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Cardinal Keith O'Brien (PA)

The Church may be quite good at handing out punishments, but seems less good in letting some sinners know they are forgiven

Pope Francis (PA)

Pope Francis invited to visit Scotland

Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland issued invite during Vatican meeting

A portrait of St John Ogilvie by Peter Howson. The painting is in Glasgow's Catholic cathedral

St John Ogilvie was hanged in 1615 for celebrating Mass

Archbishop Leo Kushley and Fr Joe McAuley at the tomb of The Venerable Margaret Sinclair in St Patrick's Church, Cowgate, Edinburgh. (Ivon Bartholomew)

Cause of Edinburgh sister is relaunched

Venerable Margaret died in 1925 from TB while helping the poor

Firemen walking past the bin lorry in George Square in Glasgow (PA)

Archbishop Tartaglia ‘heartbroken’ for all those caught up in crash in city centre

Archbishop Philip Tartaglia of Glasgow (PA)

Archbishop Tartaglia urges compassion for those ‘caught up in separation’

Alex Salmond, left, during the visit of Benedict XVI to Scotland in 2010 (Photo: PA)

In a letter the outgoing First Minister is described as ‘one of the most able politicians’ in British history

Scottish voters decided to maintain the 307-year union (Photo: AP).

Bishops’ conference praises ‘passionate and sometimes partisan debate’ and encourages Catholics to engage in politics

Alex Salmond and Alistair Debate shake hands after their televised debate last month (PA)

Why has it proven so hard for the Better Together campaign to galvinise enthusiastic support for our union?

A sign outside the Scottish parliament advertising the date of the referendum (Photo: PA)

Scots encouraged to vote ‘in accordance with their prayerful judgment’