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Church's strength lies in its unity

Gerard Gough MUCH has been written and spoken about with regard to the decline in numbers and influence of religions throughout the world—with Catholicism perhaps receiving the most column inches and airtime in this regard. However, anyone with a proper understanding of the universal Church and who has experienced it in different continents will realise that these reports are inaccurate, or at the very least only viewed through a very Euro-centric prism. The beauty of the Catholic Church lies exactly in its universality and by looking to that—and indeed the facts, figures and projections—a different picture begins to emerge. In 1900, the entire continent of Africa boasted just a couple of mi

Shining example of faith in Lisanjala

Gerard Gough IN MATTHEW’S Gospel, the line: “I was a stranger and you welcomed me,” is well-known and widely quoted. It could apply in many instances in Scotland, as Scottish people are known for and proud of—and with some justification—their hospitable nature. I remember speaking to Sr Stella Niwagira, a Claverian Sister from Uganda, who had spent some time with her fellow sisters in Bellshill and she remarked that ‘although Scotland is a cold country, the people there have a warm heart.’ The same could be said of Sr Stella and her fellow Ugandans whose country I had the pleasure of visiting in 2017, or of the Zambian people, many of whom I was fortunate enough to meet during my time there

Educate a girl, educate a nation

Gerard Gough SINCE becoming Missio Scotland’s Communications Officer in 2016, I have had the privilege of being able to write and speak about the work that we—the Pope’s official charity for overseas mission—carry out throughout the world where the Church is young or poor. Much of this communication takes place within our Catholic school communities, in particular our primary schools, where we are the designated charity. I derive great joy in speaking to staff and pupils in these environments, informing them of the difference that their donations make to people in all five continents and encouraging them to continue supporting us so that we, in turn can support those in need. I also stress

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