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Thursday, March 23, 2017
Bishop of Aberdeen visits Poland to recruit priests
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¬†Bishop Peter Moran of Aberdeen is visiting Poland to invite Polish bishops to work with him, to establish links which could lead to priests from Poland coming to work in his far-flung diocese. Bishop Peter told Catholic radio station in Lublin, Radioer: "The diocese of Aberdeen is the most northerly in Scotland. It is a diocese with a very small but scattered Catholic population. The percentage of Catholics is 3% of the population but with the arrival of many people from Poland the Catholic population is increasing rapidly. "In one of the cities, Inverness, the Catholic community is three times what it was two years ago. "I have come to Poland because these Polish Catholics need pastoral care. I also need priests for my own Catholics. I heard that there are some priests from Poland who would be very happy to come and work in Scotland for a number of years. So I came here to visit." Bishop Moran has already had a meeting with Archbishop Jůzef Miroslaw Zycinski of Lublin. He is also expecting to meet Archbishop Stanislaw Dziwisz of Krakow, who was Pope John Paul II's long serving secretary for over thirty years. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Aberdeen has seventy Churches and Mass Centres spread through out the Eastern Highlands and the North East of Scotland. It also has churches in Orkney and Shetland.
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