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Scotland pauses sex-change and puberty-blocker drugs for children

Apr 18, 2024

By Tyler Arnold

The announcement effectively ends the practice of providing sex-change drugs and hormone medications to children in Scotland. Read more

Critics of the hate speech bill worry that it could criminalize the speech of people such as author J.K. Rowling, who has said that "transgender women" are not actually women.

J.K. Rowling’s transgender comments could violate new hate speech law, official says

Apr 2, 2024

By Tyler Arnold

A law that went into effect in Scotland on Monday could prompt investigations into people who make comments that refer... Read more

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Scottish government proposes ‘conversion practices’ ban

Jan 11, 2024

By Kate Quiñones

The Scottish government this week released a document proposing the criminalization of “conversion practices.” Read more


Scottish bishops criticize government’s new guidance on sex ed

Nov 18, 2023

By Madeleine Teahan

The bishops stated they are “disappointed and confused” by the Scottish government’s decision to delete all references to Catholic schools... Read more

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New bill introduces world’s most extreme abortion buffer zone law to Scotland

Oct 14, 2023

By Madeleine Teahan

The bill, if passed, would make any form of pro-life outreach or demonstration within 656 feet of an abortion clinic... Read more


Abortions in Scotland highest on record as government considers abortion on demand

Jun 3, 2023

By Madeleine Teahan

Public Health Scotland also revealed that there has been an 84% increase in the number of abortions of babies with... Read more

Students gather at a 40 Days for Life vigil outside a Glasgow abortion facility.

It could soon be a crime to gather outside of abortion facilities in Scotland, even for prayer

Feb 23, 2023

By Kevin J. Jones

“We’re there to pray and offer help if somebody wants the help, if they come up to us,” Robert Colquhoun... Read more

Pilgrims traveled on foot and by ferry from the Scottish west coast, across the Isle of Mull, and to Iona Abbey during the Brecbannoch Pilgrimage June 11–13.

St. Columba’s 1,500-year-old legacy includes this new Scottish Catholic pilgrimage

Jun 19, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

Catholic pilgrims walked the Brecbannoch Pilgrimage June 11 to 13 to pray for Scotland and return a relic of the... Read more


Assisted suicide counseling via Zoom an even worse idea, foes tell Scottish lawmakers

Oct 19, 2021

By Kevin J. Jones

Videophone evaluations are no way to assess someone for assisted suicide, critics have said, also warning that cost-based analyses which... Read more

Carfin Grotto, Scotland’s national shrine to Our Lady of Lourdes, is cleaned after a suspected arson attack on Oct. 17, 2021.

Fire ‘set deliberately’ damages Scotland’s national shrine to Our Lady of Lourdes

Oct 19, 2021

By CNA Staff

It is the latest in a series of incidents that have alarmed the country’s Catholics. Read more

Pope Francis’ general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Oct. 6, 2021.

Vatican indicates Pope Francis will not attend UN climate summit in Glasgow

Oct 8, 2021

By CNA Staff

The Vatican’s delegation will be led by Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin. Read more


Scottish Catholics urged to oppose assisted suicide legalization

Sep 27, 2021

By Jonah McKeown

Scotland’s Catholic bishops are urging opposition to a measure that would legalize assisted suicide, warning that the government ought to... Read more

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

Arrest made in relation to fire at Glasgow parish

Aug 18, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

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

Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki, president of the Polish Catholic bishops’ conference.

Catholic bishops in Poland express solidarity with Polish community after Glasgow church fire

Jul 30, 2021

By CNA Staff

Flames engulfed St. Simon’s, Partick, in Glasgow on July 28. Read more

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

Fire engulfs 163-year-old Catholic church in Scotland

Jul 28, 2021

By CNA Staff

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

Jul 27, 2021

By CNA Staff

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

The flag of Scotland.

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

Jul 12, 2021

By CNA Staff

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

Jun 23, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

The flag of the Republic of Ireland.

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

Apr 28, 2021

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

Mar 24, 2021

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