Pope Francis

Pope Francis: Urbi et Orbi Message

“Jesus Christ is Risen!” Pope Francis proclaimed the Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ from the balcony of Saint Peter’s Basilica on a cold and rainy Easter Sunday morning.   The inclement weather didn’t deter tens of thousands of pilgrims who came to the Square to take part in Solemn Mass for Easter Sunday morning. […]

Rt Rev John Chalmers

Easter message from the Church of Scotland

Rt Rev John Chalmers, Moderator of the Church of Scotland’s General Assembly, writes: I have found it particularly poignant to have followed the themes of Christian Aid, posted daily on our website, which bring us now to Easter Day. I began our journey through Lent 40 days ago, when I commented that “when I see […]

Bishop Gregor Duncan

Easter message from the Scottish Episcopal Church

In preparing to write his Easter sermon, the Rt Rev Dr Gregor Duncan said: As I sit down to write this in Passiontide, I am to offer you an Easter message.  What to say?  Well, something simple: Easter faith resonates with the experience of the world I’ve just described and speaks to it.  Jesus himself […]

Rev Iver Martin

Free Church of Scotland: The resurrection … Jesus rose from the dead

For many people Easter is little more than a nice idea, writes Rev Iver Martin. They are happy to join in the celebrations which do nothing more for them than mark the passing of winter as it gives way to warmer weather, baby lambs and brighter evenings. But for the thinking person the resurrection of […]

Charmaine and Eric Adusah

Pastor arrested after Scots wife found dead in bath

A pastor has been arrested over the death of his pregnant Scottish wife, after her body was discovered in a bath. Charmaine Adusah, who was three months pregnant and originally from Arbroath, Angus, was discovered in a hotel in Ghana where she had been attending a religious event with self-proclaimed prophet Eric Isaiah Adusah. According […]

Founder of Scottish church faces trial accused of inducing 12-year-old girl to ‘sexually massage him with oils’

The founder of a Scottish church is to face jury trial accused of inducing a 12 year girl to sex-massage his body with oils. Walter Masocha is also alleged to have sexually assaulted an adult woman and engaged in sexual activity with a 14-year-old girl. Masocha, described on court papers as the minister of the […]

Bishop Stephen Robson

Little Sisters of the Poor care home in Dundee saved by church

A Dundee care home which faced closure due to a shortage of nuns to run it has been saved. The Little Sisters of the Poor announced last year that they were unable continue their mission at the Wellburn Care Home after 152 years. However, the Little Sisters have verbally accepted an offer from the Diocese […]

Gordon Macdonald

Northern Ireland ban on buying sex ‘may drive trafficking to Scotland’

A ban on paying for sex in Northern Ireland could drive parts of the trade to Scotland, MSPs have been told. Northern Ireland recently became the first part of the UK to make buying sex a criminal offence after a Bill was brought forward by Democratic Unionist Party peer Lord Morrow. Campaigners are calling for […]

Kenny MacAskill

Video: Call for adultery to cover same-sex marriages fails at Scottish Parliament

A petition urging ministers to change the definition of adultery following the introduction of same sex marriages was presented to MSPs at Holyrood ­yesterday. A campaigner, Akri Jones, presented a petition to parliament that attempted to make the divorce process the same for married couples, regardless of whether they are homosexual or heterosexual. As the […]

Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Evangelical Alliance targets Baptists: ‘We’re better together’

The Evangelical Alliance is courting Baptist churches in a membership drive “as a demonstration of the decades-long history” between the two organisations. Baptists, with around 690 churches, currently make up the biggest grouping within the Alliance. The Alliance says: “Around 80 of the delegates at our inaugural congress in 1845 were Baptists. Slightly later on […]

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