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Bioethics FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS AT STAKE FOLLOWING COURT RULING - PELL
The Australian Catholic bishops believe a legal judgment handed down on Friday will impact on all future government legislation concerning family, marriage and the rights of the child.
31-Jul-00
Hungary NUNCIO ISAYS MASS FOR MARRIED PRIESTS
Priests who have left the active ministry in order to marry continue to make a "very valuable" contribution to make to the Church, the papal nuncio Budapest has said.
31-Jul-00
Japan JUBILEE 2000 CAMPAIGN CRITICISES G-8 FAILURE
The Jubilee 2000 Japan coalition says industrialised nations in the Group of Eight (G-8) have left poor nations wallowing in foreign debt.
31-Jul-00
UK BRITISH CATHOLIC WOMEN FIGHT PORN RULING
A group of British Catholic women have vowed to fight a landmark High Court ruling which allows hard-core pornography to be sold in the country.
31-Jul-00
Liturgy NEW ROMAN MISSAL INSTRUCTION BRINGS CHANGES IN CELEBRATION OF MASS
The Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments on Friday issued the first revision in 25 years of the General Instruction of the Roman Missal.
31-Jul-00
USA ARCHBISHOP OF OKLAHOMA CITY CALLS FOR MORATORIUM ON DEATH PENALTY
Archbishop Eusebius J. Beltran of Oklahoma City in the US has called for a moratorium on the death penalty in Oklahoma, asking all Catholics in the state to join him "in rethinking this difficult issue."
31-Jul-00
Israel FRANCISCANS APPEAL TO PILGRIMS TO PRAY FOR PEACE
During the recent Camp David peace talks, Franciscans in the Holy Land asked arriving pilgrims to pray for peace in the Middle East.
28-Jul-00
Refugees
& Migrants
CHURCH RESCUING DUMPED REFUGEES
Catholic organisations in Brisbane and Melbourne are providing services to refugees which the Federal Government has 'dumped in the middle of a big city with minimal English, few supports and uncertain as to their entitlements'.
28-Jul-00
Bioethics JUDGMENT RESERVED IN IVF FERTILITY CASE
The Federal Court has reserved its decision in a case in which the Church intervened against a single woman's application to have a child by in-vitro fertilisation.
28-Jul-00
Vatican POPE SENDS CONDOLENCES FOLLOWING CONCORDE CRASH
Pope John Paul II sent a message of condolence shortly after hearing of the death of 113 people in the Air France Concorde crash.
28-Jul-00
cccat POPE WARNS AGAINST SHORTENED ATTENTION SPAN
The Pope has told pilgrims in St Peter's Square that we must avoid the shortened attention span that is often associated with new technology.
28-Jul-00
USA PONTIFF CALLS ON US STATE TO SPARE DEATH ROW INMATE
Pope John Paul II has asked the governor of Virginia to spare the life of convicted murderer Derek Rocco Barnabei, an Italian national.
28-Jul-00
Peace PAX CHRISTI HOPES FOR ELIMINATION OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS
Pax Christi this week told the mayor of Hiroshima of its hope for the elimination of all nuclear weapons.
28-Jul-00
Environment GREEN PRIEST FORESHADOWS ENVIRONMENTAL PATRON
Author and environmentalist Fr Paul Collins says it's only a matter of time before St Francis of Assisi is recognised as patron saint for the environment.
27-Jul-00
Philippines POPE SUPPORTS PRAYER FOR PEACE
Pope John Paul II has expressed his full support for the nationwide prayer initiative for peace in Mindanao.
27-Jul-00
Indonesia MALUKU NUNS JOIN JAKARTA PROTEST AGAINST SECTARIAN VIOLENCE
Nuns from Indonesia's Maluku provinces have joined activists in calling on the Wahid government to restore peace and order.
27-Jul-00
India ANOTHER PRIEST KILLED
Police in India's north-eastern state of Tripura say that a Catholic priest was killed and two others were seriously injured when unidentified gunmen opened fire on their vehicle on Tuesday.
27-Jul-00
UK ARCHBISHOP'S ADMISSION PROMPTS CLERGY ABUSE CLAMPDOWN
British clergy who abuse their position of trust to sexually exploit young people could face jail under proposals to be considered by the government.
27-Jul-00
Germany BISHOPS RESIST GAY MARRIAGE MOVES
German Catholic leaders have criticised government plans to allow the registration of same-sex relationships.
27-Jul-00
Health
Care
CATHOLIC BODY TO PUSH FOR UNIVERSAL ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE
Catholic Health Australia, the peak body representing the Church's health and aged care institutions, is calling for all political parties to foster a fairer health and aged care system.
26-Jul-00
Religious
Congregations
YOUNG RELIGIOUS TALK ABOUT GOD'S 'UNFINISHED BUSINESS'
More than 60 priests, brothers and sisters in religious life less than 10 years have concluded a meeting in Sydney with a sense that much of the Church's work remains to be done.
26-Jul-00
Religious
Congregations
STOLEN BRASS CRUCIFIX RETURNED TO MARY MACKILLOP MUSEUM
A small brass crucifix associated with the foundation of the Sisters of St Joseph, one of several historical items stolen from a display case at Sydney's Mary MacKillop Museum, has been anonymously returned.
26-Jul-00
Indonesia AMBON BISHOP SOUNDS ETHNIC CLEANSING ALERT
The Catholic Bishop of Ambon in Indonesia has appealed for international intervention to halt what's now being labelled an exercise in ethnic cleansing.
26-Jul-00
Korea MORE CATHOLICS VISIT NORTH KOREA AS MISSION IMPULSE GROWS
The North Korean Catholic Association hosted four delegates of a special Reconciliation Commission of the Korean Catholic Bishops' Conference, earlier this month.
26-Jul-00
Zimbabwe BISHOPS CALL FOR POST-ELECTION PEACE
Following the narrow victory of President Robert Mugabe's ZANUPF Party, the Bishops of Zimbabwe have told their people: "Elections come and go, but we always have to live as neighbours and work together for peace."
26-Jul-00
Criminal
Justice
JAIL ALTERNATIVE FIGHT HOTS UP
Brisbane Archdiocese's Justice and Peace Commission (CJPC) and Catholic Prison Ministry have stepped up their campaign to keep fine defaulters out of jail.
25-Jul-00
Vatican POPE URGES INTERNATIONAL STATUS FOR JERUSALEM
Pope John Paul II has urged that Jerusalem be governed under international protection, claiming that only special status could guarantee religious freedoms there.
25-Jul-00
Vatican POPE SAYS PRAYER GIVES MEANING TO PRIESTHOOD
A personal relationship with Christ is the lifeblood of the priestly vocation, Pope John Paul II told a Salesian community which was hosting him during his recent mountain vacation in Italy.
25-Jul-00
India SR NIRMALA'S 'EXONERATION' OF HINDU GROUPS SHOCKS CHRISTIANS
Mother Teresa's successor Sister Nirmala is reported to have 'exonerated' Hindu militant groups from accusations of anti-Christian violence.
25-Jul-00
Philippines BISHOPS CALL FOR REMOVAL OF TOXIC WASTE
The Catholic bishops of the Philippines are sending a message to the US bishops asking the United States to remove the toxic waste from their former bases.
25-Jul-00
Vatican WE ALL NEED A HOLIDAY SAYS POPE
Pope John Paul II has said that regular vacations are necessary in order to live a balanced life that is attentive to the Holy Spirit.
25-Jul-00
Brisbane NUN'S BID TO FORM A NEW ORDER
A voluntary association of women is being formed in Brisbane with the aim of becoming a new Australian religious congregation.
24-Jul-00
Evangelisation SVDP CALL FOR CHRISTIANS TO STAND UP
Statistics showing there are fewer Christians in Australia have alarmed the St Vincent de Paul Society.
24-Jul-00
Solomon Islands CARMELITES PRAY FOR PEACE
The Carmelites nuns of the diocese of Auki in the Solomon Islands, are praying for peace in both their own islands and Fiji.
24-Jul-00
Guatemala TRIAL FOR BISHOP'S 1998 MURDER MAY BE POSTPONED UNTIL 2001
The trial of three army officers, a diocesan priest and an elderly housekeeper for the 1998 murder of Auxiliary Bishop Juan Gerardi Conedera of Guatemala City could be postponed until next year, said the prosecutor.
24-Jul-00
South Africa CHURCH CRITICISES GOVERNMENT AIDS POLICY
The AIDS Office of the South African Bishops Conference has criticised the South African government for its lack of commitment in combatting the epidemic.
24-Jul-00
Mexico CARDINAL'S MURDER WAS A PREMEDITATED 'STATE CRIME'
The 1993 killing of Cardinal Juan Ocampo of Guadalajara was deliberate, to silence the cardinal and to recover documents in his possession showing links between members of the Mexican Government with drug-trafficking gangs.
24-Jul-00
Israel HOLY LAND PATRIARCHS KNOCK ON CAMP DAVID'S DOOR
The Orthodox Patriarchs of Jerusalem and the Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land, have requested the opportunity to present their positions on the future status of the Holy City.
21-Jul-00
Angola CHURCH WORKERS ABDUCTED
Gunmen raided a remote Catholic mission in Angola, abducting 14 church workers and up to 20 civilians, news reports said on Wednesday.
21-Jul-00
USA TWO CHURCHES FAIL TO REACH DEAL
Despite ten days of talks ending Wednesday, leaders of the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches failed to reach an agreement over theological issues that have divided them for almost 1000 years.
21-Jul-00
Sierra Leone CHILD SOLDIERS RECRUITED AGAIN
Children are being abducted to serve on the front in Sierra Leone as cannon fodder, according to local Catholic Church sources.
21-Jul-00
Russia FOREIGN MISSIONARIES BEING EXPELLED
A significant number of foreign Christian missionaries have been expelled from Russia, with an increased number over the past year, according to a major investigation by Keston News Service.
21-Jul-00
UK NEW ARCHBISHOP SAYS OPUS DEI IS 'THE WAY'
Archbishop Cormac Murphy O'Connor of Westminster has given his blessing to the work of the controversial Catholic organisation, Opus Dei.
21-Jul-00
Vatican PONTIFICAL COUNCIL RESPONDS TO FETAL REDUCTION TECHNIQUE
The Pontifical Council for the Family has asserted that the technique to reduce multiple embryos in a pregnancy is a form of procured abortion.
20-Jul-00
Indonesia CATHOLIC YOUTHS URGED TO LEARN TO ACCEPT DIFFERENCES
A Catholic bishop has urged Indonesian Catholic youth to help create a "new world order" by learning to accept differences and respect people with different cultural and religious backgrounds.
20-Jul-00
UK CHURCH ACCUSED OVER PAEDOPHILE PRIEST
The new head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales is under fire from the media following revelations that he permitted a paedophile priest continue his ministry amid warnings from professionals that he would re-offend.
20-Jul-00
Vatican COUNTDOWN TO WORLD YOUTH DAY
The countdown is on for World Youth Day 2000, which will be held in Rome from 15-20 August.
20-Jul-00
Netherlands COURT REJECTS LEGAL ACTION AGAINST POPE
Dutch authorities said on Tuesday they will not pursue a complaint against Pope John Paul II filed by a group of gay activists last week.
20-Jul-00
Philippines REDEMPTORISTS OFFER FUNERAL MASS FOR PRIEST MISSING 15 YEARS
The Redemptorist congregation in the Philippines has finally offered a funeral Mass for their confrere Fr Rudy Romano, 15 years after his disappearance.
20-Jul-00
Social
Welfare
CHILD POVERTY 'AUSTRALIA'S SHAME' - ACSWC
The Australian Catholic Social Welfare Commission has described as a 'sad indictment' a UNICEF report on the status of the world's children that places Australia ninth in a list 23 OECD countries in which relative child poverty still exists.
19-Jul-00
Solomon
Islands
DOMINICANS ASK AUSTRALIA TO MEDIATE IN SOLOMONS
Australia should undertake a mediation role in the Solomon Islands conflict, the Dominican Provincial Fr Thomas Cassidy has told the Prime Minister.
19-Jul-00
Cuba JESUS CHRIST 'WAS A COMMUNIST', SAYS CASTRO
Cuba's Catholic-educated President Fidel Castro, one of history's most famous communists, believes Jesus Christ shared his political faith.
19-Jul-00
Italy HOLY FATHER PRAYS FOR PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST
During his vacation in the Italian Alps, Pope John Paul II is praying every day for peace in the Mid East, and specially for the success of the talks taking place these days in Camp David.
19-Jul-00
Vatican 'SAINT GAUDI' MOVEMENT GAINS MOMENTUM
The long and complex process which could set Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi on the path to sainthood, has begun.
19-Jul-00
UK SCOTTISH CHURCH'S WORRIES OVER MALE CONTRACEPTIVE PILL
The new male contraceptive pill will lead to more unplanned pregnancies and abortions, Catholic Church critics in Scotland said on Sunday.
19-Jul-00
Italy POPE REMEMBERS THOSE WHO CANNOT ENJOY A VACATION
The Holy Father dedicated his only scheduled public meeting during his 12 day holiday greet those enjoying a vacation, but also those who cannot go on vacation.
18-Jul-00
Vatican HOLY SEE DISCLOSES PAPAL INTERVENTION FOR RELEASE OF TURKISH GUNMAN
Pope John Paul II personally intervened with Italian authorities to gain the release last month of the Turkish gunman who sought to kill him in 1981, a Vatican spokesman said on Sunday.
18-Jul-00
Italy CONFESSIONS DOUBLE IN JUBILEE BASILICAS
The number of pilgrims going to Confession in Rome's Basilicas doubled during the first six months of the Jubilee Year.
18-Jul-00
USA CARDINAL REGRETS TREATMENT OF NUGENT AND GRAMICK
The Vatican condemnation of two US ministers to the gay community was "handled very badly", according to the Archbishop of Chicago, Cardinal Francis George.
18-Jul-00
India FEDERAL MINISTER APPLAUDS CHRISTIAN MISSIONARIES
Hindu nationalist leaders have rejected an Indian minister's praise for Christian missionaries.
18-Jul-00
Indonesia PAPUAN BISHOPS ASK WAHID FOR PEACEFUL RESPONSE TO INDEPENDENCE DEMAND
Two Catholic bishops from Papua province have asked Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid to respond to the Papuan demand for independence with peaceful measures.
18-Jul-00
India JESUIT PRIEST FOUND DEAD IN EASTERN INDIA
A Jesuit priest was found dead on a highway in eastern India on Wednesday in mysterious circumstances.
17-Jul-00
Taiwan PRESIDENT HOPES POPE CAN VISIT
President Chen Shui-bian has said a visit by Pope John Paul to Taiwan is the greatest hope of Catholics and all people on the island.
17-Jul-00
Vatican POPE OFFERS CONDOLENCES FOR RUNCIE DEATH
Pope John Paul II offered his condolences on Thursday for the death of Robert Runcie, expressing hope that the memory of the former archbishop of Canterbury ``will stir us all'' to work harder for Christian unity.
17-Jul-00
Vatican SAVE EMBRYOS, SAYS HOLY SEE
In a new condemnation, the Vatican said last week that the practice of eliminating unwanted embryos resulting from artificial procreation was tantamount to abortion.
17-Jul-00
Fiji NEW CATHOLIC NEWS AGENCY FOR PACIFIC
Last Week the Conference of Superiors of the Islands of the Pacific launched its news agency RelPacNews.
17-Jul-00
Netherlands GAY GROUP SEEKS LEGAL ACTION AGAINST POPE
A Dutch gay organisation has filed a complaint seeking legal action against the Pope for what it called his discriminatory remarks against homosexuals.
17-Jul-00
Melbourne NEW MERCY HOSPITAL FOR CITY'S SOUTH-EAST
The Victorian Government yesterday announced that Mercy Health and Aged Care has been selected to build, own and operate the new 219 bed community hospital in Berwick, located in Melbourne's outer South East area.
14-Jul-00
Italy POPE GOES ON OUTING DESPITE COLD AND WIND
Wednesday morning's cold wind did not dissuade John Paul II from going on his planned excursion in the Italian Alps, where he is spending his summer vacation.
14-Jul-00
Northern Ireland BISHOP FEARS ANARCHY IN NORTHERN IRELAND
Northern Ireland is in danger of sliding into anarchy, a Belfast bishop warned as protests about the banned Protestant march in Drumcree continued.
14-Jul-00
Germany CHURCH TO GIVE TO SLAVE FUND
The Catholic Church in Germany is being challenged to pay compensation for its use of forced labour during the Nazi era following the Evangelical Church's pledge of $A8.5 million on Wednesday.
14-Jul-00
India SECURITY TIGHTENED FOR CHURCHES
Churches in the southern Indian state of Karnataka have been provided with police protection after a bomb explosion on Sunday night.
14-Jul-00
Brazil RIO CARDINAL SLAMS EXPLOITATION OF FAMOUS CHRIST STATUE
Cardinal Eugenio Araujo Sales of Rio de Janeiro sent a letter to two advertising agencies this week requesting them to take off the air commercial TV advertisements that extensively use the image of the world-famous Christ the Redeemer statue that dominates Rio's Bay of Guanabara.
14-Jul-00
Vatican PAPAL TELEGRAM FOR MANILA GARBAGE LANDSLIDE VICTIMS
Upon hearing the news of burial beneath garbage of dozens of people earlier this week in the slums of suburban Manila, the Holy Father sent a telegram of sympathy to Cardinal Jaime Sin.
13-Jul-00
USA HOUSE VOTES TO KEEP VATICAN IN UN
A resolution proposed by a Texas Republican in the House in Washington expresses opposition to efforts to strip the Vatican of its non-voting representative status at the United Nations.
13-Jul-00
UK MP BLAMES CHURCH FOR SPREAD OF AIDS
Clare Short, the Blair Government's International Development Secretary, has attacked the Catholic Church for contributing to the spread of AIDS by prohibiting condom use among the faithful.
13-Jul-00
UK SCOTTISH CARDINAL SAYS ABORTION CORRUPTED MEDICINE
Cardinal Thomas Winning of Glasgow said this week that abortion had corrupted medicine.
13-Jul-00
Indonesia PRIEST CONCERNED BY GAMBLERS SEEKING LUCKY NUMBERS IN CHURCH
A priest has expressed concern over the urge to gamble of many Catholics who look for lucky numbers in hymn numbers or scripture references during Sunday Mass.
13-Jul-00
India BISHOP SAYS CASTE SYSTEM REPLICATED IN RELIGIOUS CONGREGATIONS
Archbishop Arokiasamy or Madurai in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, has stirred controversy by suggesting social discrimination based on the caste system has a decisive influence in the election of congregational leaders.
13-Jul-00
WA STATUE OF CHRISTIAN BROTHER BEHEADED
Police will investigate the beheading of a bronze statue at the Catholic Agricultural College at Bindoon about 80 kilometres north of Perth.
12-Jul-00
Russia PUTIN SAYS POPE WILL COME TO MOSCOW IF HE CAN MEET ORTHODOX
Russian President Vladimir Putin has invited John Paul II to visit Moscow, but the trip will take place only if a meeting with Orthodox Patriarch Alexei II is possible.
12-Jul-00
Turkey PAPAL ASSAILANT ASKS "DEAR BROTHER POPE" TO RESIGN
Would-be papal assassin Mehmet Ali Agca on Monday called the Vatican "the headquarters of the devil" and urged Pope John Paul II, the man he tried to kill in 1981, to step down as head of the Catholic church.
12-Jul-00
United
Nations
UN TARGETS CHURCH, US, FRANCE IN RWANDA REPORT
A United Nations investigation into the 1994 genocide of 800,000 people in Rwanda criticised the United States, France, and the Anglican and Catholic churches for failing to use their powers to prevent the murders.
12-Jul-00
Italy SOCIETY KILLED NUN SAYS BISHOP
An Italian bishop has criticised his country's "permissive" society for the part he believed it played in the murder of a nun.
12-Jul-00
Netherlands UNIVERSITY FORCED TO RETHINK HONOUR FOR THEOLOGIAN
Acting under Vatican pressure, a Catholic university in the Netherlands has withdrawn plans to name a chair in theology after Dominican Fr Edward Schillebeeckx in honour of his 85th birthday.
12-Jul-00
Health Care CATHOLIC HEALTH BODY SAYS GST HITTING ELDERLY HARD
Thousands of elderly pensioners were being slugged GST on home care following the federal government's refusal to subsidise services, the Executive Director of Catholic Health Australia said yesterday.
11-Jul-00
Solomon Islands CHURCH APPEALS FOR ABDUCTED PRIEST'S RELEASE
The Catholic church in the Solomon Islands has appealed for the release of a priest it says has been abducted by militants on Guadalcanal island.
11-Jul-00
Multiculturalism CONFERENCE URGES GOVERNMENT TO VALUE MIGRANT CONTRIBUTION
Archbishop Barry Hickey has criticised the Government for its harsh treatment of refugees and asylum seekers.
11-Jul-00
Multiculturalism MULTICULTURALISM LEADER CHALLENGES CHURCHES
Council for Multicultural Australia Chairman Neville Roach jas challenged churches to do a better job of providing moral leadership in the areas of race, reconciliation and the treatment of migrants and refugees.
11-Jul-00
Social
Welfare
LOCAL PRISON CHAPLAIN SAYS POPE'S CLEMENCY CALL IS ABOUT REFORM
Fr Tony Pearson, a Catholic priest working with prisoners in South Australia, said the Pope's call for clemency was not a call to "go easy" on prisoners but a plea for a more constructive approach to the whole penal system.
11-Jul-00
Vatican POPE CELEBRATES MASS IN ROME PRISON
Inmates and guards were on the same side of the bars Sunday as Pope John Paul II celebrated Mass in a Roman prison, repeating his call for clemency for prisoners worldwide.
11-Jul-00
Vatican HOLY SEE SIGNS DEAL FOR VATICAN CREDIT CARD
In what will be one of its biggest commercial enterprises yet, the Vatican Treasury has teamed up with a rock music promoter to market specially designed goods and a Vatican credit card.
11-Jul-00
Solomon Islands MILITIA SEIZES PRIEST
A Catholic priest is reportedly being held captive by militants in Solomon Islands.
10-Jul-00
Vatican POPE CONDEMNS GAY RIGHTS MARCH
Pope John Paul has condemned Saturday's gay rights march in Rome.
10-Jul-00
Vatican HOLY SEE SAYS NO CHANGE ON COMMUNION PROHIBITION FOR DIVORCED
In an official declaration of the Pontifical Council for the Interpretation of Legislative texts, the Holy See has reminded divorced Catholics who have remarried that they cannot receive the Sacrament of Holy Communion.
10-Jul-00
Vatican POPE SENDS CONDOLENCES AFTER SPANISH BUS CRASH
The Holy Father sent a telegram of sympathy through the Secretary of State, Cardinal Angelo Sodano, after learning of a road accident on Thursday that killed 28 students and teachers from two Catholic schools in the Catalan region of Spain.
10-Jul-00
China BEIJING CALLS ON VATICAN TO BREAK WITH TAIWAN
China has called on the Vatican to break with Taiwan and recognize China if relations with Beijing are to improve.
10-Jul-00
USA DEATH ROW NUN A FAVOURITE FOR THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE
The nun who inspired the Oscar-winning film Dead Man Walking is emerging as a front runner for the Nobel Peace Prize for her increasingly effective campaign against the death penalty.
10-Jul-00
Women in
the Church
PLEA FOR TRUCE IN WOMEN'S DEBATE
Extreme elements from both sides of the debate must respect each other, a key author of last year's groundbreaking report on women's role in the Church said after there was a "lack of tolerance" at the Adelaide hearings on the issue.
7-Jul-00
Migrants
& Refugees
IMMIGRATION MINISTER TO ATTEND CATHOLIC CONFERENCE
Federal Immigration Minister Phillip Ruddock will face questioning from participants at this weekend's Catholic conference on Multicultural Australia.
7-Jul-00
Bioethics BIOETHICIST QUESTIONS PRIORITY GIVEN TO GENOME PROJECT
A leading Australian bioethicist has suggested that the large expenditure on the Human Genome project is unjustified, given that we still do not have scientific underpinning for improved water, sewage or inoculation programs.
7-Jul-00
East Timor SOLDIER DETAINED AFTER BEATING SEMINARIAN AND TRADER
A soldier who allegedly tried to extort money, manhandled a trader and hit a seminarian at a checkpoint near the East Timor border has been detained after local people staged a protest rally.
7-Jul-00
Vatican POPE SET FOR SUMMER VACATION
Pope John Paul II is set to depart for his summer vacation in a specially modified house in the Italian Alps.
7-Jul-00
Canada ARCHBISHOP 'DID NOTHING' TO STOP SEXUAL ABUSE
A court has ruled that a former Archbishop of Newfoundland in Canada knew that one of his priests was sexually abusing boys and did nothing to stop it.
7-Jul-00
Victoria SANDHURST BISHOP RESIGNS
The Vatican has announced the resignation of Bishop Noel Daly from pastoral care of the Diocese of Sandhurst, due to prolonged ill health.
6-Jul-00
Migrants
& Refugees
RUDDOCK SLAMS CHURCHES FOR HELPING REFUGEES
Immigration Minister Philip Ruddock has criticised South Australian Church and welfare groups for assisting refugees granted Temporary Protection Visas (TPV), The Catholic Weekly reports.
6-Jul-00
Vatican PAPAL THEOLOGIAN URGES COMPASSION FOR GAYS
In an attempt to avoid the perception of church-sponsored gay hate during the current Gay Pride event in Rome, the theologian of the papal household has highlighted a 1986 statement calling for compassion for those afflicted by the 'intrinsic disorder' of homosexuality.
6-Jul-00
Philippines BISHOPS REJECT PRISONS KIDNEYS FOR FREEDOM DEAL
The Philippine bishops' Office on Bioethics says that a draft bill offering reduced sentences to convicts who donate their kidneys sounds "creative" but is morally defective.
6-Jul-00
Brazil CHURCH CENSURES PRO-CONDOM PRIEST
Brazilian Church authorities have condemned a priest for handing out condoms to prevent the spread of AIDS, in defiance of the Vatican's opposition to artificial contraception.
6-Jul-00
Vatican POPE FEARS FOR FUTURE OF THE SWALLOW
The Pope is meeting UK wildlife campaigners at the Vatican to discuss the crisis facing one of Europe's best-loved birds, the swallow.
6-Jul-00
Mexico VOTERS ELECT CHURCH-FRIENDLY OPPOSITION PARTY
Mexicans voted in astounding numbers on Sunday to elect a new government, choosing instead a party seen as more friendly to the Catholic Church.
5-Jul-00
Vatican BELO TELLS DOCTORS TO TREAT ALL PATIENTS EQUALLY
East Timor's Bishop Carlos Belo has told the Jubilee convention of doctors in Rome that they must take account of the person's humanity, and not his or her origins or social class.
5-Jul-00
Vatican NEW YORK ARCHBISHOP MEETS WITH POPE
New York's new archbishop, Edward Egan, had his first private meeting with Pope John Paul II on Monday.
5-Jul-00
Philippines BISHOPS RECONSIDER REFUGEE PROBLEM AS DEADLINE BRINGS NO CEASE-FIRE
Bishops are considering deeper involvement in the southern Philippine refugee problem after President Joseph Estrada's 30 June deadline for negotiations with Muslim rebels lapsed with no cease-fire agreement.
5-Jul-00
Zimbabwe ARCHBISHOP ON MUGABE'S HIT-LIST
After repeatedly criticising President Robert Mugabe's "violent excesses", the Catholic Archbishop of Bulawayo has been warned that Zimbabwe's intelligence organisation has put him on a death list.
5-Jul-00
Pakistan CATHOLIC CRICKETER HELPS HEAL RELIGIOUS DIVIDE
Admiration for a Catholic cricketer in Pakistan increased for his award-winning scores at the recent Asia Cup, but also for his humble ways and clean living that bear witness to his faith.
5-Jul-00
Indonesia NUNS EVACUATED TO PAPUA, 10 FERRY SURVIVORS RESCUED
37 nuns were among hundreds of women and children evacuated last week from Indonesia's conflict-torn Ambon by government ship.
4-Jul-00
Vatican POPE CANCELS BISHOP'S GAY CONFERENCE ENGAGEMENT
A French Catholic Bishop has been instructed by the Pope not to take part in a conference being organised in Rome on Monday on religion and homosexuals.
4-Jul-00
Vatican POPE GREETS BIKIES IN ST PETER'S SQUARE
About a thousand motorcyclists revved their engines to greet Pope John Paul after he appeared at his window for Sunday's meeting with the faithful in St Peter's Square.
4-Jul-00
Vatican JUDGE BANS PRIEST KILLER FROM VATICAN TV
A judge has refused to allow a Mafia gunman who killed a Sicilian priest to appear on a Vatican television program.  
4-Jul-00
Korea NORTH KOREA MUST RECOGNISE CHURCH BEFORE PAPAL VISIT: BISHOPS
Pope John Paul II could visit North Korea only when the communist country recognises the Church's presence and allows resident priests there, according to Catholic bishops in South Korea.
4-Jul-00
Vatican POSSIBLE APPROVAL FOR TRIDENTINE MASS
Two high-ranking Vatican officials have signalled support for changes that would either restore elements of the pre-1970s Latin Mass or make the older rite itself more widely available.
4-Jul-00
National CATHOLIC SCHOOLS AND PARISHES BEING HIT BY GST ADMIN COSTS
Volunteers in charge of parish finances are under great pressure to become GST experts, and parish cash flows will be affected under the new tax system, according to a national church GST authority.
3-Jul-00
Religious
Congregations
YOUNG RELIGIOUS TO CONSIDER WORK AND PLAY
Younger members of religious congregations will gather at Santa Sabina College, Strathfield in Sydney, next weekend, to ponder the correct balance between work and leisure activities.
3-Jul-00
India POPE'S SECOND APPEAL FOR HARMONY COINCIDES WITH GOVERNMENT ACTION
As Pope John Paul II appealed a second time for an end to violence against Christians in India, the federal government called a meeting of all state chief ministers to address the issue.
3-Jul-00
USA ARCHBISHOP SAYS HE FORGIVES MAN CHARGED WITH HIS KIDNAPPING
Archbishop Patrick F. Flores of San Antonio, Texas said he forgives Nelson Escolero, the 40-year-old Salvadoran immigrant charged with aggravated kidnapping over last Wednesday's hostage incident involving the archbishop and his secretary, Myrtle Sanchez.
3-Jul-00
Vatican POPE URGES JAIL SENTENCE CUTS
Pope John Paul has urged world leaders to use the Holy Year as an opportunity for a "gesture of clemency" to prison inmates and to rethink their attitude to punishment and jail conditions.
3-Jul-00
UK BRITISH PM BLAIR MEETS WITH CONTROVERSIAL THEOLOGIAN
Swiss-born theologian Hans Kung visited Downing Street at the weekend, where he and Prime Minister Blair exchanged compliments about each other's role in promoting a progressive but critical stance on globalisation.
3-Jul-00
  
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