Pope Francis has blessed the work of a Scottish charity tackling child poverty and hunger.
Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow, the founder and chief executive of Mary’s Meals, travelled to Rome after receiving a personal invitation from the Holy See.
The charity sets up school feeding programmes in some of the world’s poorest countries.
Mr MacFarlane-Barrow attended a general audience in St Peter’s Square yesterday, at which he received a personal blessing from the Pope.
He said: “I presented Pope Francis with a Mary’s Meals mug and let him know we are now reaching over three quarters of a million children every school day – many of them having escaped the rubbish dumps where they used to scavenge for their next meal or the fields where they worked.”