The church in Scotland has launched a new magazine aimed at encouraging young men to consider the priesthood.

A print run of 15,000 was distributed to Scotland’s 500 parishes last week.

Bishop John Keenan of Paisley, Scotland’s vocations chief, said: “As I go round our parishes, schools and youth events I see, every day, young or single men who’d make ideal priests and I’m sure God is calling many of them to be priests for Scotland. But they won’t come forward unless they hear God’s call.

“Today God calls them through modern media, so I want everyone to take a copy and put it in the hands of a man you think might be being called,” the bishop said.

The magazine, entitled Priests for Scotland, is made up of testimonies from new clergy and seminarians describing how they heard the call to become a priest.

Fr John Morrison, assistant director of Priests for Scotland, said: “We wanted to communicate some of the joy and happiness they have felt in responding positively to that call.”

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