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China DISPUTE BETWEEN CHINA AND VATICAN INTENSIFIES
Ahead of Sunday's canonisation of 120 Chinese martyrs, China has intensified a war of words with the Vatican, publishing rules to curb missionaries and getting Communist Party-backed bishops to accuse Rome of fomenting anti-government sentiment among Chinese Catholics.
29-Sep-00
Vatican POPE SENDS CONDOLENCES AFTER GREEK FERRY TRAGEDY
Moved by the tragedy of the Greek ferry Samina Express, which sank on Wednesday in the Aegean Sea causing at least 59 deaths, John Paul II sent a message of condolence and sorrow to the victims' families.
29-Sep-00
Vatican THEOLOGIANS TO STUDY DIACONATE
The annual meeting of the International Theological Commission, scheduled to take place in Rome next week, will focus on the question of the diaconate.
29-Sep-00
Vatican THOMAS MORE TO BE DECLARED PATRON SAINT OF POLITICIANS
On 5 November, Pope John Paul II will propose St Thomas More as "a model and intercessor for all those who consider their political commitment as a choice of life".
29-Sep-00
India CHURCH INCULTURATION INITIATIVE TO PROMOTE ASHRAMS
The Catholic Church in India has decided to develop an 'inculturated theology', and promote ashrams and interreligious dialogue cells to help it become a vibrant force in the country.
29-Sep-00
Philippines THREATENED BISHOP TAKES LEAVE
Bishop Romulo de la Cruz of the Philippine diocese of Isabela has taken leave amid rumors that the Abu Sayyaf extremist rebels who threatened to behead him have arrived on their southern Philippine island.
29-Sep-00
Netherlands CHURCHES DIVIDED ON SAME-SEX MARRIAGE
The Dutch Parliament's adoption of a bill authorising gay marriages this month, has led to heated debate in Dutch Church circles.
29-Sep-00
Reconciliation CATHOLIC JUSTICE COMMISSION CALLS FOR REPARATIONS TRIBUNAL
Melbourne's Catholic Commission for Justice, Development and Peace has called for a reparations tribunal to be set up to deal with past injustices perpetrated against indigenous Australians.
28-Sep-00
Mission NEW AUSTRALIAN MISSION DIRECTOR TO ATTEND ROME CONGRESS
Sydney priest Fr Terry Bell, who has just been named National Director of Catholic Mission, will represent Australia at the World Mission Congress in Rome next month.
28-Sep-00
Vatican HOLY SEE TO PUBLISH MANUAL ON TREATING DRUG ADDICTION
The Vatican is preparing to publish a manual on drugs, which offers advice to pastoral and social workers for better assistance to drug addicts at all levels.
28-Sep-00
Portugal CARDINAL CASSIDY APPEALS TO JEWS TO RECONSIDER DIALOGUE
Cardinal Edward Cassidy, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, has appealed to Jews to reconsider their decision not to participate in next week's cancelled day of Judeo-Christian friendship.
28-Sep-00
Ireland PRESIDENT SPEAKS OF UNREALISED PROMISE OF VATICAN II
The Irish President, Mrs McAleese, has told the National Council of Priests that "all" can sense "disappointment and impatience on many fronts" at a failure of the Catholic Church to realise more fully the promise of the Second Vatican Council.
28-Sep-00
Poland PRESIDENT APOLOGISES FOR MOCKING POPE
Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski apologised on Tuesday for encouraging an aide to mock Pope John Paul II in video footage now being used against him in an election campaign ad.
28-Sep-00
Vatican CARDINAL PROTESTS TO BEIJING OVER ARRESTS
A top Vatican official lodged an "energetic protest" with authorities while in China last week over a recent wave of arrests of Catholic faithful and bishops loyal to Pope John Paul.
27-Sep-00
UK BLAIR TO HELP QUEEN DRAFT APOLOGY TO IRISH CATHOLICS
British Prime Minister Tony Blair - who has already apologised for the potato famine and for the Guildford Four case - is helping the Queen draft an apology for historical abuses inflicted on Irish Catholics.
27-Sep-00
Italy AFRICAN YOUTH PILGRIMS REMAIN IN ITALY ILLEGALLY
Almost 60 of the 232 young Senagalese who visited Rome to celebrate the World Youth Day Jubilee event with the Holy Father have decided to stay in Italy as illegal immigrants.
27-Sep-00
Philippines SEX CHARGE AGAINST PRIEST 'CONCOCTED BY PAEDOPHILES'
Columban priest and human rights campaigner Fr Shay Cullen is again battling to clear his name after the Philippines Justice Department ordered the reopening of a rape charge against him.
27-Sep-00
Vietnam CHURCH RUSHES TO HELP FLOOD VICTIMS IN MEKONG DELTA
Church leaders have called on Catholics to give relief assistance to victims of flooding in Vietnam's Mekong delta region that has claimed more than 100 lives.
27-Sep-00
Olympics FILIPINOS LAUNCH PRAYER CRUSADE FOR OLYMPIC SUCCESS
Ahead of this morning's beginning of their competition at the Sydney Olympics, families of two Filipino Taekwndo participants say they have launched a "prayer crusade" with relatives and friends for success.
27-Sep-00
Kenya BISHOPS SEEK JUSTICE FOR SLAIN MISSIONARY
Catholic bishops in Kenya have warned the government not to allow a "cover-up" of the murder of priest and human rights activist Fr John Kaiser.
26-Sep-00
Portugal CASSIDY SAYS TIME WILL HEAL RECENT ECUMENICAL TENSIONS
"Time will pass and we'll get back to what we had achieved," according to the head of the Vatican's office of interfaith relations, Cardinal Edward Cassidy.
26-Sep-00
Vatican POPE WARNS AGAINST EXCESSIVE DEVOTION TO VIRGIN MARY
Pope John Paul II closed an international congress on the Virgin Mary on Sunday by encouraging the faithful in their devotion to her, but warning them against "superstition" and "credulity".
26-Sep-00
Canada ARCHBISHOP SAYS INTERNET UNDERMINES CHURCH AUTHORITY
Because it increases people's exposure to religious beliefs of all kinds, the Internet also kills "brand loyalty" to the Church, according to Archbishop John Quinn, archbishop emeritus of San Francisco.
26-Sep-00
Vatican POPE PROPOSES EUROPEAN CHARTER OF HUMAN RIGHTS
As the European Union works to forumulate a human rights charter, Pope John Paul II has cautioned leaders that "human rights cannot become pretensions against human nature itself."
26-Sep-00
USA THEOLOGIAN URGES STRATEGY TO DEAL WITH PAPAL INCAPACITY
A US theologian has highlighted a 'serious vacuum' in canon law that leaves the Church unprepared if the Pope ever becomes incapable of exercising his authority.
26-Sep-00
Health Care VATICAN STATES RATIONALE FOR BAN ON SUPERVISED INJECTING ROOMS
The Vatican has issued a decree that no Catholic organisation anywhere in the world should participate in the trial of a legal supervised heroin injecting room, ruling that this would involve cooperation with "grave evil".
25-Sep-00
Vatican HOLY SEE REJECTS BEIJING CRITICISM OVER CANONISATION
The Vatican on Friday rejected Beijing's criticism of Pope John Paul's decision to canonise Chinese martyrs next Sunday, the 51st anniversary of communist rule.
25-Sep-00
Vatican RABBIS WITHDRAW FROM HOLY SEE INTERFAITH MEETING
The Vatican has had to cancel a meeting between Christians and Jews because two rabbis dropped out in protest at the recent Dominus Iesus declaration.
25-Sep-00
UK BISHOPS RESPOND TO SIAMESE TWINS RULING
The Archbishop of Westminster has expressed fear that a precedent would be set by Friday's decision by the British Court of Appeal to allow a separation operation that would kill one of two Siamese twins.
25-Sep-00
UK MP SEEKS CHURCH APOLOGY OVER NUN'S CRUELTY
The Catholic Church in Scotland is under pressure to apologise to the victims of Sr Marie Docherty after her conviction on four cruelty charges.
25-Sep-00
USA FILM'S CENSORED RELIGIOUS MESSAGE RESTORED
The 1970s film 'The Exorcist' is to be re-released with a religious message cut from the original release intact.
25-Sep-00
Marriage &
Family
MAJORITY OF AUSTRALIANS OPTING FOR CIVIL WEDDINGS
More Australians are marrying but are turning their backs on religious ceremonies, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
22-Sep-00
Aid &
Development
ECONOMIC FORUM 'FAILING TO HELP POOR'
An Australian priest, who was jailed in the Philippines by President Ferdinand Marcos because of his stand on behalf of marginalised Filipinos, has challenged the World Economic Forum (WEF) and Catholics to do something positive for the poor.
22-Sep-00
Vatican AUSTRALIAN CHOIR TO SING AT 1 OCTOBER CANONISATION
The Cathedral Choir of Perth will join the Sistine Chapel Choir and an American choir to sing during the morning Mass for the canonisation of Chinese, Spanish, American and Sudanese saints.
22-Sep-00
Vatican POPE UNVEILS STATUE TO ST MARCELLIN AT ST PETER'S
During his regular weekly public audience on Wednesday, Pope John Paul II unveiled a new statue of St Marcellin Champagnat.
22-Sep-00
Ireland PRIEST URGES YOUNG CATHOLICS TO JOIN NORTHERN IRELAND POLICE
In a speech welcoming the incorporation of the European Convention on Human Rights into British law, a veteran justice and peace campaigner urged young Catholics to join Northern Ireland's police.
22-Sep-00
USA BOSTON DIOCESE CHECKING STAFF WHO WORK WITH CHILDREN
The fourth largest Catholic diocese in the US is requiring staff members and volunteers to undergo criminal background checks in a policy that eventually will extend to priests.
22-Sep-00
Social Welfare ARCHBISHOP SAYS CHURCH SHOULD PRACTISE WHAT IT PREACHES ON JOB CREATION
As one of the nation's largest employers, the Church has a responsibility to set an example in job creation, according to President of the Australian Catholic Bishops' Conference Archbishop Francis Carroll.
21-Sep-00
East Timor BELO SAYS EAST TIMOR NEEDS AT LEAST A YEAR'S INDEPENDENCE PREPARATION
Bishop Carlos Belo of Dili says that East Timor should wait "one-to-two years" before declaring independence as the territory needs time to prepare for it.
21-Sep-00
Vatican RATZINGER CRITICISES UN PROPOSAL FOR 'NEW WORLD ORDER'
Writing in the Italian newspaper Avvenire, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger slammed the UN's proposals for a "New World Order" targeting for special criticism the UN's goal of depopulation.
21-Sep-00
Vatican POPE REASSURES PROTESTANT LEADERS ON ECUMENISM
After an alliance of Protestant churches criticised the recent Dominus Iesus declaration as 'ecumenically insensitive', Pope John Paul met with representatives and underscored the Catholic Church's commitment to improving ecumenical relations.
21-Sep-00
China CARDINAL TOLD UPCOMING CANONISATION SQUEEZING CHINA CHURCH
The planned 1 October canonisation of the 120 Chinese Martyrs has put "great pressure" on the Catholic Church in China, Church officials told Cardinal Roger Etchegaray during his recent visit to Beijing.
21-Sep-00
Vatican VATICAN OFFICIAL SAYS JESUITS TWISTED HIS WORDS
A Vatican official has described as 'manipulative', reporting of a statement he made suggesting the use of condoms in AIDS prevention is a 'letter evil'.
21-Sep-00
East Timor CORONER RECOMMENDS MORE EFFECTIVE JUSTICE SYSTEM
After a Caritas Australia-sponsored visit to East Timor, NSW Deputy State Coroner Jan Stevenson has made a wide range of recommendations to reinstate an effective justice system.
20-Sep-00
Olympics INDIGENOUS GROUPS SUPPORT OLYMPICS ACTION
Two of the Australian Catholic Church's peak indigenous bodies have supported indigenous political action during the Sydney Olympic Games.
20-Sep-00
Olympics CATHOLIC WOMAN SOLE PAKISTANI FEMALE ATHLETE IN SYDNEY
A Catholic woman is the only female athlete on the Pakistan team competing at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney.
20-Sep-00
DR Congo GOVERNMENT CLOSES CATHOLIC RADIO STATION
The country's Communications minister has ordered the Catholic radio station in the capital Kinshasa to cease operations immediately.
20-Sep-00
India MOTHER TERESA SISTERS ACCUSED OF TORTURE
The head of the Missionaries of Charity has surrendered to a Calcutta court after the congregation and one of its nuns were accused of torturing a seven-year-old girl.
20-Sep-00
Ireland DUBLIN ARCHBISHOP PREDICTS 'HOSTILITY FATIGUE' FOR CHURCH CRITICS
'Hostility fatigue' will inevitably overtake the current critics of the Catholic Church, Dublin Archbishop Desmond Connell has told the Irish Catholic newspaper.
20-Sep-00
Olympics PACKED SYDNEY CONGREGATION HONOURS WIFE OF OLYMPICS BOSS
Hundreds of people crammed St Patrick's Church Hill in the Sydney CBD yesterday for a memorial service for Maria Teresa Salisach-Rowe, wife of International Olympic Committee president Juan Antonio Samaranch.
19-Sep-00
Olympics DEBT PROTEST SEEKS SHARE OF OLYMPIC LIMELIGHT
Debt protesters from the Jubilee 2000 Campaign are aiming to draw the world's attention to foreign debts of poor countries as an obstacle to development and a sign that there is no level playing field for Third World athletes.
19-Sep-00
Vatican POPE TALKS ABOUT HIS GENERATION
Pope John Paul told tens of thousands of elderly people on Sunday that the world still needs them.
19-Sep-00
Vatican HOLY SEE OFFICIAL CONSIDERS CONDOM SOLUTION TO AIDS
A prominent member of the Pontifical Council on the Family has written in the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano that condom use may be the "lesser of two evils" in the fight against the worldwide AIDS epidemic.
19-Sep-00
Rwanda BISHOP ACQUITTED OF GENOCIDE CHARGES ARRIVES HOME
Rwandan Bishop Augustine Misago, has returned home from a foreign tour which he took after being cleared of involvement in the 1994 Rwandan genocide.
19-Sep-00
DR Congo BISHOP RETURNS FROM EXILE
An archbishop in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been allowed to return to his diocese in the rebel-held city of Bukavu, after being barred for seven months by the rebel Congolese Rally for Democracy.
19-Sep-00
Olympics SVdP HOPING FOR OBSERVANCE OF OLYMPICS PROTOCOL FOR HOMELESS
Welcoming the NSW Government's pledge that homeless people on the streets during the Olympics would not be "moved on", a St Vincent de Paul Society spokesman said its success depends upon whether authorities are trained to follow it.
18-Sep-00
Vatican NEW ROMAN MISSAL SET FOR PUBLICATION THIS YEAR
A new edition of the sRoman Missal will be published before Christmas, a Vatican official has revealed.
18-Sep-00
Ireland MORAL THEOLOGIAN APPROVES OF 'INDIRECT' KILLING OF SIAMESE TWIN
An Irish moral theologian has said that the separation by surgery of the British Siamese twins, Mary and Jodie, would not be in violation of Catholic moral principles.
18-Sep-00
Italy MARTINI SAYS RATZINGER DID NOT MAKE HIS POINT CLEAR
Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini of Milan has regretted the mix of a 'rather strong' tone and 'dense theology' in the recent declaration 'Dominus Iesus'.
18-Sep-00
Netherlands DUTCH CARDINAL LAMENTS LAW ALLOWING SAME-SEX MARRIAGE
A Dutch cardinal has expressed disappointment at a new law giving same-sex couples the right to marriage and adoption of children.
18-Sep-00
Italy SUPPORT FOR CARDINAL'S PREFERENCE FOR CATHOLIC IMMIGRANTS
The Vatican's Secretary of State has supported the call by an outspoken cardinal for Italian immigration authorities to discriminate in favour of immigrants from Catholic populations such as Latin America and the Philippines.
18-Sep-00
Ecumenism BISHOP PUTNEY SAYS RATZINGER DECLARATION IS NOT NEW
The Australian Catholic Bishops' spokesman on ecumenism has said last week's 'Dominus Iesus' declaration is merely a restatement of long-held teachings.
15-Sep-00
Olympics POPE BLESSES SYDNEY GAMES
Ahead of tonight's Opening Ceremony in Sydney, Pope John Paul II has sent a message of blessing to Australia to all concerned with the Olympic Games.
15-Sep-00
Vatican POPE INTERVENES TO SAVE DEATH ROW INMATE
Pope John Paul II has renewed his appeal for authorities to spare the life of Derek R Barnabei, who is scheduled to be executed in Virginia at midday today Sydney time, for the rape and murder of a 17-year-old student.
15-Sep-00
UK ARCHBISHOP SAYS DON'T SEPARATE SIAMESE TWINS
The Siamese twins born to Catholic parents should be allowed to die naturally, according to the Archbishop of Westminster.
15-Sep-00
Indonesia CHURCH LEADERS SAY MALUKU CIVIL EMERGENCY DECREE HAS FAILED
Catholic and Protestant leaders of Indonesia's strife-torn Maluku islands say the state of civil emergency imposed there more than two months ago has failed to end Muslim-Christian violence.
15-Sep-00
Spain STOLEN SKULL OF ANTIPOPE RECOVERED
Spanish police have recovered the skull of a 14th century Spanish antipope, stolen in April from a ruined palace and held for ransom by semi-literate thieves, the Interior Ministry said on Wednesday.
15-Sep-00
Social
Justice
ARCHBISHOP CALLS ACTION ON WOMEN A 'PILGRIMAGE'
Launching this year's Social Justice Statement, Australian Catholic Bishops Conference President Archbishop Francis Carroll described the bishops' initiative to increase the role of women in the Church as a 'pilgrimage'.
14-Sep-00
Religious
Congregations
MARY McKILLOP HITS SYDNEY HARBOUR
'Mary McKillop', the latest addition to Sydney Harbour's fleet of JetCats, carried its first paying passengers on the Harbour yesterday.
14-Sep-00
Media SYDNEY SPOKESMAN COMMENTS ON PAPAL EXORCISM
Sydney Archdiocesan spokesman Fr Brian Lucas has hosed down reports that Pope John Paul II performed an exorcism during his Wednesday General Audience in the Vatican last week.
14-Sep-00
East Timor SEMINARIANS IDENTIFY STARVATION HOT SPOTS
People in remote areas of northern East Timor are suffering from hunger, and there are fears that many have died of starvation, according to a priest active in social concerns.
14-Sep-00
USA LEGISLATOR SAYS POPE CHANGED HIM ON DEATH PENALTY
Democratic state representative Chris Liese of Maryland said at a workshop on the death penalty during earlier this month that he was in favour of the death penalty until Pope John Paul II's visit to St Louis in January 1999.
14-Sep-00
Bosnia GOVERNMENT SILENT ON MISSING PRIESTS
The Vatican missionary news agency Fides has reported that five years have passed since 33 year old Fr Tomislav Matanovic was abducted with his parents.
14-Sep-00
Olympics AUSTRALIAN BISHOPS SAY OLYMPICS CAN BUILD PEACE
Quoting the speech of Pope John Paul to sports participants at Rome's Olympic Stadium last May, Archbishop Francis Carroll has welcomed Olympic visitors, with the reminder that sport can contribute to peacebuilding.
13-Sep-00
Social
Justice
ARCHBISHOP TO ANNOUNCE INITIATIVES ON WOMEN
Australian Catholic Bishops' Conference President Archbishop Francis Carroll will today announce key initiatives the Bishops have committed to concerning the Participation of Women in the Catholic Church.
13-Sep-00
Timor BISHOPS CONDEMN WEST TIMOR KILLINGS
Catholic Church leaders of Indonesia's Atambua diocese and East Timor's Dili diocese have condemned the recent killings in west Timor, saying the acts were contemptible.
13-Sep-00
UK CHURCH ACTS ON CLERGY SEXUAL ABUSE
Archbishop Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, the Archbishop of Westminster, announced yesterday that the Catholic Church in England and Wales will establish a review body to deal with the problem of clergy sexual abuse.
13-Sep-00
Germany VATICAN OFFICIAL SAYS ISPs MUST CENSOR WEB CONTENT
Fr Patrick Casserly of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications has said that Internet service providers are morally obliged to censor websites containing pornography or hate sentiments.
13-Sep-00
India CATHOLIC LEADERS SKEPTICAL ABOUT 2001 'YEAR OF CHRIST'
A proclamation by the state of Delhi to make 2001 the Year of Jesus Christ has failed to reassure Catholic leaders who noted recent attacks on Christian targets.
13-Sep-00
Employment
Relations
MINISTER BACKS CHURCH RIGHT TO DISMISS GAY EMPLOYEES
Centacare has a right to sack homosexuals, according to Mr Abbott, the Minister for Workplace Relations, who has endorsed claims by the Catholic Church that its Jobs Network agency has the right to dismiss employees who live "openly at variance with church teaching".
12-Sep-00
Reconciliation ADELAIDE ARCHBISHOP UNVEILS 'SORRY ROCK'
Adelaide's Archbishop Leonard Faulkner and the new National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council (NATSICC) Chairperson have unveiled a Sorry Rock on the eastern side of the city's Cathedral of St Francis Xavier.
12-Sep-00
Ireland PROTESTANT LEADER WELCOMES RATZINGER DECLARATION
The Moderator of Ireland's Presbyterian Church, Dr Trevor Morrow, has welcomed last week's Dominus Iesus declaration of the primacy of the Catholic Church, describing it as a mirror-image of the Presbyterian Church's view of the Catholic Church, which it sees as "defective" and "in error".
12-Sep-00
Vatican POPE FAILS IN ATTEMPTED EXORCISM
Pope John Paul II unsuccessfully tried to exorcise the devil from a young Italian woman who appeared to be possessed during the Holy Father's General Audience last Wednesday, an Italian newspaper reported at the weekend.
12-Sep-00
USA JEWISH GROUP WANTS POPE JOHN XXIII DECLARED 'RIGHTEOUS'
A Jewish group announced on Thursday that it was seeking to have Pope John XXIII recognised by the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Israel as one of the "righteous among the nations".
12-Sep-00
Spain ARCHDIOCESE WARNS AGAINST FORTUNETELLERS
The Spanish Archdiocese of Seville has warned its faithful against the growing phenomenon of TV programs and advertisements featuring clairvoyants, witches and tarot card soothsayers.
12-Sep-00
Olympics KIMBERLEY BODY CALLS OLYMPIC SHOW OF UNITY
Describing laws enabling the military to be deployed during the Olympics an 'over-reaction', the Kimberley Diocesan Office of Justice, Ecology & Peace has called on Australians to forget about 'unacknowledged hurts' for the duration of the Olympic Games.
11-Sep-00
Vatican HOLY SEE SAYS ARAFAT HAS NO AUTHORITY TO SPEAK FOR CHRISTIANS
The Vatican said on Friday that it had never asked Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat to represent Christians in talks with Israel regarding Jerusalem.
11-Sep-00
Vatican POPE SAYS SCIENCE PROGRESS MAGNIFICENT AND TERRIBLE
Pope John Paul, who last month condemned human embryo cloning as morally unacceptable, said on Saturday that scientific progress created wonderful possibilities but warned of its 'terrible' potential.
11-Sep-00
Germany RATZINGER WISHES CONVERSION OF JEWS
In a forthcoming book, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, has expressed his hope that Jews will embrace Christianity.
11-Sep-00
Philippines CHURCH OFFICIALS CRITICISE VATICAN DECLARATION
A bishop and priest who represented the Philippine Church at the Synod for Asia have criticised Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger's recent declaration say the Vatican declaration "Dominus Iesus".
11-Sep-00
West Timor JESUIT REFUGEE SERVICE REMAINS AMIDST WEST TIMOR VIOLENCE
The staff of the Jesuit Refugee Service have decided to remain amidst the escalating paramilitary violence in Indonesian West Timor, although they are keeping open the option to transfer to the comparative safety of East Timor.
11-Sep-00
Liturgy ADELAIDE SWITCHES ORDER OF INITIATION SACRAMENTS
Adelaide Archdiocese has launched a new initiation policy that will see children confirmed before celebrating their first Holy Communion.
8-Sep-00
Vatican CURIA OFFICIAL SAYS 'MOTHER' STATEMENT ENCOURAGES MISSIONARIES
Archbishop Marcello Zago, Secretary of the Vatican Congregation for Evangelisation, called the Vatican's declaration that the Catholic Church is the mother - rather than sister - of all churches, is an encouragement for missionaries.
8-Sep-00
East Timor TIMORESE REMEMBER MASSACRE AT CHURCH
More than 10,000 East Timorese gathered in the southern border town of Suai on Wednesday to commemorate the massacre one year ago of more than 100 people in a parish church.
8-Sep-00
Canada CHURCHES APOLOGISE TO INDIGENOUS CANADIANS
The leaders of four Christian churches in Canada apologized on Tuesday to indigenous tribes in Newfoundland and Labrador for suffering they endured from Christians.
8-Sep-00
Philippines CHURCH FEARS MINDANAO TERRORISTS COULD TARGET BISHOP
The life of Catholic Bishop Romulo De La Cruz, of Isabela Prelature territorial, Basilan province, is in serious danger, according to the Vatican news service Fides.
8-Sep-00
Germany CIRCUS NAMED AFTER POPE JOHN XXIII
A circus in Cologne has been named 'Roncalli' after newly beatified Pope John XXIII.
8-Sep-00
Religious
Congregations
NOTHING NEW ON CHILD MIGRATION - EXPERT
A Christian Brother who has extensively studied the history of child migration says he is baffled at plans for a Senate Inquiry into British child migration in Australia.
7-Sep-00
Vatican RATZINGER SAYS NON-CATHOLICS CAN BE SAVED
Following last week's controversial Vatican affirmation of the supremacy of the Catholic faith, Cardinal Ratzinger has issued the clarification that salvation is possible for non-Catholics.
7-Sep-00
Vatican PAPAL SLUR ON NON-PRODUCING COUPLES
Marking the third anniversary of Mother Teresa's death, Pope John Paul II on Tuesday praised the nun's generosity and took to task couples who decide to remain childless.
7-Sep-00
Vatican POPE PIUS IX BIOGRAPHER REGRETS BEATIFICATION
The author of a three-volume biography of Pope Pius IX has commented following his decision to skip last Sunday's beatification of the controversial pontiff.
7-Sep-00
India MOTHER TERESA'S CAUSE OF BEATIFICATION ADVANCES
The first phase of Mother Teresa of Calcutta's process of beatification, the diocesan investigation of her life, could end this year, according to her successor as leader of the Missionaries of Charity, Sr Nirmala.
7-Sep-00
Sri Lanka CHURCH CINEMA ORGANISATION DENOUNCES BAN ON WAR FILM
Catholic clergy and laity have denounced the ban on an internationally acclaimed film dealing with the realities of the prolonged ethnic war in Sri Lanka.
7-Sep-00
Education CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY TO MAINTAIN STANDARDS
The Australian Catholic University is the only full-fee paying tertiary institution in NSW not planning to lower its admission requirements for fee-paying students.
6-Sep-00
Olympics CANBERRA BISHOP CARRIES OLYMPIC TORCH
Auxiliary Bishop of Canberra-Goulburn Archdiocese Pat Power yesterday carried the Olympic torch from Old Parliament House to New Parliament House, where the community cauldron was lit.
6-Sep-00
Vatican POPE DEFENDS NEWLY BEATIFIED PIUS IX
Pope John Paul defended his newly beatified predecessor on Monday, describing Pope Pius IX as a misunderstood man who "never failed to be indulgent toward his enemies."
6-Sep-00
UK ARCHBISHOP DEFENDS RATZINGER'S DECLARATION
Archbishop Cormac Murphy-O'Connor of Westminster has sought to explain to non-Catholic Christians the declaration of the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, that the Catholic Church is the 'mother' of all churches.
6-Sep-00
Vatican HOLY SEE PRESENTS FIRST JESUS FILM AT VENICE FESTIVAL
For the first time, the Holy See has presented a film in the official program at the Venice Film Festival.
6-Sep-00
Nigeria PRAISE THE LORD MODESTLY SAYS ARCHBISHOP
Nigeria's Archbishop Anthony Olubunmi Okogie has condemned a trend in Catholic liturgies towards "noisy" Protestant excesses.
6-Sep-00
Reconciliation AUSTRALIAN OF YEAR SAYS RACISM IS ALIVE AND WELL
Sir Gustav Nossal will tell a church-organised forum this week that despite remarkable advances in tolerance recent years, racism in Australia is 'alive and well'.
5-Sep-00
Social
Welfare
SVDP WORRIED ABOUT SOARING FUEL COSTS
The financial burden of soaring petrol prices has driven more people to seek help from the St Vincent de Paul Society.
5-Sep-00
Vatican CARDINAL SAYS PEACE SUMMIT NOT THE BASIS FOR A RELIGIOUS U.N.
While generally positive about the event, Cardinal Francis Arinze, President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, has returned to Rome with serious reservations about the meeting.
5-Sep-00
China GOVERNMENT ARRESTS PRIEST AND NUNS
Chinese police have arrested 24 Catholics, including a priest who was severely beaten, in a government campaign to force believers to leave the church, a lobbying group has reported.
5-Sep-00
Brazil CHURCH TO FLOAT SHARES ON STOCK EXCHANGE
The Catholic Church in Brazil plans to list shares on the Rio de Janeiro stock exchange, one of Brazil's leading newspapers has reported.
5-Sep-00
India CHURCH PROTEST FORCES WITHDRAWAL OF LAST SUPPER PIZZA COMMERCIAL
Christian protests in three Indian cities have forced a US-based fast food chain to withdraw a commercial that showed one of Jesus's Apostles trying to grab a piece of pizza at the Last Supper.
5-Sep-00
Marriage
& Family
CAUTIOUS APPROACH TO PRE-NUPTIAL BILL
The Catholic Church is taking a cautious approach to a bill before Federal Parliament which could make pre-nuptial agreements legally binding.
4-Sep-00
Education LABOR FRONTBENCHER ACCUSES CATHOLIC CHURCH OVER GST FUNDING
Federal Labor frontbencher, Mark Latham, has accused the Catholic Church of agreeing to mute criticism of the GST in return for an extra $100 million of funding for its education system.
4-Sep-00
Vatican JOHN PAUL II BEATIFIES TWO PREDECESSORS
Tens of thousands of people congregated in St Peter's Square yesterday for the beatification of Popes Pius IX and John XXIII.
4-Sep-00
Vatican RESTED POPE LEAVES SUMMER RESIDENCE
Pope John Paul II left his summer residence at Castel Gandalfo on Friday, pausing to thank the local residents for their hospitality.
4-Sep-00
Vatican CATHOLIC CHURCH MOTHER OF ALL CHURCHES: RATZINGER
The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has written to bishops around the world cautioning them on how they use the expression "sister Churches" when engaged in ecumenical dialogue.
4-Sep-00
UK POPE AND QUEEN TO SAY SORRY TO EACH OTHER
Pope John Paul II and Queen Elizabeth II will express regret about bitter religious conflicts of the past when they meet in the Vatican next month.
4-Sep-00
Reconciliation CATHOLIC COMMISSION SAYS BETTER LAWS CAN ACHIEVE RECONCILIATION
Melbourne's Catholic Commission for Justice, Development and Peace is concerned that the Government's dismissive attitude towards a legal treaty is holding back Aboriginal reconciliation.
1-Sep-00
Bioethics ARCHBISHOP CALLS ON SENATE TO ACT ON IVF
The chairman of the Australian Catholic Bishops Committee for the Family and for Life, Archbishop Leonard Faulkner of Adelaide, has urged the Senate to support legislation affirming states' rights to decide whether single women should be given access to IVF services.
1-Sep-00
Queensland CHURCHES REJECT 'UNCARING' CLAIMS
Queensland Church leaders have rejected allegations that the churches have failed to respond adequately to recommendations from the Forde Inquiry into institutional child abuse.
1-Sep-00
Kenya THOUSANDS FLOCK TO FUNERAL OF PRIEST MURDERED
Thousands of people gathered on Wednesday for the funeral of an American priest murdered last week, allegedly in retaliation for his outspoken criticism of some government officials.
1-Sep-00
Germany CHURCH DENIES ABUSE OF WWII LABOURERS BUT OFFERS COMPENSATION
The German Catholic Church denied it mistreated foreign forced labourers during World War II, but offered millions of dollars in compensation to those who may have suffered.
1-Sep-00
India CATHOLIC COLLEGE'S DRESS CODE ANGERS STUDENTS
Students in the southern state of Kerala are protesting against a Catholic school's banning the wearing of allegedly 'indecent' traditional Indian male dress.
1-Sep-00
  
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