Archbishop Pell receives pallium from Pope
Pope John Paul II will present Archbishop George Pell with the pallium in a ceremony to take place in St Peter's Basilica at 1:30 am tomorrow (Saturday) Sydney time.
Archbishop Faulkner welcomes new state governor
Adelaide's Catholic Archbishop Leonard Faulkner has welcomed the news that Marjorie Jackson-Nelson, AO, MBE, will be South Australia's next Governor.
Pope ends controversial visit to Ukraine with unity theme
Pope John Paul II said an emotional farewell to Ukraine on Wednesday, ending a visit during which he sought to foster religious and national unity in this former Soviet republic.
Vatican regrets shortcomings of AIDS summit
The Vatican issued a statement moments after the UN General Assembly on AIDS adopted a battle plan on Wednesday evening, objecting to some aspects and expressing regret over others.
Women's ordination advocate says women priests 'are inevitable'
The Catholic Church is running out of male priests and will soon be forced to ordain women, according to Marie Joyce, the National spokeswoman for the Ordination of Catholic Women.
Nuns face jail over 'terrorist school' protest
The two Franciscan nuns, who are also blood sisters, were sentenced last month along with 24 other demonstrators who entered the notorious School of the Americas, a US defence establishment which has trained thousands of soldiers from Latin America.
Opinion - Sir William - civic leadership of the highest standard
It is entirely appropriate that Sir William Deane began his last month as Governor-General by visiting Aboriginal peoples in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. Throughout his term of office he has shown himself to be a model reconciler by his efforts to sit down with and to come to understand Aboriginal peoples. - Catholic Weekly
Feature - Pope reaches two of three objectives during Ukraine trip
Pope John Paul II travelled to Ukraine with three major objectives: encouraging a Catholic population that has suffered severe persecution, assuaging Orthodox resentment over the growing role of his church, and bringing moral direction to a nation worn out by decades of communism. - CNS
Australian bid for World Youth Day
An independent group of Sydney young people is pushing to hold World Youth Day in Australia in 2004.
CEO looking for teachers with ambition
The Catholic Education Office has launched a project to generate interest among more teachers to aspire to executive positions.
Pope urges UN to back guaranteed medical care for HIV/AIDS
Criticising 'exorbitant' prices for HIV/AIDS medicines, Pope John Paul II called on wealthy nations to guarantee medical care for people infected with the deadly disease in poor countries.
Pope warns Ukrainian youth against the 'slavery of consumerism'
Pope John Paul II has advised young people in Ukraine not to migrate to the West in search of an easy life abroad.
Gorbachev wants reconciliation between Catholic and Russian Orthodox churches
Commenting on Pope John Paul II's visit to Ukraine, former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev told journalists that he hopes for reconciliation between the Catholic and Russian Orthodox Churches.
SVDP preparing for winter's worst
The plight of the homeless is set to worsen with shelters bracing themselves for their busiest period during the coldest part of winter.
Opinion - Country isolation induces ecumenical spirit
While city Catholics can choose to drive down the road to another parish if the local Mass times aren't suitable, country Catholics are often lucky to see a priest in their area once a month. There are many examples of Christians of all traditions coming together to worship and pray in country areas, and finding strength and encouragement from each other. - Catholic Leader
Feature - Jesuit who walks with refugees
"What's a bit horrible for me coming back to Australia is to see the amount of money which is being spent on keeping people out - more than on helping the world's refugees," said Fr Mark Raper, former International Director of the Jesuit Refugee Service. "The amount which goes to the real problem, if you like, is pitiful compared to the cost of a detention centre or other fences and deterrents." - Catholic Weekly
Social Justice Council says immigration detention can amount to torture
In a message for yesterday's International Day in Support of Survivors of Torture, the Acting Chairman of the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council, Bishop William Morris, has suggested elements of Australia's immigration detention regime could amount to torture.
Pope preaches in Ukraine's Catholic heartland
Pope John Paul preached to the faithful in western Ukraine's Catholic heartland yesterday, which until World War Two was part of the his native Poland.
Vatican ecumenist disappointed by Ukrainian Orthodox rebuff
The Vatican's top ecumenical official expressed disappointment that the main Orthodox Church leaders refused to welcome Pope John Paul II in Ukraine, although he thought most Orthodox faithful were happy the pope came.
Cardinal calls for 'crucial' formation of laity in ecumenism
Pesident of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, Cardinal Walter Kasper, has said lay Catholics - and not just theologians and bishops - must be trained to engage in ecumenical dialogue.
Pope urges relief aid for quake-stricken Peru
Pope John Paul II has expressed his sorrow for the victims of Saturday's earthquake in Peru, and appealed for international relief aid.
Priest jailed for harassing nun during confession
An Italian priest has been jailed for 14 months for sexually harassing a nun while taking her confession.
Opinion - Is the Pope friend or foe to the East?
Politicians in Ukraine, and also Russia, interprets the Pope's visit as one of the symbols of the Western world's recognition of the country, an important sign of its integration into the Western world. But members of the Orthodox Church, recall harsh treatment of their people by the Catholic Church in past centuries, and expect oppression and even forced conversion to Catholicism. - The Moscow Times
Feature - A saint woos the Celtic tiger
More than half the population of Ireland turned out to venerate the travelling relics of St Thérèse of Lisieux, the 'Little Flower'. No one expected such a turn-out. "You don't fall in love with a doctrine. You fall in love with a person. The people are famished in Ireland, and this is why they were coming out", said Bishop Comiskey. - The Tablet
Pope honouring Jewish massacre victims in Ukraine
Pope John Paul was yesterday paying tribute to Ukrainian Jews who were killed in a 1941 massacre that was a chilling precursor to the horrors of the Holocaust.
Australia clashes with Vatican over AIDS deal
A collision of religion, morality and international politics has thrown Australia into a diplomatic battle against the Vatican and several Islamic nations on issues that threaten to derail a crucial global pact on fighting AIDS.
Priest rejects PM's claim on war against drug abuse
Jesuit Social Services' Director Fr Peter Norden has criticised Prime Minister John Howard's recent claim "that we are winning the war against the drug epidemic".
Nigerian Christians suffering under Muslim Sharia
A Catholic bishop has claimed that Christians in the north of Nigeria are being subjected to the strictures of the Sharia becoming victims of the Sharia, even though this Islamic law should apply to Muslims only.
Irish bishops set up child protection office
The Irish bishops' conference has announced that it is to set up a child protection office and a bishops' committee on child protection.
Catholic lawmakers gather in Mexico
Breaking a century-old taboo against mixing politics and religion, a group of Catholic lawmakers gathered for a Mass to honour St Thomas More, the newly named patron saint of politicians.
Opinion - Creating an anti-drug culture
Today is the International Day against drug abuse and illicit drug trafficking. A United Nations report suggests the promotion of an anti-drug culture. School anti-smoking campaigns are important because smoking is the training ground for other addictions, and must be defeated. - Catholic Weekly
Feature - Bishop says Africans must solve their own problems
In order to resolve Africa's problems, "it is necessary that those who decide the future are Africans, and not external forces," says Congolese Archbishop Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya, president of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar. He said that the Catholic Church can play a vital role in the future of the continent, as its influence is significantly greater than its 14% representation in the total population. - Zenit
Bishop Hart named Archbishop of Melbourne
Pope John Paul II has confirmed speculation that Melbourne Archdiocese Auxiliary Bishop Denis Hart will succeed Archbishop George Pell on Friday evening by announcing his appointment as the new Archbishop of Melbourne.
Pope urges unity at Ukraine mass
Pope John Paul yesterday urged Christians in Ukraine, where differences between Orthodox and Catholics have sometimes flared into violence, to rediscover the unity they enjoyed before the Great Schism a millennium ago.
Patriarch says Pope's diplomacy will weaken his impact
By trying not to offend the Russian Orthodox Church, Pope John Paul II will weaken the effectiveness of his visit to Ukraine, said Ukrainian Orthodox Patriarch Filaret of Kiev.
Church to fight sex laws in WA
The Catholic Church will fight the State Government in Western Australia over decriminalisation of prostitution.
Canadian Jesuit development worker murdered in Jamaica
Canadian Jesuit priest, Fr Martin Royackers, was murdered on Thursday at Annottto Bay, a small town in north east Jamaica.
Vatican official says poor countries need access to drugs
A top Vatican diplomat said drug companies should be required to make essential medicines available to poor countries at an affordable price.
Opinion - Destruction of human cells is unacceptable
The distinction between therapeutic cloning and reproductive cloning (such as occurs with the replication of a whole human being) is a matter of grave ethical and social importance and one which demands our attention and clear appreciation of the terminology used and the procedures that are proposed. - Dr Joe Santamaria in Kairos
Feature - Sweet Charity's Australian journey
The Sisters of Charity have been at the forefront of social care since their arrival in Australia in 1838 - a mission which has sometimes taken them where others fear to tread. A new exhibition at the Australian Museum entitled Sisters of Charity 1838-2001 traces the Australian journey of this remarkable order and its members, from their arrival to work with female convicts to their work today in a diverse range of ministries. - Catholic Weekly
Catholic Health urges independent enquiry into nursing home accreditation
Catholic Health Australia (CHA), the peak body representing Catholic health and aged care services, yesterday called on the Federal Government to immediately instigate an fully independent inquiry into the process of accreditation of Australia's aged care homes.
Centacare chief regrets Ruddock rejection of asylum seekers report
Centacare Adelaide's Executive Director Dale West has described as 'unfortunate but not unexpected', Federal Immigration Minister Philip Ruddock's rejection of the key recommendations of a joint parliamentary subcommittee report on the detention of asylum seekers.
Pope going to Ukraine with 'great hope'
John Paul II said he looks forward with "great hope" to his first visit to Ukraine this weekend, to confirm the country's Catholics in the faith and promote the ecumenical commitment with the Orthodox Church.
Vatican says US can snub protocol, but must help environment
The United States and other industrialised nations have a right to criticise the Kyoto Protocol on global warming, but they also have an obligation to protect the environment, a Vatican official said.
Lay missionary families to be paid for children's role
New financial rewards are being offered to parents and their children who take up missionary postings with the Catholic Church either overseas or in remote parts of Australia.
Bishops' Women's Commission officially launched
The ten members of the Commission for Australian Catholic Women were formally commissioned last Friday at a service in the Crypt of St Mary's Cathedral, Sydney.
Opinion - Pope off to hornets nest
Pope John Paul II will enter an ecclesial hornets' nest when he flies to the Ukraine on a four-day visit Saturday. Four Eastern-rite denominations with almost identical liturgies await him there -- one with open arms, two with lukewarm feelings, and the fourth with animosity. The trouble is the latter is the largest. - UPI
Feature - 'Last rites' can mean several things
News reports that Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh received last rites shortly before his execution at a US federal prison earlier this month have provoked questions about what is meant by "last rites" in the Catholic Church. Many reports just used the term without trying to explain or define it. - CNS
Jesuit Refugee Service blames war for refugee crisis
The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) has issued a statement arguing that war remains the main cause of forced migration, with armed conflict - often within national borders - and human rights violations pushing ever increasing numbers of people to leave their homes.
Pope issues warning against tourism
John Paul II has said that while tourism can be a privileged instrument of peace and progress, it can also promote "humiliating aberrations" including the exploitation of women and children in a scandalous and unscrupulous sex trade.
Cardinal Lehmann says history will be kind to Ratzinger
German Cardinal Karl Lehman, who has clashed with Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith head Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, has emphasised his agreement with Ratzinger on the essentials of the Catholic faith.
Mission organisation worried about Christians in Nepal
Christians in Nepal face an uncertain future following the 1 June slaying of the Jesuit-educated King Birendra and most of the Royal Family, according to a US-based mission organisation.
Priest murdered by unknown armed movement in Colombia
Bishop Flavio Calle Zapata of Sonson-Rionegro has condemned the murder of a local parish priest and demanded authorities to determine which armed group operating in the region is responsible for his death.
Psychologist says Italians returning to confession for therapy
A boom in the number of Italians going to confession suggests not so much that Italians are rediscovering their Roman Catholic roots but that they are turning to the confessional as a substitute for therapy, a leading psychologist said this week.
Opinion - Why Catholic parents should worry about Harry Potter
Catholics have good reason for concern about rise of pagan literature for children, in particular J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter novels. Without training in literary criticism, parents cannot make informed judgments on such literature. There are patterns in fiction that signal the probable effects of individual works on readers, though nobody can foresee all of the ways in which a single book will influence a particular child. - Homiletic and Pastoral Review
Feature - An evangelical at Sydney's Anglican helm
Dr Peter Jensen, Sydney's new Anglican Archbishop, in common with Christians of Evangelical persuasion, stresses the need for a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and many will relate the date and hour of their "conversion". In Dr Jensen's case it involved a visit as a 16-year-old schoolboy to the 1959 Billy Graham Crusade, which he describes as the "critical moment" of his life. - Catholic Weekly
Pope sees medical ethics clashing with Catholic morality
The Pope told a group of gynecologists and obstetricians on Monday that medical ethics are increasingly clashing with Roman Catholic morality.
US Bishops voice concerns on Vatican instruction on translations
The US Catholic bishops have voiced wide-ranging concerns about Liturgiam Authenticam, the new Vatican instruction on liturgical translations.
Nepal Catholics celebrate mass to remember slain royal family
Nepal's Catholic community has held a memorial mass in Kathmandu for the country's murdered royal family, marking the end of a 13-day Hindu mourning period.
Vandals deface former convent near Auschwitz
Vandals stuck axes in a picture of Christ and sprayed anti-Semitic slogans on the walls of a building next to the former Nazi death camp of Auschwitz, police said on Monday.
Bush to visit Pope
US President George W. Bush will make another trip to Europe in July and will include a stop in Rome to meet with Pope John Paul II, according to a White House statement released on Friday while Bush was visiting Poland.
Irish church pays into Govt sex abuse fund
The Catholic bishops of Ireland announced on Monday that they would pay $A188 million into a special government sex abuse fund in order to avoid scores of lawsuits.
Opinion - New fan of Dorothy Day neglects her values
Now that George W. Bush is quoting Dorothy Day, he might want to invite to the White House some followers of the Catholic Worker co-founder. Members of Washington's Dorothy Day Catholic Worker house of hospitality regularly pull up a van at Lafayette Park facing the White House to distribute sandwiches to the hungry. Instead of a war on poverty, they think there's a war on poor people. - NCR
Feature - Catholics: Britain's largest minority
To be a minority, in the sense the word carries these days, is to be in some way oppressed. To be a Catholic is now less special than it was, which makes believers less of a sect, less of a threat, a less confident army of the Lord. - The Guardian
Scotland's Cardinal Thomas Winning dies
Cardinal Thomas Winning, the outspoken leader of Scotland's Catholics, died suddenly on Sunday at the age of 76, two days after returning home from a Glasgow hospital where he had been recovering from a heart attack earlier this month.
International Caritas studying unequal treatment of women
Leaders of Caritas Internationalis, the largest Catholic confederation of aid, are meeting in Rome to find new ways of acting in emergencies and promoting reconciliation.
Pope calls for doors to be opened for refugees
Pope John Paul has drawn attention to the growing number of refugees in the world as well as the rising number of countries who limit their entry.
US Catholic bishops approve aligning church-related colleges with official doctrine
Responding to Vatican prodding, the US Catholic bishops last week overwhelmingly approved policies to keep church-affiliated colleges and hospitals in line with official teaching.
Media mischief gives gay Catholics false hope
The Italian Jesuits' journal Civilta Cattolica has denied widespread press reports that it has challenged the traditional Vatican teaching on homosexuality by suggesting that same-sex couples should be recognised by the Catholic Church.
Swiss referendum frees Catholic Church
The Vatican can now create new dioceses in Switzerland without first consulting the Government.
Opinion - Churchman who was a thorn in Blair's side
Cardinal Thomas Winning, an uncompromising moral conservative with a flair for publicity, was the most outspoken and political churchman in Scotland in many years. His public utterances as leader of Scotland's 750,000 Catholics invariably conformed to the official Vatican line, but sometimes prompted criticism from his own priests, who found it hard to deliver his hard-line message in a changing world. - Electronic Telegraph
Feature - Fearful faith in end times novels
There is a wave of enthusiasm in popular culture in the US for novels about the 'Left Behind' books, which reflect an interpretation of the Bible and the history of the world centred around the 'Rapture' - the seven-year Tribulation, Christ's return and defeat of the Antichrist and the beginning of Christ's 1000-year reign. The understanding behind the literature is regarded as Protestant, and alien to the historical critical method of Catholic biblical scholarship. - NCR
Unpaid leave fair, but what is 'casual'?
The Australian Catholic Commission for Employment Relations has welcomed a recent decision granting a year's unpaid parental leave for casual workers, but has questioned the definition of the classification "casual".
French priest refuses to reveal confessional details of sex abuse
The opening of hearings last week into whether or not a French bishop should face trial for not revealing what was told to him in the confessional box has opened a 1000 year old debate about the seal of the confessional.
Pope's Ukraine trip will be about moral issues
Pope John Paul II will draw attention to moral issues and the need for Christian unity during his upcoming visit to Ukraine, the country's Greek Catholic leader said on Friday.
Vatican calls G8 a contradiction
A Vatican official on Wednesday warned a forthcoming Group of Eight (G8) meeting against dictating other countries what to do rather than give poor countries the chance to decide their own fate.
Cardinal calls Jewish group's ad criticising pope 'unjust'
A high-ranking Vatican official has criticised the Anti-Defamation League in the US for its ads expressing sadness at Pope John Paul II's "silence" after an anti-Semitic diatribe by Syrian President Bashar Assad in the pope's presence.
Students call for Mugabe's excommunication
The Vatican is being urged to excommunicate Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe.
Opinion - On respect for creation
Awareness is growing that abuse of our environment causes damage to every living thing, including ourselves. 'Mad cow' disease and the outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in animals in Britain jolt us into seeing the dangers that follow from any upset in the balance of nature. The way we treat God's world is a measure of the depth of our faith and love. - The Far East
Feature - Learning about our own story from the Gospels
The Gospels do not encourage the objective form of knowing that allows distance and detachment, but demand that deeply subjective form of learning that requires risk and intimacy. The faithful reading of the Gospels does not ask, 'What really happened?' but asks instead, 'Who is this who speaks and acts now in my life? - Priests and People
Bioethicist worried about embryo scan
A Catholic bioethicist has raised concerns about a new test which can scan embryos and identify the risk of genetic cancer, describing it as "abhorrent and scary".
Kimberley Diocese speaking out on behalf of Aboriginal community
Broome Diocese has made a written submission to the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission focusing on the long-term abuse of Aboriginal people.
Pope gives medical aid to Ukraine hospital
Pope John Paul II has donated medical equipment to a Ukraine hospital to set up a children's surgery, the Vatican said this week.
Colombia's plan to allow bigamy concerns Church
The Colombian Government's plans to decriminalise bigamy has provoked a strong reaction from the Catholic Church.
Vatican official says Mary has appeal for other faiths
The Blessed Virgin Mary is a starting point for presenting the Christian message to believers of other religions, according to a Vatican official returning from an interfaith conference at Lourdes.
Adelaide school prays for students struck by a truck
Adelaide's Loreto College is seeking prayers for three of its students who were hit by a truck.
Opinion - We should not expect the media to report the truth as we tell it
There were calls in the recent Consistory in Rome for the Church to use the media for evangelisation. But it needs to take extreme care. Journalists often use media releases in a way that is destructive, unearthing a different truth to that intended by the media release. This necessary for the health of political society, which relies on opinion. - The Catholic Weekly
Feature - Outspoken cardinal says it's time to think about God
German Cardinal Karl Lehman says in a new book that we must constantly be distinguishing God from gods and idols. He suggested to a journalist that gods and idols are all around us but that we must seek God. "I must constantly grope toward him. For me, seeking God and finding God are both essential." - Zenit
Vatican cracks down on travelling Third World priests
In a new document released on Tuesday, the Vatican has acknowledged the problem that increasing numbers priests born in mission territories who drain their homelands of sorely needed pastoral care by settling in Rome or elsewhere in the West.
Pope says catacombs play role in new evangelisation
Pope John Paul II said that the catacombs of Rome are "places of new evangelisation, prayer, and cultural promotion for pilgrims from all over the world."
Catholic chaplain anointed McVeigh before death
Before Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh was executed in Terre Haute on Monday night Australian time, he was anointed by a Catholic prison chaplain.
Bishops preparing statement on pastoral care of migrants and refugees
The Australian Catholic Bishops' Conference is preparing a statement on the pastoral care of migrants and refugees.
Priests' consultation bid goes nowhere
A bid by the National Council of Priests (NCP) for more consultation on bishops' appointments has hit a wall of secrecy.
Caritas receives counterfeit clothing for East Timor
Caritas Australia has received a donation of counterfeit clothing confiscated by the Australian Federal Police in Brisbane for distribution to communities in need in East Timor.
Opinion - Freedom for the intellectually disabled
The mentally impaired are ending up in prison, which is not an appropriate place for them. This highlights the haphazard character of the 'system' that has replaced institutionalised care We need not return to big institutions. care like that provided by L'Arche communities is a worthwhile option. Visitors to the L'Arche Burwood community have described it as the "happiest and best adjusted family in NSW". - Catholic Weekly
Feature - The Church's pioneering role in fighting AIDS in Africa
The Catholic Church has run some of the best AIDS programs in Africa since the early 1980s. Church mission hospitals and clinics, which already provided a substantial proportion of health care in sub-Saharan Africa, were at the forefront. Very many Africans, Christian and otherwise, have resented the emphasis on condoms by outside agencies, regarding this as an intrusive and unrealistic Western answer to an African problem. - Tablet
Nun expresses concern for Death Row prisoners
Following the execution of Oklahoma bomber Timothy McVeigh on Monday, human rights campaigners have been expressing concerns for 19 more men currently on Death Row at Terre Haute federal prison in Indiana, USA.
Vatican seeks international effort for homeless
The Vatican made a call at last week's Habitat+5 UN Special Session on Human Settlements for appropriate housing for all the world's poor.
Church to hold own trial for priest
The Catholic Church in Guatemala plans to conduct a religious trial of a priest convicted of involvement in the 1998 murder of Bishop Juan Jose Gerardi.
Polish bishops oppose 'unbridled capitalism'
Poland's bishops say that "unbridled capitalism" after the fall of the Berlin Wall has widened the gap between rich and poor in their country.
General Electric and Citigroup on US Catholic blacklist
General Electric and Citigroup - two of the most widely held stocks in the US - are among several hundred companies excluded from two new US stock indices designed to reflect the views of the Catholic Church.
Bishop orders no communion cup during meningitis outbreak
Bishop Thomas Tobin of Youngstown, Ohio, on Thursday ordered the temporary suspension of Catholics receiving Communion under both species at eight area churches in the wake of a deadly meningitis outbreak in the city of Alliance.
Opinion - The execution of Timothy McVeigh
It has always been Church teaching that criminal acts disorder society and the primary purpose of punishment is retribution, the payment by the criminal of his debt to society, thereby restoring the order of the society. Pope Pius XII put it this way: "The order violated by the criminal act demands the restoration and reestablishment of the equilibrium which has been disturbed." - e3mil
Feature - Christ's flock grows in the land of Genghis Khan
Only nine years have passed since the first missionaries arrived. It took several years for them to settle in. But today the Catholic Centre in the capital, Ulaanbaatar runs social and human development initiatives involving hundreds of people. The generous work of pastoral operators has won the appreciation of the local people. Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity have decided to form a second community, possibly in a place on the Russian border. - Fides
Melbourne priest condemns McVeigh execution
Former Melbourne Pentridge Prison chaplain Fr Peter Norden has condemned last night's execution of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh, describing it as a reflection of a society consumed by revenge.
Govt honours Catholic friends of refugees
International humanitarian and refugee workers were prominent in the Australian Government's Queens Birthday Honours List announced yesterday.
New bishop appointed for Bunbury Diocese
Pope John Paul II has appointed 53 year old Fr Gerard Holohan of the Archdiocese of Perth to succeed Bishop Peter Quinn, who retired last December.
Lebanese woman among five new saints
Driven by faith and pride, thousands of Lebanese Christians flocked to the tomb of a 19th-century Maronite Catholic nun who was canonised on Sunday.
Vatican says Rwanda genocide nuns 'singled out' for conviction
The Vatican has criticised the convictions of two Rwandan nuns for their role in the nation's 1994 genocide, suggesting the sisters were singled out among many responsible for the slaughter.
Pope challenges bankers to humanise economics
John Paul II has said that globalisation will only be humanised if it refocuses on the needs of the human person.
Opinion - Living a life of gratefulness
People are searching for ways to bring spirituality into their lives. One very specific yet simple discipline is thankfulness, which often deepens into gratefulness. When I am grateful, I am neither rushing nor slouching through my day - I'm dancing. - Brother David Steindl-Rast OSB, Beliefnet
Feature - Fallout from abuse of nuns affecting African church
Several months after a report acknowledging sexual abuse of nuns by priests, ripples continue to be felt among church workers in Africa. But some members of the local church and foreign missionaries said the report was not an accurate reflection of the current situation in Africa. - CNS
Commission launches Human Rights Register
Melbourne's Catholic Commission for Justice, Development and Peace (CCJDP) yesterday launched its fourth annual rating of Australia's human rights performance.
Legal threat over job ad modification
Tasmania's Catholic Education Office is seeking legal advice in response to a newspaper's modificaton of its job ads which the newspaper believed to be discriminatory.
Pell congratulates Sydney's new Anglican archbishop
The Catholic Archbishop of Sydney, Dr George Pell, has congratulated Dr Peter Jensen on his appointment as the new Anglican Archbishop of Sydney.
Five canonisations scheduled for Sunday
John Paul II will preside over five canonisations this Sunday, including that of a killer who converted and lived a life of penance.
Dublin cardinal defends chaplain's eucharist request
Cardinal Desmond Connell defended a school chaplain who asked irregular attenders at Mass not to receive the Eucharist, the Irish Times reported on Wednesday.
Vatican corrects official list of Popes
New historical research has prompted almost 200 corrections to the existing biographies of the Popes, from St Peter to John Paul II.
Opinion - Happy ever after?
Catholics have not been immune to the resulting dramatic upwards trend in divorce, a trend that has so troubled Australia's bishops that they have set up a pre-marital education program so couples can come to understand that marriage is not some vast reservoir of happiness. Marriage is a life full - full of people, things, places... Happiness is a by-product of this. If you live life to the full it comes as a bonus, but if you go after happiness it eludes you. - Catholic Weekly
Feature - Why saints go marching on
The present Pope has made more saints than all his predecessors put together. However medieval it might seem, the idea of sainthood still exerts a powerful pull. Saints are the timeless equivalent of modern celebrities: people who seem to exist more vividly, more perfectly, than the rest of us. - London Times
New bishop for Wollongong Diocese
The Vatican's Apostolic Nuncio in Australia, Archbishop Francesco Canalini, last night announced the appointment of Sydney auxiliary Bishop Peter Ingham as the new bishop of the Diocese of Wollongong.
Guatemalan church accuses former president
The Catholic Church in Guatemala has accused the country's former President, Alvaro Arzu, of involvement in the killing of the bishop and leading human rights activist, Juan Gerardi, in 1998.
Pope tells young cancer patients he knows how difficult illness can be
Pope John Paul II, who has been hospitalised several times during his papacy, told a group of Polish children who have cancer he understands how tough it is to be sick.
Ecumenical service to pray for new GG
Members of Christian churches around Brisbane will come together at St Stephen's Catholic Cathedral on Tuesday for an ecumenical celebration for Anglican Archbishop Peter Hollingworth as he prepares to take on his new role as Australia's next Governor-General.
Nepal's late king 'a great friend of Catholics'
The president of the Christian Workers Movement of Nepal expressed his grief over the shooting deaths of King Birendra and most members of the royal family last Friday, alluding to significant links between the king and the Catholic Church.
Winslet for nun's role
The actress Kate Winslet has been offered the role of Mother Teresa in a film about the prospective saint's life.
Opinion - Govt must address entrenched disadvantage
Australians like to think of their country as "the land of the fair go" despite the fact that while the top ten per cent of households enjoy an average income of over $1590 a week, the bottom ten per cent survive on less than $177. - Jesuit Social Services Director Fr Peter Norden in Kairos
Feature - Love is the Golden String
More than 20 years ago I was posted as pastor to a remote region of Western Australia. As the reality of my new appointment sank in, however, I became disconcerted in contemplating the looming prospect of lonesomeness and isolation. It was then that I discovered Fr Bede Griffiths through his books, and started to write to him at his ashram in India. - Fr Doug Conlan in The Tablet
Catholic call for 'family friendly workplaces'
Employers, including the church, need to develop "family friendly workplaces" to help children worried about the stress experienced by their working parents, according to a leading Catholic counsellor in South Australia.
Bishops to vote on revised norms on Communion under both kinds
The US Catholic bishops are preparing to vote this month on a revised version of This Holy and Living Sacrifice, a directory on the reception of Communion under both kinds in the US church.
Vatican rules out online confessions
The President of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications has declared that it will never be possible for Catholics to confess their sins online.
Nun receives prize for wearing habit
A Dominican nun has won the Swiss bishops' media award, in part because she always wears her habit when directing her television program.
Bishop voices grief after bomb blast kills ten worshippers
Bishop Michael D'Rosario, in whose Bangladeshi diocese a bomb explosion killed ten people in a parish church on Sunday, has expressed his reaction of profound shock and grief.
Cardinal attacks British asylum policies
The leader of the Catholic Church in Scotland has condemned Britain's treatment of asylum seekers, saying he is "ashamed" that some had been subject to intimidation and bullying by members of the community.
Opinion - Let's stop harassing couples who finally commit
Priests worry about how they should respond to couples who have been cohabiting when they come to arrange for marriage. Some of us say that it's none of our business, that we have no right to pry into their private lives, and that canon law forbids us to deny them the sacrament of Matrimony. We should treat them like everyone else, celebrate their courage in deciding to get married, and make the wedding ceremony such a happy event that even the crustiest of fallen-away Catholics will have some second thoughts. - Fr Andrew Greeley in US Catholic
Feature - RCIA group 'adopts' death-row prisoner
For six and a half years Sr Kathy Lynch, RSM, of Auckland, has been corresponding with a prisoner on death row in the United States - who has just became a Catholic. - NZ Catholic
Bomb kills 10 in Bangladesh church
A bomb exploded inside a Catholic church during Mass on Sunday, killing at least 10 people and wounding 25 others in southwestern Bangladesh, according to police.
Belo biographer says East Timor should be priority for Washington
Protecting East Timor from Indonesia and further militia violence should be a priority of the Bush administration, according to the biographer of Bishop Carlos Ximenes Belo of East Timor.
Church sues former priest for libel
The Lodz diocese in Poland is suing a former priest for libel after he accused church officials of diverting the proceeds of charity to fund 'episcopal extravagances'.
Bishop Brennan remains 'critical'
Bishop William Brennan of Wagga Wagga remains in a critical but stable condition in a Sydney hospital a month after collapsing during Mass.
International conference to open Melbourne John Paul II Institute campus
The Melbourne campus of the John Paul II Institute for Family and Marriage will be inaugurated next month with a conference titled, Marriage, Family and Population: Trends and Challenges.
British PM to reconsider royal ban on Catholics
Tony Blair has reportedly pledged to look again at the legislation which prevents Catholics from acceding to the British throne if Labour wins the election.
Opinion - Vatican needs cooperation on liturgical translations
The principles set forth in Liturgiam Authenticam offer great promise for the future, but faithful Catholics will not feel any relief until the Instruction is actually implemented — that is, until new translations are introduced, and old ones corrected, to provide accurate and reverent rendering of liturgical texts. Will the liturgical establishment be willing — at last — to cooperate with the Vatican? - Catholic World Report
Feature - US Navy chaplain first to die at Pearl Harbour
Fr Aloysius Schmitt, a 32-year-old US Navy chaplain had just finished celebrating the 6:15 a.m. Sunday Mass on 7 December 1941, on board the USS Oklahoma, a battleship in port at Pearl Harbor, when the Japanese struck. As the attack raged, Father Schmitt went to the ship's sick bay to minister to the wounded and dying. But within minutes it became clear that the Oklahoma itself was mortally stricken and the call was given to abandon ship. - CNS
Pell calls for ban on poker machine ads
A ban on poker machine advertising should be part of a stronger approach to problem gambling, Sydney's new Catholic Archbishop George Pell said on Friday.
Pope John XXIII's coffin displayed in St Peter's Square
Crowds of pilgrims joined Pope John Paul II in St Peter's Square yesterday for their first glimpse at a see-through, bulletproof coffin holding the body of John XXIII.
Pope labels 'self-service' religion a 'trap'
On Friday, Pope John Paul II spoke of what he called 'self-service religion' as a 'trap'.
Gay and lesbian Catholics refused communion
Gay and lesbian Catholics and their supporters wearing the rainbow sash, were yesterday refused holy communion at Melbourne's St Patrick's Cathedral.
Vatican releases working document for Synod
The Vatican has released the instrumentum laboris, or working document, that will guide the discussions of the Synod of Bishops later this year.
Anglican leader calls Pope's recent trip a success
The head of the Anglican Communion Archbishop George Carey said he believes the Pope's recent visits to Greece, Syria and Malta "have been a real success".
Opinion - How Pentecost changed my life
Yesterday was the feast of Pentecost. I was invited to a charismatic prayer group 18 years ago in a small chapel in Panama. I may have been brought up a Catholic but I didn't actually believe in a God who had power in our world. The Pope has been constantly calling for a new evangelisation of Europe which has reverted to paganism. Once one starts to believe the Bible is true and to live accordingly, I have found amazing things start to happen. - The Tablet
Feature - Eamonn's Story
Two men from Adelaide's Morphett Vale parish, met a man named Eamonn Hanrahan while visiting for their Basic Ecclesial Community. "He had been a regular churchgoer at one time," one of the visitors said, "but he had tried to introduce himself to the priest one day and had been given the cold shoulder. It probably wasn't intentional. Most likely, the priest got called away by someone else, but Eamonn never went back after that." - Southern Cross
Bishops to urge US action on global warming
The US Catholic bishops are preparing to issue a statement on global warming calling for "civil dialogue and prudent and constructive action" in place of the current "polarised and partisan" debate.
Vatican delegate says nutrition is a human right
Speaking at the 27th session of the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation, a Vatican delegate has argued that the right to nutrition is "fully an economic and social right".
German bishops want help for illegal aliens
Catholic bishops in Germany say officials should rewrite laws that the church leaders think are detrimental to illegal aliens living in the country.
SA education head calls for more Govt spending
South Australia's director of Catholic education has called for real increases in education funding to maintain SA's record of excellence in education.
Catholics urged to become 'cyber-missionaries'
Catholics can and must become 'cyber missionaries', according to a statement issued by the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences (FABC).
Nigerian bishop savages 'greedy' political leaders
The Catholic bishop of Umuahia diocese in Nigeria, Bishop Lucius Ugorji, has expressed regret that Nigerians "are still being exploited and oppressed by the insatiable greed of some of their leaders, even after two years of democratic rule".
Opinion - When spin is a sin
Of late, the community has been wising up to the techniques of spin being used on them, usually through the manipulation of public opinion in the media. While this is a good thing, the end result has been highly corrosive. A great cynicism is abroad, with the community suspicious of the motives and actions of the nation's core institutions. Spin devalues all messages, good and bad. - Southern Cross
Feature - New York cardinal's encounter with Mother Teresa
In the first pew on my left were six young men whom I was to ordain deacons for service in the Missionaries of Charity of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, on the right were seven sisters including Mother Teresa herself. As I rose to begin the Offertory of the Mass, a shriek was heard from the rear of the church. A man shirtless and bleeding profusely charged up the aisle. I stood aghast, but Mother Teresa slipped from her pew, took hold of the man's bloody hands, and cradled him in her arms. - Archbishop Edward Cardinal Egan in The Fairfield County Catholic