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We're all children in the one family

AS MISSIO Scotland’s Communications Officer, my role is not short of rewarding experiences, not least of which is the privilege of being able to go into Catholic schools and see first-hand why they are not only ‘good for Scotland,’ but also for us as an organisation too. Every visit provides an opportunity to explain to staff and students who we are and what we do and collectively foster a missionary spirit, but it also allows me to learn about the work undertaken in support of Missio Scotland by many of the schools who already assist us in our work—indeed they have often been long-term supporters of ourselves as a charity. However, be it long-term or more recent, support in whatever form it

Children Helping Children worldwide

DURING my time as Missio Scotland’s Communications Officer, I have been most heartened and greatly enthused by my interaction with Catholic school communities, where I have gained an insight into some of the excellent work that many of them have undertaken in support of Missio Scotland, the Scottish branch of Pope Francis’ own charity, the Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS) Having leafed the Scottish Catholic Observer archives and taken a look at some of the historic information available to us within the office, I was impressed at the extent of their support and the different ways in which it has manifested itself—much of which I was able to detail in last week’s feature. It is safe to say

Celebrating our Missionary Children

THE year 2018 is a year of milestones. From a Missio Scotland perspective, the Association of the Holy Childhood—now known as Missionary Children—one of the key components of the Pontifical Mission Societies, was formed 175 years ago by Bishop Charles de Forbin-Janson in France and has been active in our Catholic schools here in Scotland for decades. This year also marks the centenary of the 1918 Education (Scotland) Act, which brought Catholic schools into the state system and relieved Catholics of the financial burden of not only supporting their own schools, but, through their tax contributions, state schools as well. As Archbishop Philip Tartaglia of Glasgow noted: “The act gave Catholic

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