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St. Simon's parish in Glasgow, which was destroyed by wilful fire July 28, 2021.

Arrest made in relation to fire at Glasgow parish

A man has been arrested and charged with wilful fire-raising after a Catholic church in Glasgow was destroyed last month.  Read more

St. Simon’s, Partick, in Glasgow, Scotland.

Fire engulfs 163-year-old Catholic church in Scotland

One person was rescued after firefighters were called to the scene. Read more

St. Mary’s Catholic Cathedral in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Catholic priest attacked with glass bottle while praying at cathedral in Scotland

‘The bottle broke on the ground and the man continued using it in his assault,’ the archdiocese said. Read more

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Pope Francis to visit Scotland ‘for a very short time’ in November

He is expected to attend the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Glasgow. Read more

Bill proposing to legalize assisted suicide in Scotland draws criticism

The content of the bill is expected to be discussed later this year. Read more

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Scottish bishops' leader laments ‘disturbing’ public worship ban in Ireland

Bishop Hugh Gilbert said that “to enact legislation that criminalizes those who gather to celebrate Holy Mass is indeed extreme... Read more

Canon Tom White, who is challenging Scotland's ban on public worship.

‘I’m overjoyed’: Catholic priest wins legal challenge to blanket ban on public worship

A Catholic priest has expressed joy after Scotland’s supreme civil court ruled that a blanket ban on public worship is... Read more

Canon Tom White, who is challenging Scotland's ban on public worship.

Catholic priest pursues challenge as Scottish government sets new date to lift public worship ban

A Catholic priest will proceed with a challenge to the Scottish government’s ban on public worship despite an announcement that... Read more

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Scotland’s Catholic bishops seek ‘dialogue’ over cap on worshipers when public Masses resume

Scotland’s Catholic bishops said on Monday that they plan to engage in “dialogue” with government officials over a cap on worshipers when... Read more

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Catholics press for further changes to Scotland’s controversial hate crime bill

Catholics are pressing for further changes to Scotland’s controversial hate crime bill amid a last-minute consultation.  Read more

Canon Tom White, who is challenging Scotland's ban on public worship. Photo courtesy of ADF International.

Priest challenges Scotland's coronavirus ban on public worship

Scotland’s coronavirus-related ban on public worship goes too far and churches that follow appropriate precautions should be allowed to open... Read more

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Scottish Christian leaders join in opposition to proposed Hate Crime law

The Catholic bishops of Scotland, along with several other Christian groups, are speaking out against a proposed “hate crimes” law... Read more

Abortions rise in Scotland to second-highest level on record

Scotland has reported its second-highest annual abortion figure on record.  Read more

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Scottish government may face legal challenge over redefinition of ‘woman’

A feminist group said Friday that it may launch a legal challenge over new rules to increase female representation on... Read more

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Catholic bishops fear Scotland's hate crime law could criminalize Bible and Catechism

Catholic bishops have said that proposed hate crime legislation in Scotland could criminalize the Bible and the Catechism of the... Read more

Bishop Hugh Gilbert, president of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland.

Public Masses resume in Scotland with ‘irksome’ 50-person limit

Public Masses in Scotland resumed Wednesday with a maximum number of 50 people permitted to attend regardless of church size.  Read more

The University of Aberdeen.

Scottish pro-life student group investigated, but no action taken

After complaints that a pro-life event held by the Aberdeen Life Ethics Society violated a 'safe space policy', an investigation... Read more

Scottish bishop: Permission for wholly at-home medical abortion is ideological

The president of the Scottish bishops' conference wrote Friday to the Scottish health secretary, saying the permission for women to... Read more

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Scotland's bishops issue letter on life issues ahead of election

Scotland’s Catholic bishops have released a letter setting out the Church’s teaching on abortion and assisted suicide ahead of the... Read more