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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

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

Mar 10, 2021

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

The flag of Scotland. Credit: Lynx Aqua/Shutterstock.

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

Mar 1, 2021

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

The flag of Scotland. Credit: Lynx Aqua/Shutterstock.

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

Feb 22, 2021

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

Feb 19, 2021

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

The flag of Scotland. Credit: Lynx Aqua/Shutterstock.

Scottish Christian leaders join in opposition to proposed Hate Crime law

Feb 15, 2021

By CNA Staff

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

Aug 27, 2020

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