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Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Scottish Catholics celebrate 40 years of working for justice
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¬†Representatives from from across the political divide have united to mark the Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund's 40th anniversary. Over 40 MSPs have supported a motion congratulating SCIAF on its contribution to Scotland and expressing admiration for its work with poor communities across the world and particularly in Africa, Asia and Latin America. SCIAF supporters, volunteers and staff attended a reception in Glasgow City Chambers on Tuesday, that included tributes from the First Minister Jack McConnell MSP; Bishop Moran (SCIAF's President) and Paul Chitnis (SCIAF's Chief Executive). From its humble beginnings in 1965, SCIAF has given over £50 million to communities in need and has become Scotland's leading agency, currently chairing the Scottish Make Poverty History coalition. Bishop Moran said: "The Bishops of Scotland have called SCIAF "the jewel in the crown" of the Scottish Catholic Church. It's role is prophetic in the true sense of the word - guided by the Church's social teaching, it advocates for greater solidarity with the developing world which goes beyond policy change." Paul Chitnis, SCIAF Chief Executive, acknowledged the massive contribution made by supporters, staff and volunteers, saying: "I'd like to thank the people of Scotland for their unstinting support which enables us to continue our work. Over the last forty years, SCIAF has brought much joy and hope to countless numbers of people living in desperate poverty. 2005 is an unique opportunity to address their suffering by supporting the MakePovertyHistory coalition of which SCIAF is a member."
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