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Brisbane APPROVAL FOR MORE DEACONS
Archbishop John Bathersby of Brisbane has appproved an archdiocesan program to train permanent deacons.
31 Mar 00
Vatican POPE SAYS HOLY LAND TRIP 'UNFORGETTABLE'
Pope John Paul said on Wednesday he was unable to express the joy he felt in his heart for his historic pilgrimage to the Holy Land last week, describing it as an `unforgettable experience.'
31 Mar 00
Vatican POPE OFFERS SOLIDARITY DURING STALLED NEGOTIATIONS WITH KIDNAPPERS
Pope John Paul II devoted time during his weekly general audience to express solidarity with people in the southern Philippines where a Muslim extremist group has reportedly threatened to kill Christian hostages.
31 Mar 00
Vatican WAS ROMERO KILLED FOR HIS FAITH OR HIS POLITICS?
Experts of the Vatican Congregation for the Causes of Saints are currently assessing whether the former Archbishop of San Salvador was assassinated in 1980 out of hatred for the faith ("in odium fidei"), or for strictly political reasons.
31 Mar 00
El Salvador JESUITS SEEK REOPENING OF 1989 MURDER INVESTIGATION
The Jesuits in El Salvador are formally asking for a reopening of the inquiry into the murder of six Jesuits at the Central American University and their cleaning woman and her daughter, which took place on 16 November 1989.
31 Mar 00
Marriage
& Family
DIOCESAN OFFICER PROMOTES ADOPTION AS ABORTION ALTERNATIVE
Adoption is not a dirty word and should be resurrected as a valid alternative to abortion, according to Adelaide Diocesan Care for Life Committee project officer, Ms Jill Hutt.
30 Mar 00
Vatican PONTIFICAL COMMISSION FOR CULTURAL GOODS MEETING IN ROME
Fyodor Dostoevski's phrase, 'Beauty will save the world', is the focus of the three-day Plenary Assembly of the Church's Pontifical Commission for Cultural Goods, which began in Rome yesterday.
30 Mar 00
Israel SURVEY CONFIRMS PAPAL VISIT IMPROVED CHURCH'S APPROVAL RATING IN ISRAEL
The Israeli public's views on the Catholic Church and Christianity improved considerably as a result of Pope John Paul II's visit to the Holy Land, according to a survey published on Tuesday.
30 Mar 00
USA ETHICIST PANS OSCAR WINNER'S PRO-ABORTION SYMPATHIES
A respected Catholic commentator has criticised the sympathetic treatment given to abortion in the Oscar-winning movie `The Cider House Rules'.
30 Mar 00
USA PRIEST PLANS TO PAY LAWBREAKERS TO LISTEN TO GOD'S WORD
Fr Michael Pfleger plans to pay prostitutes and drug dealers to listen to the Gospel.
30 Mar 00
Colombia NUN IN MURDER PROBE
A Colombian nun has been arrested in connection with the murder of another nun, whose burned and mutilated body was found by the side of a road outside the capital, Bogota.
30 Mar 00
Vatican SPOKESMAN 'PLEASANTLY SURPRISED' BY ISRAELI PRESS
After Pope John Paul II's visit to Israel, Vatican spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls expressed surprise that the Holy Father had successfully 'won over' the Israeli press.
29 Mar 00
Religious HISTORIAN LINKS CANING WITH SEXUAL ABUSE
Australian historian Brother Barry Coldrey CFC, has attributed sexual abuse in Christian Brothers institutions to widespread corporal punishment that was part of a culture of violence engendered by post-war economic hardship.
29 Mar 00
Canada DISCRIMINATION IN EDUCATION FUNDING CONCERNS UN
The United Nations Human Rights Commission has summoned the Canadian ambassador to give account for Ontario's refusal to fund non-Catholic religious schools in the province.
29 Mar 00
Russia CATHOLIC LEADERS UNSURE WHAT PUTIN WILL DO FOR RELIGION
Catholic leaders in Russia say it is unclear what the administration of newly elected president Vladimir Putin will mean for religious minorities like the Catholic Church.
29 Mar 00
Singapore CHURCH PROTESTS TREATMENT OF FILIPINO DOMESTIC HELPERS
Singapore Archdiocese's Commission for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People has sent a six-point petition to the Philippine government urging it to improve the welfare of Filipino domestic workers.
29 Mar 00
Social Justice AUSTRALIA FACES YEAR OF SCRUTINY ON RIGHTS
The executive officer of Melbourne's Catholic Commission for Justice, Development and Peace, Ms Liz Curran, has indicated that the Human Rights Register it will release in June will contain many further allegations of injustices over mandatory sentencing, prison overcrowding, treatment of refugees and indigenous living conditions.
28 Mar 00
Social Justice BISHOP APPEALS TO PAKISTAN'S MILITARY LEADER ON RELIGIOUS MINORITIES
Chairman of the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council, Bishop Kevin Manning, yesterday wrote to Pakistan's military leader, General Pervaiz Musharaf, urging him to act more decisively to protect religious minorities.
28 Mar 00
Industrial
Relations
NSW CATHOLIC SCHOOL TEACHERS PLAN TWO-DAY STRIKE
Catholic and public schools across New South Wales could be hit by a two-day strike under a joint attack on the state government over its treatment of teachers.
28 Mar 00
Vatican POPE RETURNS TO ROME AFTER VISIT TO HOLY LAND
Pope John Paul returned to Rome on Sunday evening at the end of his week-long pilgrimage to the Holy Land.
28 Mar 00
Poland DEBUT OF 'ANTI-CLERICAL' WEEKLY
A 33 year old former priest, Roman Korlinski, is about to launch a glossy weekly titled Fakty i Mity (Facts and Myths), which promises to be 'anti-clerical and full of scandals'.
28 Mar 00
India PARISH TO ATONE FOR VIOLENCE DURING BISHOP'S ORDINATION MASS
A cathedral parish in southern India plans to observe a day of fasting and prayer this week as reparation for the violence that took place at the ordination of their new bishop.
28 Mar 00
Israel POPE VISITS HOLIEST SITES
Pope John Paul II is visiting the most sacred sites in Jerusalem at the climax of his week-long pilgrimage to the Holy Land.
27 Mar 00
Philippines ESTRADA DECLARES DEATH PENALTY MORATORIUM FOR JUBILEE
Philippine President Joseph Estrada has said his government will observe a moratorium on all executions this year as part of an agreement with the country's Catholic bishops, as a Jubilee Year gesture.
27 Mar 00
UN FEMINISTS WANT CATHOLIC TEACHING DECLARED 'CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY'
A coalition of feminist groups want the United Nations' new International Criminal Court to declare the Catholic Church's teaching on abortion a 'crime against humanity.
27 Mar 00
UK TV CARTOON SERIES LAMPOONS POPE AS RETARDED JOKER
A British television cartoon which lampoons the Pope as a man with an emotional age of seven has drawn criticism from the Church.
27 Mar 00
El Salvador SALVADOREANS REMEMBER ARCHBISHOP OSCAR ROMERO
The Catholic Church in El Salvador has been remembering one of its most famous and controversial leaders, Archbishop Oscar Romero, who was murdered 20 years ago.
27 Mar 00
Uganda GRIEVED BISHOPS CONDEMN MASS 'SUICIDE'
As further details emerged which suggest a mass murder rather than suicide, Uganda's Catholic bishops have expressed profound grief and firm condemnation at what they describe as the 'loss of such immensity of human life in the infamous Kanungu mass suicide', ten days ago in Uganda.
27 Mar 00
China YOUNG PRIEST ORDAINED BISHOP OF CANGZHOU
A young priest just ordained bishop of Cangzhou (Xianxian), a diocese in the government-approved 'open' Church in Hebei province with many Catholics and vocations, has expressed his desire to raise the standard of clerics and nuns in the diocese.
27 Mar 00
USA THEOLOGIAN SAYS PAPACY WILL NEVER RELINQUISH GLOBAL ROLE
Respected Jesuit theologian Fr Avery Dulles has said the expanded global role exercised by the papacy in recent times has been necessary to meet the conditions of the modern world.
27 Mar 00
Germany PRESIDENT ATTACKS 'RIGID' RATZINGER
President Johannes Rau of Germany has launched an unprecedented attack on Catholic educational policy in his country, calling it too rigid and blaming Cardinal Josef Ratzinger, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in Rome.
27 Mar 00
Israel POPE PRAYS AT JESUS' BIRTHPLACE
"Bethlehem is the heart of my pilgrimage," Pope John Paul II proclaimed with trembling emotion at an outdoor Mass in Manger Square attended by Yasser Arafat, who was sitting in the front row clutching a prayer book in his hands.
24 Mar 00
UK ROAD TO UNITY IS ONE WITH NO EXIT - NEW ARCHBISHOP
The new leader of Catholics in England and Wales, Archbishop Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, emphasised Christian unity in his sermon at his installation on Wednesday in Westminster Cathedral.
24 Mar 00
USA SISTER PREJEAN LEADS VIGIL AS TEXAS EXECUTES KILLER
Houston area Christians gathered with death-penalty opponent Sister Helen Prejean in a vigil for a convicted killer who was executed last week as they prayed.
24 Mar 00
Philippines CHURCH OFFICIALS CALL FOR VIGILANCE AS PRIEST KILLER'S PARDON RECALLED
The bishop of a slain priest's diocese has thanked Philippine President Joseph Estrada for canceling the pardon of the priest's killer but warns of an 'apparent resurgence of vigilante groups'.
24 Mar 00
Mission CATHOLIC MISSION LOOKS TO FUTURE OF MOZAMBIQUE
Beyond emergency funding, the international Catholic Mission office is planning long-term aid projects in Mozambique, particularly to repair or replace damaged social structures, pastoral centres and churches.
24 Mar 00
Mexico ATTEMPT TO POISON MEXICAN CARDINAL CONFIRMED
The Archdiocese of Guadalajara finally recognised what for months has been a claim of several local papers: that the intestinal crisis that forced the hospitalization of Cardinal Juan Sandoval Iniguez last year was the consequence of an attempt to poison the archbishop.
24 Mar 00
Liberia GOVT LIFTS RADIO BAN
The government in Liberia has lifted its ban on a Catholic radio station and says the suspension of a second radio station will be resolved through diplomatic channels.
24 Mar 00
Social Justice CHURCH'S CRIME STUDY VINDICATED
A Criminal Justice Commission report released last week has vindicated a joint study released earlier this month by Brisbane's Catholic Justice and Peace Commission and Catholic Prison Ministry.
23 Mar 00
Israel POPE CALLS FOR PALESTINIAN HOMELAND
Pope John Paul II has made an impassioned plea for a Palestinian homeland, at the start of his visit to Bethlehem.
23 Mar 00
Uganda MAY PAPAL VISIT TO FATIMA CONFIRMED
Pope John Paul II will travel to Fatima on 13 May for the beatification of two of the three children to whom the Virgin Mary appeared there in 1917, the Vatican has confirmed.
23 Mar 00
Uganda MISSIONARY TELLS OF AUSTRALIAN LINK TO SUICIDE CULT
The millenarian Kanungu Movement, responsible for last Friday's mass suicide in Uganda, had links with a group in Australia, an Italian missionary has told the Rome-based MISNA missionary news agency.
23 Mar 00
India CHURCH GROUPS HAVE MIXED FEELINGS ABOUT CLINTON VISIT
US President Bill Clinton's visit to India has drawn mixed reactions from Church people and voluntary groups.
23 Mar 00
Marriage
& Family
RELIGION GOOD FOR MARRIAGE, RESEARCHER SAYS
"Religion is good for marriage," US researcher Michael Lawler said last week at a meeting on ministry to interchurch marriages.
23 Mar 00
Scotland NEW DIET RESEARCH REINFORCES PREJUDICE AGAINST CATHOLICS
New research says Catholics in Scotland have a far more unhealthy diet than the rest of the population, but a spokesman for the Church in Scotland said such findings only serve to deepen prejudices.
23 Mar 00
Adelaide EMERITUS ARCHBISHOP DIES
South Australia's Catholic community is mourning the death of one its most respected former leaders, Archbishop James Gleeson, who died of a heart attack yesterday morning, aged 79.
22 Mar 00
Jordan POPE PLEAS FOR MIDDLE EAST UNITY
After arriving in Jordan, Pope John Paul II has appealed for unity, solidarity and justice in the region.
22 Mar 00
Vatican HOLY SEE DOWNPLAYS SMALL CUT ON POPE'S FOREHEAD
Vatican officials told reporters on Sunday that a small cut on the forehead of Pope John Paul II was 'no reason for concern'.
22 Mar 00
Pakistan NUN SLAIN IN KARACHI CONVENT
A 78 year old Franciscan Missionary of Mary has died after being brutally stabbed by intruders with alleged religious motives.
22 Mar 00
Philippines REBELS TAKES HOSTAGES AT CATHOLIC SCHOOLS
Muslim rebels took more than 50 people hostage on Monday, including dozens of students and a priest at two Catholic high schools.
22 Mar 00
Vatican PONTIFICAL COUNCIL CONDEMNS GAY MARRIAGE RESOLUTION
On Friday, the Pontifical Council for the Family condemned the European parliamentary resolution passed on Thursday affirming the need to recognise same-sex marriages.
22 Mar 00
India VIOLENCE DISRUPTS BISHOP'S ORDINATION
Three priests and several laypeople were injured in police action after some 500 people disrupted an episcopal ordination on Sunday in the southern Indian state of Karnataka.
22 Mar 00
East Timor AID ENTICES EAST TIMORESE REFUGEES TO PROTESTANTISM
Hundreds of East Timorese Catholic refugees in western Timor have become Protestants after receiving material assistance from Protestant donors.
21 Mar 00
East Timor BISHOP BELO URGES STUDY OF INDIGENOUS RELIGION
In a move to strengthen pastoral ministry in East Timor, Bishop Carlos Belo has called for research on native religious traditions and practices.
21 Mar 00
Taiwan NEW PRESIDENT A NEW HOPE FOR TAIWAN, BISHOPS SAY
Taiwan's Catholic bishops have called on newly elected President Chen Shui-bian to foster reconciliation and peace with mainland China and to build up a new society.
21 Mar 00
Vatican PAPAL VISIT TO HOLY LAND INSPIRED 'ONLY BY RELIGIOUS MOTIVES'
Speaking in St Peter's Square on Sunday, Pope John Paul II emphasised that his pilgrimage, which began yesterday, 'is inspired only in religious motives', and has nothing to do with political issues.
21 Mar 00
USA NEW YORK POLICE INVESTIGATE CHURCH VANDALISM
New York police are investigating a wave of vandalism in Brooklyn Catholic churches and institutions.
21 Mar 00
Liberia GOVT CLOSES CATHOLIC RADIO STATION
The Liberian government shut down two radio stations this week, including one operated by the Catholic Church, citing public security concerns.
21 Mar 00
UK SCOTTISH CARDINAL BACKS THE VATICAN OVER GAYS
The leader of Scotland's Catholics, Cardinal Thomas Winning, gave his backing on Sunday to a Vatican warning that Catholic legislators must not give gay relationships equal status with marriage.
21 Mar 00
Social Justice CATHOLIC BODY CONDEMNS WA GOVT'S DEATH PENALTY PLANS
The Broome Diocesan Office of Justice, Ecology & Peace has condemned the WA Premier's support for bringing back the death penalty to Western Australia.
20 Mar 00
Aid &
Development
CARITAS BANGLADESH LEADER CALLS ATTENTION TO STRUCTURAL INJUSTICE
While acknowledging the importance of emergency responses to material poverty, Caritas Bangladesh Director Francis Sarker told a Sydney audience that structural injustices that create poverty need to be addressed.
20 Mar 00
Aid &
Development
CATHOLIC AID AGENCIES NO LONGER CATHOLIC
The President of the Pontifical Council 'Cor Unum' has accused a US Catholic agency, represented in many countries, of working against the interests of the local Churches.
20 Mar 00
Israel AID TO THE CHURCH IN NEED PUBLISHES CATECHISM IN ARABIC
On the occasion of the Pope's trip to Israel, the international organisation Aid to the Church in Need is publishing its catechism, "I Believe," in Arabic.
20 Mar 00
Vatican POPE QUESTIONS SANCTIONS AGAINST IRAQ
Pope John Paul has expressed concern about the effects of international sanctions against Iraq, implicitly criticising their impact on women, children and the elderly.
20 Mar 00
Vatican VIETNAMESE ARCHBISHOP GUIDES POPE'S RETREAT
A Vatican-based Vietnamese archbishop who was jailed for 13 years in a Vietnam prison conducted the Lenten retreat for Pope John Paul II and his aides, which concluded yesterday.
20 Mar 00
Bolivia JUDGE MAY BE EXCOMMUNICATED FOR ORDERING ABORTION
A judge who ordered doctors to perform an abortion for a 12-year-old girl after she was raped by her stepfather may be excommunicated by his local bishop, according to the Bolivian bishops' conference on Thursday.
20 Mar 00
Canada VATICAN OFFICIAL SPARKS OUTRAGE WITH ANTI-JEWISH REMARK
The Vatican official overseeing the canonisation of Pope Pius XII has reopened old wounds by saying to a Canadian TV interviewer: "It is a fact that the Jews have killed Christ. This is an undeniable historical fact."
20 Mar 00
Vatican HOLY SEE TO CONSIDER CANONISATION OF REFORMER DOROTHY DAY
The Holy See on Thursday agreed to consider whether to grant sainthood to Dorothy Day, heroine of the Catholic left, journalist, anarchist and pacifist, ignoring objections from church traditionalists and possibly Day's own wishes.
20 Mar 00
Social Justice TAB BUS SHELTER BLITZ "SOCIALLY IRRESPONSIBLE"
The head of Adelaide's Centacare Catholic family services has warned that the TAB is sending a wrong and socially irresponsible message with its latest advertising blitz portraying gambling as a "stable income".
17 Mar 00
Israel POPE TO STOP NEAR JERICHO
It is believed Pope John Paul II will not accept an invitation from Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat to visit Jericho. But he will make a short, quiet visit to a site near the ancient town-- the reputed site of Christ's baptism.
17 Mar 00
Sierra Leone 212 CHILD SOLDIERS HANDED OVER TO CARITAS
Over the last few days, the rebels of the United Revolutionary Front of Sierra Leone have handed over 212 "child soldiers" to Caritas in the Makeni diocese.
17 Mar 00
Italy TESTS SHOW SHROUD IS NOT A PAINTING
The Shroud of Turin acquired its human image from a person's body, scientists said on Wednesday.
17 Mar 00
UK SALVADORAN CHURCH OFFICIAL HOPES ROMERO WILL BE BEATIFIED SOON
A Salvadoran church official and admirer of the late Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar A. Romero has predicted that he will soon be beatified, but a Vatican official said it won't happen this year.
17 Mar 00
Diary HOMELESSNESS CONFERENCE FOR SOUTH AUSTRALIA
South Australia is hosting its first State Homelessness Conference, which concludes today at the Mineral Foundation, Glenside.
17 Mar 00
Social Justice CATHOLIC CALL FOR JUSTICE SYSTEM REFORM
Brisbane's Catholic Justice and Peace Commission and Catholic Prison Ministry have called on the State Government to consider an alternative justice system that moves away from reliance on prisons.
16 Mar 00
National BISHOPS' APOLOGY SETS COMMUNITY EXAMPLE
The Australian Council of Churches has commended the Australian Bishops' statement of repentance as an 'evangelical example for all Churches to follow'.
16 Mar 00
Vatican OFFICIAL SAYS POPE'S APOLOGY AIDS MISSIONARY EFFORTS
Apologising for the past improper methods of spreading the Gospel strengthens the church's credibility, according to a top Vatican missionary official.
16 Mar 00
UN BID TO KEEP VATICAN UN SEAT
Pro-life and religious groups from around the world are launching a new campaign in support of the Vatican to counter efforts to review the Holy See's unique and influential status at the United Nations.
16 Mar 00
China GOVERNMENT DENOUNCES LATE CARDINAL KUNG
The Chinese government has criticised the late Cardinal Ignatius Kung (Gong) Pinmei of Shanghai of 'doing many things outside China that were harmful to the Chinese people'.
16 Mar 00
India HINDU GROUP THREATENS TO INSTALL IDOLS INSIDE CHURCH
Christians in southern India view a Hindu group's threat to install idols in churches as part of a strategy to take over Church property.
16 Mar 00
China GOVERNMENT ARRESTS 16 CHRISTIANS
The Chinese government arrested 16 members of a Christian group in a crackdown on underground churches earlier this month, according to a human rights group on Monday.
15 Mar 00
Vatican DONATING ORGANS IS ALWAYS AN 'ACT OF LOVE'
Donation of organs cannot be obligatory, because it is an 'action of human love that gives life in favor of others', according to the President of the Pontifical Council for Pastoral Assistance to Health Care workers, Archbishop Javier Lozano Barragan.
15 Mar 00
Israel OLD FEMALE FRIEND TOO ILL TO MEET POPE
Illness has caused an old female friend of the Pope to cancel her planned meeting with Pope John Paul II in Israel next week.
15 Mar 00
USA ARCHBISHOP SAYS MEDIA PICK ON PRIESTS
The recent Kansas City Star series on AIDS in the priesthood is part of a wider effort by some media to "put the priesthood in an unfavorable light," according to Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan of Santa Fe.
15 Mar 00
USA SOME BISHOPS GIVE DISPENSATION FOR ST PATRICK'S DAY
St. Patrick's Day has traditionally been a time for Irish-Americans to indulge in big plates of corned beef and cabbage, but this year it falls on a Friday in Lent, when Catholics are encouraged to abstain from eating meat.
15 Mar 00
Vatican POPE SADDENED BY MINING CATASTROPHE IN UKRAINE
John Paul II has sent a message of condolence and expressed his closeness to the families of 81 miners who died in an explosion, and of 200 who survived the tragedy in the Ukrainian region of Lugansk.
15 Mar 00
National RELIGIOUS SUPERIOR SAYS TELSTRA DECISION ERODING THE 'COMMON GOOD'
President of the Australian Conference of Leaders of Religious Institutes, Sr Margaret Cassidy, has criticised Telstra, regretting the apparent disappearance of the notion of the 'common good' in our nation.
14 Mar 00
Reconciliation POPE SHOWS THE WAY FOR HOWARD'S APOLOGY: BEAZLEY
Federal Opposition leader Kim Beazley has used the example of Pope John Paul II to challenge the Prime Minister to make a formal apology to indigenous Australians.
14 Mar 00
National CLANCY EXPECTS WIDE ANALYSIS OF POPE'S APOLOGY
The Church expects wide debate within the community over the Pope's decision to express contrition for the church's sins of the past, according to President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, Cardinal Edward Clancy.
14 Mar 00
Vatican RABBIS SAY POPE'S APOLOGY NOT ENOUGH
Jewish leaders have welcomed the Pope's apologies for the past misdeeds of the Catholic church - but expressed disappointment that he did not make specific mention of the church's role during the Holocaust.
14 Mar 00
USA LEADING CHINESE CATHOLIC DISSIDENT DIES
The Chinese Catholic cleric Cardinal Ignatius Kung, best known for his resistance to China's attempts to control the Catholic church, has died in the United States aged 98.
14 Mar 00
Canada 'FEMINISTS' VANDALISE MONTREAL CATHEDRAL
On International Women's Day last week, a group of feminist activists vandalised the Cathedral in Montreal.
14 Mar 00
USA BISHOPS ORGANISE 'SINGLES' JUBILEE
The US Episcopal Conference has organised a Jubilee Day for Single People on 27 April.
14 Mar 00
Sydney CARDINAL SAYS SORRY TO 'STOLEN GENERATION'
Archbishop of Sydney Cardinal Edward Clancy yesterday did what Australian Prime Minister John Howard has failed to do when he said sorry to the Aboriginal 'stolen generation'.
13 Mar 00
Vatican POPE APOLOGISES FOR CHURCH SINS
The Pope has publicly asked for forgiveness for the sins of the Catholic Church throughout the ages.
13 Mar 00
Vatican MISSIONARIES WARN ON CANONISATION PLANS
The Vatican's decision to canonise 120 Catholics martyred in China challenges Beijing to expand religious freedom and could raise tensions, the Vatican's Fides missionary news service said on Saturday.
13 Mar 00
Israel PROTESTS THREATEN POPE'S HOLY LAND TOUR
The Holy Father will spend this week gearing up for his long-awaited and potentially controversial visit to the Holy Land.
13 Mar 00
Chile BISHOPS ASK PINOCHET COOPERATION IN HUMAN RIGHTS LAWSUITS
Health permitting, Chile's ex-dictator, General Augusto Pinochet, should cooperate with authorities investigating human rights lawsuits against him, said the Chilean bishops.
13 Mar 00
El Salvador ARCHBISHOP SAYS VOTING CHRISTIAN DUTY
Archbishop Fernando Saenz Lacalle of San Salvador called Salvadoran Catholics to participate in legislative elections as a sign of 'Christian responsibility'.
13 Mar 00
Guatemala PRIEST CHARGED AGAIN IN BISHOP DEATH
After nearly two years of investigation, Guatemalan authorities on Friday again charged a priest with the death of Bishop Juan Gerardi, a human rights leader.
13 Mar 00
Italy CHURCH MUST BE FISHER OF MEN ON NET - BISHOPS
Jesus showed the way. Now the Catholic Church must become a fisher of men on the Internet, the Italian Bishops' Conference said on Thursday.
13 Mar 00
Brisbane RETURN TO MASS SAYS ARCHBISHOP
Archbishop John Bathersby has called the people of Brisbane Archdiocese back to Mass and to a fuller understanding of its significance.
10 Mar 00
USA CHURCH INSTRUMENTAL IN CALIFORNIAN REJECTION OF GAY MARRIAGE
Following intensive campaigning by churches, Californian voters have backed a pre-emptive move to ban official recognition of gay marriages.
10 Mar 00
UK VOTERS OPPOSE LIFTING OF BAN ON PROMOTION OF GAY LIFESTYLE
The Catholic Church in Britain is gratified by survey results that reveal the majority of voters oppose the lifting of a ban which prohibits promotion of the homosexual lifestyle in schools.
10 Mar 00
Spain CARDINAL URGES RECIPROCITY IN RELATIONSHIP WITH ISLAM
Cardinal Ricard Maria Carles of Barcelona denounced in a recent pastoral message the lack of reciprocity in the relationship between the Church and Islam.
10 Mar 00
Vatican POPE JOHN PAUL MARKS ASH WEDNESDAY
Pope John Paul II, marking Ash Wednesday, urged that gestures of solidarity to victims of hunger, violence and injustice accompany traditional Lenten fasting and other personal sacrifices.
10 Mar 00
Italy SICILIAN PRIEST POINTS FINGER AT MAFIA BOSSES
A Palermo priest has called from the pulpit on members of the Mafia to “convert” and follow the way of Christ, writes Bruce Johnston in Rome.
10 Mar 00
USA THREE CHARGED WITH FALSE SEX-ABUSE CLAIMS
Three people, including a mother and son, pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to charges that they fabricated claims of sexual abuse against an ex-priest accused of sexually molesting scores of children over four decades.
10 Mar 00
Reconciliation CHURCH OFFICE QUESTIONS PM'S RECONCILIATION BACKDOWN RATIONALE
The Broome Diocesan Social Justice office has responded with scepticism to the Prime Minister's capitalising on research which concludes that Australians do not favour a formal apology to indigenous Australians and are ambivalent about the process of reconciliation itself.
9 Mar 00
Queensland BISHOPS URGE CULT MEMBERS TO QUIT
Queensland's Catholic bishops have issued a joint statement urging Catholics to break all ties with the controversial Magnificat Meal Movement based at Helidon in the Toowoomba diocese.
9 Mar 00
Vatican POPE PLANS APOLOGY FOR CHURCH'S SINS
Fulfilling a major goal of his papacy, Pope John Paul II plans to deliver a historic, sweeping apology for the sins of Roman Catholics over the centuries, Vatican officials.
9 Mar 00
Israel GOVT RELEASES POPE'S PLANS FOR HOLY LAND TOUR
Pope John Paul II will celebrate Mass in several locations that are considered significant in the life of Jesus Christ, according to a tentative itinerary the Israeli government issued on Tuesday.
9 Mar 00
Europe BISHOPS LOBBY EUROPEAN UNION ON TREATIES
EU treaty changes which would uphold a right to life from conception and make both abortion and euthanasia illegal have been proposed by Europe's Catholic bishops to a convention responsible for drafting an EU charter of fundamental rights. Human cloning would also be banned.
9 Mar 00
National CARDINAL CLANCY ADMITS SINS OF AUSTRALIAN CHURCH
The Jubilee is an occasion for the Church to look at its own failings, according to Sydney's Archbishop Edward Clancy.
8 Mar 00
Taiwan VATICAN COULD SWITCH RECOGNITION FROM TAIPEI TO BEIJING
The Vatican is expected to switch diplomatic recognition from Taiwan to China 'very soon', it was reported yesterday in Taipei.
8 Mar 00
Hong Kong CATHOLICS DEMAND ACTION ON HUMAN RIGHTS
Hong Kong diocese's Justice and Peace Commission has asked Chinese authorities to improve the human rights situation in mainland China and release all religious and political prisoners.
8 Mar 00
Vatican TESTS SAID TO LINK TURIN SHROUD TO ISRAEL, JORDAN
New scientific tests on the Shroud of Turin link the relic to the area of Israel or Jordan, a church committee said Monday.
8 Mar 00
Vatican CARDINAL SAYS BOFF'S IDEAS STILL EXIST, 15 YEARS AFTER SILENCING
15 years after the Vatican silenced a Brazilian theologian for holding that the one true church can exist outside the Catholic Church, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger said the idea continues to circulate.
8 Mar 00
Sierra Leone REBEL ABDUCTIONS MAY HALT AID WORK
If rebel abductions of aid workers and UN peacekeepers in Sierra Leone continue, the Catholic Church's local charitable agency may suspend operations, said a Caritas official.
8 Mar 00
Diary CHRISTIANS TO MARCH TOGETHER SEEKING FORGIVENESS
More than 4000 banner carrying Christians representing seven Christian denominations will march together through Brisbane streets tonight.
8 Mar 00
Social
Justice
PUNISHING BOAT PEOPLE CONCERNS CHURCH BODIES
Two organisations within the Australian Catholic Church have called for a fair go for so called illegal boat people, saying that government authorities should penalise 'people smugglers', and not their victims.
7 Mar 00
East Timor POLITICAL PIRATES DAMAGE EAST TIMOR CATHOLIC RADIO STATION
Political leader Xanana Gusmao and Bishop Carlos Belo have made a joint plea for peaceful dialogue following a serious security incident that took place on Friday night at the Dili studios of Radio Timor Kmanek.
7 Mar 00
Aid &
Devel.
TIM FISCHER TO LAUNCH PROJECT COMPASSION
Former Deputy Prime Minister Tim Fischer will today launch Project Compassion, Caritas Australia's annual lenten appeal for impoverished communities in the Pacific, Asia, Africa and Latin American regions.
7 Mar 00
Uganda UGANDA REBELS KIDNAP MISSIONARIES
Two Italian missionaries were abducted by Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebels in northern Uganda on Saturday but released again within hours.
7 Mar 00
USA SUDANESE BISHOP DENOUNCES PLANNED GENOCIDE
Exiled Bishop Macram Max Gassis of El Obeid, Sudan, has said that there is a genocide being planned against Christians in southern Sudan by the Islamic regime of Khartoum.
7 Mar 00
Vatican POPE BEATIFIES 44 MARTYRS
Pope John Paul II on Sunday beatified 44 martyrs, honoring them as courageous models for today's Catholics, often struggling with sagging faith.
7 Mar 00
East Timor CARITAS PROGRAM FILLING GAPS IN UN EVIDENCE COLLECTION
Caritas Australia has begun training East Timorese in techniques of collection of evidence of crimes against human rights that may assist in future prosecutions.
6 Mar 00
East Timor EAST TIMOR TIPPED AS HUB FOR PILGRIMS
A newly independent East Timor has the potential to become an Easter pilgrimage destination for Southern Hemisphere Christians, according to former Australian Deputy Prime Minister Tim Fischer.
6 Mar 00
Vatican POPE PRAISES SOUTH KOREA'S AID EFFORT
Urging other countries to help North Koreans suffering from hunger, Pope John Paul II praised South Korea's humanitarian aid to the North in a meeting Saturday with the South's president.
6 Mar 00
UK BISHOPS ANNOUNCE WORKERS CATECHISM
The Bishops of England and Wales are to publish a 'Gospel of Work', aimed at helping ordinary people in their working lives, as part of the Jubilee Year celebrations.
6 Mar 00
UK CALL FOR EUCHARIST FOR LEARNING DISABLED NON-CATHOLICS
L'Arche UK has challenged the bishops of England and Wales to give Holy Communion to non-Catholic Christians with learning difficulties.
6 Mar 00
Brazil RIO ARCHBISHOP ORDERS CONFISCATION OF RELIGIOUS SYMBOLS FROM CARNIVAL
The Virgin Mary took centre stage in Brazil's Carnival preparations last week after Rio's archbishop asked police to confiscate religious images from a samba school.
6 Mar 00
Vatican ROME DRAWS MORE PILGRIMS THAN EXPECTED
The participation of pilgrims in celebrations for the the Jubilee Year has been greater than expected, according to Holy See Press Office Director, Joaquin Navarro-Valls.
6 Mar 00
Ecumenism CATHOLICS AND LUTHERANS TO CELEBRATE JOINT DECLARATION ON JUSTIFICATION
Leaders of the Catholic and Lutheran churches in Australia will come together to celebrate the signing of the Joint Lutheran and Catholic Declaration on Justification in Sydney tonight.
3 Mar 00
France PUBLICATION OF DOCUMENT ON CHURCH'S PAST FAULTS
The Catholic Church, seeking to cleanse its conscience at the start of a new millennium, on Wednesday outlined a framework for seeking forgiveness for past errors without necessarily admitting responsibility for them.
3 Mar 00
India HINDU ACTOR BUILDING RELIGIOUS COMPLEX FOR JESUS CHRIST
A Hindu film actor is building a planned $A1.9 billion complex in a southeastern Indian state as a tribute to Jesus, whom he has portrayed in films and television series for the past 22 years.
3 Mar 00
Indonesia PRIEST WARNS AGAINST BIBLICAL FANATICISM
Amid current sectarian tension and clashes in Indonesia, a Catholic biblical scholar has warned against fanaticism that uses the Bible to cultivate enmity instead of spreading the message of peace.
3 Mar 00
UK PRIEST CONDEMNS CONVICTED MASS MURDERER'S APPEAL
Britain's worst serial killer this week launched an appeal against his conviction for murder, court officials confirmed, but the Catholic priest who counselled many of the victims' families described the move as audacious and arrogant.
3 Mar 00
UK COMPROMISE WILL REQUIRE TEACHING OF FAMILY VALUES
UK teachers will be required to promote the benefits of marriage under a deal agreed between Church leaders and the Government which will almost certainly pave the way for the scrapping of an existing ban on the promotion of homosexuality in schools known as Section 28.
3 Mar 00
USA SURVEY SAYS HISPANIC CATHOLICS OFTEN SEGREGATED
Hispanics are often segregated from fellow Catholics in the US, though parishes in Southern California are better integrated than most, according to a new study.
3 Mar 00
Adelaide RACIAL STEREOTYPES CAUSE FEAR
Talkback radio hosts and public office holders should avoid damaging racial stereotypes and fearmongering when discussing street crime, according to Adelaide Catholic Communications Director Matthew Abraham.
2 Mar 00
USA BUSH MEETS CATHOLICS, REGRETS DELAY IN CONDEMNING BIAS
Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush met Catholic Charities workers at a social service agency in Ohio today, and said he regretted the delay in denouncing anti-Catholic bias at a South Carolina university where he spoke several weeks ago.
2 Mar 00
Israel ORTHODOX JEWS DESCRIBE POPE AS 'EVIL ONE'
Posters plastered throughout an ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighbourhood of Jerusalem have called Pope John Paul "the evil one" and promised that his pilgrimage to the Holy Land this month would not pass peacefully.
2 Mar 00
Pakistan BISHOP-DESIGNATE ORDAINED DESPITE COURT ORDER
A civil court issued a stay on the ordination of Bishop-designate Andrew Francis of Multan, but he was ordained before the court order arrived.
2 Mar 00
Vatican ECHELON SPYING ON JOHN PAUL II?
The Office of the Public Prosecutor in Rome is considering investigating revelations in a London newspaper alleging that the Echelon network spied on Papal and Vatican activities.
2 Mar 00
Congo ARCHBISHOP CONTINUES IN EXILE
For the third consecutive Sunday, churches in Bukavu in the Democratic Republic of Congo remained closed.
2 Mar 00
Health
Care
HEALTH BODY CALLS FOR URGENT BUDGET ACTION
Catholic Health Australia has called for an urgent injection of funding for extra nurses, care staff and essential supplies to ensure Australians receive adequate quality and safety in the country's nursing homes and hostels.
1 Mar 00
Guatemala JUDGE RELEASES GERARDI MURDER SUSPECT
A judge in Guatemala has released an army officer accused of involvement in the murder of a prominent Catholic bishop and human rights campaigner two years ago.
1 Mar 00
Nigeria BISHOPS WARN OF NATIONAL SUICIDE OVER ISLAMIC LAW
Nigeria's Catholic bishops warned the African country faced a potential "national suicide" over the issue of Islamic sharia law which was the cause of rioting between Christians and Muslims last week that left hundreds dead.
1 Mar 00