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Social
Welfare
HOMELESS SPEND NIGHTS ON HOSTEL CHAIRS TO AVOID COLD
The St Vincent de Paul Society says the recent cold snap is highlighting the shocking lack of emergency accommodation in Sydney.
31 May 00
Employment
Relations
LIMITED WORKER PROTECTION IN NEW WORK LAWS
The Australian Catholic Commission for Employment Relations (ACCER) is concerned the Federal Government's workplace relations legislation fails to protect the right of workers and employers to freely pursue industrial agreements that would regulate their workplace.
31 May 00
Reconciliation ACSJC URGES PRAYER AND LINKS WITH ABORIGINAL GROUPS
The CEO of the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council has said that while progress has been made in aboriginal reconciliation, the Catholic Church's contribution will not be complete without prayer and the forging of more links with aboriginal organisations.
31 May 00
Vatican POPE INVITES 200 HOMELESS ROMANS TO DINNER
On 15 June, Pope John Paul II will dine with 200 poor and homeless persons in the atrium of the Vatican General Audience Hall, which is usually reserved for papal dinners with Cardinals, bishops, and Synod participants.
31 May 00
Italy ROME CANCELS GAY PRIDE SPONSORSHIP AFTER VATICAN LOBBYING
Rome's mayor said on Monday he was cancelling the city's sponsorship of July's Gay Pride events, which the Vatican has objected to.
31 May 00
Vatican POPE READY TO VISIT MOSCOW - IF INVITED
Pope John Paul II is ready to travel to Moscow before the end of the year-- if he receives an invitation from Russian Orthodox Patriarch Alexei II.
31 May 00
USA SURVEY REVEALS GROWTH IN ORDERS' ASSOCIATES
Associates committed to religious orders in the US now total more than 25,400, with another 2,700 members in formation, according to a survey released recently by the North American Conference of Associates and Religious.
31 May 00
Reconciliation COMMISSION CALLS FOR 'FRUITS OF SYMBOLIC ACTION' ON RECONCILIATION
The Australian Catholic Social Welfare Commission has congratulated the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation on Sunday's successful reconciliation walk across Sydney Harbour Bridge.
30 May 00
Migrants &
Refugees
WALK SUCCESS BUOYS CATHOLIC MULTICULTURAL CONFERENCE HOPES
The success of last weekend's Reconciliation Walk across Sydney Harbour Bridge has given a sense of purpose to a forthcoming conference on multiculturalism, according to the Director of the Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office, Fr John Murphy.
30 May 00
Adelaide ARCHBISHOP TO INSPECT PITCH ON OVAL'S "SACRED TURF"
Adelaide's Catholic Archbishop Leonard Faulkner will "inspect the pitch" at Adelaide Oval today amid final preparations for a unique Jubilee 2000 celebration on the oval's "sacred turf" tomorrow.
30 May 00
Vatican JOHN PAUL 'WILL NEVER RESIGN' — RATZINGER
Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger has dismissed claims that John Paul II intends to resign as Pope.
30 May 00
South Africa BISHOPS SET EXAMPLE ON LAND REFORM
The Catholic Church in South Africa has taken a major step towards giving up large tracts of mission land, and returning it to local black communities.
30 May 00
Vatican RELIGIOUS FAITH OFFERS SCIENCE MEANING, POPE SAYS
Pope John Paul II has urged scientists to be open to the contribution of religious faith in providing ethical principles for research and technology as well as to give science an overall meaning.
30 May 00
USA NUN DEFIES VATICAN BAN ON SPEAKING ON GAY LIFE
A US nun has declined to obey the Vatican's permanent ban on speaking or writing about homosexuality, bringing her within a step of being expelled ejected from her order, according to a news release issued yesterday by the order.
30 May 00
UK CATHOLIC WOMEN OPPOSE MEN KISSING IN PUBLIC
British government plans to lift the ban on men kissing in public have been opposed by a Catholic women's group.
30 May 00
France RED LIGHT BAR PRIEST TO BECOME BISHOP
A parish curé who runs a bar between a sex shop and a lingerie boutique in Pigalle, Paris's infamous red light district, is to be rewarded for his unorthodox style by being made a bishop.
30 May 00
Fiji CATHOLIC CHURCH CONDEMNS COUP
The Catholic Church in Fiji has strongly condemned the overthrow of Fiji's elected government.
29 May 00
Vatican POPE INSISTS ON CATHOLIC OPPOSITION TO GAY MARRIAGES
Pope John Paul II reaffirmed the Church's teaching against gay marriages, on Thursday, saying that only a lifelong commitment between a man and a woman could form the basis of a family.
29 May 00
USA BUSH APPEALS TO CATHOLIC VOTERS
In an appeal to Catholic voters on Friday, Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush called for "a culture of life" and endorsed permanent observer status at the United Nations for the Vatican.
29 May 00
China CATHOLIC PRIEST SENTENCED FOR PRINTING BIBLES
A priest belonging to the underground Catholic church in eastern China has been sentenced to six years in prison for printing Bibles and religious tracts without authorisation, court officials said Saturday.
29 May 00
USA CARDINAL URGES DEATH PENALTY STUDY
Cardinal Roger Mahony of Los Angeles has asked the state governor to place a moratorium on executions in California and conduct a study on how the death penalty is carried out in the state.
29 May 00
UK SCOTTISH CARDINAL REVERSES SACRAMENTS FOR CHILDREN
Children in the Archdiocese of Glasgow will not receive their First Holy Communion until they have been confirmed under new guidelines to be introduced next year.
29 May 00
UK CATHOLICS TUNE IN FOR TELEVISION CONFESSIONS
A TV program called 'Confess', will encourage viewers to confess their sins on the air, has been criticised by the Church.
29 May 00
Communications CHURCH GOES ONLINE TO ATTRACT WORSHIPPERS
Armchair worshippers will soon be able to attend mass without going to church, thanks to an Australian website.
26 May 00
Vatican POPE'S APPEAL FOR LEBANON
Pope John Paul II made an impassioned appeal to the Government of Lebanon on Wednesday to protect its citizens against sectarian strife.
26 May 00
Vatican POPE GREETS FORMER PROSTITUTES
Pope John Paul II greeted 40 former sex workers in a spontaneouis act during his Wednesday audience in the Vatican this week.
26 May 00
Vatican HOLY YEAR PILGRIMAGE CERTIFICATES COMBINE SOUVENIR WITH CHARITY
Holy Year pilgrims to Rome can buy certificates attesting to their participation in the jubilee while donating money to allow poorer people to make a pilgrimage, too.
26 May 00
UN PROTESTANTS AND MUSLIMS SUPPORT VATICAN IN UN
After four months of lobbying, the number of groups supporting the Vatican's continued observer status at the United Nations has grown to over 2000.
26 May 00
Italy PM CALLS GAY RALLY "INOPPORTUNE"
Critics of a homosexual rally planned for Rome next month received support on Wednesday when Italian Prime Minister Giuliano Amato called the event "inopportune."
26 May 00
USA EAST TIMORESE BISHOP HONOURED FOR PEACE EFFORTS
Bishop Basilio do Nascimento of East Timor has been honoured as a ``peace activist'' by the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding in New York.
26 May 00
UK A GOOD MAN IS HARD TO FIND IN CHURCH, SAY SINGLE WOMEN
Single women who attend church are increasingly giving up hope of finding a Christian boyfriend because of a shortage of men in their congregations, a UK magazine report claims.
26 May 00
Industrial
Relations
EMPLOYMENT COMMISSION WARNS ON PATTERN BARGAINING
The Australian Catholic Commission for Employment relations has labelled "pattern bargaining" an "appropriate approach" for some employees and workplaces.
25 May 00
Social Justice OCEANIA HUMAN RIGHTS SEMINAR CONCLUDES IN MELBOURNE
The Third Continental Seminar promoted by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace on the theme "Promoting Human Dignity in Oceania" finished yesterday in Melbourne.
25 May 00
Vatican HOLY SEE DECREES DAY OF DIVINE MERCY
The Second Sunday of Easter will be celebrated as the Sunday of Divine Mercy, following a decree issued by the Holy See's Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.
25 May 00
Italy POPE COULD SEEK CLEMENCY FOR HIS WOULD-BE ASSASSIN
There is speculation that the Jubilee of Prisoners on 9 July could be the occasion for the Pope to seek clemency for Ali Agca, the man who shot him in 1981.
25 May 00
Vatican SPEAKERS CALL FOR NEW CHRISTIAN FEMINISM FOR THIRD MILLENNIUM
A new Christian feminism for the new millennium should promote cooperation between women and men and acknowledge the importance of the family, said speakers at a conference in Rome.
25 May 00
Canada FEMINIST MARCH DIVIDES CATHOLICS
Bishop Frederick Henry of Calgary's support for the International March for Women is becoming a divisive issue in his diocese and throughout Canada.
25 May 00
Poland CARDINAL APOLOGISES FOR PRIESTS' COMMUNIST-ERA FAILURES
Cardinal Jozef Glemp of Warsaw apologised on behalf of the Polish church for communist-era collaboration by Catholic priests, as well as for anti-Semitism and luxury lifestyles among the country's clergy.
25 May 00
USA HOUSE APPROVES GOLD MEDAL FOR POPE
In Washington, the House voted on Tuesday to award the Congressional Gold Medal to Pope John Paul II in recognition of his contributions to peace and religious understanding.
25 May 00
UK BABY LEO BLAIR'S CATHOLIC CHRISTENING
The small north east parish of St John Fisher, Sedgefield, is preparing to become the focus of a national celebration now that Downing Street has confirmed that baby Leo Blair is to be baptised in the same Catholic church, and by the same priest, as his two older brothers and older sister.
25 May 00
Vatican HORN OF AFRICA WAR POSTPONES BISHOPS' MEETING
The assembly of the Ethiopian-Eritrean Bishops Conference has been postponed indefinitely due to the conflict between the two Horn of Africa nations.
24 May 00
South Korea BELO SAYS DEMOCRACY NEEDS PRESS FREEDOM
Restoration of democracy in East Timor depends more than any thing else on freedom of the press and solidarity among the organisations of civil society, according to Bishop Carlos Belo of Dili.
24 May 00
Germany PASSION PLAY EDITED TO AVOID OFFENCE TO JEWS
Germany's world renowned Oberammergau Passion play has been modified to expunge negative images of Jews.
24 May 00
Italy EDITH STEIN IN LINE FOR CHURCH DOCTOR TITLE
Jewish-Christian martyr Edith Stein, who was designated by John Paul II co-patron saint of Europe could be declared a Doctor of the Church.
24 May 00
UK CATHOLIC WOMEN OPPOSE TYSON FIGHT
Church and women's groups are united in opposing the British Government's decision to allow convicted rapist Mike Tyson back into the country for a second fight next month.
24 May 00
Philippines ROLE OF ETHICS IN EDUCATION STRESSED IN COMPUTER VIRUS AFTERMATH
A Filipino bishop has said that the 'I Love You' computer virus incident highlights the lack of ethics in information technology education.
24 May 00
UK BISHOP TELLS CATHOLICS TO GET SURFING
A bishop who is an active user of the Internet has said the world wide web will be an important means of evangelisation in the new millennium.
24 May 00
Vatican 27 NEW SAINTS FOR MEXICO
On Sunday, John Paul II proclaimed 27 new Mexican saints, 25 of them martyrs to the religious persecution of 1915-1937.
23 May 00
Philippines KILLING OF CLARETIAN PRIEST 'PART OF MISSION'
Claretian priests in the southern Philippines say the sadness brought by Muslim extremists' torture and slaying of a young member of their congregation has strengthened their commitment to mission there.
23 May 00
India SIX KILLED AS CHURCH UNDER RENOVATION COLLAPSES
Five women and a child were killed and more than 35 people were injured when a Catholic church of Karwar diocese in southern India collapsed during renovation.
23 May 00
Italy CHURCH RULES OUT NEW SHROUD OF TURIN EXAMS FOR THE MOMENT
Church officials said yesterday that they have ruled out for the moment any new scientific tests on the Shroud of Turin.
23 May 00
Italy BISHOPS WARN AGAINST THE OCCULT
The bishops of the Italian Emilia-Romagna region have hit out against practice of the occult in a pastoral message entitled 'The Church and the Beyond'.
23 May 00
Italy CARDINAL DENIES 'CHURCH OF THE POOR'
Catholics who feel uneasy about the Church's wealth are simply suffering from a bourgeois guilt complex, according to the Archbishop of Bologna, Cardinal Giacomo Biffi.
23 May 00
Brisbane FATAL FIREWORKS BLAST DEVASTATES CATHOLIC SCHOOL FETE
Holy Spirit Primary School Year 7 student Dominique Baxendell died, two people were critically injured, and seven others suffered shrapnel wounds in the explosion that rocked the north Brisbane suburb of Bray Park about 7.30 pm on Saturday evening.
22 May 00
Aid &
Development
NEW DIRECTOR FOR CARITAS AUSTRALIA
The Australian Catholic Bishops' Conference has appointed Mr Jack de Groot National Director of Caritas Australia, the Church's agency for overseas aid and development.
22 May 00
Tasmania FORMER POLITICIAN ORDAINED PRIEST
Michael Tate, the legal academic and former long-term Senator, Justice Minister and Australian Ambassador, was ordained by the Archbishop of Hobart, the Most Rev. Adrian Doyle before almost 1000 people packed into St Mary's Cathedral, Hobart, on Friday evening.
22 May 00
Vietnam CHRISTIAN DISSIDENTS AMONG 12,000 RELEASED
Two Christian dissidents - a Catholic religious brother and a Protestant leader - were among more than 12,000 prisoners released in an amnesty program in Communist Vietnam, officials announced on Thursday.
22 May 00
China CHINA HOPES FOR IMPROVED TIES WITH VATICAN
China said on Thursday it hoped for a rapid improvement in relations with the Vatican, after an announcement by the Holy See that it had approved a bishop from China's state-run church.
22 May 00
Ireland NUMBER OF SEMINARIANS PLUMMETS
Despite the Vatican's recent announcement that the worldwide priestly vocations crisis is over, the number of candidates for the priesthood in Ireland continues to plummet.
22 May 00
USA WOUNDED PRIEST GUARDS SECRET OF THE CONFESSIONAL
An Ohio priest stabbed while hearing his attacker's confession has refused to testify against his assailant because of the confessional seal.
22 May 00
Vatican AVOID SENSATIONALISM ON FATIMA SECRET: RATZINGER
The Vatican's top doctrinal official, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, said the third secret of Fatima contains no dogma of faith and, like other private revelations, is ``not essential'' for Christians.
22 May 00
Migrants& Refugees ARCHBISHOP CRITICISES TREATMENT OF 'TEMPORARY' REFUGEES
The Chairman of the Bishops' Committee for Migrants and Refugees, Archbishop Barry Hickey, has expressed concern that the government's failure to provide adequate access to basic community services to holders of temporary protection visas's was discriminatory.
19 May 00
Women BISHOPS' TO ESTABLISH A COMMISSION FOR AUSTRALIAN CATHOLIC WOMEN
The Australian Catholic Bishops' Conference has agreed to establish a Commission for Australian Catholic Women, one of several responses to the Report into the Participation of Women in the Catholic Church, Woman and Man: One in Christ Jesus, which the Bishops received last year.
19 May 00
National AUSTRALIA TO HOST WORLD DAY OF SICK 2001
The Vatican has requested that Australia be the focal point for the World Day of the Sick celebrations in 2001.
19 May 00
Vatican POPE CELEBRATING 80TH BIRTHDAY
Pope John Paul II celebrated his 80th birthday yesterday.
19 May 00
Indonesia EIGHT KILLED IN ACEH, CHURCH TORCHED IN MOLUCCAS
Police gunned down eight men in Indonesia's western province of Aceh while mobs torched a Catholic church in the Moluccas at the other end of the vast archipelago, residents and police said.
19 May 00
France FIND INSPIRING IMAGES IN BIBLE, VATICAN OFFICIAL TELLS FILMMAKERS
Filmmakers looking for great ideas for images and stories need look no further than their Bibles, according to the president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications.
19 May 00
Sri Lanka ARCHBISHOP URGES CATHOLICS TO DONATE BLOOD
The Church in Sri Lanka has urged Catholics to donate blood to treat soldiers wounded while fighting Tamil Tiger rebels.
19 May 00
Social
Welfare
DRUG USER SUPPORT CENTRE FOR MARY MACKILLOP BIRTH SITE
The Catholic Church has purchased the historic birth site of Blessed Mary MacKillop in the inner Melbourne suburb of Fitzroy and will develop it immediately as a support, counselling and referral centre for drug users and their families.
18 May 00
National NEW LEADER FOR AUSTRALIAN BISHOPS
Archbishop Francis Carroll of Canberra-Goulburn has been elected the new President of the Australian Catholic Bishops' Conference.
18 May 00
Brisbane SISTER OF MERCY NAMED MOTHER OF THE YEAR
Mercy Sr Mary Lawson, who has taught hundreds of hearing impaired children during 22 years of special ministry, has been named Queesland's Mother of the Year.
18 May 00
Marriage
& Family
NEW STUDY CENTRE TO BOOST FAMILY LIFE
Melbourne's Archbishop George Pell has announced the establishment of an Australian campus of the John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family.
18 May 00
Tasmania ORDINATION OF POLITICIAN TURNED PRIEST
Former Federal justice minister and Labor senator Michael Tate will realise a long-deferred ambition when he is ordained a Catholic priest in Hobart on Friday.
18 May 00
USA BISHOPS DENOUNCE ABORTION RIGHTS GROUP
The US Catholic bishops conference denounced an abortion-rights group on Tuesday for campaigning to have the Holy See's permanent-observer status revoked at the United Nations.
18 May 00
Belgium FORMER PRIEST ARRESTED AS BELGIAN, SPANISH ROYALS MEET
A former Spanish priest who served three years in prison for attacking the Pope in Portugal in 1982 was arrested on Tuesday after he vaulted barricades separating crowds from Belgium's king and queen as they awaited the arrival of the king and queen of Spain.
18 May 00
Migrants &
Refugees
CHURCH OFFICE: UNFAIR TO PUNISH REFUGEES
Federal Government policy aimed at deterring potential boat people from coming to Australia is penalising those with legitimate claims, the Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office said.
17 May 00
Vatican POPE REGRETS WIDESPREAD IMMATURITY
'Social difficulties' that 'do not contribute to the maturing of personalities' are part of the course of the lack of vocations to the clergy and religious life in many countries, according to Pope John Paul II.
17 May 00
Vatican PAPAL CONDOLENCES AFTER BLAST IN NETHERLANDS
In a telegram to Cardinal Adrianus Simonis, the president of the Dutch episcopal conference, Pope John Paul II has sent his condolences to the victims of a massive explosion that killed at least 20 people in the town of Enschede on Saturday.
17 May 00
Italy VOICE TOLD POPE'S WOULD-BE ASSASSIN TO DO IT
The gunman serving a life sentence for shooting Pope John Paul II in 1981 said on Monday that he almost walked away from St Peter's Square that day without pulling the trigger.
17 May 00
Canada CATHOLIC, ANGLICAN BISHOPS EXAMINE RELATIONS
The spiritual leader of the Anglican church and a senior Vatican official opened a six-day meeting on Sunday that brought together Anglican and Catholic bishops from around the world to examine the relationship between them.
17 May 00
UK OUR LADY OF FATIMA ON HER WAY TO CHINA
A London group is bringing a statue of Our Lady of Fatima to mainland China to help promote missionary work.
17 May 00
Vatican HOLY SEE AGREES TO NOMINATION OF AUTONOMOUS BISHOP
The Vatican announced last week that it had approved the nomination of Zhao Fengchang, a member of the government recognized "open" Church in China's Shandong province, as bishop of Yanggu.
16 May 00
Vatican POPE ENDORSES GIVEAWAY JESUS VIDEO
Pope John Paul II has commended an initiative to distribute 1.5 million copies of film 'Jesus' to Jubilee pilgrims, saying that "it helps people live the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000 as an encounter with Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Saviour."
16 May 00
France SACKED BISHOP RECONCILES WITH CHURCH
A French bishop removed from his diocese by Pope John Paul II five years ago for flouting the Church's teachings has been reconciled with the Church, sources said on Thursday.
16 May 00
Pakistan SEVEN CHRISTIAN WOMEN GANG RAPED
Seven Christian women were gang raped one after the other by five armed men earlier this month near Lahore in northeastern Pakistan.
16 May 00
Italy CARDINAL MARTINI CALLS FOR PRISONS RETHINK
Prison, a place of pain and social protection in which many religious and nuns dedicate a great deal of humanitarian energy, needs to be profoundly rethought, according to Archbishop of Milan Cardinal Carlo Martini.
16 May 00
India MOTHER TERESA'S BEATIFICATION PROCESS PROGRESSES
The diocesan phase of hearing the testimony of witnesses in Mother Teresa of Calcutta's cause of beatification has concluded.
16 May 00
Portugal POPE BEATIFIES SHEPHERD BOY AND GIRL IN PORTUGAL, REVEALS THIRD SECRET
The Vatican disclosed on Saturday that the so-called third secret of Fatima foretold the 1981 assassination attempt against Pope John Paul II, ending a mystery that some had feared was apocalyptic.
15 May 00
Vatican POPE WARNS ATHLETES ON COMPETITIVE EXCESSES
During an audience on Friday with competitive cyclists, Pope John Paul II cautioned that the world of sports "cannot be reduced to a simple effort, or a questionable display of physical power."
15 May 00
Rwanda ACCUSED RWANDA BISHOP CLAIMS VICTIMISATION
The Catholic bishop accused of complicity in Rwanda's 1994 genocide has denied responsibility for the massacres, saying he was wrongly arrested on orders of the former president.
15 May 00
USA VATICAN OFFICIALS CHALLENGE US BISHOP ON LITURGY
In a letter to the editor of the Jesuits' America magazine, two Vatican officials have challenged an American bishop and reasserted demands for controversial new controls over the International Commission on English in the Liturgy.
15 May 00
UK ARCHBISHOP BREAKS SILENCE OVER FALSE ALLEGATIONS OF CHILD ABUSE
Archbishop John Ward of Cardiff in Wales has commended the Christian Brothers for forgiving all the people who had falsely accused them of sexual and physical abuse.
15 May 00
Germany JESUIT CRITICISES ACADEMIC INTERFERENCE BY VATICAN
A prominent German Jesuit has criticised the way the Vatican appoints professors of theology in German universities.
15 May 00
UK CARDINAL SAYS PRIEST SHORTAGE WILL DRIVE CHURCH TOWARDS PROTESTANTISM
Catholics will be starved of the sacraments without an influx of new priests, Belgium's most senior Catholic churchman has warned.
15 May 00
National LAY PADRES PROPOSED FOR ARMED FORCES
In the face of continuing demand for military chaplains, the recent gathering of the Australian Military Ordinariate in Canberra developed strategies for the placement of non-ordained ministers within the Australian Defence Force.
4 May 00
Education TRAIN CATHOLIC PUPILS TO RESIST BULLIES: EXPERT
Assertiveness training and conflict management taught in all Catholic schools from Year 7 would reduce bullying and boost the self-esteem of ostracised students, according to parenting expert Mrs Elizabeth O'Connor.
4 May 00
National CHARITIES TO GAIN MORE GST CONCESSIONS
The Federal Government will grant more concessions to Church and other charities so they avoid paying and collecting the goods and services tax (GST).
4 May 00
Mission US ARCHBISHOP URGES FAMILIES TO BECOME MISSIONARIES
A US archbishop visiting Melbourne has urged Catholics to ponder whether they are called to be missionary families to the poor in Australia or abroad.
4 May 00
Italy MEXICAN PRIEST BOUND AND MURDERED IN ROME
A defrocked Mexican Catholic priest, disciplined eight years ago for unspecified improper behaviour, was found brutally murdered in an apparent sex crime on Tuesday, police in Rome said.
4 May 00
India CHRISTIAN MARRIAGE BILL DISCRIMINATORY, CHURCH LEADERS SAY
Leaders of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India (CBCI) and the National Council of Churches in India have criticised the Indian government's proposed Christian marriage law as "unfair and discriminatory".
4 May 00
Indonesia EPISCOPAL VICAR WARNS CATHOLICS ON POSSIBLE MUSLIM ATTACKS
A Church leader in Yogyakarta, Central Java, has asked Catholics to be on alert in view of the presence of Islamic paramilitary troops in the area.
4 May 00
Social Welfare WOMEN AND CHILDREN 'THE NEW HOMELESS'
A St Vincent de Paul Society report has identified women and children as the new class of homeless people in Australia.
3 May 00
National PRIESTS' STIPENDS COULD BE SLUGGED 48.5% UNDER GST
Under current legislation, diocesan priests who do not register themselves as businesses will have 48.5% GST deducted from their already meagre stipends.
3 May 00
National NEW POLITICAL LOBBY GROUP ESTABLISHED
A new national Catholic lobby network has been established to press for changes in government social policies.
3 May 00
UK ARCHBISHOP SAYS CELIBACY RULE 'CAN CHANGE'
Archbishop Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, leader of Catholics in England and Wales, has told the Guardian newspaper that celibacy for priests is a discipline that could be changed.
3 May 00
India CARITAS PLANS STRATEGIES TO HELP DROUGHT VICTIMS
Caritas India has appealed to Christians to raise funds to help some 50 million victims of a drought that now sweeps several states in the country.
3 May 00
Spain SPANIARDS ARE CATHOLICS BUT DON'T GO TO MASS
A study from has concluded that while 85% of Spaniards claim to be Catholics, more that 40% only go to Church for weddings, first communions, and funerals
3 May 00
Vatican POPE'S MAY DAY SPEECH WARNS ON GLOBALISATION
Pope John Paul, in a May Day mass for workers from around the world, said yesterday that globalisation of economies and trade could not be allowed to violate basic human rights.
2 May 00
Vatican POPE CANONISES KRAKOW NUN
Pope John Paul II, who himself prayed at the tomb of Helena Kowalska while a clandestine seminary student in Nazi-controlled Poland, presided at Sunday's canonisation ceremony, describing the nun as a "daughter of Poland ... tightly connected to the history of the 20th century."
2 May 00
Vatican HOLY SEE PRESENTS COMPILATION OF SOCIAL DOCTRINE
Last week, the Vatican launched "The Social Agenda: Collection of Texts of the Magisterium," a compilation of the social doctrine of the Church.
2 May 00
Bangladesh CATHOLIC ACTIVIST ATTACKED AFTER CONDEMNING ORGANISED CRIME
An internationally recognised Bangladeshi Catholic woman social activist was attacked on 17 April, after she criticised both the government and organised crime at a seminar in the capital Dhaka.
2 May 00
Ecumenism HISTORIC ANGLICAN-ROMAN CATHOLIC DIALOGUE SET FOR CANADA
Brisbane Archbishop John Bathersby will gather with Roman Catholic and Anglican bishops from thirteen regions around the world in Canada this month to assess the past 30 years of dialogue between the two churches
2 May 00
Internet MORE CANDIDATES FOR PATRON SAINT OF THE INTERNET
Following the Vatican's lack of endorsement of the choice of St Isidore at patron saint of the Internet, the competition is reported to be open to other contenders.
2 May 00
Social
Justice
ARCHBISHOP FAULKNER CALLS FOR BROADER UNDERSTANDING OF 'PRO-LIFE'
Adelaide's Archbishop has called for the pro-life campaign to be widened beyond the abortion and euthanasia debates to take in all "crimes against life", from violence against women to malnutrition and poverty.
1 May 00
Social
Justice
THINK OF REDUNDANT WORKERS: BISHOP
Catholics should consider the rights of workers made redundant by company insolvencies and not paid their entitlements, according a message written for today's Feast of St Joseph the Worker by Australian Catholic Social Justice Council Chairman Bishop Kevin Manning.
1 May 00
Italy CHURCH TAKES ON AFRICAN DEBT
The Catholic Church in Italy has set up a charitable fund to pay off debt owed to Italy by two of the poorest African countries, Guinea and Zambia.
1 May 00
France VATICAN TELLS SCHOOL TO REMOVE CONDOM MACHINE
A Catholic secondary school has agreed to remove a condom machine after complaints from parents reached the Vatican.
1 May 00
cccat STUDY REVEALS GROWTH IN MEDIA COVERAGE OF RELIGION
A new study has found that coverage of religion by major media outlets in the US has grown over the past 30 years.
1 May 00
UK RISE IN EXORCISMS DUE TO FALSE RELIGION SAYS PRIEST
The number of exorcisms worldwide is rising as a direct result of New Age philosophies and religious ignorance, an English exorcist has claimed.
1 May 00