Leaders of multiple faiths sign common declaration ahead of COP26

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A declaration signed by leaders of all the UK’s major faiths has been released ahead of the COP26 Conference in Glasgow. The document has been signed on behlaf of the Scottish Catholic Bishops, by Bishop Brian McGee, Bishop of Argyll and the Isles and President of the Scottish Catholic Bishops’ Committee for Inter-religious dialogue and Sister Isabel Smyth of the Sisters of Notre Dame, secretary …

Pope Francis backs planned move for Scots College in Rome

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Plans to relocate the Pontifical Scots College in Rome have been backed by Pope Francis. Archbishop Leo Cushley met with the Holy Father at the Vatican on Saturday (18 September) to discuss the proposed move. Speaking after the meeting, Archbishop Cushley said: “Pope Francis expressed his full support for the intentions of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland to move the …

Mass of Chrism

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On 14 September, Bishop Stephen celebrated the postponed Chrism Mass, at St Andrew’s Cathedral, Dundee. It was a celebration of the priesthood in unusual times. The Chrism Mass is the occasion on which the bishop blesses the holy oils, and when the priests renew their promises of ordination to serve God and his people. There are three oils that are …

New Knights and Dames invested in Dundee

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At a ceremony in St Andrew’s Cathedral, Dundee, on Saturday 3rd September 2021, Bishop Stephen Robson invested 5 new Knights and 5 new Dames to the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre. The Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre is a Papal Order made up of Knights and Dames. Unlike other Papal Orders, membership is not given as a reward …

Church voices opposition to arms trade

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Catholic Bishops and organisations have voiced their opposition to the arms trade, as the UK prepares to host one of the world’s largest arms fairs next week. The Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) arms fair takes place in London 14-17 September, bringing together governments and military delegations from across the world with more than 1,500 companies selling guns, bombs, and other weaponry. A statement signed by Catholic Bishops …

Scottish Government accused of ‘riding roughshod over democracy’

Abortion, Press releases

The Scottish government has been accused of breaking with convention and deliberately diminishing the views of thousands of individuals who responded to a consultation on home abortions in July. In a strongly worded critique, the Director of the Catholic Parliamentary Office, Anthony Horan has condemned the decision to nullify the responses of the majority of people who took part in …

Climate Sunday Initiative in lead up to COP26

Mission work, Press releases

With less than 100 days to go until COP26 – the critical international climate negotiations which the UK government will host and chair in Glasgow in November 2021 – a broad coalition of Christian denominations and charities is calling on all churches to hold a ‘Climate Sunday’ and commit to effective action themselves, before talks begin. So far, more than …