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Motherwell Concert Hall hosts first in-person Justice Conference since pandemic

Social Work staff from justice services and representatives from Police Scotland, NHS, Education, Housing and third sector gathered at Motherwell Concert Hall recently for the first in-person Justice Conference since 2019.

Sheriff Joseph C Hughes was invited to chair the conference following his recent visit to justice services to meet staff and service users.

He welcomed keynote speakers Karyn McCluskey, chief executive of Community Justice Scotland, James Docherty, policy advisor for Community Justice Scotland and Iain Smith, leading trauma informed solicitor in Scotland.

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All three speakers delivered motivational inputs on the conference theme ‘The Strength of Relationships’.

Sheriff Hughes said: “It was a privilege for me to be part of the council’s 2022 Digital Justice Conference. It gave me an invaluable insight into the excellent work of multiple Justice Partners.

“The Judiciary is but one partner. I look forward to strengthening all our relationships in the future. As Helen Keller said: ‘alone we can do so little; together we can do so much’.

“I wish North Lanarkshire Council’s Justice Social Work Services and its many partners every success for 2023.”

St Brendan’s Primary School choir and The NL Creative Arts team also performed at the conference and were joined

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Pope Francis to visit Canada in July with stops in Alberta, Quebec, Nunavut
Pope Francis will stop in Alberta, Quebec and Nunavut during his visit to Canada this summer.It says the capital cities of Edmonton, Quebec City and Iqaluit will act as bases for the trip from July 24 to 29.The visit comes after the Pope’s historic apology last month for the Roman Catholic Church’s role in residential schools in Canada.Archbishop Richard Smith of Edmonton, general coordinator of the trip for the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, says it will be another important step for healing and reconciliation. Pope Francis’ visit to Canada could include stops in Alberta, Quebec: source Smith says the locations were chosen by the Vatican and the Pope’s mobility and health issues had to be considered.He says specific sites and a formal program are to be developed with Indigenous partners.An estimated 150,000 Indigenous children were forced to attend residential schools and more than 60 per cent of the schools were run by the Catholic Church.On April 1, after meetings over several days with First Nations, Inuit and Metis groups at the Vatican, Pope Francis apologized for the deplorable conduct of church members involved in residential schools.“I want to say to you with all my heart: I am very sorry,” Francis said in Italian before a room of nearly 200 Indigenous delegates.