Fr Vincent Lockhart, National Director of Missio Scotland IN DECEMBER 2019, I was diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma and began chemotherapy at the beginning of February 2020. Because the treatment would reduce my immune system to near zero, I was advised to isolate myself from any possible source of infection. That meant keeping a distance from people, no hugs and no going to public places where there would be crowds. The consultant was very firm in stating that I had to shield
Fr Sylvester Ponje is a Mill Hill Father from Cameroon, currently serving in South Africa. He is a former neighbour of Glasgow-based Mill Hill Missionary, Fr John Doran, who describes him as 'an outstanding missionary. In 2012, he spent a month serving the Church in Scotland in St Francis of Assisi parish in Port Glasgow in Paisley Diocese. Here, he describes the current situation faced by many of his parishioners in the towns in which he serves, in the midst of the pandemic.
Elaine Smith MSP ONE of the few positives to come from the ongoing pandemic has been the community spirit shown across Scotland and a determination to help those most in need—the elderly and isolated, the sick and the poor. The Catholic Church has played a vital role in this endeavour through the delivery of food parcels and actions such as giving elderly residents a call to see how they are keeping and help tackle loneliness and isolation. I was pleased to lay a motion in pa