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New
Zealand
BISHOPS BACK GAY MARRIAGE PLANS
The New Zealand bishops' conference this week added its approval of a government plan to grant same-sex couples the same legal rights enjoyed by married couples.
28 Apr 00
Vatican TABERNACLE 'AT THE CENTRE', SAYS INSTRUCTION
A Vatican instruction which recommends the placing of the Blessed Sacrament tabernacle in a central position in churches is to be published along with the third Latin edition of the Roman Missal in early June
28 Apr 00
South Africa BISHOP: ZIMBABWE'S LAND CRISIS IS FLAG FOR SOUTH AFRICA
A South African bishop fears the crisis in Zimbabwe, where white-owned farms have been invaded by people demanding land, could give rise to a similar situation in South Africa, where 80% of land is still controlled or owned by whites.
28 Apr 00
Vatican COIN MARKS 21ST YEAR OF PONTIFICATE
To celebrate the 21st year of the pontificate of John Paul II, the Vatican has released a set of eight coins.
28 Apr 00
Italy MAN DIES IN HOLY WEEK RE-ENACTMENT
A young Italian man accidentally hanged himself in a village near Rome during Holy Week, as he re-enacted the suicide of Judas Iscariot during the Stations of the Cross.
28 Apr 00
Canada POLL SHOWS TWO-THIRDS OF CANADIANS APPROVE OF POPE'S LEADERSHIP
Two thirds of Canadians polled say they approve Pope John Paul II's performance as a spiritual leader, with Catholics giving him an 84% approval rate, says an Angus Reid survey released in mid-April.
28 Apr 00
National AUSTRALIAN BISHOPS PUBLISH RULES FOR MAKING COMPLAINTS ABOUT THEOLOGIANS
Catholics may lodge complaints against theologians in Australia alleged to have contravened Church teaching, under rules just published by Australia's Catholic bishops.
27 Apr 00
India NUNS ATTACKED ON WAY TO EASTER MASS
Two nuns walking to church for Easter vigil Mass were "deliberately" knocked down on Holy Saturday night by a masked assailant on a motorbike in Rewari, 80 km west of New Delhi, in northern Haryana state.
27 Apr 00
UK MARTYRS PILGRIMAGE COULD END
The annual pilgrimage to Tyburn in central London where more than 100 martyrs were hanged, drawn, and quartered in the 16th and 17th centuries is to be axed following complaints that it disrupts shopping in Oxford Street.
27 Apr 00
Guatemala ANNIVERSARY OF GUATEMALAN BISHOP'S DEATH
The Catholic church in Guatemala is commemorating the second anniversary of the murder of a leading human rights campaigner, Bishop Juan Gerardi.
27 Apr 00
Brazil CHURCH TO APOLOGISE FOR SINS
500 years after the first Mass was celebrated in Brazil, the Catholic Church will formally apologize for the "sins and errors" committed by its clergy against Indians and blacks.
27 Apr 00
Rwanda COURT ADJOURNS TRIAL OF BISHOP
The trial of a Catholic bishop charged with genocide was adjourned for two weeks on Monday to give the defendant a chance to get medical supervision for his high blood pressure.
27 Apr 00
Vatican POPE CALLS FOR END TO RACISM
Pope John Paul II has called on humanity to renounce racism and xenophobia, in his Easter message.
26 Apr 00
Vatican POPE TAKES REST FOLLOWING EASTER DUTIES
His strength tested by a heavy Holy Week schedule, Pope John Paul II is giving himself two brief vacations between more public events.
26 Apr 00
France CARDINAL SAYS POPE'S DISEASE DECREASES MOBILITY, BUT MIND INTACT
Pope John Paul II's neurological disease is making him more and more a ``prisoner in his body,'' but the pope's mind and spiritual gifts remain intact, French Cardinal Jean-Marie Lustiger said.
26 Apr 00
Vatican EDITH STEIN ALERTED PIUS XI ABOUT NAZISM
It appears that a distressing letter from Edith Stein (St. Theresa Benedicta of the Cross) about the dangers of Hitler's ideology might have been the origin of Pope Pius XI's encyclical "Mit brennender Sorge."
26 Apr 00
Philippines HOSTAGE PRIEST URGES PHILIPPINES TO STOP BOMBING
A Philippine radio station last week broadcast an appeal from a Catholic priest, one of 27 hostages being held by Islamic guerrillas, for the military to stop bombing the rebel hideout.
26 Apr 00
El Salvador CHURCH ASKS GOVERNMENT TO PARDON MEN CONVICTED IN KILLING US NUNS
In a plea for compassion, San Salvador Archbishop Fernando Saenz asked the government on Sunday to pardon two former soldiers convicted of raping and killing four US religious workers in 1980.
26 Apr 00
Ireland ARCHBISHOP URGES POLITICIANS TO REVIVE THE PEACE PROCESS
Politicians must spare no effort to revive Northern Ireland's two-year-old peace accord, the leader of the Anglican-affiliated Church of Ireland said in an Easter Sunday address.
26 Apr 00
USA BISHOPS BLAME CONSUMERISM FOR VIOLENCE
The archbishops of Oklahoma City and Denver - who this month are remembering extreme acts of violence in their respective cities - have published a joint document identifying consumer values as the source of violence.
26 Apr 00
Spain NO NEED TO APOLOGISE FOR SUPPORT FOR FRANCO, SAYS CARDINAL
The Catholic Church in Spain has no need to apologise for the backing it gave to Franco's regime, according to the Archbishop of Madrid, Cardinal Antonio María Rouco.
26 Apr 00
Refugees MIGRANT OFFICE WARNS ON KOSOVAR RULING
The Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee service has warned that the determination of the Government to repatriate Kosovar refugees could demean Australia's refugee support efforts, The Catholic Weekly reports.
20 Apr 00
Refugees PLEA TO ASSIST AFGHANI MUSLIM REFUGEES
Brisbane Catholics are being asked to help 16 Muslim men who have fled persecution in Afghanistan and have been housed temporarily at Banyo Seminary.
20 Apr 00
Vatican HOLY SEE TO ISSUE INSTRUCTION ON CHURCH TABERNACLES
The Vatican is expected to rule today on whether the tabernacle should be placed behind the main altar or in a side chapel in Catholic churches.
20 Apr 00
Italy CANCER BLAMED ON POWERFUL VATICAN RADIO TRANSMITTERS
Radio transmitters operated by the Vatican are under official investigation over claims that electromagnetic pollution is causing cancer among local residents.
20 Apr 00
UK CHURCH ANGER AT 'CALLOUS' DOMAIN NAME SALE
A Scottish internet company has angered the Catholic Church by attempting to cash in on the Pope's death.
20 Apr 00
Italy NEW SERVICE SAVES SOULS FOR CASH PAYMENT
An Italian housewife has gone into the prayer business to rescue the souls of people whose daily grind leaves no time to attend to their own salvation.
20 Apr 00
USA EAST TIMORESE CHURCH OFFICIAL STRESSES RECONCILIATION
Reconciliation and the return of East Timorese refugees from Indonesia are needed for an independent East Timor, said a church official visiting the US.
19 Apr 00
Philippines CHILDREN, TEACHERS, PRIEST REMAIN AT MERCY OF KIDNAPPERS
New demands by Muslim extremists who kidnapped children, school staff and a priest in the southern Philippines may mean a long wait in resolving the standoff, a local Church official says.
19 Apr 00
Vatican CHRISTIANITY IS ABOUT OBEDIENCE: RATZINGER
Those who think Christianity is founded on academic knowledge, rather than obedience, are mistaken, according to the President of the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
19 Apr 00
Italy HISTORIAN SAYS PIUS XII PROTECTED JEWS
Historian Sr Margaret Marchione has claimed in a new book that Pope Pius XII, who is accused of turning a blind eye to atrocities committed by the Nazis against Jews, was in fact one of the most invaluable protectors of the Jews.
19 Apr 00
USA MOTHER ANGELICA'S TV NETWORK EXPANDS TO EUROPE
The Eternal Word Television Network, based in Alabama in the US, has extended the reach its satellite television service to Europe.
19 Apr 00
Aboriginal
Justice
JESUIT CENTRE HIGHLIGHTS HIGH RATE OF ABORIGINAL IMPRISONMENT
A statement from the Ignatius social research centre in Melbourne says the diversionary programs to keep young offenders out of jail in the Northern Territory should not distract from the unjust and disproportionate rate of imprisonment of Aboriginal young offenders elsewhere.
18 Apr 00
Vatican POPE URGES YOUTH TO RENEW FAITH
Pope John Paul II has urged young people to renew their commitment to the Roman Catholic Church during a Palm Sunday mass in St Peter's Square in Rome.
18 Apr 00
Vatican MOSSAD WARNS OF PLAN FOR TERROR ATTACK ON VATICAN
As Pope John Paul II presided over Palm Sunday ceremonies before 100,000 people in St Peter's Square on Sunday, police were on high alert after a warning to Italy and the Vatican that there could be an Islamic terrorist attack on him over the Easter period.
18 Apr 00
Vatican POPE TO MEET FAR-RIGHT AUSTRIAN LEADER
Pope John Paul II is to grant an audience to Jörg Haider, the Austrian far-Right Freedom Party leader shunned by Europe, later this year, it emerged at the weekend.
18 Apr 00
Zimbabwe JESUITS MEDIATE IN LAND CONFLICT
Local Jesuits are reported to be acting as mediators in the conflict between white colonialists veterans of Zimabwe's war of independence.
18 Apr 00
Japan CHURCHES CRICICISE TOKYO GOVERNOR'S RACIST REMARKS
The Japan Catholic Council for Justice and Peace and four other Christian organisations asked Tokyo's governor to resign the day after he made a controversial statement against foreign residents in Japan.
18 Apr 00
Education SCHOOLS AWAIT TAX RULING
The Queensland Catholic Education Commission says it has not received any formal notification that private schools - and not government schools - will benefit from GST tax concessions, The Catholic Leader reports.
17 Apr 00
Vatican NZ CARDINAL SAYS POPE LIKELY TO TRAVEL TO OCEANIA IN 2001
Pope John Paul II is likely to travel to Noumea in the weeks following Easter next year to present a major document on church life in Oceania, according to Wellington's Cardinal Thomas Williams.
17 Apr 00
New Zealand BISHOP SAYS CONTRACEPTION THE LESS OF TWO EVILS
Young people who choose to ignore the Church's stance on pre-marital sex should use contraception rather than risk putting themselves in the position where they may consider abortion, according to Bishop Patrick Dunn of Auckland.
17 Apr 00
National BISHOPS ANNOUNCE WORLD YOUTH DAY CANDIDATES
Mark O'Neill from the Diocese of Broken Bay and Alice Priest from the Diocese of Port Pirie will be attending the World Youth Day celebrations in Rome as the official delegates of the Australian Catholic Bishops' Conference.
17 Apr 00
Mission BISHOPS CALLED TO DEFEND 'HOME MISSION' EXPENDITURE
The Church has defended one claim of misuse of funds given to help the needy and undertaken to check another, following criticism in a new book by Sydney parish priest Fr Ted Kennedy.
17 Apr 00
USA BISHOPS BLAST CLINTON'S TRADE DEAL WITH CHINA
US Catholic bishops have called on Congress to reject President Bill Clinton's landmark trade pact with Beijing because of concerns about human rights and religious freedom, according to a letter released Friday.
17 Apr 00
Lithuania CHURCH OFFERS HOLOCAUST APOLOGY
Lithuania's Catholic Church issued an official apology on Friday for not doing enough to prevent the massacre of some 220,000 Jews during the 1941-44 Nazi occupation.
17 Apr 00
Kenya DIOCESE'S VICAR GENERAL AND NUNS ARRESTED FOR DEBT PROTEST
Vicar General of the Kenya's Kitui Diocese, Fr Flavian Mwendwa, and four sisters, spent a night in a police lockup last week after being arrested for their involvement in a protest demanding the cancellation of Kenya's foreign debt.
17 Apr 00
Industrial
Relations
CATHOLIC TEACHERS REACH PAY AGREEMENT
The union representing Catholic school teachers has reached an award agreement, in stark contrast to the threat of strike action made by public school teachers.
14 Apr 00
Social
Welfare
SVDP PLEDGE TO HOMELESS
The St Vincent de Paul Society in Queensland has pledged to step up efforts to fight rising homelessness following its state conference in Brisbane last weekend.
14 Apr 00
USA HOUSE CHAPLAIN MASS ANGERS DEMOCRATS
A Catholic congressman was offended by a Mass sponsored by the Republican Party in honour of the new House chaplain, saying it was inappropriate to use a sacred ritual for political purposes.
14 Apr 00
USA VATICAN OFFERS ITS EMBASSY AS SITE FOR HANDOVER OF BOY
The Vatican said yesterday that it has offered its embassy in Washington as a site for the handover of Elian Gonzalez to his father.
14 Apr 00
India ATTACK ON NUNS, PRIEST IN UTTAR PRADESH
In the second attack on Christians in as many days, 10 armed people severely assaulted two nuns and a priest and ransacked their houses in Mathura in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.
14 Apr 00
South Korea CHURCH LEADERS WELCOME SOUTH-NORTH SUMMIT
South Korean Catholic leaders have welcomed the announcement of a summit meeting of North and South government leaders to be held in June, marking a historic breakthrough after half a century of division.
14 Apr 00
Italy SUPREME COURT BACKS CHURCH'S STANCE ON HOMOSEXUALITY AS DISORDER
The Italian Supreme Court this week ruled that homosexuality is "a psychiatric illness or disorder" in a case of a woman suing for alimony after her husband of 25 years admitted he was homosexual.
14 Apr 00
Social
Welfare
ST VINCENT DE PAUL WARNS CAUTION ON ACOSS FIGURES
The St Vincent de Paul Society has reacted cautiously to Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) claims that up to 220,000 people will be fined by Centrelink this year.
13 Apr 00
Italy GORE ENDORSES ANTI-JUBILEE GAY PRIDE EVENT
Following his recent endorsement of efforts to oust the Vatican from the United Nations, US presidential hopeful Al Gore has expressed his support for a gay pride event due to take place in Rome this year.
13 Apr 00
Ireland CHURCH MAINTAINS ANTI-EUOLOGY STAND
Irish Catholic officials are insisting that eulogies should not be given at funerals, following a recent clarification by Armagh Archbishop Sean Brady.
13 Apr 00
Spain PAPAL SKULL TAKEN FROM MUSEUM
The skull of a 14th-century pope has been stolen from a museum in Spain, police said on Tuesday.
13 Apr 00
El Salvador ARCHBISHOP SLAMS RULING ON JESUITS' MURDER ENQUIRY
The Archbishop of San Salvador, Bishop Fernando Saenz Lacalle, has criticised the El Salvador Government's ruling that the enquiry into the 1989 murder of six Jesuits and two cleaning women will not be reopened.
13 Apr 00
UK CHURCH SPOKESMAN CRITICISES SQUARE EASTER EGG
A spokesman for the Catholic Church in Scotland has accused a leading chocolate maker of belittling Christianity's most sacred event by marketing a square chocolate Easter egg.
13 Apr 00
Indonesia CATHOLIC ARTIST SEEKS APPROVAL FOR 'COMIC' CATECHISM
An Indonesian Catholic artist says he has sought support from the local Catholic Church in West Java to help him realise his childhood dream of creating a catechism in comics for young people.
13 Apr 00
Bioethics CLONING: BISHOPS URGE RESPECT OF LIFE BEFORE PROPERTY
The Australian Catholic Bishops' Conference has told a Federal parliamentary inquiry into cloning that scientists regard cloning as a property issue, rather than a matter of human life.
12 Apr 00
Southern
Africa
BISHOPS APPEAL FOR PEACE IN ZIMBABWE
On Saturday, the Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference condemned the deepening lawlessness and violence in Zimbabwe, and appealed for an immediate return to peaceful and legal means of settling conflicts in the country.
12 Apr 00
Vatican UPHOLD RELIGIOUS FREEDOM IN PRACTICE, VATICAN INSISTS
The Holy See has cautioned the member-states of the United Nations about a split between theoretical acceptance of religious liberty and practices that violate that principle.SERT_FIRST_SENTENCE_HERE
12 Apr 00
Vatican OVER ONE MILLION EXPECTED IN ROME FOR JUBILEE'S 'PREMIER EVENT'
A press conference on Monday released details of the 15th World Youth Day, which will take place in Rome from 14-20 August.
12 Apr 00
Pakistan GOVT MINISTER TO SEEK POPE'S ASSISTANCE
Pakistan's minister for minorities affairs, Derick Cyprian, will hold a meeting with Pope John Paul II next week, to convey a message from the country's military leader General Pervez Musharraf, requesting the Holy Father to extend peace initiatives in South Asia and to visit Pakistan.
12 Apr 00
Vatican POPE TO APPEAR AT JUBILEE BENEFIT CONCERT
Pope John Paul II will appear on stage with the Eurythmics, Lou Reed and Andrea Bocelli, in the Great Jubilee Concert for a Debt-Free World, on 1 May at Rome University.
12 Apr 00
Philippines INDIGENOUS CHURCH CRIES HARASSMENT AFTER ARREST, WARRANTS
Warrants have been issued for the arrest of two Protestant clergymen who are suspects in last December's murder of Catholic priest-turned-rebel Conrado Balweg.
12 Apr 00
Canada MEDIA BARON CONRAD BLACK LABELS BISHOP 'A JUMPED UP LITTLE TWERP'
Bishop Frederick Henry of Calgary in Canada has demanded an apology from media baron Conrad Black after the Southam Inc. chairman called the bishop a "jumped-up little twerp", after the bishop defended striking workers rights at one of Black's newspapers.
12 Apr 00
Vatican OFFICIAL PAPER REJECTS APOLOGY FOR HOMOSEXUALS
The official Vatican newspaper has published a strong counter-argument in response to the challenge of gay rights campaigners to Pope John Paul II to extend his recent apology for the Church's past wrongs, to homosexuals.
11 Apr 00
USA GRAMICK SIGNALS HOPE TO CONTINUE GAY MINISTRY
Sr Jeannine Gramick, barred last year by the Vatican along with her colleague, Fr Robert Nugent, from ministering to homosexuals, has claimed that the ban does not extend to public speaking.
11 Apr 00
France SOUTH AFRICAN BISHOP CALLS FOR SOLIDARITY WITH THE POOR
South African Bishop Kevin Dowling has argued that changing the status of the poor holds the key to global transformation.
11 Apr 00
USA NUN SAYS YEARS OF DEATH PENALTY HAS NOT DETERRED CRIME
Use of the death penalty has not deterred crime, says Providence Sister Dorothy Rasche, who has worked in prison ministry for 20 years.
11 Apr 00
USA PAINTING OF POPE WITH EYEPATCH, REMOVED AFTER LAWMAKER COMPLAINS
A painting of Pope John Paul II with an eyepatch was pulled from a state Capitol exhibition after a conservative member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives labeled it anti-Christian, officials said on Friday.
11 Apr 00
Indonesia CHURCH ALLOCATES LENTEN FUND TO ASSIST MUSLIM REFUGEES
Pontianak archdiocese in Indonesia's West Kalimantan province has allocated its Lenten funds to help alleviate the suffering of Muslim refugees in the provincial capital.
11 Apr 00
Aboriginal
Reconciliation
TURN APOLOGY INTO ACTION: ACSJC & NATSICC TO PM
The Australian Catholic Social Justice Council and the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council have welcomed the Prime Minister's apology for the offence caused by the Government's submission on the Stolen Generations.
10 Apr 00
Vatican POPE CHALLENGES UN LEADER TO DEFEND HUMAN DIGNITY
In an audience at the Vatican on Friday, Pope John Paul told United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan that ideology is preventing international institutions from addressing pressing global problems such as war, poverty, and natural disasters.
10 Apr 00
Vatican POPE BEATIFIES FIVE IN VATICAN CEREMONY
Pope John Paul II beatified five people from Asia, Europe and South America on Sunday, setting them on the road to sainthood.
10 Apr 00
Vatican HOLY SEE WANTS INCLUSIVE TRANSLATION BANNED
Citing doctrinal flaws and dangers to the faith, a Vatican official has instructed the international commission that translates liturgical texts into English to stop circulation of its version of the Old Testament psalms.
10 Apr 00
North Korea CARITAS APPEALS FOR INTERNATIONAL AID FOR NORTH KOREA
Caritas Internationalis is appealing internationally for donations to aid North Koreans suffering from shortages of food, medicine and other basic necessities.
10 Apr 00
Indonesia CHURCHES ASKED TO MEDIATE BETWEEN PAPUANS AND GOVERNMENT
Rights advocates have called on Churches in Indonesia's easternmost province of Papua to serve as mediator between the government and Papuans in dealing with the latter's separatist demands.
10 Apr 00
USA GALLUP POLL EXPLORES ANTI-CATHOLIC BIAS IN U.S.
A Gallup Poll has found that roughly a quarter of Americans have a negative view of the Catholic Church and nearly two-thirds view it favourably.
10 Apr 00
Philippines CHURCH LEADERS AT ODDS OVER TRIAL OF AUSTALIAN PAEDOPHILE
While a commission of the Philippines bishops' conference is supporting calls for the retrial of an Australian man convicted of molesting children, a retrial is opposed by the Columban priest Fr Shay Cullen, who has devoted his life to working with abused women and children, prostitutes, addicts and victims of Aids in Olongapo city in the Philippines, where a huge sex industry grew up around a former US naval base.
10 Apr 00
Vatican WHEN IN ROME, JUBILEE VISITORS SPEND LIKE PILGRIMS, NOT TOURISTS
Religious orders operating guest houses in Rome are touched by the faith of pilgrims visiting Rome for the Holy Year, but hotel operators are complaining that they are not spending enough money.
10 Apr 00
Aboriginal
Reconciliation
PRIEST SAYS TALK-BACK GURUS DON'T UNDERSTAND 'POETRY' OF ABORIGINAL DESPAIR
A longtime pastor to Sydney's aboriginal community has spoken out against community hostility created by radio 'talkback gurus' who don't understand the continuing pain of aboriginal people.
7 Apr 00
UN VATICAN'S UN OBSERVER HONOURS KOFI ANNAN
Secretary General of the United Nations Kofi Annan, is winner of this year's award conferred by the Path to Peace Foundation, established by Archbishop Renato Martino, Vatican Permanent Observer at the United Nations in New York.
7 Apr 00
Vatican POPE TO BEATIFY FIVE PRIESTS AND RELIGIOUS ON SUNDAY
Pope John Paul II will proclaim five new blesseds on Sunday, during a Mass celebrated in St Peter's Square.
7 Apr 00
Vatican FATIMA SHINE'S NAZI CONNECTIONS COULD THREATEN RELATIONS WITH JEWS
It emerged on Wednesday that the custodians of the shrine in Fatima which Pope John Paul II will visit during his visit to Portugal next month, banked Nazi gold stolen from Jewish victims.
7 Apr 00
Vatican POPE VOICES SUPPORT FOR REMEMBRANCE OF GYPSY SUFFERING
Pope John Paul II voiced his support Wednesday for tomorrow's day dedicated to Roma, or Gypsies, who suffered in the Kosovo war.
7 Apr 00
Vatican CUBAN GOVERNMENT USING ELIAN CASE TO REPRESS CHURCH: FIDES AGENCY
The Cuban government has used the case of Elian Gonzalez to mask a new campaign of repression against the Catholic Church, according to the Vatican missionary news agency, Fides.
7 Apr 00
Mexico CHURCH ATTACKS OSCARS
The Catholic Church in Mexico has attacked last week's Academy Award ceremony in Hollywood for promoting homosexuality, promiscuity and abortion.
7 Apr 00
Aboriginal
Reconciliation
ARCHBISHOP SAYS STOLEN GENERATION DEBATE IGNORES TOTAL SUFFERING
Archbishop John Bathersby of Brisbane has joined the debate concerning the number of aboriginal children forcibly removed from their families, arguing that the Federal Government is ignoring the bigger picture of the total suffering of aborigines through the dispossession of their land and the destruction of their culture.
6 Apr 00
Health &
Welfare
CATHOLIC HEALTH BODY WELCOMES DEMOCRATS SUPPORT FOR TAX EXEMPTIONS
Catholic Health Australia has congratulated the Democrats on their resolve to support church hospital, welfare and aged care services in their fight for fair fringe benefits tax exemptions.
6 Apr 00
Papua
New Guinea
BISHOPS APPEAL FOR SECURITY
Leaders of 87 religious congregations in PNG have joined forces to protest continued decline of law and order in the country.
6 Apr 00
Ireland DUBLIN ARCHBISHOP WARNS AGAINST AUSTRALIAN CULT
Archbishop Desmond Connell of Dublin has urged Catholics to disassociate themselves from the Queensland-based Magnificat Meal Movement and its founder and leader, Debra Geileskey.
6 Apr 00
Uganda NUNCIO SAYS POPE CONCERNED AT UGANDA CULT DEATHS
The papal nuncio in Uganda has said that Pope John Paul II is keenly aware of the tragedy of the deaths related to the Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments, the cult led by excommunicated Catholic priest Yozefu Kibweteere.
6 Apr 00
USA ILLINOIS BISHOPS TACKLE RACISM
Racism may be a tangled, deep-rooted sin sprouting in many directions at once, but fighting it is not that complicated, according to the bishops of Illinois in the US.
6 Apr 00
Ireland RETURN VISIT BY POPE JOHN PAUL CRITICAL TO HALT IRISH CHURCH DECLINE
Pope John Paul II has been asked to make a return visit to Ireland to increase vocations to the priesthood and religious life.
6 Apr 00
Reconciliation BISHOP SAYS THE GOVT MISSING THE POINT OVER STOLEN GENERATIONS
Bishop Chris Saunders of Broome says the Federal Government is missing the point in asserting that the Stolen Generations did not exist because only ten per cent of children were forcibly removed.
5 Apr 00
Vatican POPE SAYS SCIENCE MUST NOT SACRIFICE DIGNITY OF UNBORN
Condemning techniques of artificial reproduction which involve the elimination of the human foetus, Pope John Paul II has told scientists meeting in Rome that the foetus has 'full human dignity, a dignity which the unborn child possesses from the moment of conception.'
5 Apr 00
Vatican WORLD'S CATHOLIC POPULATION GROWING
On Monday, figures released by the Holy See show an increase in the number of Catholics around the world in excess of the increase in the overall world population.
5 Apr 00
Vatican POPE SAYS INDULGENCES ARE AN AID TO CONVERSION
Pope John Paul II has said that indulgences act to support a radical commitment to one's faith.
5 Apr 00
East Timor BELO ACCUSES INDONESIANS OF BLOCKING REFUGEE RETURN
Dili's Apostolic Administrator Bishop Carlos Belo, has sought the reentry of more than 100,000 East Timor who are living as refugees in the West Timor following the violence of last August and September.
5 Apr 00
India PICTURE OF BLEEDING CHRIST DRAWS HUNDREDS
People of various faiths have been lining up at a Catholic home in the western Indian city of Mumbai to see a picture of Christ that reportedly sheds blood.
5 Apr 00
Austria PRIESTS SPEAK AGAINST THEIR COUNTRY'S ISOLATION
Catholic priests from Austria have spoken against their country's current isolation and urged clergy in other countries to discourage 'unfair treatment' of Austrian citizens abroad.
5 Apr 00
Vatican USE ARTS TO FURTHER GOSPEL MESSAGE, POPE SAYS
In a meeting on Friday with the members of the Pontifical Council for the Cultural Goods of the Church, Pope John Paul II emphasised that all of the Church's possessions should be used for the cause of evangelisation.
4 Apr 00
Vatican POPE HIMSELF WILL WRITE GOOD FRIDAY MEDITATIONS
Pope John Paul II himself with compose the meditations to be used on the Way of the Cross in the Roman Coliseum on Good Friday this year.
4 Apr 00
Vatican POPE TELLS BOSNIAN PILGRIMS TO WORK TOWARD PEACE, DEMOCRACY
Pope John Paul II called for authentic democracy and respect for all people to take hold in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
4 Apr 00
Philippines CHURCH CALLS POPE'S DEATH REPORT A SICK JOKE
Rumours of the death of Pope John Paul II spread like wildfire on Saturday, throwing the Catholic community into an emotional frenzy, and prompting staff at the residence of Manila Archbishop Jaime Cardinal Sin to take their phones off the hook.
4 Apr 00
Queensland ARCHBISHOP BACKS NEW FOUNDATION
The newly-established Forde Foundation would do much to help former residents of state and Church-run institutions who were abused, Brisbane Archbishop John Bathersby said last week.
3 Apr 00
New Zealand BISHOP OFFERS MONEY TO MOTHERS
Bishop Patrick Dunn of Auckland has announced that his diocese will offer any kind of help necessary for women who choose to bear their child rather than abort the foetus.
3 Apr 00
Uganda CATHOLIC RADIO NETWORK URGED, TO COUNTER CULT BRAINWASHING
A Catholic official in Uganda has called for the creation of a Catholic radio network in order to prevent further tragedies such as the cult suicide/murder in Kanungu.
3 Apr 00
Vatican HOLY SEE SETS UP METAL DETECTORS
Bracing for huge crowds of Christian pilgrims coming to Rome for Holy Week and Holy Year festivities, the Vatican revealed on Saturday that it has set up metal detectors and X-ray machines in the colonnade around St Peter's Square.
3 Apr 00
Vatican POPE ENCOURAGES 'WEARY' PRIESTS
In his Letter to Priests on the Occasion of Holy Thursday 2000, Pope John Paul II gives hope to priests 'suffering weariness or discouragement'.
3 Apr 00
Vatican MANY PRIESTS RETURN TO MINISTRY AFTER LEAVING
20% of clergy who left the priesthood between 1964 and 1995 have been readmitted, according to Cardinal Darío Castrillón Hoyos, who has presented John Paul II's Holy Thursday Letter to Priests.
3 Apr 00
Vatican HOLY SEE TO PUBLISH DOCUMENT ON ETHICS IN COMMUNICATION
President of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, Archbishop John Patraick Foley, has announced the June publication of a much anticipated document on Ethics in Communication.
3 Apr 00
Sri Lanka MINISTER PROMISES TO PROTECT CATHOLIC SHRINE FROM POWER PLANT
Sri Lanka's deputy minister of power and energy has said that the government will not erect a proposed coal-fired thermal power plant if it endangers a nearby Catholic shrine and the environment.
3 Apr 00
USA STUDY FINDS WORDS JUST AS IMPORTANT AS ACTIONS
Challenging the saying that 'actions speak louder than words', a Purdue University study indicates actions and words are equally important in children's religious upbringing.
3 Apr 00