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Bishops appoint first chair of Independent Review Group

The Bishops’ Conference of Scotland has today (5 December 2016) announced that Baroness Helen Liddell will be the first ever Chair of the Independent Review Group (IRG), an autonomous body which will function separately from the Church and which will review safeguarding standards and carry out independent audits. Announcing the appointment, Archbishop Philip Tartaglia, President of the Bishops’ Conference said: “I am most grateful to Baroness Liddell for agreeing to become the first Chair of the Independent Review Group, which will review and audit the Catholic Church’s Safeguarding work. In accepting the recommendation of the McLellan Commission to create...

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Primary Schools Mission Report

Please read our latest report on ‘Primary School Missions’, highlighting foundational youth work carried out across the diocese in some of the catholic primaries. This work is transferable, to suit a non-denominational Primary, and also a parish setting. If you are interested in talking about the possibility of this happening please get in touch with the Youth Office. Read the report here: primary-school-missions-2016-report Denise Roberts Diocesan Youth Worker argyllyouth@craiglodge.org Tel: 01838 200347...

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Glasgow’s St. Andrew’s Cathedral marks 200 years

One of Scotland’s most famous churches marks its 200th birthday this week. St Andrew’s Cathedral is the mother church of the Catholic community throughout west central Scotland. The first Mass was celebrated in the Cathedral on December 22, 1816 and 200 years on, the current Archbishop, Philip Tartaglia will offer Mass to mark the anniversary on St Andrew’s Day. Originally built as “St Andrew’s Chapel” to serve the growing numbers of Highland Catholics coming to Glasgow during the Industrial Revolution, the church was a welcome sight and comforting presence decades later as hundreds of thousands of Irish people disembarked...

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Ardkenneth: ‘Head and Mother of the Churches’

The title ‘Caput et Mater Ecclesiae’ -Head and Mother of the churches of the Western Isles is reserved for Ardkenneth. St Michael’s is the oldest church in continuous use in the Diocese of Argyll and the Isles and, naturally, is the oldest church in the islands still in continuous use. In the friendly competitive spirit which often characterises relationships between different islands, parishes, and communities in the islands (as elsewhere), it is quite often claimed that this ‘honour’ should belong to the church at Craigston on Barra. But the church which is presently in use there was built in...

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Apostolic Letter ends the Jubilee Year of Mercy

As the Year of Mercy ended, Pope Francis signed an Apostolic Letter titled Misericordia et Misera. The letter is aimed at continuing the commitment to sharing the merciful love of God beyond the Holy Year of Mercy that has just ended. Among its key elements, Misericordia et Misera extends faculties for all priests to absolve the grave sin of abortion, institutes an annual World Day for the Poor on 33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time and calls on parishes to devote one Sunday of the year to intensive reflection on the Scriptures. Read the full text here...

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