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PM'S BROKEN PROMISE DISMAYS RELIGIOUS LEADER
The President of the Australian Conference of Leaders of Religious Institutes, Sr Margaret Cassidy has strongly criticised the Prime Minister's statement that Aboriginal reconciliation will not be achieved by the 31 December deadline.
29 Feb 00
Vatican POPE SAYS VATICAN II STILL RELEVANT
Vatican II reforms will guide the Catholic Church into the new millennium, Pope John Paul II said on Sunday, implicitly rejecting the idea of a new council to push for additional reforms.
29 Feb 00
Israel PIUS' LEGACY MARS POPE'S MIDDLE EAST VISIT
The Vatican's top diplomat in the Holy Land, Archbishop Pietro Sambi, has aroused tensions with Jewish leaders by saying that Pius XII kept silent about the Nazi genocide precisely because he wanted to save Jewish lives.
29 Feb 00
USA BUSH 'REGRETS' ALIENATING CATHOLICS
In a letter to the leader of New York's Catholics, Gov. George W. Bush said he "deeply" regretted "causing needless offense" by making a campaign appearance at a South Carolina school with anti-Catholic views.
29 Feb 00
Brazil CATHOLICS TO APOLOGISE TO MINORITIES
Brazilian Catholics will seek forgiveness for maltreatment of blacks and native Indians over the past 500 years, according to the president of Brazil's bishops' conference.
29 Feb 00
Italy BISHOPS PROPOSE REPARATION FOR EXPLOITATION OF SEX WORKERS
The Italian Bishops' Commission on Immigration has proposed a Lenten penitential act that includes 'fasting or Lenten processions, to repair the scandal and irreparable damage inflicted by Italian 'clients' on women, often foreign minors, subjected to the infamous trade for the purpose of prostitution'.
29 Feb 00
Egypt POPE PRAYS AT MT SINAI
Pope John Paul II travelled to Mount Sinai on Saturday, praying that all peoples whose faith begins here remember the covenant between God and Moses was eternal.
28 Feb 00
Egypt POPE CALLS FOR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
The Holy Father has called for religious tolerance as he celebrated the first mass of his unprecedented visit to Egypt.
28 Feb 00
Health Care CATHOLIC HEALTH BODY WELCOMES DEMOCRATS' POLICY
Catholic Health Australia has welcomed the opposition of Australian Democrats Leader, Senator Meg Lees, to the Federal Government's imposition of fringe benefits tax on the church and charitable sector.
28 Feb 00
NSW WAGGA PRIEST ATTACKS LOCAL WITCHES
A priest from Wagga Wagga in NSW has expressed concern with the apparent rise in yoga, witchcraft, reading horoscopes and wearing good luck charms..
28 Feb 00
South Africa ARCHBISHOP SUPPORTS ANIMAL SACRIFICE
A black Catholic archbishop in South Africa has called for animal sacrifice to be incorporated into church services in a liturgical struggle which is dividing the country's congregations on racial lines.
28 Feb 00
Italy SICILIAN PRIEST POISONED DURING MASS
A Sicilian priest was in critical condition on Friday after a church worker put poison in the sacramental wine before Mass.
28 Feb 00
India HANDS OFF MEDIA, CATHOLIC JOURNALISTS TELL INDIAN GOVERNMENT
The Indian Catholic Press Association has called for renewed efforts to safeguard press freedom in the country and urged the government to refrain from interfering with media.
28 Feb 00
Sydney ARCHBISHOPS SPEAK OUT AGAINST MARDI GRAS
Sydney's Catholic and Anglican archbishops have called the forthcoming Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras an exercise in gross exhibitionism that is undeserving of the presence or support of Christians.
25 Feb 00
Social Justice CHAPLAINS APPEAL FOR EARLY RELEASE IN PRISON AMNESTY
NSW prison chaplains have issued an amnesty call for a 10% reduction in sentences for around 5000 NSW prisoners to mark year 2000 Jubilee celebrations, the Catholic Weekly reports.
25 Feb 00
Social Justice AUSTRALIAN BISHOP APPEALS TO GEORGE W BUSH TO SPARE TEXAS DEATH ROW INMATE
Bishop Kevin Manning, Chairman of the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council, issued an appeal to Texas Governor George W. Bush to spare the life of Betty Lou Beets, who was due for execution yesterday.
25 Feb 00
Egypt CHRISTIANS BESIEGED AS POPE FLIES IN
On the eve of the Pope's first visit to the biblical sites of Mount Sinai, Egypt was in the grip of religious violence in which at least 19 Christians have been killed by Muslims.
25 Feb 00
Vatican POPE LEAVES INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE TRAVELLING
According to an Italian newspaper report, when Pope John Paul II departed Rome yesterday for his trip to Egypt, he left behind instructions to be followed in case he is involved in an accident.
25 Feb 00
Vatican HOLY SEE REJECTS SOME CLAIMS OF PREFERRED WAY TO CELEBRATE MASS
In a letter to a US bishop, the Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments has rejected arguments that priests should give preference to Eucharistic Prayer I and should stand at the altar with their back to the people when they celebrate Mass.
25 Feb 00
El Salvador 'ROMERO' TO BE NATIONALLY TELEVISED IN EL SALVADOR
A film about the late Archbishop Oscar A. Romero, previously banned by Salvadoran authorities, will be shown on national television as part of the commemorations of the 20th anniversary of his death.
25 Feb 00
Education CATHOLIC SCHOOL ENROLMENTS INCREASE
New figures compiled by the Catholic Education Commission's February census of schools reveals enrolments in NSW diocesan schools have increased by 2.6 % from the same period in February, 1999.
24 Feb 00
Hong Kong CARITAS CAUTIONS HOPEFUL REFUGEES
A Caritas official in Hong Kong has said that the remaining Vietnamese awaiting resettlement there should not place too much hope on going overseas.
24 Feb 00
Israel ENVIRONMENTALISTS ATTACK PAPAL PREPARATIONS
An Israeli environmentalist group said earlier this week that the government was destroying pristine areas near the Sea of Galilee as it prepared for Pope John Paul II's trip to the region next month.
24 Feb 00
USA BUSH PERCEIVED AS ANTI-CATHOLIC AFTER VISIT TO PROTESTANT UNIVERSITY
Texas Gov. George W. Bush's visit to a South Carolina fundamentalist Christian university cost him Catholic votes, according to political analysts.
24 Feb 00
Vatican POPE REAFFIRMS CHRIST'S INITIATION OF PAPACY
In spite of its weaknesses, the ministry of Peter's successor has its origins in Christ's own words, Pope John Paul II said on Tuesday during the Roman Curia's celebration of their Jubilee in the Vatican.
24 Feb 00
USA SAINT AGAINST RACISM
Katherine Marie Drexel, the second native-born US saint will be canonised in October. Born into a wealthy family, she dedicated her inheritance and life to combating the damaging effects of racism.
24 Feb 00
Egypt POPE'S TRIP RAISES POLITICAL ISSUES
Pope John Paul II's personal pilgrimage to Egypt will focus attention on sectarian tensions, according to Egyptian Catholic Bishop Youhanna Kolta.
23 Feb 00
UK NEW BRITISH ARCHBISHOP CALLS FOR END TO CATHOLIC MARRIAGE BAN
The archbishop-elect of Westminster has called for an end to the law which bars the heir to the British throne from marrying a Catholic.
23 Feb 00
India ONLY INDIGENOUS THEOLOGY WILL APPEASE HINDUS: SCHOLARS
Christians in India will remain apart from Hindus unless they develop a philosophy attuned to Indian culture, Hindu scholars have told a Church-sponsored seminar.
23 Feb 00
Indonesia RIGHTS GROUP AND STUDENTS PROTEST SHOOTING OF CIVILIANS
Rights advocates and Catholic students have protested last week's shooting of civilians by police during a protest in a town in Papua (formerly Irian Jaya) province.
23 Feb 00
USA US BISHOPS TARGET EXECUTIONS
The US Catholic bishops have urged President Clinton to suspend all federal executions.
23 Feb 00
UK SCOTTISH CHURCH OPPOSES PLANS FOR SAME-SEX BENEFITS
Members of the Scottish Parliament are considering proposals to make homosexual relationships equal in law to heterosexual marriages, but the move has angered the Church in Scotland and family campaigners.
22 Feb 00
Israel TV'S ROMANTIC PRIEST NOT FUNNY, CHURCH SAYS
A romantic 'priest' hugging a shapely 'nun' on Israeli television has led to a holy controversy with the Roman Catholic church.
22 Feb 00
Africa KING OF LESOTHO BREAKS TRADITION TO EMBRACE MONOGAMY
The Catholic King of Lesotho has announced his marriage, and surprised his people by saying that he will have only one wife.
22 Feb 00
Italy BISHOPS INSIST ON MARRIAGE PREPARATION
Parish priests 'must make a greater effort to prepare couples for marriage' and have the courage to stop the person 'who has an idea of marriage that does not correspond to that of the Gospel and the Magisterium'.
22 Feb 00
China ORDINATIONS BOOSTS STATE CHURCH
At least 15 dioceses in the government-recognised "open" Church in China have elected new bishops since the ordination without papal approval of five bishops in Beijing at the beginning of the year.
22 Feb 00
Vatican OFFICIAL PAPER APPLAUDS MORALITY OF CHARLES M. SCHULZ
The official Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano has paid tribute to Charlie Brown's for achieving success 'without taking recourse to vulgarity'. It says the late Charles M. Schulz, gave 'a lesson of moral cleanliness to young cartoonists and short story writers: psychology and romanticism can create situations that make one smile'.
21 Feb 00
Vatican CARDINAL SODANO ADVOCATES PINOCHET'S RETURN TO CHILE
Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Vatican Secretary of State, has said that former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet should be allowed to return to his country for humanitarian reasons.
21 Feb 00
Vatican POPE ENCOURAGES ARTISTS AT VATICAN JUBILEE
In remarks to artists who had gathered at the Vatican for their special Jubilee celebration, Pope John Paul II said that the partnership between art and faith must be renewed by a "conversion of heart" on the part of every working artist.
21 Feb 00
Vatican HOLY SEE SORRY FOR CONDEMNATION OF HERETIC MONK
The Church has expressed 'profound sorrow' for the condemnation to death of Giordano Bruno, the philosopher burnt at the stake exactly 400 years ago.
21 Feb 00
France FRENCH CARDINAL CHALLENGES RATZINGER
A French cardinal seen by some Vatican-watchers as a possible successor to Pope John Paul II, has challenged Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, the church's top doctrinal officer, on the need for Catholicism to make structural changes arising from dialogue with the modern world.
21 Feb 00
Vatican PAPER URGES UNIFIED RESPONSE TO CYANIDE SPILL
Following the environmental disaster that has struck the Danube, the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano has called for 'international cooperation free of egotism" and the promotion of "an environmental culture.'
21 Feb 00
Industrial Relations EMPLOYEE PROTECTION SCHEME WORRIES CATHOLIC BODY
The Australian Catholic Commission for Employment has said that the Federal Government's new Employee Entitlement Support Scheme could act as a disincentive to employers to make sure their employees' entitlements were protected.
18 Feb 00
Women GST THREATENS CHURCH CHARITY WORKS
Charitable services being conducted by religious congregations may need to be reviewed once the GST is introduced, according to Sr Mary Cresp, executive director of Australian Conference of Leaders of Religious Institutes.
18 Feb 00
Women 'WOMAN AND MAN' IMPLEMENTATION COMMITTEE ANNOUNCED
Five women consultants will join six bishops on a committee overseeing the implementation of recommendations on women's participation in the Church in Australia.
18 Feb 00
Africa US IMPOSES SANCTIONS ON SUDAN FOR LACK OF RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
The US Treasury Department has announced a series of economic sanctions against Sudan's state-owned oil companies after a government commission on religious freedom recommended strong action against the African country.
18 Feb 00
Africa PRIEST'S MURDER CAUSES POLITICAL TENSIONS
In the Democratic Republic of Congo, there have been conflicting accounts of how a Catholic priest was killed in the rebel-held east of the country.
18 Feb 00
Africa CATHOLIC CHURCH JOINS WITH INDUSTRY IN ANTI-AIDS CAMPAIGN
The New York-based Catholic Medical Mission Board and the Southern African Catholic Bishops Conference will join pharmaceutical leader Bristol-Myers Squibb in its multi-million dollar campaign to fight HIV/AIDS in five countries of sub-Saharan Africa.
18 Feb 00
Social Justice CATHOLICS CONDEMN MANDATORY SENTENCING
There has been widespread condemnation within the Australian Catholic Church of the practice of mandatory sentencing following the death of a 15 year old boy in custody in the Northern Territory.
17 Feb 00
Vatican PAPAL APPEAL FOR CONGOLESE ARCHBISHOP
Following his Wednesday audience, Pope John Paul II appealed to the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo to allow the Archbishop of Bukavu access to his people.
17 Feb 00
Egypt CATHOLICS PREPARE TO WELCOME POPE
Stating that this would be the first visit of a Bishop of Rome to 'our motherland', Coptic Catholic Patriarch Stéphanos II Ghattas officially announced to the Egyptian faithful Pope John Paul II's 24-26 February visit.
17 Feb 00
Eastern Europe ROMANIAN PATRIARCH APOLOGISES FOR CHURCHES DESTROYED UNDER COMMUNISM
The leader of the Romanian Orthodox Church apologised on Tuesday for the Orthodox Church's silence when the former Communist government destroyed churches and suppressed religions.
17 Feb 00
USA HOUSE VOTES TO AWARD CARDINAL MEDAL
In Washington, the House voted on Tuesday to award New York's ailing Cardinal John O'Connor the Congressional Gold Medal, its highest civilian honour.
17 Feb 00
USA THEOLOGIAN SAYS HE WILL NOT SEEK MANDATE
One of America's best known Catholic theologians has said he will not seek the mandate to teach that soon may be applied to professors on Catholic theological faculties in country.
17 Feb 00
UK NEW ARCHBISHOP DECLARES WAR ON CONSUMER CULTURE
The new leader of the Catholic Church in England and Wales declared war on "the culture of consumerism" on Wednesday, insisting it was the duty of Christians to draw people back to God.
17 Feb 00
Indonesia SECTARIAN CLASHES CLOSE CATHOLIC FACILITIES
All Catholic-run schools and health service facilities in Indonesia's North Maluku province have ceased to operate after they were burned or destroyed in recent sectarian clashes.
17 Feb 00
Vatican HOLY SEE CAUTIONS SECRETLY ORDAINED CZECH PRIESTS
The Vatican has requested priests and bishops secretly ordained in Czechoslovakia during the Communist era to come forward and accept the directives offered by Pope John Paul II, in order to resolve doubts about the validity of their ordination.
16 Feb 00
India POPE SAYS CRIMES AGAINST LIFE ARE NOT INEVITABLE
On Monday, John Paul II appealed for social action to counter 'the silent and cruel selection of the weakest for unjust elimination'.
16 Feb 00
India NUN HEADS WOMEN'S POLITICAL PARTY
A Catholic nun has entered politics in the eastern Indian state of Bihar after what she said was her disenchantment with the political system and continuing prejudice against women and the poor.
16 Feb 00
Philippines PRESIDENT SACKS JUSTICE SECRETARY AMID PRIEST'S KILLER CONTROVERSY
President Joseph Estrada dismissed his justice secretary three days after Church leaders met with the country's executive secretary to oppose the presidential pardon given a convicted priest killer.
16 Feb 00
UK NEW ARCHBISHOP OF WESTMINSTER
Bishop Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, Bishop of the English diocese of Arundel and Brighton since 1977, has been appointed Archbishop of Westminster.
16 Feb 00
Israel PALESTINIANS TO SIGN CATHOLIC DEAL
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat is set to sign an agreement that will give the Catholic church an official footing in Jerusalem.
16 Feb 00
Vatican COLOMBIA REBELS VISIT VATICAN
Colombian rebels and government officials visited the Vatican on Monday to seek the Catholic Church's help in ending their country's 36-year conflict.
16 Feb 00
Vatican POPE TO GIVE ROME CHURCH TO RUSSIAN ORTHODOX
Pope John Paul II plans to give a church in Rome to the Russian Patriarchy as part of the Vatican's Jubilee celebrations,
15 Feb 00
Vatican HOLY SEE, ARABS MAKE CHURCHES DEAL
The Vatican will sign an agreement with the Palestinian Authority on the status of Catholic churches in Jerusalem, an indication it recognises Palestinian claims to the contested city.
15 Feb 00
Ireland ARCHBISHOP SAYS DON'T GIVE UP ON PEACE
At a memorial service for people who disappeared during the Northern Ireland Troubles, the primate of Armagh's St Patrick's Cathedral, Archbishop Sean Brady, has urged people not to give up on the peace process.
15 Feb 00
China GOVT. ARRESTS ARCHBISHOP
Authorities have arrested an 80-year-old archbishop of China's underground Roman Catholic Church who had previously spent nearly three decades in prison, a monitoring group said yesterday.
15 Feb 00
East Timor BISHOP BELO SAYS HE IS NOT ANTI-INDONESIAN
Bishop Carlos Belo has denied an alleged accusation by Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid that he is anti-Indonesian.
15 Feb 00
India STATUES VANDALISED IN KERALA STATE
Church and political leaders in the state of Kerala have sought government action to check the growing vandalism of religious statues in the southern Indian state.
15 Feb 00
Media TV MASS GOES DIGITAL
'Mass For You At Home', the Ten Network's nationally televised Eucharist, is the first television program in Australia to go digital.
14 Feb 00
Vatican POPE COMFORTS SICK IN ST PETER SQUARE
Wheelchairs and stretchers filled St Peter's Square on Friday as Pope John Paul comforted the sick and anointed the dying at a special Holy Year service for the ill.
14 Feb 00
Vatican POMPEII EROTICA ANGERS VATICAN
The Vatican has condemned plans to let children as young as 11 see a collection of erotic art so sexually explicit that it has been locked away since being dug out of the volcanic ash of Mount Vesuvius at Pompeii three centuries ago.
14 Feb 00
Philippines TIMOR INDEPENDENCE LEADERS THANK PHILIPPINE CHURCH FOR SUPPORT
East Timor independence leaders Xanana Gusmao and Jose Ramos Horta have thanked the Church in the Philippines for support given during their struggle for independence.
14 Feb 00
Taiwan PRESIDENT CALLS ON VATICAN TO WORK FOR DEMOCRATIC MAINLAND
Taiwan President Lee Teng-hui says the Republic of China and the Vatican should join hands to strive for freedom and democracy in mainland China and other parts of the world.
14 Feb 00
Africa CONGOLESE REBELS REFUSE ARCHBISHOP
Raising tensions with the Catholic church, rebels in eastern Congo accused Archbishop Emmanuel Kataliko of collaborating with Congo's president and refused to let him into the region they control on Saturday.
14 Feb 00
USA BISHOP ASKS CLINTON TO PROPOSE A SUSPENSION OF FEDERAL EXECUTIONS
US Catholic Bishops conference President Bishop Joseph Fiorenza has urged President Clinton to propose a suspension of all federal executions.
14 Feb 00
USA PAGANS CALL FOR APOLOGY FROM CATHOLICS
A US pagan group has called on the Catholic Church to apologize for attacks on their spiritual ancestors, especially during the Inquisition, as part of apologies promised by Pope John Paul II during the Jubilee Year.
14 Feb 00
Vatican SEPTEMBER BEATIFICATION FOR JOHN XXIII, PIUX IX
The Vatican has confirmed that Popes Pius IX and John XXIII will be beatified on 3 September.
11 Feb 00
Africa FIRST SYNOD HELD IN HOLY LAND
The first synod ever held by the Catholic churches in the Holy Land opened Tuesday amid uncertainty about the future of the Christian minority in a predominantly Muslim region.
11 Feb 00
Africa CHURCH IN ZAMBIA INTERVENES AGAINST CORRUPTION
The Zambian Bishops' Conference this week called on the government to act to stem widespread corruption and injustice.
11 Feb 00
UK BRITAIN TO RETAIN BAN ON PROMOTING HOMOSEXUALITY IN SCHOOLS
Britain's House of Lords last night voted to retain Section 28, the so-called "anti-gay" law which forbids the promotion of homosexuality in schools.
11 Feb 00
UK HUME'S SUCCESSOR STILL A RUMOUR
Contrary to a report in a London sunday newspaper, the appointment of Bishop Cormac Murphy-O'Connor to succeed Cardinal Basil Hume as spiritual leader of Catholics in England and Wales, is still a rumour.
11 Feb 00
Vatican ARCHBISHOP HAILS JOURNALISTS' SOUL-SEARCHING AFTER AOL MERGER
The Vatican's top media official hailed evidence of professional soul-searching by many US journalists after the announced merger of America Online and Time Warner.
11 Feb 00
Guatemala SLAIN BISHOP'S AIDE ARRESTED
Authorities in Guatemala investigating the killing of a Catholic bishop two years ago have arrested a priest who worked as his assistant.
11 Feb 00
Europe KUNG SAYS CHURCH IN 'UNHEALTHY SITUATION'
Prominent theologian Hans Kung has said the shortage of priests, the estrangement of women and young people from the Catholic Church, and episcopal intimidation by the Roman Curia has put the church in a "very unhealthy situation."
10 Feb 00
Vatican PENTECOSTALS VISITING ROME
A group of African American Pentecostal Bishops is visiting the Vatican this week to take part in a three-day seminar at the Pontifical North American College, in an effort to 'recover some of the ancient traditions preserved by the Catholic Church'.
10 Feb 00
Vatican VATICAN BANKER ADDRESSES MORALITY OF STOCK MARKET
Only the money that one can afford to lose should be invested in the stock market, according to papal banker Angelo Caloia.
10 Feb 00
Africa CHILUBA ACTS TO CALM CHURCH ROW
President Frederick Chiluba of Zambia says he intends to meet leaders of the country's Catholic church to discuss their worries about the way the country is being run.
10 Feb 00
Ireland BISHOP OFFERS TO RECEIVE WEAPONS
The Catholic Bishop of Derry, Dr Seamus Hegarty, has offered to personally accept arms from the IRA in an attempt to end the deadlock over decommissioning.
10 Feb 00
USA DOUBTS AROUND VATICAN REQUIREMENT
An outspoken theologian has predicted most fellow theology professors at U.S. Catholic colleges will refuse to seek approval from their local bishop to teach, as required under new rules awaiting Vatican endorsement.
10 Feb 00
China GOVT DETAINS CATHOLIC BISHOP, PRIESTS
Chinese authorities have detained a bishop of the underground Roman Catholic church, three priests and a layperson for unspecified reasons, the Connecticut USA-based Cardinal Kung Foundation said on Monday.
10 Feb 00
East Timor EAST TIMORESE LEADERS SAY CHURCH SHOULD LEAD TRUTH COMMISSION
East Timorese leaders say forgiveness is vital to restoring their ravaged homeland, and they want the Catholic Church to take a lead by heading a South African-style truth commission.
9 Feb 00
Vatican INCREASE IN WORLDWIDE NUMBER OF PRIESTS
For the first time since 1978 there has been an increase in the number of priests, passing from 404,208 last year to 404,626 today.
9 Feb 00
Vatican POPE INAUGURATES NEW ENTRANCE TO VATICAN MUSEUMS
On Monday Pope John Paul II inaugurated the new entrance to the Vatican Museums, stressing the symbolic value of the doors as an indication of the Church's 'renewed desire to engage in dialogue with humanity through art and culture'.
9 Feb 00
Israel CHIEF RABBI: POPE MUST COME TO US
One of Israel's chief rabbis on Monday said that if the Pope wants to meet him during a March visit to the Holy Land, it must be on the rabbi's turf.
9 Feb 00
Canada CHURCH LEADERS DEMAND END TO 'HEAD TAX' ON IMMIGRANTS
Canadian church leaders demanded an end to a federal government 'head tax', saying it imposes heavy financial burdens on refugees and immigrants entering the country.
9 Feb 00
USA INMATES' ROSARIES CONFISCATED AS GANG SYMBOL
Inmates in Massachusetts' state prisons are not permitted to keep rosaries because prison officials say they are used as gang symbols, prompting one inmate to file suit saying his First Amendment rights have been violated.
9 Feb 00
Media NILE CONDEMNS MOVIE THAT OFFENDS CATHOLICS
A film dealing with Catholic Church teaching would be viewed by all Christians as blasphemous and offensive, New South Wales upper house MP Rev. Fred Nile said on Friday.
8 Feb 00
Vatican PAPAL PLEA TO REVIVE CULTURE OF PROCREATION
Pope John Paul II has urged Italians to have more babies to reverse the country's falling birth rate.
8 Feb 00
UK CATHOLIC REFORMER TO REPLACE HUME
67 year old Bishop Cormac Murphy-O'Connor has been named to succeed Cardinal Basil Hume as spiritual leader of the 4.1 million Catholics in England and Wales.
8 Feb 00
UK CARDINAL WINNING REACHES OUT TO LAPSED
Every Catholic family in Glasgow Archdiocese is to receive a personal letter from Scotland's Cardinal Thomas Winning inviting them to rediscover the power of God.
8 Feb 00
USA STATUE OF CHRIST RULED UNCONSTITUTIONAL
An US appeals court ruled on Friday that a statue of Christ standing on a patch of privately-owned land within a city park violates the separation of Church and State mandated by the 1st amendment.
8 Feb 00
India BISHOPS URGE PLURALITY FOR CHRISTIANS' SELF-PROTECTION
Indian Catholic bishops at a civic reception asked Christians to nurture the nation's cultural plurality to counter attacks on the Church and its mission.
8 Feb 00
Vatican 1.045 BILLION CATHOLICS WORLDWIDE
The Vatican on Saturday reported that the number of baptised Catholics worldwide is 1.045 billion.
7 Feb 00
Vatican POPE WELCOMES INDONESIAN LEADER
Pope John Paul II welcomed Indonesia's reformist president to the Vatican on Saturday, warmly greeting the leader who Indonesia's papal nuncio described as "a blessing to his country."
7 Feb 00
Vatican 'NO COMMENT YET' ON AUSTRIAN GOVERNMENT
The Holy See's Secretary of State Cardinal Angelo Sodano has left it to Austrian Catholics to comment on the morality of their new ruling coalition, the includes the xenophobic Freedom party.
7 Feb 00
UK HUME VETOED INQUIRY INTO FEMINIST NUN
The late Cardinal Basil Hume halted a Vatican investigation of the outspoken feminist theologian, Sister Lavinia Byrne, saying it would be harmful to the Church to silence her.
7 Feb 00
UK PRIEST RAPS "JUDASES" WHO LEAVE MASS EARLY
A Worcestershire, England, priest has admonished his parishioners who leave Sunday Mass before the end by reminding them that the traitor Judas was the first to leave the Last Supper.
7 Feb 00
Sri Lanka BISHOP SAYS TAMIL REBELS 'INTERESTED IN PEACE'
One of Sri Lanka's leading Catholic Bishops has said he is convinced the rebel Tamil Tigers will take part in any peace initiative.
7 Feb 00
Vatican DOCUMENT ADVISES CHURCH ON HOW TO CONFESS ITS OWN SINS
A Vatican document requested by Pope John Paul II has said that the Church must remember the sins of its past before reconciliation can take place.
4 Feb 00
France INVESTIGATION OF BISHOP BOUND BY CONFESSIONAL SEAL
A French magistrate has challenged the seal of the confessional by investigating a bishop for failing to advise police that a priest in his is diocese had molested children.
4 Feb 00
Italy PRIESTS INSTRUCTED TO DISCOURAGE MIXED MARRIAGES
The Italian Catholic hierarchy on Wednesday told priests they must attempt to convert non-Christian marriage partners to Christianity before allowing mixed marriages.
4 Feb 00
Philippines PARDON OF MISSIONARY'S ASSASSIN CAUSES OUTCRY
The Philippine Church has declared a day of protest following the pardon of the man convicted of killing an Italian missionary priest in 1985.
4 Feb 00
Philippines BISHOPS LAUNCH ANTI-PORN ISP
To counter the spread of pornography on the Internet, the Philippine bishops' conference has launched an Internet service provider that bars access to porn sites on the Web.
4 Feb 00
Africa ARCHBISHOP SAYS ANCESTORS NOT SUBSTITUTES FOR SAINTS
South Africa's Archbishop Buti Tlhagale has questioned the suggestion by some African Catholics that Christian saints are the same as ancestors in African cultures.
4 Feb 00
Social Welfare COMMISSION WORRIED ABOUT GOVT. HARD LINE ON UNEMPLOYED
The Australian Catholic Social Welfare Commission (ACSWC) has expressed concerns over Federal Government's recent announcement of a crackdown on the unemployed.
3 Feb 00
Social Welfare STATE FUNDS FOR ST VINCENT'S REDEVELOPMENT
NSW Premier Bob Carr promised $107 million worth of State funding for the major redevelopment of St Vincent's hospital.
3 Feb 00
Vatican PAPER CALLS FOR SILENCE ON POPE'S HEALTH
The official Vatican newspaper 'L'Osservatore Romano' has called on the press to end rumours and conjectures on the state of the Pope's health.
3 Feb 00
Italy ROME EXPECTS 4.5 MILLION PILGRIMS BY APRIL
Officials in Rome have estimated that about 4.5 million pilgrims to visit the city between now and April.
3 Feb 00
Vatican DISABLED CHILDREN TO RIDE IN JOHN XXIII'S CAR
Disabled children coming to Rome as pilgrims for the Jubilee will be able to visit major places in the Eternal City in Pope John XXIII's car.
3 Feb 00
Vatican VATICAN OPENS CONFESSION AREA NEAR ST. PETER'S FOR JUBILEE
Vatican officials equipped a special area off St. Peter's Square with confessionals for jubilee pilgrims.
3 Feb 00
Eastern Europe JOHN PAUL II NAMED "MAN OF THE YEAR" IN ROMANIA
On Tuesday, Romanian National Radio awarded John Paul II the title Man of the Year 1999.
3 Feb 00
Philippines ST. THERESE OF LISIEUX ON 'PILGRIMAGE' TO DEATH ROW
Relics of St Therese of Lisieux made a dramatic visit to death row in Muntinlupa, Philippines on Monday.
3 Feb 00
Marriage & Family MARRIAGE TOO EASY SAYS GOVT. MARRIAGE COUNCIL HEAD
It is now easier "to get a marriage licence than a driver's licence", according to a church welfare official who will head a new Federal Government revamp of marriage education courses.
2 Feb 00
China GOVT CRACKS DOWN ON FAITHFUL CATHOLICS
Dozens of Chinese priests and bishops belonging to the underground Catholic Church have been arrested by police in the last few months.
2 Feb 00
USA ANTI-CATHOLIC PREJUDICE FALLOUT WORRIES REPUBLICANS
Republican leaders who snubbed a Catholic priest in the choice for a new chaplain for the House of Congress have been accused of anti-Catholic bias that could have political repercussions.
2 Feb 00
Vatican POPE OPENS NEW VATICAN PARKING LOT
In the presence of civil and ecclesiastical authorities, Pope John Paul visited and inaugurated a new underground parking lot for tourist busses and cars which was built on Janiculum Hill for the Jubilee Year.
2 Feb 00
Indonesia JAVA CHURCHES ATTACKED AFTER RALLY
A Christian rally intended to express solidarity with Muslims in the riot-torn Maluku islands has resulted in attacks on churches.
2 Feb 00
USA ORDERS' WEBSITES DOUBLE IN TWO YEARS
A research project dubbed "Holy Cyberspace" has found that the number of websites of religious congregations in the US roughly doubled in two years and will continue to grow rapidly in the near future.
2 Feb 00
Vatican POPE TO DISCUSS EAST TIMOR WITH INDONESIAN LEADER
Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid will meet with Pope John Paul II at the Vatican on Saturday.
1 Feb 00
Italy JUBILEE PREOCCUPATION BLAMED FOR ROME HOMELESS DEATHS
Nine homeless people have died of exposure in Rome since the Holy Year began on Christmas Eve, causing charities and churches to scramble to help the needy and blame an excessive focus on restoring the city's architectural wonders for the Jubilee.
1 Feb 00
Italy SHROUD BOOKINGS ON NET
Pilgrims and tourists eager to see the famed Shroud of Turin can now make reservations on the world wide web.
1 Feb 00
Vatican POPE PRAYS FOR LEPERS ON WORLD LEPROSY DAY
On Sunday Pope John Paul marked World Leprosy Day with a prayer for sufferers of the centuries-old affliction.
1 Feb 00
UK SCOTTISH STUDENT FUND TRUST BARS CATHOLICS
Glasgow University yesterday defended itself against claims that it is advertising an educational trust which bans applications from Catholics.
1 Feb 00
India BISHOPS DEBATE SCHOOL FOR POLITICIANS
India's Catholic Bishops Conference has considered political formation of the laity as an coordinated response to the more than 200 attacks on Christians in the past two years.
1 Feb 00
Burma MIRACLE CLAIMS FOLLOWING VIRGIN STATUE'S VISIT
Pilgrims from villages and towns around Rangoon have said that some of their ailments have disappeared miraculously after praying during the 22 day visit from Portugal of the statue of Our Lady of Fatima.
1 Feb 00
Vatican POPE JOHN XXIII MIRACLE APPROVED
The Vatican on Thursday approved the final step necessary for the beatification of Pope John XXIII, crediting him with curing an Italian nun of severe bleeding and infection.
31 Jan 00
Vatican POPE SAYS INTER-RELIGIOUS DIALOGUE MUST NOT OBSCURE TRUTH OF CHRISTIANITY
Pope John Paul II has asserted the fundamental truth of Christian revelation, insisting that truths held by other faiths do not complement the truth of Christ.
31 Jan 00
Vatican HOLY SEE URGES RETHINK OF GAY PRIDE FESTIVAL
Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Angelo Sodano, said on Friday he hoped authorities would reconsider staging a big gay festival in Rome this year.
31 Jan 00
Israel GOVT. FEARS SHRINE DISASTER
The Israeli government has issued a warning that the Church of the Holy Sepulchre faces impending disaster because rival church leaders have failed to reach agreement on opening an emergency exit in time for the Pope's forthcoming visit to the Holy Land.
31 Jan 00
USA SOCIALITE EXPECTED TO BECOME SAINT
A 19th century Philadelphia socialite who used her multimillion-dollar inheritance to found a religious order is expected to become the US Church's fourth saint, church officials said on Thursday.
31 Jan 00
USA AIDS TOLL ON PRIESTS UNDERSTATED: REPORT
AIDS has quietly caused the deaths of hundreds of Catholic priests in the United States although other causes may be listed on some of their death certificates, The Kansas City Star reported on the weekend.
31 Jan 00
South Korea CATHOLICS PROTEST 'UNFIT' POLITICIANS
Catholic and other religious groups have decided to join a movement that aims to oust "unfit" politicians from South Korea's National Assembly in the 13 April general election.
31 Jan 00
North Korea VATICAN DELEGATION BRINGS AID
Vatican officials who paid a humanitarian visit to North Korea at the end of last year were allowed free movement around the country, the Vatican's Fides news agency has said.
31 Jan 00