Pope Francis apologises for sexual abuse of children by priests and vows tough sanctions for perpetrators

Pope Francis apologises for sexual abuse of children by priests and vows tough sanctions for perpetrators

“I feel called to take responsibility for all the evil some priests – large in number, but not in proportion to the total – have committed and to ask forgiveness for the damage they’ve done with the sexual abuse of children,” Pope Francis said. “The Church is aware of this damage,” and is committed to […]

Right Reverend Lorna Hood

Kirk co-hosts dinner as part of 4th Reformed-Roman Catholic International Dialogue

The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland attended an event in Glasgow last night which highlighted to the international community the warm relationship enjoyed between the Church of Scotland and the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland. Rt Rev Lorna Hood and Archbishop Philip Tartaglia co-hosted a dinner in Eyre Hall where […]

Bishop Joseph Toal

Sectarian Scotland: Attitudes revealed in largest investigation into Catholics’ experiences

The largest ever survey of Scottish Catholics’ attitudes to sectarianism has found that many still believe it to be a serious problem for Scotland. The Conforti Institute’s Anti-Sectarianism Project report finds that many Catholics believe that sectarian bigotry still affects their lives. The listening project details meetings in parishes and other groups with hundreds of […]

Rev David Robertson

Free Church minister calls for ‘sensible’ building discussions with Kirk following Broughty Ferry split

A Free Church minister in Dundee has urged the Church of Scotland to come to a sensible arrangement over the use of redundant church buildings as the minister and members from a Broughty Ferry congregation are set to become the latest to leave the national church. Earlier this week Rev Alberto de Paula, Kirk minister […]

Martin Johnstone

Martin Johnstone: Power to the People

The Church of Scotland’s Priority Areas Secretary, Martin Johnstone, on community activis. Growing up in the 1970s, Power to the People was more a pop song (John Lennon) or Wolfie’s catchphrase (Citizen Smith) than a political statement. I have been heartened in recent days by the fact that a number of politicians – from both […]

Team from William Hunter House in Glasgow

Salvation Army lifehouses kick-start campaign for Commonwealth Games homestay programme

Budding footballers at homeless centres across Scotland have come together to promote a scheme aimed at helping athletes’ families and volunteers find a place to stay during the Commonwealth Games. Around 100 homeless men and women took part in a football tournament in Glasgow on Friday to kick-start a fundraising campaign for the Athlete Family […]

Prime Minister David Cameron

Full text: Prime Minister’s speech at Easter reception for Christians at Downing Street

Look, a huge – a warm welcome to everybody. The Bible tells us, actually, to bear one another’s burden and you will fulfil the law of Christ; after the day I’ve had, I’m definitely looking for a few volunteers for that. But I – just a few things I wanted to say tonight. First, how […]

Prime Minister David Cameron

David Cameron reveals hidden depths of Christian faith

David Cameron has said he relies on the church to escape the burdens of power, in comments that suggest the Prime Minister’s Christian faith has strengthened in office. The government should be unashamedly “evangelical” in its work and, like the church, seek to improve the “spiritual and moral state” of the nation, the Prime Minister […]

Viewing children's art at St Martin’s Community Resource Centre.

Edinburgh Episcopal church has faith in its makeover

Edinburgh church, St Martin of Tours, is being given a major overhaul to provide a vibrant community space to everyone from youth groups and church goers to recovering addicts. St Martin’s Community Resource Centre, off Dalry Road, is undergoing a 21st century makeover. The B-listed building originally served as a Baptist church before an Episcopalian […]

Right Reverend Lorna Hood

Moderator at Prime Minister’s Easter reception in Number 10

The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, Rt Rev Lorna Hood, met with Prime Minister David Cameron yesterday in Downing Street when she was a guest at his annual Easter reception for people with Christian faith. Mrs Hood was accompanied by the Moderator Designate, Rev John Chalmers, who is currently Principal […]

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