Catholic Commission pleased with Government commitment to rural roads
The Australian Catholic Social Welfare Commission has welcomed the Government's regional roads package as a first step towards meeting the Regional Australia Summit's call for a 'sustained and long-term program of infrastructure development.'
Vinnies prepares for long-term flood aid
Flooding across northern and central NSW is likely to take demand for help from local St Vincent de Paul Conferences up to the level experienced during droughts in the early 1990s.
Vatican slams Dutch vote to legalise euthanasia
The Church has condemned as an affront to human dignity the Dutch parliament's decision yesterday to legalise euthanasia.
Pope invites to prayers for vocations to consecrated life
In his message for next May's World Day of Prayer for Vocations, Pope John Paul II has recalled 'the many young people who thirst for values and yet who are often unable to find the way that leads to them'.
Orthodox Leader May Meet With Pope
The leader of the Russian Orthodox Church said on Tuesday that a meeting with Pope John Paul II would be possible if the two churches first settled some disputes.
Cuban Government becomine more intolerant towards Catholics
Government intolerance and repression towards Catholics has been increasing in recent months, according to the Vatican's Fides news agency.
Opinion - Have you hugged your priest today?
Catholics have a responsibility for giving moral and emotional support to their clergy so that they can survive the massive strain under which many of them live today. If that esteem is withheld or withdrawn, or simply not shown, sooner or later there will be an emotional crisis, especially when there are so many other reasons why collapse may be near. - Catholic Herald
Feature - Ecumenism through solidarity with the disabled
Jean Vanier, founder of the l'Arche communities of disabled people, says that doctrinal consensus is only one facet of ecumenism. He argues that the other comes from below, from service to the poor, the suffering, the defenceless, and it involves the whole person in the way of love. - Zenit
Senator says Vinnies' indigenous scholarship 'sets standard'
A Canberra-Goulburn St Vincent de Paul Society initiative designed to enhance career opportunities for indigenous students and increase the number of indigenous teachers, has been praised by Democrat Senator Aden Ridgeway.
Pope urges broadcasters to take risks for the 'common good'
Receiving 3500 participants in the Jubilee of the Italian state broadcaster RAI in St Peter's Basilica on Monday, Pope John Paul said that the media have a duty to the common good, and must not 'give in to purely economic interests'.
British bishops declare human cloning 'immoral'
Cloning of human embryos for medical research is 'immoral and unnecessary', the Catholic bishops of England and Wales declared on Monday.
Caritas urged to combat 'intellectual poverty'
In addition to material impoverishment, Caritas India has been urged by a state official to help ease India's 'intellectual poverty'.
French newspaper says historic cathedrals 'in peril'
Many of France's medieval gothic cathedrals are in such a poor state that maintenance and restoration has become an urgent priority, according to Catholic newspaper 'La Croix'.
Expert says China experiencing `religious fever'
A Melbourne expert on religion in China has told a conference in the US that China is in 'a state of religious fever'.
Opinion - John the Baptist prepares the way of the Lord
Advent and John the Baptist are all about getting ready. If ever there was a free man, it was John the Baptist. He was hypocrisy-free, possessions-free and ambition-free. The Catholic Weekly
Feature - Canberra Catholic student initiative brings an old house to life
65 girls and an imaginative careers adviser transformed a tired-looking house during a recent 48 hour renovation blitz.
Refugees fear abuse of trust
A Brisbane Church worker with refugees has called for the creation of a representative committee of trusted people to whom refugees or others with allegations of abuse at detention centres can take their complaints.
Pope urges lay Catholics to get more involved in social issues
Pope John Paul II on Sunday called on lay Catholics to play active roles in meeting modern challenges such as those posed by genetic advances and economic progress.
Pope names Syrian Patriarch to key Vatican post
Pope John Paul II on Saturday named an Eastern rite patriarch to head a major Vatican office, a post previously held by cardinals of the Latin rite.
Catholics urged to join Northern Ireland police service
The only Catholic member of the commission which proposed sweeping reforms of Northern Ireland's Protestant-dominated police system has backed calls by prominent Catholic priest Monsignor Denis Faul, for Catholics to join the new service.
Homeless election candidate receives Catholic support
A Catholic soup kitchen in Montreal has presented a homeless man as a candidate for the Canadian federal elections which were to be held yesterday Candadian time.
Mexican exorcists are in demand
Exorcists in Mexico say the number of people seeking their help has doubled and even tripled recently.
Opinion - A free society is a tolerant society
We live in a liberal, rather than totalitarian, society. The liberal virtue of tolerance respects difference and insists that we allow people room to live according to their own customs. Tolerance is sometimes challenged by the demands of public order. - - Fr Andrew Murray SM in The Catholic Weekly
Feature - Consumer watchdog talks about his Catholic faith
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission Chair Alan Fels, 'Australia's most feared regulator and the bÍte noire of many business figures', tells Michael McGirr that his Catholic school education taught him 'to be concerned about society and how to help the poor and see that justice was done'. - Australian Catholics
Funding deal helps Catholic schools limit fee increases
Catholic Education offices have been able to limit school fees increases for 2001 to just under than 3% after their success in negotiating a separate Federal education funding deal.
Catholic GST Religious Group database now available online
An online database containing information regarding the members of the Catholic GST Religious Group is now available at the Australian Bishops' Conference website.
'Alibrandi' wins Catholic film office award
'Looking for Alibrandi' is this year's winner of the Australian Catholic Film Office's Film of the Year award which rewards the promotion of best human values in an Australian feature film.
Vatican regulates abuses in faith healing and exorcisms
The Vatican is clamping down on abuses in faith healing and exorcism, to couinter sensationalism, theatricality and 'anything resembling hysteria'.
North Korean Catholics being mobilised as political force
North Koreans have been trained to be Catholics under orders from the Korean Workers' Party, according to a Catholic priest from South Korea who visited the north as a member of an official South Korean delegation.
Venezuelan Govt says Church 'misappropriated' funds
Reports from Venezuela say the Attorney General's office has launched an investigation into the bank accounts of the president of the country's Roman Catholic Bishop's Conference.
Opinion - Refugees: an abuse of trust
Government guarantees of humane treatment lack credence when reports of abuse in the Woomera refugee detention centre come to light. A new watchdog needs to be appointed to ensure the safety of refugees. - The Catholic Leader
Feature - Healing the scars of torture
Ligia Ximenes is an East Timorese refugee in Sydney who is a trained counsellor. She says unrecognised post-traumatic stress is common among amongst her compatriots in East Timor, and all East Timorese would benefit from counselling. - The Catholic Weekly
Catholic migrant office joins NGO outrage against Woomera
The Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office is part of a coalition of non-government organisations (NGOs) which have joined forces to respond with outrage to the reported sexual assault of a child in the Woomera detention centre in South Australia.
Lismore bishop says God has not abandoned priestless parishes
Bishop John Satterthwaite of Lismore has said that Jesus is present when the faithful gather in his name, even if a priest is not.
Priest calls for united opposition to global greed
Columban priest and social activist Fr Brian Gore has called on groups working for social justice to act together to counter forces in globalisation that are benefiting the wealthy at the cost of the livelihood of the world's poor.
Pope hits out against 'merciless' bank charges
Pope John Paul II has made an urgent appeal to those concerned to make a 'generous commitment in the battle against the merciless abuse of others' need'.
Pope says try virtue if ecumenical dialogue is not working
Doctrinal stalemates on various fronts have caused Pope John Paul to think laterally and recommend faith, hope and charity as the 'stars' that can guide Christians towards unity.
Bono says Catholic guilt makes him help poor
U2 singer Bono says his Catholic guilt keeps him working on behalf of the world's poor.
Study says paedophile stigma turning males off teaching
The fear of being labelled a paedophile is cited by senior school students as a major reason for not pursuing a career in teaching, according to an Australian Catholic University survey.
Vatican regrets trend towards rights for unmarried couples
The Vatican has criticised legislative moves in many countries to give gay and heterosexual unmarried couples the same status and rights as partners in a traditional marriage.
Iraqi church leader leans on Vatican for help in lifting 'unjust' embargo
The international community must be aware that the embargo against Iraq 'constitutes a flagrant injustice', Syrian-Catholic Archbishop Athanase Matti Shaba Matoka of Baghdad said in Rome on Tuesday.
British archbishop wants action against 'trivialisation of sex'
Archbishop Cormac Murphy-O'Connor has announced a new teaching document on sex that warns that promiscuity is destabilising society, Catholic World News reports.
Kenyan church leaders call for better control of illegal brewing
Reacting to a recent home-brewed liquor scandal, resulting in the death of 150 consumers, Catholic leaders in Kenya have criticised the government's lax supervision of the production of traditional beverages and the proliferation of illegal bars.
Papal biographer presents John Paul II as consummate politician
Pope John Paul II is "a new kind of pope" who has been able to shape history through "a new kind of interaction between the papacy and the world of power," his biographer, George Weigel, said in a New York lecture.
World Day of Sick details released
International and local speakers for the Vatican's World Day of the Sick, to be held in Sydney on 10 February, have been announced.
Pope speaks out against child labour
Pope John Paul II has declared in a telegram to the Director-General of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) that 'noone can remain indifferent to the suffering of countless children who fall victim to intolerable exploitation and violence'.
Philippine archbishop resigns from government peace panel
An archbishop on a Philippine government peace panel has resigned from his post, while a religious brother serving as education secretary is standing firm amid the crisis plaguing President Joseph Estrada.
Clinton meets Vietnamese Catholic bishop
US President Bill Clinton held a previously unannounced meeting with the archbishop of Ho Chi Minh City on Sunday, two days after issuing a call for religious freedom in Vietnam.
US law close to endorsing infanticide: bishops
The actions of the Supreme Court of the United States have brought the nation's legal system 'to the brink of endorsing infanticide', according to a statement of the nation's Catholic bishops.
Indian archbishop laments caste system
An archbishop has said that a society divided by a caste system hurts Christ.
Pope tells military to be more sensitive to suffering
Pope John Paul II, addressing veterans of peacekeeping and humanitarian missions around the world on Sunday, urged soldiers and police to be sensitive to the suffering of the weak.
Cardinal Cassidy says `Dominus Iesus' had `negative impact' on ecumenism
The head of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity said the recent Vatican document 'has had a very negative impact' on ecumenical relations around the world but expressed confidence that the harm can be repaired.
British bishop says church scandals 'damaging vocations'
Scandals in the Church have painted such a bad image of Catholicism that they are destroying vocations to the priesthood and religious life, according to a British bishop.
Bishop asks Filipinos to support trial against President Estrada
A prominent Catholic bishop has said that Filipinos should support the Senate trial of the impeachment case against President Joseph Estrada rather than carry on with demonstrations that could lead to violence, the Manila Bulletin reported.
India asks ten US missionaries to leave
The Indian Government reportedly asked ten Christian missionaries from the United States, believed to be Catholic priests, to leave the country by last Sunday.
New Delhi archbishop calls for dialogue
The new Archbishop of Delhi, Vincent Concessao, has been installed in office at a five-hour religious ceremony in the Indian capital.
Immigration Minister angered by Catholic claims on detention centre
Immigration Minister Philip Ruddock has described as extraordinary, the allegations of the Director of the Catholic Centacare agency that reporting of alleged sexual abuse at the Woomera detention centre was inhibited.
Pope says medical technique must serve the human person
Medicine must be "at the service of the integral well-being of the person" and not be simply geared to "technical and organizational efficiency," John Paul II told participants at a health-care conference on Saturday.
Guadalupe was most popular pilgrimage spot in 1999
The Mexico City shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe was the most popular in the world last year, with a total of 14.8 million pilgrims.
Guatemala murder suspects denied
Guatemala's highest court on Friday denied the requests of three murder suspects that a military tribunal preside over their trials for the killing of Bishop Juan Gerardi.
Catholics object to Britain's first legalised brothel
Plans to open Britain's first legalised brothel are being opposed by local Catholics.
Vatican official criticises early US election calls by networks
The premature and mistaken announcement of Florida's presidential winner by US television networks on election night was 'unconscionable', said the Vatican's top expert in media ethics.
Queensland bishops to redevelop seminary facility
Queensland's bishops have outlined plans for a major redevelopment of the Pius XII Provincial Seminary site at Banyo.
Vatican hosting health care conference
The Vatican will play host to a major international conference on health care this weekend.
Vatican web site attacked by hackers
The web site of the Vatican Central Committee for the Jubilee 2000 has been the victim of unidentified hackers.
Vatican moves against multipurpose church buildings
The Secretary of the Pontifical Commission for the Cultural Goods of the Church has warned that the trend towards 'multipurpose places of worship', and other forms of superficiality in church design, must be resisted.
UK Bishops reject human cloning for research
The Catholic Bishops of England and Wales have called on members of Parliament to reject a proposal to allow human cloning for research purposes.
US Bishops seek justice reforms
The US Catholic bishops this week endorsed the Middle East peace process, for the first time calling for 'the establishment of an internationally recognised Palestinian state' as well as the right of Israel to exist 'within secure borders'.
Death of Bishop Barry Collins
Bishop Barry Collins of the NSW rural diocese of Wilcannia-Forbes died suddenly early yesterday.
Bishop pleas for reconcilition with ex-priests
Auxiliary Bishop Patrick Power of Canberra-Goulburn has appealed for reconciliation with men who have left the priestly ministry.
Commercial radio campaign to celebrate Jubilee in Perth
The Archbishop of Perth's Committee for the Great Jubilee has launched an intensive media campaign that will communicate the Jubilee message to an audience of 500,000 including listeners to five of the city's six commercial radio stations.
Vatican delegation investigates papal visit to North Korea
A possible papal visit to North Korea was one of the items on the Agenda of a Vatican delegation that concluded a decisive visit to the country yesterday,
Jubilee for military, police this weekend
About 65,000 soldiers and police officers have registered to take part in a Jubilee observance in Rome on Saturday and Sunday.
Historian says Pius XII should be portrayed in 'shades of grey'
An accurate portrayal of Pope Pius XII in World War II should be done in 'shades of grey', US Jesuit historian Fr Gerald P. Fogarty has said.
Centacare joins call for review of Woomera abuse claims
Catholic welfare agency Centacare has joined Amnesty International in calling for an urgent review of security provisions at the Woomera Detention Centre, in South Australia's north.
Religious institutes back Regional Australia
The Australian Conference of Leaders of Religious Institutes (ACLRI) has supported other Catholic calls on the Federal Government to do more for development in Australia's regional areas.
US priest blasts churchgoer for Democrat sticker
A woman in her seventies has been reprimanded by her priest after sticking a pro-Democrat bumper sticker on her car.
Kenyan bishops suspect FBI investigation a cover-up
The country's bishops on Saturday announced they will celebrate a Mass on 8 December, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, to protest the slow speed at which the investigation into the murder of an American missionary priest is proceeding.
Pope sends condolences to Austrians after tragic railway accident
On Sunday Pope John Paul II sent his condolences to Austria following a tragic Alpine funicular railway accident in which at least 150 tourists died.
'Patriotic' church prays for China's 2008 Olympic bid win
On Sunday Bishop Michael Fu Tieshan, president of the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association, China's state-controlled Catholic Church, celebrated a special Mass to pray for the selection of Beijing as host for the 2008 Olympic Games.
Vinnies defends stance in welfare debate
The St Vincent de Paul Society yesterday dismissed as absurd any suggestion by the federal government that it was not qualified to take part in the welfare debate.
Bishops keep alive memory of Dili Massacre
Two Australian bishops have encouraged Australians celebrating Remembrance Day to spare a thought for the 270 innocent East Timorese who were gunned down at the Santa Cruz Cemetery in Dili on 12 November 1991.
Catholic Commission wants action on crowded prisons
Melbourne Archdiocese's Commission for Justice, Development and Peace has criticised moves to solve the problem of prison overcrowding by building more prisons.
Pope sounds caution on risks from new agricultural technology
Dedicating Sunday to the world's farmers, Pope John Paul II urged those who are developing new biotechnologies to keep a 'healthy balance' with nature to avoid putting people's lives at risk.
Spanish civil war martyrs set for beatification
The Holy See has approved the beatification of a further 123 martyrs killed for their faith during the religious persecutions in Spain of 1931-39. The ceremony will take place on 11 March 2001.
Italian theologian blames Protestants for hamburgers
McDonald's hamburgers are anti-social, Protestant and inappropriate for Catholics, a theologian has claimed in a newspaper published by Italy's Catholic bishops.
Catholic health body criticises funds' failure to cover costs of hospitals
Catholic Health Australia (CHA) has raised the alarm over the failure of health insurance to meet the real costs of hospital care.
Catholic doctor claims injecting rooms would increase drug-related deaths
A Catholic medical expert in Melbourne has claimed that scientific evidence supports the Vatican's decision to prevent the Sisters of Charity from establishing an injecting room in Sydney for the purpose of rehabilitating drug users.
Cardinal says poverty denied Siamese twins' parents right of appeal
A senior Italian cardinal has regretted that the parents of the British Siamese twin who died after last week's separation surgery did not have the finances to support an appeal of the court action that gave the go-ahead for the operation.
Pope hands over Armenian relics
Pope John Paul and the spiritual leader of the Armenian Apostolic church, Garegin the Second, have taken part in an ecumenical service at the Vatican.
Pope likely to appoint more cardinals to elect his successor
With several cardinals turning 80 and being rendered ineligible to take part in the election of the next pope, rumours suggest the Holy Father will create 25 new cardinals in February.
US newspaper apologises to Jesuit it called a Nazi
A 24-year-old newspaper intern has been dismissed for writing a headline describing her former university president as a Nazi.
Pope says Jews and Palestines 'called to live together'
Speaking out again on the Mideast crisis, John Paul II has said that the Israeli and Palestinian people are 'called by history and geography to live together'.
100,000 expected at Vatican for Farmers' Jubilee
Pope John Paul II will preside at the Jubilee for farmers this on Sunday before an expected 100,000 pilgrims from 27 countries.
Holy See ready to deal with whoever wins White House
The Vatican said on Wednesday that it will cooperate with whoever comes to power in the United States, where the presidential election remains unresolved.
South African Bishops accuse Govt of irregularities in military expenditure
A declaration signed by the Chairman of the South African Bishops Conference has called on the country's government to investigate what it claims are irregularities in its expenditure on arms procurement.
US Church criticises AIDS priests newspaper follow-up
Catholic spokesmen have criticised The Kansas City Star daily newspaper for its follow-up of an investigative report on the allegedly high number of priests who have died from AIDS-related illnesses.
Salvadoran generals face another civil lawsuit in Florida
Salvadoran generals-turned-Florida-retirees found not liable earlier this month in the murder of four missionaries in 1980 will face a similar civil lawsuit early next year.
New Chancellor for Australian Catholic University
President of Australian Catholic University, Archbishop George Pell, has announced that Christian Brothers NSW Provincial Br Julian McDonald has been appointed the next Chancellor of the University.
Bishop hails success of talks with Methodists
Bishop Michael Putney of Brisbane, who represented the Catholic Church at the concluding session of the Joint Committee between the World Methodist Council and the Roman Catholic Church, has described the event as a 'marvellous meeting' which achieved a great deal.
Vatican insists again that Jerusalem belongs to 'all humanity'
A statement from the President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue has again reminded Israelis and Palestinians that Jerusalem's spiritual patrimony belongs to the whole of humanity.
Vatican wants wealthy nations to welcome refugees
The Holy See has called for international efforts to help the world's refugee population, now estimated at 23 million.
Iranians praise Pope for role in interreligious dialogue
While religious discrimination continues in their country, Iranian officials meeting in Rome have underlined the positive role that John Paul II is playing in promoting dialogue among all faiths.
Ugandan nun dies in struggle against Ebola
45 year old Sr Pierina Asienzo in a Ugandan Government hospital on Sunday died of the Ebola virus which she had been treating in others.
Two major Sydney Catholic hospitals to merge
St Vincent's Hospital in inner-city Darlinghurst is to merge with North Sydney's Mater Hospital on 1 January next year.
Shark attack victim receives blessing before dying
The Perth swimmer whose leg was bitten off by a shark at North Cottlesloe beach on Monday, died in the arms of a local priest.
Vatican spokesman again denies papal resignation rumours
The official Vatican spokesman vehemently denied further speculation that Pope John Paul II will retire by the end of this year, while announcing that the Holy Father will visit Ukraine in June next year.
Indonesian President Addresses Catholic Synod
President Abdurrahman Wahid has told a synod of Indonesia's Catholic bishops that fighting between followers of Christianity and Islam and among Muslims in the Southeast Asian country is a setback for all religions.
Researcher uncovers Vatican's bid to censure Graham Greene
The Vatican put pressure on the Catholic author Graham Greene to change one of his most successful novels, The Power and the Glory, according to letters published last week in the US.
Cher attacks nuns who helped raise her
The latest CD release from the entertainer Cher contains lyrics attacking the Sisters of Mercy congregation of nuns which ran the orphanage in which she lived as a child.
Catholic commission regrets impact of globalisation on Regional Australia
Australia's most disadvantaged regions are still waiting for change a year after a Government Committee called for a 'comprehensive and convincing response to the challenges faced by regional Australia'.
Pope says politics is about service, not popularity
Pope John Paul II has told 40,000 politicians assembled in St Peter's Square for their Jubilee that politics is about selfless service, and future electoral success should not motivate politicians.
Pope agrees to scientific test on cross headboard
Pope John Paul II is expected to allow the first scientific test on a piece of walnut wood that for centuries has been venerated as the headboard of the cross on which Christ was crucified.
Paedophile priest controversy forces archbishop's retirement
A British archbishop under pressure to resign for ignoring warnings about two paedophile priests apologised to parishioners on Sunday and announced his retirement.
New Human Rights Act gives Catholics access to British throne
The ban on a Catholic monarch is certain to be overturned because it does not comply with the new Human Rights Act, according to leading British lawyers.
International Caritas head to visit North Korea
Caritas Internationalis Secretary General Duncan MacLaren today begins a week-long visit to North Korea, in a move that signals renewed confidence in the ability to participate in country's development.
Pope urges human rights delegates to end abortion in Europe
Pope John Paul II last week criticised legalised abortion in Europe, urging delegates to a human rights conference to protect 'innocent life in the womb' as a fundamental right.
Vatican tells Italian chemists not to sell 'morning after' pill
Conflict has broken out in Italy between the Church and the government over the sale of the so-called day-after contraceptive pill which prevents conception.
Pope celebrates 50th anniversary of Assumption Dogma
During Thursday's All Souls' Day commemoration, Pope John Paul II presided at a solemn Eucharist celebration commemorating the 50th anniversary of the dogmatic definition of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary.
Ratzinger spokesman says indigenous theology is not Catholic
The Catholic Church cannot recognise an "Indian" or "indigenous" theology because of its "serious doctrinal inconsistencies", according to a member of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
Official worried as bullets penetrate Bethlehem Catholic university
The vice chancellor of Catholic-run Bethlehem University expressed 'grave concern' after an Israeli bullet shot through a university residence.
Ex-Salvadoran Generals Found Not Liable In Deaths Of Church Women
Two ex-Salvadoran generals were not found liable by a US jury on Friday in the deaths of three American nuns and a lay woman.
Vinnies to offer uni scholarships
The St Vincent de Paul Society in the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn is set to make a major contribution towards helping to raise education levels of indigenous Australians.
Task force to assist merged parishes
Archbishop John Bathersby of Brisbane has announced plans to establish an Evangelisation Task Force.
Jubilee a chance for politicians to examine their conscience
The profession of politics is in urgent need of rehabilitation, and it's hoped this weekend's Jubilee of Politicians in Rome will encourage politicians to behave ethically, according to President of the Vatican Jubilee Committee, Cardinal Roger Etchegaray.
Rwandan death row priests cleared of Genocide charges
Two Rwandan priests condemned to death have been cleared of charges of genocide and crimes against humanity.
Priest disciplined after allowing nun to perform baptisms
Church officials in the US have disciplined a priest and a popular nun because she helped perform two baptisms while he watched.
US nuns angry at losing madonna.com
Madonna has been criticised by an order of nuns for taking control of an internet domain name which they say was promised to them.
Melbourne churches challenge banks on fees
The Catholic church is part of a Melbourne coalition preparing to lobby banks for a fee structure that is structured according to customers' ability to pay.
Josephites rebuild pride in East Timorese music
The Mary Mackillop Institute of East Timorese Studies has brought an East Timorese choir to Australia to tour New South Walaes.
Priest welcomes Vic Govt cash for ex-prisoners' drug treatment
Fr Peter Norden of the Catholic Church's Brosnan Centre has welcomed yesterday's announcement by the Victorian Corrections Minister that the government will provide $3.5 million for treatment to help the Centre prevent released prisoners from reoffending.
Vatican says 'Morning After' pill equals abortion
The Vatican on Tuesday condemned a 'morning-after' pill that recently went on sale in Italy as a contraceptive, calling it a form of abortion by chemical means.
Catholics seen as key swing vote on US Election Day
On Election Day Catholics could play the decisive role in who is the next US president, according to a study by the Centre for Applied Research in the Apostolate.
Los Angeles Cardinal intervenes in strikes
The Archbishop of Los Angeles has called for the city's public transport authority to invest more in bus routes used by the working poor, and to work with federal and state lawmakers to reduce the debt burden which has restricted its service to the public.
Adelaide Archdiocese looks beyond youth rock masses
The influence of family, peers and friends, and the role played by "significant adults", are key factors in shaping the way young people develop their faith and spirituality, according to an Adelaide Catholic church study reported in this month's Southern Cross.
Victorian Mercy Hospital to close
Mercy Health & Aged Care has announced the closure of the Diamond Valley Mercy Hospital, a 76-bed private hospital at Greensborough in Melbourne's north-eastern region.
Ratzinger clarifies meaning of term 'sister churches'
Cardinal Ratzinger has clarified that the term 'Sister churches' refers to 'ecclesial communities that have preserved the episcopal succession and a valid Eucharist'.
New York archbishop urges 'pro-life voting'
Archbishop Edward M. Egan on Sunday urged his archdiocese's 2.4 million parishioners to cast votes for candidates in next week's elections who 'share our commitment to fundamental rights for the unborn'.
Cardinal Martini condemns Haloween
Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini of Milan has urged Italians to ignore Haloween, which he described as 'foreign' to their traditions.
Faith-healing archbishop eased out quietly
The Vatican has confirmed that Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo, whose faith-healing services are a source of sharp controversy, no longer holds an official position in the Roman Curia.