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St Anne's win the Pope's Charity Cup

IT WAS perhaps fitting that in the mother of all schools football finals last weekend that St Anne’s Primary School (above) were triumphant. The school, based in Glasgow’s east end, became the inaugural winners of the Pope’s Charity Cup after an epic encounter with St Brigid’s Primary School in Toryglen at Maryhill FC's ground, which needed extra time to separate two excellent sides. The Pope's Charity Cup competition—launched in this, the Extraordinary Month of Mission— is a tournament run in partnership with Missio Scotland and the Glasgow Catholic Schools FA and is now a permanent fixture on the calendar. Anticipation had been building for the pinnacle of the competition after two excelle

Show God's love to Sierra Leone

“Without the Spirit, Jesus remains a personage from the past; with the Spirit, He is a person alive in our own time. Without the Spirit; Scripture is a dead letter; with the Spirit it is the word of life. A Christianity without the Spirit is joyless moralism; with the Spirit, it is life.” Pope Francis THE Holy Spirit is the gift given to us to inspire us to preach the Gospel and to show God’s love in our words and our actions, just as Jesus did while He was on earth. It was the Holy Spirit that inspired Fr Eugenio Montesi, a Xaverian Missionary Priest—currently based in St Bartholomew’s, Castlemilk, but originally from Corinaldo in Italy—to live and work in Sierra Leone for 29 years servin

Schools book cup final spots

ST ANNE'S Primary School in Glasgow's East End (above top) and St Brigid's Primary School in Toryglen (above) booked their place in the first ever Pope's Charity Cup Final after two exciting matches at Lochburn Park in Maryhill. In the first of the semi-final matches (above), St Anne's took a 2-0 lead with them into half time, before adding a third shortly after the break. To their credit though, their opponents—St Mirin's Primary School from King's Park—never let their heads go down and got themselves right back into the game with a beautiful strike from the left wing to reduce the deficit. As St Mirin's were pushing hard to get back into the game, St Anne's killed it as a contest with an e

Missionaries’ inspiration is rooted in faith

“Each of us should find ways to communicate Jesus wherever we are. All of us are called to offer others an explicit witness to the saving love of the Lord.” Pope Francis OUR missionary priests and religious are often an inspiration to us—an inspiration that has its genesis in the beautiful, powerful, transformative nature of faith. Fr Eugenio Montesi (above) is a Xaverian Missionary Father currently serving the parish of St Bartholomew’s in the Castlemilk area of Glasgow, but the inspiring moment that crystallised his decision to love and serve God and His people in a very direct way, took place in his h

Extraordinary lives are lived on mission

A CENTURY ago, Pope Benedict XV released the encyclical Maximum Illud, which called on Catholics to bring the Good News to all peoples (Missio Ad Gentes) and to commemorate this anniversary, Pope Francis declared October 2019 to be an Extraordinary Month of Mission (EMM), a special month of prayer and action calling us all to renew our missionary commitment. It’s no surprise that the term ‘extraordinary’ is used, because many of our missionaries who have travelled from Scotland to work in mission countries and territories are not just extraordinary people, but have led some extraordinary lives while on mission too. Have you heard the one about the priest who was a captain in Sierra Leone’s N

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