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COMMISSION CONDEMNS MINISTER'S 'BIZARRE' REACTION TO CHURCH SUPPORT FOR REFUGEES
Adelaide's Catholic Justice and Peace Commission has criticised the "bizarre logic" underlying the Federal Immigration Minister's blaming church and welfare agencies for this week's violence at South Australia's Woomera Detention Centre.
31-Aug-00
Social Welfare PELL SAYS GIVE THE POOR A FAIR GO
Melbourne's Archbishop George Pell last night encouraged members of the community to strive for a basic decency and fairness in Australian society in order to ease the gap between rich and poor.
31-Aug-00
East Timor BISHOP BELO URGES FORGIVENESS
Dili's Apostolic Administrator, Bishop Carlos Belo, has called upon Catholics in East Timor to unite and to forgive their enemies.
31-Aug-00
Vatican POPE CALLS FOR EVANGELISATION OF STREET KIDS
Pope John Paul II has said that the Church must be able to take the Gospel message to street kids.
31-Aug-00
Vatican POPE CONDEMNS HUMAN CLONING
Pope John Paul has condemned the cloning of human embryos and called on scientists to respect the dignity of human beings.
31-Aug-00
Vatican POPE'S MESSAGE FOR SYDNEY WORLD DAY OF SICK
Pope John Paul II yesterday made public a message for the celebration the 9th World Day of the Sick, which will take place in Sydney's St Mary's Cathedral on 11 February next year.
31-Aug-00
Refugees &
Migrants
CHURCH GROUPS BLAME GOVERNMENT FOR REFUGEE VIOLENCE
A joint statement by Melbourne churches has claimed that Monday's riot at the Woomera refugee detention centre was a consequence of flawed policy which the Federal Government has been consistently warned about.
30-Aug-00
Aid &
Development
CARITAS DIRECTOR THANKS AUSTRALIANS FOR EAST TIMOR GENEROSITY
In a statement issued to coincide with today's first anniversary of East Timor's independence referendum, Caritas Australia National Director Jack de Groot has thanked Australians for their generous response to the humanitarian crisis that followed.
30-Aug-00
Vatican DON'T OVERSTEP LIMITS IN MEDICAL RESEARCH: POPE
Pope John Paul II has praised the progress made by medical researchers but warned that clinical experiments should not overstep the boundary of respect for human dignity.
30-Aug-00
Vatican VATICAN 'HAVEN' FOR SIAMESE TWINS
The Vatican has offered a "safe haven" to the family of Siamese twins involved in a controversial High Court ruling in the UK.
30-Aug-00
India MISSIONARIES OF CHARITIES CELEBRATE LATE MOTHER TERESA'S 90th BIRTHDAY
Hundreds of visitors joined the nuns of the congregation founded by the late Mother Teresa on Saturday in celebrating what would have been Mother's 90th Birthday with ninety candles lit at her tomb at the MC headquarters in Calcutta.
30-Aug-00
China 'UNDERGROUND' PRIEST ARRESTED IN FUJIAN PROVINCE
A priest from the "underground" Church in Fujian province, eastern China, has reportedly been arrested.
30-Aug-00
Kenya SUSPICIONS RISE OVER U.S. PRIEST'S MURDER
Reports of documents found near the body of an American Roman Catholic priest found murdered in Kenya have added to speculation that he was the victim of a political assassination.
29-Aug-00
Ireland CHURCH PROPOSES SEVEN TEXTS BE DROPPED
A document published on Sunday by the Irish Catholic Church has proposed that seven New Testament texts be dropped from church services as they give "an undesirably negative impression regarding women".
29-Aug-00
India HINDU MILITANTS THREATEN TO BURN NUN IN VEHICLE
Suspected pro-Hindu groups manhandled a Catholic nun and her driver and threatened to burn the Carmelite sister inside her vehicle in Orissa, an eastern Indian state.
29-Aug-00
Poland CHURCH PARDON FOR ANTI-SEMITISM
Leaders of the Catholic Church in Poland are asking forgiveness for what they call historical failings among the clergy and their followers, including tolerance of anti-Semitism.
29-Aug-00
Vatican JOHN PAUL II SUPPORTS GROWTH OF CATHOLIC CHURCH IN SIBERIA
The Holy Father has named his special envoy to the consecration of the Cathedral of Irkutsk, see of the Apostolic Administration of Eastern Siberia, which will take place on 8 September.
29-Aug-00
UK CHURCH 'MUST APOLOGISE' FOR CHILD ABUSE
More than 100 demonstrators in London who say they were victims of child abuse within the Catholic Church are planning a protest march.
29-Aug-00
Vatican AEROGRAMME HIGHLIGHTS SPIRITUAL IDEALS OF OLYMPICS
As athletes around the world worked their bodies in preparation for the 2000 Olympic Games, the Vatican called attention to the spiritual ideals of the event's originators.
28-Aug-00
Argentina CHURCH'S 'MEA CULPA' FOR SUPPORT OF DICTATORSHIP
The Church in Argentina is preparing to apologise to the nation for its role during the military dictatorship between 1976 and 1983.
28-Aug-00
Kenya OUTSPOKEN US PRIEST MURDERED
Kenyans have reacted with shock and dismay after the fatal shooting of an American priest, who worked for human rights and often criticised the government.
28-Aug-00
India MOTHER TERESA'S SUCCESSOR ATTACKS ANTI-CHRISTIAN VIOLENCE
Mother Teresa's successor has condemned attacks against Christians in India as hundreds of nuns and children prayed at the late nun's marbled tomb on Saturday, her 90th birthday.
28-Aug-00
USA BOYS TOWN CHANGES NAME TO GIRLS AND BOYS TOWN
The Nebraska, USA-based organisation dedicated to helping troubled youths changed its name from Boys Town to Girls and Boys Town last week to more accurately reflect that its clientele is now about 50% girls.
28-Aug-00
China YOUTHS IN ROME DESPITE BEIJING BAN
Although the Beijing government did not allow Catholic youth to travel to Rome for World Youth Day, several dozen Chinese pilgrims did participate in the events, according to the Fides news service.
28-Aug-00
Women NOMINATIONS SOUGHT FOR WOMEN'S COMMISSION
Members are sought for the new Commission for Australian Catholic Women, which is being set up in the wake of the Bishops' Report Woman and Man: One in Jesus Christ on the role of women in the Church.
25-Aug-00
Olympics CHURCH SPOKESMAN QUESTIONS DRAG QUEENS AT OLYMPICS
Sydney Archdiocesan spokesman Fr Brian Lucas has suggested that the use of drag queens at the closing ceremony of next month's Olympic Games would discredit Australia's culture and the values of the Olympic Games.
25-Aug-00
East Timor MILITIAMEN AMBUSH NUNS
Armed pro-Jakarta militiamen ambushed five nuns attempting to go from western Timor to East Timor, forcing them to return to Atambua.
25-Aug-00
East Timor BELO DENOUNCES MILITIAS
Dili's Apostolic Administrator, Bishop Carlos Belo, has told a Portuguese newspaper that pro-Indonesian militias are infiltrating East Timor and harassing the local population.
25-Aug-00
New Zealand BISHOPS' STATEMENT CLARIFIES STANCE ON GAY ISSUES
The bishops of New Zealand said they support legislation to protect the legal rights of people in homosexual relationships, but not legislation that makes such relationships the 'basis' of those rights.
25-Aug-00
Vatican HOLY SEE STRIKES GOLD COMMEMORATIVE COINS FOR HOLY YEAR
The final two gold coins in the Vatican's Holy Year 2000 series have been released by the Vatican.
25-Aug-00
Education FUNDING WINDFALL TRIGGERS STATE AID DEBATE
The state aid debate of the 1950s could reopen with claims the nation's wealthiest private schools are set to reap a $50 million windfall.
24-Aug-00
Olympics ST MARY'S TO WELCOME VISITORS TO SYDNEY
The Catholic Church in Sydney is to welcome Olympic visitors to Sydney at a special Mass to be held at St Mary's Cathedral before the Games.
24-Aug-00
Peace &
Justice
RELIGIOUS TO ATTEND UN WORLD PEACE SUMMIT
Two Australian religious sisters and a priest are among the delegates to attend a world peace summit at the United Nations headquarters in New York next week.
24-Aug-00
Vatican ROME QUIET AFTER YOUTH DAY EXCITEMENT
In the days following the conclusion of the memorable World Youth Day celebration, the Vatican has paused to catch its breath.
24-Aug-00
India GOVERNMENT PROMISES PROTECTION TO CHRISTIANS
The Indian government assured parliament last week that it is committed to protect religious minorities such as Christians from violence and sought the cooperation of all political groups.
24-Aug-00
Spain RANSOM DEMAND MADE FOR PAPAL SKULL
The mayor of a Spanish town has received a ransom demand for the stolen skull of a 14th-century pope.
24-Aug-00
National BISHOPS ANXIOUS TO COMPLETE TAX CHANGEOVER
The Australian Catholic Bishops' Conference is seeking to identify organisations yet to adopt new financial management procedures under the new tax system introduced in Australia on 1 July.
23-Aug-00
Tasmania ARCHBISHOP UNVEILS NEW DIRECTIONS FOR CHURCH
Assistance to rural Tasmanians, particularly youth, is part of a revitalisation program announced by Hobart's Archbishop Adrian Doyle.
23-Aug-00
New Zealand 1896 BENEDICTINE CRITIQUE OF BRITISH TREATMENT OF MAORIS FINALLY PUBLISHED
An Italian Benedictine's stinging criticism of British mistreatment of Maoris has been published for the first time in New Zealand, more than 100 years after it was written.
23-Aug-00
Canada TORONTO OFFICIALS WELCOME 2002 WORLD YOUTH DAY
Pope John Paul's selection of Toronto as the site of the next World Youth Day in 2002 is expected to draw about 400,000 visitors to Canada's largest city and boost its bid for the 2008 Olympics.
23-Aug-00
Vatican ARCHBISHOPS REFLECT ON WORLD YOUTH DAY IMPACT
Asked to comment on the impact of the World Youth Day celebration, Vienna's Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn said it was 'sensational'.
23-Aug-00
Vatican YOUTH DAY EUROPE'S LARGEST EVER GATHERING
The conclusion of World Youth Day on Sunday was the largest gathering of people in European history, according to sources of the Vatican's Zenit news agency.
23-Aug-00
USA BISHOPS REACT TO REPUBLICAN WOOING
The president of the United States bishops' conference, Bishop Joseph Fiorenza of Galveston-Houston, has sought to distance himself from Republican claims that the party is the natural home of the Catholic vote.
22-Aug-00
Philippines BISHOP CALLS FOR PROBE AFTER 20 DIE IN SECURITY FORCES-CULT CLASH
A southern Philippine bishop has called for an investigation of possible links among Christian vigilantes, security forces and local politicians following a clash involving a religious cult.
22-Aug-00
Zimbabwe PRIEST CHALLENGES GOVERNMENT ON FARMS VIOLENCE
A Jesuit priest working in Zimbabwe has called on the government of President Robert Mugabe to arrest and try all those responsible for recent violence during the parliamentary election and farms occupation.
22-Aug-00
India BISHOP LEADS INDEPENDENCE DAY OBSERVANCE DESPITE MAOIST THREAT
A bishop led an Independence Day observance in his eastern Indian diocese despite Maoists' threat to behead anyone who raised the national flag in the region.
22-Aug-00
USA UNION HONOURS LATE NEW YORK CARDINAL'S COMMITMENT TO WORKERS
New York's largest union of health care workers has produced a 12-page booklet to honour the memory of the late Cardinal John J. O'Connor of New York and his commitment to workers.
22-Aug-00
Bioethics CARDINAL SUPPORTS IVF CONSCIENCE VOTE FOR PARLIAMENTARIANS
Cardinal Edward Clancy has challenged all political parties to allow a conscience vote when IVF leglislation is put to the vote in Parliament.
21-Aug-00
Vatican POPE CELEBRATES WORLD YOUTH DAY WITH YOUNG PILGRIMS OUTSIDE ROME
More than a million young Catholics from around the world have massed at a university campus on the outskirts of Rome to celebrate the Vatican's World Youth Day with Pope John Paul.
21-Aug-00
Vatican YOUNG PILGRIMS PRAY FOR MEN TRAPPED IN RUSSIAN SUBMARINE
Young men and women in Rome for World Youth Day prayed for the crew trapped in the Russian submarine Kursk at the bottom of the sea.
21-Aug-00
China MAINLAND CATHOLIC YOUTH AFFIRM COMMUNION WITH POPE
A group of young mainland China Catholics highlighted communion with the pope in an open letter to fellow young Catholics attending the World Youth Day celebration in Rome.
21-Aug-00
Vatican HOLY SEE CRITICISES UK OVER CLONING
The British Government has defended its decision to move towards an easing of the ban on human cloning, despite condemnation by the Vatican.
21-Aug-00
USA PRIEST'S FAMILY APPEALS TO CLINTON
The family of Fr Brendan Forde, the Irish priest under death threat from paramilitaries in Colombia, are attempting to bring his case to the attention of President Clinton.
21-Aug-00
Social
Welfare
CENTACARE SAYS CHURCH BEING EXCLUDED FROM WELFARE
Centacare Australia has challenged the integrity of a new report from the from the Centre of Independent Studies in Sydney, which attacks the way Australian Churches deliver government-funded welfare services.
18-Aug-00
Health Care CATHOLIC HEALTH BODY WANTS MEDICATION MANAGEMENT
Catholic Health Australia has called for urgent action by all parties to ensure the safe and secure management of medications for the frail elderly in nursing homes and hostels.
18-Aug-00
Vatican WORLD YOUTH DAY CROWDS EXCEED ESTIMATES BY 30%
Attendance at World Youth Day may be 30% higher than anticipated, organisers have indicated.
18-Aug-00
Vatican ROME LAUNCHES GREATEST YOUTH CATECHESIS EVER
Following John Paul II's official opening of World Youth Day, attended by 700,000 young people, a series of catechises began on Wednesday among groups scattered throughout Rome.
18-Aug-00
Vatican CHINESE CATHOLIC LEADER PLAYS DOWN SPLIT WITH ROME
China's government-sanctioned Catholic church has informal contacts with the Vatican, but won't consider official ties until the Holy See breaks diplomatic relations with Taiwan, the head of the Chinese church said on Wednesday.
18-Aug-00
Vatican VATICAN OFFICIAL ASKS ISRAEL TO RESPECT UN RESOLUTIONS
In talks with a top Israeli envoy, the Vatican's foreign affairs official called on Israel to respect UN resolutions on the Middle East and to recognise the 'equal rights' of all peoples in the region.
18-Aug-00
Social
Welfare
CHURCHES' ACCEPTING GOVT. WELFARE MONEY 'RISK INTEGRITY'
A new report warns that Church-based welfare agencies accepting Federal government contracts to provide welfare services are at risk of becoming "corrupt".
17-Aug-00
Vatican UNUSUALLY VIGOROUS POPE BEGINS YOUTH FEST
A happy and exceptionally vigorous Pope John Paul welcomed hundreds of thousands of singing and dancing young people from around the world to Rome yesterday as he launched a six-day Catholic youth jamboree.
17-Aug-00
Russia ORTHODOX CHURCH CRITICISES CATHOLIC MISSIONARIES
The Russian Orthodox Church criticised the Catholic Church on Tuesday for sending missionaries to Russia, claiming they used promises of material wealth to tempt potential converts, a news report said.
17-Aug-00
UK CHURCH REACTS TO CALL FOR SCIENTIFIC USE OF HUMAN EMBRYOS
The Catholic Church in Britain rejected yesterday's recommendation of the British Government's Chief Medical Officer that human embryos should be used in medical research.
17-Aug-00
Hong Kong CHURCH STANDS FIRM ON ASYLUM SEEKER SUPPORT
Catholic leaders in Hong Kong say they will not stop helping mainland Chinese who want to join family there despite public outcry against a fatal arson incident involving asylum seekers.
17-Aug-00
Ireland CATHOLIC MASS CELEBRATED IN DUBLIN'S PROTESTANT CATHEDRAL
The first Mass since Tudor times was celebrated at St Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin on Sunday.
17-Aug-00
International
Relations
COUNCIL URGES GOVT TO THINK AGAIN ON IRAQ SANCTIONS
The Australian Catholic Social Justice Council has urged the Australian Government to reconsider its policy of supporting economic sanctions on Iraq and to instead work at the international level for the urgent lifting of the sanctions.
16-Aug-00
Media AWARDS RECOGNISE CANBERRA CATHOLIC PAPER
The monthly newspaper of the Canberra-Goulburn Archdiocesse, Catholic Voice, has won the Bishop Philip Kennedy Memorial Prize for Newspapers, announced at the recent Australian Catholic Press Association Conference at the Gold Coast.
16-Aug-00
Vatican POPE SALUTES SHROUD AS EXPOSITION OPENS
At his Sunday Angelus audience, Pope John Paul II called attention to the Shroud of Turin, which is being exposed for public viewing during the Jubilee year.
16-Aug-00
Vatican SITE PREPARED FOR WORLD YOUTH DAY FINALE
After nearly a full year of preparation, the vast outdoor site for the climactic ceremonies of World Youth Day is ready for the anticipated flood of pilgrims.
16-Aug-00
Vatican HOLY SEE HELPED THIRD WORLD YOUTH GET TO ROME
The Vatican raised millions of dollars to facilitate World Youth Day 2000 participation from developing countries, an official announced.
16-Aug-00
Mexico CONTROVERSY OVER DEPICTION OF MARY
A drawing which depicts a naked Marilyn Monroe as the Virgin Mary is at the centre of a row in the western Mexican city of Guadalajara.
16-Aug-00
Reconciliation CHURCH BODIES RESPOND TO STOLEN GENERATIONS CASE
The Catholic Church has regretted Friday's outcome of the Stolen Generations court case, and called on the Federal Government to explore non-judicial ways of apologising and redressing the suffering caused.
15-Aug-00
Vatican POPE CONGRATULATES YOUTH PILGRIMS WHO WALKED
An former hiker himself, Pope John Paul II offered congratulations to hundreds of young people who spent weeks walking to Rome for the Vatican's World Youth Day events.
15-Aug-00
Italy CARDINAL ADVOCATES 'PLANETARY' GOVERNMENT
Italian Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini has advocated the creation of a "democratic and planetary" system of government that would transcend the powers of presently existing nation-states.
15-Aug-00
Vatican POPE'S MESSAGE FOR CELEBRATION OF HUNGARY'S FIRST CHRISTIAN KING
Pope John Paul II has described King Stephen of Hungary as a "just, peaceful, and fervent" king, who promoted the life of the Church, respected God's laws, and was concerned about the well-being of his subjects.
15-Aug-00
South Korea PRESIDENT KIM FACES CRITICISM FROM HIS DINNER GUESTS
President Kim Dae-jung received criticism for his 'lukewarm reforms' from 22 Catholic priests whom he'd invited to dinner last Thursday evening to celebrate the halfway point of his five year term.
15-Aug-00
USA LOS ANGELES CARDINAL OPENS DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION WITH PRAYER
Cardinal Roger Mahony of Los Angeles yesterday opened the Democratic National Convention in his city with an invocation, an archdiocesan spokesman said.
15-Aug-00
Vatican PREPARATIONS COMPLETE FOR WORLD YOUTH DAY
As Rome braced for the arrival of participants in this week's Worth Youth Day celebration, the Vatican has given the media a final rundown on preparations.
14-Aug-00
Vatican HOLY SEE OFFICIAL IN 'FAKE ART SALES'
A senior Vatican official is under investigation for allegedly selling works of art with fake Vatican-stamped certificates representing them as masterpieces by artists such as Michelangelo.
14-Aug-00
Vatican AUSTRIA'S HAIDER MAY MEET WITH POPE
Austrian right-wing politician Joerg Haider may be received by Pope John Paul II during a Christmastime visit to Italy, the Austria Press Agency reported on Saturday.
14-Aug-00
East Timor NEW TESTAMENT TRANSLATED INTO EAST TIMOR LANGUAGE
A Tetum language translation of the New Testament, which has been completed, is likely to be published on the world wide web before a printed version is released.
14-Aug-00
UK CHURCH LEADER WISHES AWAY ANTI-CATHOLIC BIGOTRY
Preaching at a church service to mark the beginning of the Edinburgh International Festival, the Church of Scotland's top official has put paid to the "lie" that Protestants are anti-Catholic.
14-Aug-00
USA ROME INVESTIGATING ANOTHER JESUIT
A Jesuit theologian in the United States has confirmed that he is under investigation by the Vatican for a 'modern interpretation' of role of Christ contained in his book 'Jesus, Symbol of God'.
14-Aug-00
Social
Welfare
CENTACARE RESISTS PRESSURE FOR COUPLES-ONLY ADOPTION
The Catholic welfare agency Centacare, together with its Anglican counterpart, will not allow single people to adopt children despite changes to NSW adoption laws.
11-Aug-00
Brisbane DEACON INTEREST FUELS POSSIBLE VOCATIONS BOOM
Brisbane Archdiocese could be set for a vocations boom after receiving enquiries from 34 married men interested in undertaking the archdiocese's first training course for permanent deacons.
11-Aug-00
Vatican POPE AGAIN CONDEMNS MALUKU VIOLENCE
Pope John Paul II on Wednesday deplored the continuing sectarian violence on Indonesia's Maluku islands.
11-Aug-00
Russia MOSCOW'S PATRIARCH SETS CONDITIONS FOR PAPAL VISIT
John Paul II could visit Russia after the 'open wounds' that exist between the Catholic and Russian Orthodox Churches are healed, according to Moscow's Orthodox Patriarch Alexei II.
11-Aug-00
Vatican LEFEBRIVISTS MARCH ON ST PETER'S
About 6000 followers of the excommunicated and now-deceased Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre entered St Peter's Basilica on Tuesday as part of a Jubilee Year observance.
11-Aug-00
Ireland PRIEST WANTS CHURCH ORNAMENTS KEPT AWAY FROM PUBS AND JUNK SHOPS
The Catholic Church in Ireland needs to establish a system for preserving its church artifacts, which sometimes end up as pub ornaments, said a priest expert on church heritage conservation.
11-Aug-00
Liturgy AUSTRALIAN BISHOPS WELCOME INSTRUCTION UPDATE
The Bishops Committee on Liturgy has described the latest update of the Vatican's General Instruction on the Roman Missal as a 'testament to the ongoing nature of the liturgical reforms of Vatican II'.
10-Aug-00
Education LAY OFFICIAL URGES SCHOOLS TO RESIST ECONOMIC VALUES
Catholic schools in South Australia are taking steps to guard against "selection according to wealth", in favour of spiritual values and academic excellence.
10-Aug-00
East Timor NEW SEMINARY TO TRAIN EPRIESTS IN OWN CULTURE
Bishop Carlos Belo, who has just ordained to the priesthood three Indonesian-trained East Timorese, is building a major seminary that will provide training based on East Timorese culture.
10-Aug-00
USA DEMOCRATS URGED TO CANCEL FUND RAISER AT PLAYBOY MANSION
The head of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights in the USA wants the Democrats to cancel a fund raiser planned at Hugh Hefner's Playboy mansion in Los Angeles.
10-Aug-00
Vatican POPES SET FOR BEATIFICATION
Popes Pius IX and John XXIII are among five candidates whom Pope John Paul II will beatify on 3 September.
10-Aug-00
Media CATHOLIC FILM OFFICE COMMENDS POSITIVE VALUES FILM
The Australian Catholic Film Office has announced Mike Daley's Intransit as the Best Short Film Promoting Human Values at the Melbourne International Film Festival.
9-Aug-00
South
Australia
PUSH FOR TWINNING OF SA RURAL AND CITY PARISHES
A Working Party within the Church in South Australia has initiated a major push for "twinning" between city and rural Catholic parishes and schools.
9-Aug-00
Vatican POPE APPOINTS FORMER IMF DIRECTOR TO PONTIFICAL COUNCIL
John Paul II has appointed former IMF General Director, French economist Michel Camdessus, to the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.
9-Aug-00
Guatemala CHURCH SAYS GUATEMALAN ARMY 'SEIZED CHILDREN'
The Catholic church in Guatemala has accused the country's army of kidnapping hundreds of Mayan Indian children during the country's brutal 36-year civil war which ended peacefully in 1996.
9-Aug-00
Italy THEOLOGIAN SAYS IT'S OK TO SPY ON UNFAITHFUL SPOUSE
The Catholic Church would authorise a person to use the services of a detective to follow their spouse if they felt they were being unfaithful, Italian theologian Giordano Muraro said yesterday.
9-Aug-00
Germany BISHOPS MAY PAY INTO NAZI VICTIM COMPENSATION FUND
The German bishops' conference has said it may pay into a fund set up to compensate victims of the World War II Nazi regime after acknowledging that some may have been used as forced labour.
9-Aug-00
Social
Welfare
JESUIT SAYS GOVT NEGLECTING DISABLED AND LONG TERM UNEMPLOYED
The Federal Government is accused of failing disabled and long term unemployed while it seeks to extend its programs for unemployed youth.
8-Aug-00
NSW/ACT CHURCH WELCOMES SUGGESTION TO SHARE NRMA SHARES WINDFALL
A suggestion that NRMA members could use their shares windfall to benefit the Church has been welcomed by the Canberra-Goulburn Archdiocese.
8-Aug-00
Religious
Education
NEW RELIGIOUS EDUCATION TEXTS FOR MELBOURNE
The preparation of new textbooks for use in Religious Education in Melbourne is well underway.
8-Aug-00
Vatican POPE'S PUTTING UP SOME YOUNG PEOPLE AT HIS SUMMER VILLA
With as many as a million young people headed to Rome this month for the Jubilee youth event, even Pope John Paul II is taking in some house guests.
8-Aug-00
Italy PATRIARCH SAYS `OPEN WOUNDS' HURTING CATHOLIC-ORTHODOX RELATIONS
There remain major obstacles to fully mended Catholic-Orthodox relations, according to Moscow's Russian Orthodox patriarch.
8-Aug-00
USA CAUTIOUS ARCHDIOCESE SACKS TEENAGE WORKERS
In an attempt to avoid costly abuse lawsuits, the Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco is dismissing all of its young workers in presbyteries.
8-Aug-00
Social
Welfare
SVDP SAYS YOUTH 'THE NEW POOR'
Due to a 'lack of life skills', young men aged between 16 and 25 have become the new at-risk poor, according to the St Vincent de Paul Society in the Canberra-Goiulburn Archdiocese.
7-Aug-00
Vatican OFFICIAL TEXT OF NEW MASS INSTRUCTIONS TO BE RELEASED
The Vatican said on Friday the Congregation for Divine Worship will release the official Latin text on the new Roman Missal later this year.
7-Aug-00
Philippines CARDINAL SIN CRITICISES MUSLIM EXTREMISTS
Philippine Archbishop Jaime Cardinal Sin has lashed out at those who use religion to divide society.
7-Aug-00
Guatemala WITNESS IN BISHOP GERARDI MURDER CASE FORCED TO FLEE COUNTRY
Another witness in the murder case of social justice advocate Bishop Juan Gerardi has been forced to flee the country for her safety.
7-Aug-00
Czech
Republic
PRIEST COULD BE NEXT PRESIDENT
Fr Thomas Halik, the Catholic priest named by President Vaclav Havel of the Czech Republic as a possible candidate to succeed him, does not think his priesthood would be an obstacle.
7-Aug-00
USA PRIESTHOOD BECOMING 'A GAY PROFESSION'
The head of a seminary in the US has stirred controversy by claiming in a new study that 'the priesthood of the 21st century will likely be perceived as a predominantly gay profession'.
7-Aug-00
Jubilee AUSTRALIAN YOUTH PILGRIMS ON WAY TO ROME
Large numbers of Australian Catholic youth are preparing to make a pilgrimage to Rome and the Holy Land to participate in World Youth Day 2000, which is being held 14-20 August in Rome.
4-Aug-00
Planning ADELAIDE PARISHES FAST TRACK TO FUTURE
Archbishop Faulkner has launched an urgent review of all future parish and regional needs and resources to enable the Adelaide archdiocese to respond to a church with fewer priests and an increasing role for lay people.
4-Aug-00
Interfaith
Relations
CATHOLICS, JEWS UNITE TO WATCH CREEPING GLOBALISATION
Catholics and Jews have undertaken to respond together to the challenge of globalisation and new technology as it impacts on economic, physical and moral well-being.
4-Aug-00
Health Care BRISBANE CONGREGATIONS TO SHARE HEALTH CARE RESOURCES
A unique joint company is set to help two religious congregations providing health and aged care services meet the challenges of south-east Queensland's increasingly competitive health care environmnet, The Catholic Leader reports.
4-Aug-00
Germany LAWYERS ASK FOR BIBLE TO BE LABELED AS DANGEROUS
Two lawyers on Tuesday asked German Family Minister Christine Bergmann to officially classify the Bible as a dangerous book for children because it has violent content.
4-Aug-00
Korea BISHOPS ENCOURAGE POPE TO VISIT NORTH KOREA
South Korea's Catholic bishops have encouraged Pope John Paul II to visit North Korea, saying it is the wish of the South Korean people that he visit the communist North.
4-Aug-00
China NO MAINLAND CHINESE FOR WORLD YOUTH DAY
Some 900 Chinese youth from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan will participate in World Youth Day events at the Vatican and in Rome, but there is no official delegation from mainland China.
3-Aug-00
India HINDU OFFICER INSTALLS MOTHER TERESA STATUE
A Hindu police officer has installed a statue of Mother Teresa in a park to spread 'Christian qualities' among the predominantly Hindu population of a town in southern India.
3-Aug-00
Guatemala BISHOP MURDER SUSPECT ATTACKED IN JAIL
An army captain accused of killing human rights campaigner Bishop Juan Gerardi was attacked and stabbed in the jail, officials said on Tuesday.
3-Aug-00
Ireland PRIEST CRITICISES BRITISH TREATMENT OF N. IRELAND POLICE PROPOSAL
An Irish church official denounced a bill that would include the name of the Royal Ulster Constabulary, Northern Ireland's police force, in a new name for the force.
3-Aug-00
Austria CARDINAL LOOKS BACK WITH SADNESS TO HUMANAE VITAE
Certain developments in the Church's teaching on sexual morality have been 'tragic', according to the former Archbishop of Vienna, Cardinal Franz König.
3-Aug-00
Bioethics COMMONWEALTH TO OVERRULE VICTORIAN IVF DECISION
The federal government will attempt to overrule a Federal Court ruling allowing single women access to the state's in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) program, Prime Minister John Howard announced yesterday.
2-Aug-00
Social Welfare CITY CHURCHES SUPPORT VINNIES FIGHT
Adelaide's inner city churches have urged the City Council to reverse its rejection of the St Vincent de Paul Society's plans to upgrade shelter accommodation for homeless men men in the CBD.
2-Aug-00
Vatican HOLY SEE PRESSES FOR INTERNATIONAL OVERSIGHT IN JERUSALEM
In talks with US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, the Vatican has insisted that Jerusalem's large number of holy sites needs international oversight.
2-Aug-00
USA BOSTON ARCHDIOCESE FORGIVES MILLIONS IN PARISH DEBTS
The Archdiocese of Boston has taken the Jubilee message of debt forgiveness to heart, wiping out the debts of some 104 parishes, out of 372, totalling $A48.8 million.
2-Aug-00
Uganda PAPAL NUNCIO TELLS YOUTH TO IGNORE GOVT. CONDOM ADVICE
The papal representative to Uganda has asked youths to ignore people who urge them to use condoms to prevent the spread of AIDS.
2-Aug-00
USA CATHOLIC CHARITIES SUES OVER CALIFORNIA CONTRACEPTIVE LAW
Catholic Charities of Sacramento has filed suit to block a state law that includes most religious institutions in a requirement that employers pay for contraceptives in prescription insurance plans.
2-Aug-00
Olympics SCRAP GAMES MEDAL TALLY SAYS TORCHBEARER PRIEST
A member of the relay team carrying the Olympic Torch through inner city Melbourne yesterday called for the scrapping of the Games' national medal tally.
1-Aug-00
Women BISHOPS SEEK 'INCLUSIVE' WOMEN'S COMMISSION
Australia's bishops have been asked to nominate 'inclusive' members of the Commission for Australian Catholic Women.
1-Aug-00
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Congregations
NUN TO SHARE RECONCILIATION EXPERIENCE AT HIROSHIMA CONFERENCE
Sr Daphne McKeough, convenor of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Task Force for Australian Conference of Leaders of Religious Institutes (ACLRI), leaves for Japan this week to participate in an international conference of Asian religious women on the theme of reconciliation.
1-Aug-00
Vatican ALBRIGHT DISCUSSES VATICAN'S JERUSALEM PLAN
The US Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright, has arrived in Rome for talks at the Vatican on the Middle East peace process.
1-Aug-00
Indonesia MALUKU RELIGIOUS LEADERS MAKE FRESH APPEAL
Catholic Bishop Petrus Canisius Mandagi of Amboina and Protestant leaders have renewed their call to the international community to exert pressure on the Indonesian government to intervene to put an end to the genocide Christians are currently suffering.
1-Aug-00
Vatican POPE JOHN PAUL CONDEMNS FRESH VIOLENCE IN SPAIN
Pope John Paul II on Sunday condemned the latest deadly attack by Spain's Basque separatists, deploring "the wave of terrorism lashing Spain."
1-Aug-00
Vatican POPE GETS ANGRY AT NOISY CROWD
Pope John Paul told off the crowd attending his Angelus service for being too noisy, calling for "a little patience" and slamming his hand on his book rest.
1-Aug-00
  
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