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Pope Francis boards his flight to Baghdad, Iraq on March 5, 2021.

Pope Francis will not offer a public Mass during Scotland visit

Aug 17, 2021

By Courtney Mares

The pope is expected to attend the “world leaders summit” in the opening days of the 2021 United Nations Climate... 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

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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

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

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Scotland's bishops protest against closure of churches amid new lockdown

Jan 5, 2021

The Scottish Catholic bishops have protested the closing of churches as part of Scotland’s newest coronavirus lockdown.  Read more

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

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

Jul 15, 2020

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

Mystery surrounds death of priest who went missing in UK

Jun 26, 2017

A priest who was reported missing last week from his parish in Edinburgh, Scotland was found dead on a nearby... Read more

In Scotland, Catholic archbishop kicks off tour for parish renewal

Dec 7, 2015

Archbishop Leo Cushley of St. Andrews and Edinburgh will tour his archdiocese to meet with parishioners and discuss the future... Read more

A married couple waits to be blessed by Pope Francis during his Oct. 16, 2013 General Audience

Scottish Church 'disappointed' in legalization of gay marriage

Feb 5, 2014

By Elise Harris

In a statement released on behalf of the Catholic Church in Scotland, officials lamented parliament’s decision to allow same-sex “marriages,”... Read more

Archbishop Philip Tartaglia of Glasgow.

'Strength in Christ' needed for Scotland Church's recovery

Mar 5, 2013

The resignation of Cardinal Keith O'Brien following accusations of sexual misconduct is an opportunity to renew faith in Jesus for... Read more