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political grouping among Scottish Members of (the UK) Parliament. Because of this, the call for a second independence referendum seems to have been put on hold for the time being by the Scottish Government. ANGLOPHONE SAFEGUARDING CONFERENCE This year’s Anglophone Safeguarding Conference was jointly organised by the Scottish Catholic Safeguarding Service, the Safeguarding Commission of Malta and the Centre for Child Protection (CCP) of the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome from 19-22 June. The 2017 theme, Celebrating Hope, was explored from different perspectives, including hope for survivors and for victims. In a powerful keynote presentation, the 111 delegates at the Conference listened to the experience of five survivors of intrafamilial abuse. This allowed them to reflect on best practice in responding to abuse disclosures and to recognise how hope can spring from the most difficult of situations.

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COMMEMORATION The year 2018 sees the centenary of the 1918 Education Act which brought Catholic Schools under the sponsorship of the state for the first time. Planning for different celebrations of this event is already underway. As well as remembering the event, which was so important for our country and for the Catholic community, it is also good that we use it to promote the success of Catholic schooling and the service that it offers to the wider civic community. APPOINTMENT For the first time, the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland has appointed a lay Assistant General Secretary: Mr Michael McGrath. After a very successful period as Director of the Scottish Catholic Education Service, Michael brings his considerable skills in management and organisation to the Secretariat of the Bishops’ Conference.

Litterae Communions 2017 (English version)  

CCEE Litterae communionis contains the annual report (June 2016 - June 2017) of Bishops' Conferences in Europe.

Litterae Communions 2017 (English version)  

CCEE Litterae communionis contains the annual report (June 2016 - June 2017) of Bishops' Conferences in Europe.

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