News Releases

Church sets pace with innovative sport and faith conference

Pope Francis has sent his good wishes and prayers to athletes and theologians gathering at a conference in Glasgow on the eve of the Commonwealth Games.

Archbishop Leo Cushley receives his Pallium from Pope Francis

On Sunday, June 29, 2014, the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul, Archbishop Leo Cushley will receive his Pallium from Pope Francis.

New Rector nominated for Royal Scots College Spain

In a dual announcement the Bishops of Scotland have nominated a new Rector for the Royal Scots College, Salamanca, Spain and have asked him to do the preparatory work for the re-opening of the College as a Seminary.

Archbishop Leo Cushley, Opinion Column, Sunday Times 22 June 2014

Archbishop Leo Cushley, Opinion Column, Sunday Times 22 June 2014

Pope invited to Glasgow

Glasgow’s Archbishop, Philip Tartaglia has written to Pope Francis
asking him to consider a day visit to the city to mark the 400th
anniversary of the martyrdom of St John Ogilvie, who was executed at
Glasgow Cross on 10 March 1615.

Communications Sunday 2014

This Sunday the Church reminds us of the great responsibility that is ours for the world of communications. In a letter to be read at all Masses, Archbishop Philip Tartaglia highlights the need to bring "a Christian presence to the world of digital communications"


Pope Francis has sent a special blessing to mark the 70th anniversary of one of Scotland’s most unusual landmarks. The Italian Chapel in Orkney was built during the Second World War by Italian POWs and has since become the island’s number one tourist attraction.

Diocese of Motherwell expresses ‘significant concerns” over North Lanarkshire’s schools proposals

In an extensive submission to North Lanarkshire Council’s recent consultation on school provision, the newly appointed Bishop of Motherwell, Bishop Joseph Toal, has raised “significant concerns” about the Council’s “commitment to provide Catholic schooling” and promised to “stand together with the Catholic community” in opposing proposals which would dramatically reduce the number of Catholic schools in the diocese.

Pope Francis appoints new Bishop of Motherwell

Pope Francis has today (Tuesday 29 April 2014 - the Feast of St Catherine of Siena) appointed Bishop Joseph Toal, as Bishop of Motherwell.

Ordination of new Bishop of Paisley

The Episcopal Ordination of Fr John Keenan as the new Bishop of Paisley will take place at St. Mirin’s Cathedral in Paisley on Wednesday 19 March 2014 at 7pm.

Pope Francis appoints new Bishop of Paisley

Pope Francis has today (Saturday 8 February 2014) appointed Fr John Keenan, as Bishop of Paisley.

Spiritual Support for Safeguarding

A ‘Dedication and Commissioning Service’ for all those who work in Safeguarding in the Diocese of Motherwell will take place on Feb 2nd at Our Lady of Good Aid Cathedral in Motherwell. The service will take place during Solemn Vespers at 5pm.

Installation of new Bishop of Dunkeld

The Mass of Installation of the Right Reverend Stephen Robson as Bishop of Dunkeld Will take place in St. Andrew’s Cathedral, Dundee on 9 January 2014.

Pope Francis appoints new Bishop of Dunkeld

Pope Francis has today appointed Bishop Stephen Robson, currently Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of St. Andrews and Edinburgh as the new Bishop of Dunkeld. 

Archbishop Leo Cushley delivers Scottish Parliament’s 'Time For Reflection'

Delivering the "Time For Reflection” in the Scottish Parliament today, Archbishop Leo Cushley, the Archbishop of St. Andrews and Edinburgh, welcomed the opportunity to address the Parliament and told MSP’s that Scots law has been heavily influenced by Christian belief

Pope's message to Glasgow following helicopter tragedy

Pope Francis has sent a message expressing his "closeness" to the people of Glasgow following the Clutha helicopter tragedy.

Archbishop of Glasgow offers special Mass after helicopter tragedy

The Archbishop of Glasgow, Philip Tartaglia, will today offer a special Mass at St Andrew's Cathedral for all who have been involved in the Clutha helicopter tragedy.

Scotland’s Catholic Bishops announce range of safeguarding initiatives

The Bishops’ Conference of Scotland has today announced details of three safeguarding initiatives, which will be launched over the next 12 months.

Catholic Church pledges support for Philippines

Following the devastation caused in the Philippines by Typhoon Haiyan last week, the President of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland, Archbishop Philip Tartaglia has written to his counterpart Archbishop Palma in Manila promising both spiritual and financial support for those affected, from Scotland’s Catholic community.

Expansion for St Margaret's Adoption Agency

Scotland’s first dedicated Catholic centre for the family opens this
weekend (16 November) on the feast of St Margaret of Scotland.

Scottish Church is one of UK's best modern places of worship

St Bride's RC Church in East  Kilbride has been voted one of the UK's best modern places of worship.

Archbishop urges prayers for Grangemouth workers.

Archbishop Leo Cushley has called for prayers for all those affected by the closure threatened Grangemouth plant

Episcopal Ordination of Archbishop-elect Leo Cushley.

The Episcopal Ordination of Archbishop-elect Leo Cushley will take place at St. Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh at 11am on Saturday 21st September 2013.

Scottish National Ecumenical Event

A national ecumenical event will take place in Aberdeen tomorrow (Saturday 14 September) which will include a "Walk of Witness" between two of the city's most prominent places of worship.

Bishops announce new National Coordinator for Safeguarding

Bishops announce new National Coordinator for Safeguarding

Tuesday 3 September 2013

The Bishops’ Conference of Scotland has appointed a new National Coordinator for Safeguarding, who will take up the post on 1 December 2013

Safeguarding procedures within the Catholic Church in Scotland

In a letter published in the Tablet newspaper today (23 August) Archbishop Mario Conti corrects a number of inaccuracies relating to Safeguarding procedures within the Catholic Church in Scotland.

Archbishop Elect names Consecrators

Monsignor Leo Cushley, the Archbishop-elect of St Andrews and Edinburgh has released the names of the bishops who will be the traditional three principal consecrators at his episcopal ordination next month.

Pope appoints new Archbishop of St. Andrews and Edinburgh

Pope Francis has today, July 24, 2013, appointed Monsignor Leo Cushley
as Archbishop of St. Andrews & Edinburgh.

Archbishop Gerhard Müller to deliver "Cardinal Winning Lecture"

Archbishop Gerhard Müller the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith will visit Scotland this week to deliver the prestigious "Cardinal Winning Lecture" at the University of Glasgow.

Pope accepts Bishop Devine's resignation

Pope Francis had today, 31 May 2013, accepted the resignation of Bishop Joseph Devine, as Bishop of Motherwell.