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Polish priests set for Scotland
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Catholic numbers are increasing as more Poles arrive in Scotland
A new recruitment drive is aiming to entice Polish priests to remote areas of Scotland.

The Bishop of Aberdeen is trying to persuade them to come to the far flung corners of Scotland.

Bishop Peter Moran is making the religious recruitment call during a visit to Poland.

The relatively small Catholic population in north and north east Scotland is increasing with the arrival of many Polish people seeking work.

Bishop Moran told a Catholic radio station in Poland during his visit there was a need for more priests to serve both local and Polish Catholics.

I heard there are some priests from Poland who would be very happy to come and work in Scotland
Bishop Peter Moran

He is inviting Polish bishops to work with him to establish links which could lead to priests from Poland coming to work in his diocese.

Bishop Moran said: "The diocese of Aberdeen is the most northerly in Scotland, it is a diocese with a very small but scattered population.

Key leaders

"The percentage of Catholics is 3% of the population but with the arrival of many people from Poland the Catholic population is increasing rapidly."

Bishop Moran pointed to Inverness, where he said the Catholic community was now three times as big as it was two years ago.

He said: "I have come to Poland because these Polish Catholics need pastoral care. I also need priests for my own Catholics.

"I heard there are some priests from Poland who would be very happy to come and work in Scotland."

Bishop Moran has already held meetings with key religious leaders and is also expecting to meet Archbishop Stanislaw Dziwisz, who was Pope John Paul II's secretary for more than 30 years.

There are about 70 places of Catholic worship spread around north and north east Scotland, including Orkney and Shetland.


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