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Australian Catholic Social Justice Council Chairman Bishop William Brennan appealed on Friday to US Presidential candidate Governor George W. Bush to spare the life of John Paul Penry.
Vocations decline shuts seminary residence
Adelaide's St Francis Xavier Seminary will not house seminarians next year.
Samaranch salutes Pope for supporting sport
President of the International Olympic Committee, Juan Antonio Samaranch, paid tribute to Pope John Paul II's appreciation of sport as a sport as a positive force in the formation of the whole person.
Scottish Cardinal calls for baby tax breaks
Couples should be given tax breaks to encourage them to have children, according to Scottish Cardinal Thomas Winning.
Priest suspended after concelebration with Methodist
The suspension of a Catholic priest in Salzburg for concelebrating the Eucharist with a Methodist minister has caused nationwide uproar in Austria.
Copycat Mother Teresa nuns set up community in China
A community of seven religious in Eastern China has adopted the same ministry and habit as Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity (MC).
Pope repeats call for guarantees on status of Jerusalem holy sites
Pope John Paul II has reiterated his call for an 'internationally guaranteed status' for the holy places in Jerusalem.
St Thomas More proclaimed patron of politicians
Ahead of the coming Jubilee of those with political responsibilities, the Vatican Press Office has announced that St Thomas More is officially recognised as the patron of politicians.
Pope condemns dark side of sport
Pope John Paul II opened the two-day Jubilee of Athletes on Saturday by praising the positive aspects of the sports world but warning of its possible pitfalls.
Indonesian Church official confirms brainwashing of Timorese refugee children
An Indonesian diocesan official has supported the findings of a Sydney Morning Herald investigation that at least 130 East Timorese children have been taken from their families in refugee camps in West Timor and brought to Java to be trained as anti-independence militias.
Scottish cardinal slams criticism Of first Catholic speaker
Cardinal Thomas Winning has hit out at MPs and journalists following the election of MP Michael Martin as the first Catholic Speaker of the British House of Commons last week.
US Diocesan spokesman regrets DJs' 'hate crime' against Catholic Church
The Boston Archdiocese has described as a 'hate crime' the broadcast of what was claimed to be secretly taped confessions from a Catholic church.
Scholars press Vatican on Holocaust
Pressing the Vatican to open up its wartime archives, Catholic and Jewish scholars have raised new questions about Pope Pius XII's silence amid Holocaust-era reports that Jews were being deported and killed.
North Korea moves towards peace but ignores human rights: Cardinal
The emeritus Archbishop of Seoul is not optimistic about an improvement in North Korean human rights situation following this week's visit by Madeleine Albright.
Cardinal says Church takes money, no questions asked
Manila's Cardinal Jaime Sin has admitted that the Church in the Philippines accepts donations from criminals.
Presidential candidate Bush praises late New York Cardinal
Republican presidential hopeful George W. Bush praised the late Cardinal John O'Connor of New York at the Al Smith dinner, a traditional showcase event for presidential candidates.
French priests crusade against Halloween
A group of French traditionalist Catholic priests have organised a protest against Halloween for Wednesday, saying the autumn celebration of ghosts and goblins was 'devoted to Satan, ugliness and absolute evil'.
Rome celebrates Jubilee of pizza chefs
Descendants of the 19th-century Naples chef who created the Pizza Margherita in honor of King Umberto I's wife, were on hand with Pope John Paul II on Wednesday to celebrate the conclusion of the Jubilee of Pizza Chefs.
Veteran migration priest turns 100
Monsignor George Crennan, who spent 46 years as National Director of Australia's Catholic Immigration Office, celebrates his 100th birthday today.
Yasser Arafat seeks help from Pope
Yasser Arafat has sent a personal appeal to John Paul II, while a senior Palestinian official in Italy said the Pope should intervene to help resolve the Mideast crisis, according to Reuters.
Women's groups prepare IVF challenge
Women's groups are preparing to challenge Australia's Catholic Bishops in the High Court over in-vitro fertilisation (IVF).
Priest says FBI wants to avoid truth about missionary's murder in Kenya
A Kenyan priest has expressed doubt that the US Federal Bureau of Investigation will be able to conduct an independent, professional investigation into the murder of US missionary Fr John Kaiser, Catholic World News reports.
US bishops allowed expanded role for eucharistic ministers
The US Bishops have received a Vatican ruling that special ministers of the eucharist may pour consecrated wine into chalices for Communion.
Indian Catholics make Holy Year plea for end to religious persecuton
Facing continued aggression and intimidation from Hindu militants, Indian Catholics have prepared an open letter addressed to all the country regretting the state of affairs and expressing their desire to live in peace and harmony.
SVdP says wealth gap hits elderly the hardest
The St Vincent de Paul Society's national council has written to all Federal parliamentarians drawing attention to the growing economic divide in Australia, which is says most affects those aged 50 years and over.
Pope points finger at Netherlands on legal gay marriage
Pope John Paul II has reminded the new Netherlands ambassador to the Holy See that same sex unions - recently legalised by the Netherlands - are 'not equal' to marriage.
Colombian parish priest stabbed to death
A body of a 35 year old Colombian priest who criticised the violent behaviour of criminal gangs has been found with stab wounds.
Prince Charles wants monarchy open to Catholics
Details have been released of a private conversation in which Britain's Prince of Wales expressed his desire to see the Church of England disestablished as the state church, and the possibility of a Catholic monarch.
Survey finds Polish priests quit because of celibacy, lifestyle
A survey published in a Polish Jesuit journal shows most former priests in Poland left the priesthood after becoming demoralised by lack of wealth and disillusionment with celibacy.
Shroud encore for Italian flood victims
While the longest exposition of the Shroud of Turin in history closed on Sunday with a special celebration of bishops in the city's cathedral, there will be two extra viewings to accommodate pilgrims whose plans were disrupted by recent floods in northern Italy.
Burden of Govt welfare policy failure straining SVDP
The St Vincent de Paul Society has said the Government's welfare policies are not working because of the number of government agencies referring clients to it for help.
Pope urges more faith formation in Catholic universities
Pope John Paul II has emphasised that the "primary" task of ecclesiastical universities is to "know and make known the authentic image of God".
Vatican official wants Catholic churches in Muslim countries
Stressing the Catholic Church's commitment to religious liberty for people of all faiths, a Vatican official has insisted on reciprocal guarantees from other religions.
Vatican's UN representative attacks arms trade
The Holy See's permanent observer at the United Nations has called on governments to control the trade in small arms, thereby helping to contain armed conflict throughout the world.
Pope says world cannot live without missionaries
Presiding over the largest missionary summit ever, John Paul II said that society cannot live without the witness of missionaries, some of whom give up their lives for Christ.
Welsh church under pressure after second clergy sex abuse conviction
The Catholic Church in Wales faces calls to change its clergy formation procedures after the conviction of a second priest for child abuse, with some critics demanding the resignation of the Archbishop of Cardiff.
Australian pilgrims' plans are upset by violence
Australians have cancelled tickets or taken alternative tours because of the current violence in Israel but some pilgrims, despite advice from tour organisers to defer their visit, are continuing with their plans.
Cardinal says Pope may be first to resign in 700 years
An influential European cardinal has suggested in a book being released today that the Holy Father may resign next year.
Pope says drug addicts need Christ, not injecting rooms
Pope John Paul II has said that drug addiction is caused by a 'cultural void', and it must be reversed by a 'culture of life' rather than measures of legalised tolerance.
Dalai Lama says people must want Irish peace
The Tibetan Buddhist leader has said that the power to achieve peace in Northern Ireland is in the hands of the people, given self-confidence and patience.
Common enemy draws Catholic and Orthodox ecumenists together
A high-level meeting between Catholic and Orthodox leaders has produced an optimistic joint statement after blaming 'manipulative' Communist regimes for driving the denominations apart.
Holy See Tells UN that embargoes hurt the poor most
The Vatican has again denounced embargoes and other international economic sanctions because of their disproportionate effect on the poor.
Bishop Deakin wants more action from Govt on West Papua
Caritas Australia Chairman, Bishop Hilton Deakin, has compared events in the troubled province of Papua, formerly known as Irian Jaya, to East Timor.
Bishop Brennan speaks up for religious freedom in Pakistan
On behalf of the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council (ACSJC), Bishop William Brennan of Wagga Wagga has spoken out in support of a hunger strike by Christians in Pakistan intended to bring about reforms to the country's discriminatory electoral system.
Visiting priest calls poor Tanzania a model of religious tolerance
In Australia as the guest of Catholic Mission for Mission Sunday (this Sunday), Fr Felix Rashidi has said that although Tanzania is one of the world's poorest countries, its society represents a model of religious tolerance.
Vatican stresses respect for human rights in Middle East
The Vatican pleaded on Wednesday for respect for human rights in the Middle East as the only way to peace.
Pope says Eucharist is the key to being one with Christ
Pope John Paul II opened his general audience on Wednesday by quoting from St Augustine's identification of the Eucharist as the high point of God's connection with humanity.
Pope recalls witness of charity of Mother Teresa
Pope John Paul II has recalled the witness of charity and solidarity of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, on occasion of the celebration of the Fiftieth Anniversary of the foundation of the Missionaries of Charity.
Catholic Commission regrets passing of Dr Perkins
The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council's (NATSICC) chairperson, Ms Vicki Walker expressed her sadness at yesterday's death of aboriginal leader Dr Perkins.
Archbishop looks towards peaceful Solomons
Archbishop Adrian Smith of Honiara is 'looking forward to happier days' in the Solomon Islands with the signing of a peace agreement in Townsville last Sunday.
Pope and Queen say there is no turning back in ecumenism
The contents of the sealed envelopes exchanged during Tuesday's meeting between Pope John Paul II and Queen Elizabeth II have been revealed.
Rome warming up for Jubilee of Athletes
During the Jubilee of Athletes later this month, Pope John Paul II will be the first pontiff in history to attend a soccer match.
Ugandan missionaries stay put to address Ebola crisis
Italian missionaries in northern Uganda have promised to continue their help to the local population despite the dangers of the current Ebola epidemic.
Governor who heeded Pope dies in air crash
The Missouri governor who listened to the Pope's request and commuted a death sentence in January 1999 has died in a plane crash.
Catholic education body commends government funding legislation
The National Catholic Education Commission has called on the Federal Government to urgently pass leglislation concerning school funding that is currently before Parliament.
Bishops secure High Court hearing for infertility case
The Australian Catholic Bishops have expressed their approval of the decision of Justice Ian Callinan of the High Court to hear the Church's application for orders concerning the Federal Court decision known as McBain vs. State of Victoria. 18-Oct-00
Queen Elizabeth II meets Pope
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II met Pope John Paul II yesterday, after having arrived in Rome on Monday. 18-Oct-00
6000 Polish pilgrims celebrate papal anniversary
Six thousand Polish pilgrims joined Pope John Paul II on Monday morning in his celebration of the 22nd anniversary of his pontificate.
Canadian Bishops' support for women 'splits church'
The support of six bishops for Canada's World March of Women 2000 on Sunday has 'split the Catholic Church in Canada', according to a pro-life publication.
50 Scottish nuns named in more than 40 compensation claims
50 nuns have been named in more than 400 compensation claims from former residents of Nazareth House homes in Aberdeen and Midlothian in Scotland.
Nun shot dead, another wounded in Burundi
An Italian nun was shot dead in Burundi and another nun wounded, as they travelled home from mass, 70 km from the capital Bujumbura.
Pope says children more than an accessory in marriage
Children are not an 'accessory' but rather 'a precious gift' in the plan of marriage, John Paul II told 200,000 pilgrims in torrential rain at Sunday's closing of the Jubilee of Families.
Catholic faith motivated Korean Nobel prize winner
South Korea's Nobel Peace Prize-winner is a devout Catholic whose faith has motivated his overtures of reconciliation to North Korea, according to one observer.
Ratzinger says Church waiting for Israel to accept Christ
Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, prefect of the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, said in an interview that the church is 'waiting for the moment when Israel will say yes to Christ'.
Jubilee of Pizza Chefs later this month
The pizza makers of Naples are joining the spirit of the Jubilee by distributing pizzas to Rome's poor and homeless in conjunction with Caritas Italy.
Catholic television channel opens in Madrid
The Archdiocese of Madrid has inaugurated TMT Television, one of a growing number of Church-run television stations in Catholic countries.
Pope chooses multicultural Australia for World Day of Sick
Pope John Paul II has highlighted Australia's cultural and ethnic wealth as factors making Sydney a good choice as host city for February's World Day of the Sick.
Conflict halts Holy Year pilgrimages to Israel
The current hostilities in the Holy Land are causing Catholic pilgrims to interrupt or cancel their Holy Year pilgrimages.
Men in black only for Queen's visit to Vatican
Some British and Irish seminarians in Rome are disappointed that they will miss meeting Queen Elizabeth II in Rome this week due to a clash in dress policy between the Vatican and their college.
Legionnaire's bug kills British priests in Rome reunion
Two priests from northern England died after contracting Legionnaire's disease during a reunion at their old college in Rome as part of Holy Year.
Pope embraces children at Vatican families event
Pope John Paul II focused on children on Saturday in a Vatican family day that had him speaking of the harm of abortion, birth control and divorce.
Indonesian military kill Muslim fighters to protect Maluku Christian village
Last Tuesday, the Indonesian army killed 19 Muslim paramilitaries, after they attacked a Christian village in Maluku.
Job guidelines draft revised
The Human Rights and Equal Opportunities Commission has revised a controversial series of draft guidelines affecting Church organisations and agencies involved in the Job Network scheme.
Cardinal targets 'irresponsible social engineers'
Cardinal Edward Clancy has warned that an influential minority could "reduce human life to a commodity".
Australian founder of Missionary Brothers of Charity dies
Brother Andrew, an Australian who with Mother Teresa of Calcutta founded the Missionary Brothers of Charity, has died of cancer in Melbourne.
Queen's historic prayer with Pope ruled out
A proposal that Queen Elizabeth join in symbolic prayer with John Paul II during her state visit to the Vatican next week has been dropped after concerns that it would upset factions in the Church of England.
Salesians denounce western child sex tourism in Third World
Commenting on the growth of child sex advertising on the Internet, Fr Juan Edmundo Vecchi, major rector of the Salesian order, called on developed nations to show more concern with the "disgrace of sexual tourism".
French bishops lament abortion initiative
French bishops have spoken out against a government initiative that would give minors greater access to abortion.
Apology for jailed priest
Archbishop John Bathersby of Brisbane has apologised for a high-profile priest who was jailed for sexual abuse.
Vatican calls for end of trade in light arms
In an address in New York on Friday, Vatican nuncio to the United Nations Archbishop Renato R. Martino, urged countries around the world to 'stop the trafficking in weapons, licit and illicit'.
Pope calls for renewed support of youth in the work place
Pope John Paul II has urged support for young workers, in the context of the rapid and complex transformation of the work place.
Caritas Yugoslavia official hopes new government helps poor
The head of Caritas Yugoslavia, the country's largest Catholic charity, expressed hope that the new government will support efforts for humanitarian aid to ease the 'very poor conditions' faced by most of the population.
Manila priests call for President Estrada's resignation
The Presbyteral Council of Manila has called on Philippine President Joseph Estrada to step down from office following allegations that he received payoffs from illegal gambling operations.
Church denounces corruption in Cameroon
The Catholic Church in Cameroon has denounced corruption in the country, saying it has permeated all levels of the society to become a way of life.
Merged Catholic hospital names chief executive
Melbourne's St Vincents & Mercy Private Hospital has appointed a senior administrator with extensive experience in the health care sector throughout Australia.
Congress told that being a bishop is hard work
The prefect of the Congregation for Bishops told his fellow bishops at the opening of the congress 'Witnesses and Servants of Hope' that 'it is not easy' to be a bishop at the dawn of the third millennium.
Italian missionary killed in Zambia's Solwezi forest
An Italian missionary nun has been killed in the Solwezi Forest in Zambia, according to the Rome-based MISNA news agency.
British Catholic MP criticises same-sex marriages
Controversial Catholic Tory MP Ann Widdecombe has told a Scottish newspaper that gay marriages are not as valid as heterosexual marriages.
Catholics banned from entering mainland China
Catholics on church business have been banned from entering mainland China following the Vatican's recent canonisation of 120 Chinese and missionary martyrs, according to a local bishop quoted by the South China Morning Post.
Jesuit publication 'rehabilitates' Oscar Wilde
On the centenary of his death, an influential Italian Jesuit publication has praised the notorious gay Irish poet and playwright Oscar Wilde for his embrace of spiritual values and his deathbed conversion to Catholicism.
John Paul II entrusts Third Millennium to Mary
In a moving ceremony on Sunday in the presence of 1500 bishops, Pope John Paul entrusted humanity and the third millennium to the protection of the Virgin Mary.
Cardinal Ratzinger resents 'ignorant' criticism of 'Dominus Iesus'
Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger said that the strong reaction to the recent 'Dominus Iesus' was a result of critics either not understanding or not reading the declaration.
Pope says Africa cannot be abandoned to wars and Aids
Pope John Paul II has made a heartfelt appeal to the world 'not to abandon Africa' to its wars, AIDS and famine.
Malawi Catholics concerned at human rights abuses
The Malawi bishops' conference this week expressed concern over increasing numbers of human rights violations, abuses, and social injustices.
West Papuans seek refuge in Catholic mission
Thousands of frightened people sheltered at a Catholic mission on Monday after as many as 40 people were killed in bloody clashes in a remote western New Guinea town, church officials said.
Hindu leader calls for erasure of Christian influence from Goa
A Hindu leader's plan to erase Christian influence in Goa, a predominantly Catholic Portuguese enclave until 1961, has upset Christians, some of whom have described the sugestion as 'Hindu madness'.
Caritas Australia calls for Mekong flood relief donations
Caritas Australia is calling for urgent donations to help more than one million people affected by the worst floods along the Mekong Delta in nearly 40 years.
Persecuted Congolese archbishop dies of heart attack
68 year old Congolese Archbishop Emmanuel Kataliko, who survived systematic harassment including seven months exile from his Bukavu diocese, has died of a heart attack while attending an African bishops' meeting outside Rome.
Pope reacts to killings in Guinea
Pope John Paul II has appealed for an end to violence in the West African state of Guinea.
Holy See wants pedophilia declared crime against humanity
A Vatican official has proposed that the international community declare the abuse of children, especially pedophilia, a crime against humanity.
Franciscans reject beijing claim that bishop trafficked in opium
The Franciscans in Assisi have rejected Beijing's accusation that one of the new Chinese martyr-saints trafficked in opium.
Catholic leader calls for Arab control of East Jerusalem
Talks leading to Israel's withdrawal from east Jerusalem are the only hope for peace there, according to the Church's highest official in Jersusalem.
GST ignorance concerns Bishops Conference
The Australian Catholic Bishops' Conference is concerned that not all Church organisations have implemented necessary changes to accommodate the GST, reports The Catholic Leader.
Italian lay missionary killed
A member of an Italian lay institute and a companion were shot to death 70 km from the Burundian capital Bujumbura on Tuesday.
Cardinal criticises Catholic politicians who "destroy life"
The head of the Pontifical Council for the Family has insisted that politicians who call themselves Catholic must be consistent with what they believe in both their public and private life.
Hindu group wants local Catholic church to break Vatican allegiance
A senior Catholic Church official has expressed surprise over a Hindu nationalist group's demand to expel foreign missioners from India and establish an independent national Church as in China.
Christian churches ask Indians for forgiveness
The Catholic Church was one of several Christian organisations to sign a message asking for forgiveness for having failed to uphold the rights of Canada's indigenous population.
Christ on fence in caravan park
The seaside town of Port Germein in the mid-north of South Australia is receiving a boost in visitors following claims that an image of Jesus Christ has appeared in the town's caravan park.
Josephite sets record straight on Whitlam and Timor
The Director of Sydney's Mary MacKillop Institute of East Timorese Studies has criticised a "sanitised" account of history that absolves former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam from playing a significant role in Australia's betrayal of the East Timorese people before the United Nations.
Pope pleads for peace in the Holy Land
Speaking at Sunday's canonisation in the Vatican, Pope John Paul II pleaded for the silencing of arms in the Holy Land, as violence continued for the fifth day in the West Bank and Gaza.
Pope to travel to Syria early next year
While the Holy Year will have officially ended, Pope John Paul II is scheduled to continue his jubilee pilgrimages by going to Damascus in Syria early in 2001.
Shut mosques, says cardinal
Cardinal Giacomo Biffi, Archbishop of Bologna, has said that no new mosques should be allowed to open in Italy as a "reciprocal" measure to those applied in some Islamic countries.
Priest gives $A3.7 million to 'needy' parishioners
A retired priest known for his generosity to the homeless and unemployed is being investigated for the theft of $A3.7 million from his former church.
Catholics protest China's religious persecution
Hong Kong diocese's Justice and Peace Commission marked China's National Day on Sunday by protesting against the suppression of the "underground" Catholic Church in mainland China and the mainland's one-child policy.
Italian missionary killed by Ugandan rebels
The Rome-based MISNA news agency has said that rebels in northern Uganda have killed an Italian Comboni missionary.
Pope take responsibility for Iesus Dominum
Pope John Paul II took personal responsibility on Sunday for the controversial Vatican assertion of the primacy of the Roman Catholic Church, saying it was wrong to see it as a belittling of other religions.
Canonisation of Chinese-born saints angers Beijing
On Sunday Pope John Paul canonised 120 Chinese and foreign missionaries killed in the church's five-century - and ongoing - struggle in China.
Scottish bishop apologises for nun's cruelty
Bishop of Aberdeen Mario Conti has expressed sorrow for any actions which had left a mark on the lives of vulnerable individuals, following the conviction of a Sister of Nazareth on four charges of cruelty to children under her care.
Priest attacks US abortion clinic
A priest drove his car into an abortion clinic and then attacked the building with an axe, only stopping when the owner shot at him.
Theologian says vote for Gore is 'intrinsically stupid'
US Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore has been condemned by pro-life forces within the Catholic Church for his definitive support for abortion.