M.Sc. Information Technology Systems).  John has gained wide experience in the political arena through his involvement in the Trade Union Movement, Pro-Life work, the Movement for Christian Democracy and election campaigning.A former pupil of St Brendan's High School, Linwood, John has extensive knowledge of Catholic ...