Married archbishop opts for excommunication
Rejecting the Vatican's invitation to avoid excommunication, former Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo said he will stay with the woman he married in May in a wedding presided over by the Reverend Sun Myung Moon.
Sicilians appeal to Virgin Mary to calm Mount Etna
Thousands of Sicilians gathered at a shrine to the Virgin Mary at the foot of Mount Etna on Sunday to appeal to the Madonna to intervene to halt the volcano's eruptions.
Jubilee Campaign highlights persecution of Vietnamese hill Christians
A Christian human rights group has received reports of a state persecution of Christian hill tribes in Vietnam.
Indian church deplores killing of former bandit queen
India's Catholic Church has joined the country's other leaders in mourning the death of low-caste woman Phoolan Devi, a parliamentarian who became a symbol of the struggle for justice and gender equality.
Mexican political party wants religious items banned in government offices
Angered by an official who hung a crucifix in his office and invited employees to a Mass in a government building, Mexico's largest leftist party filed a complaint on Thursday and announced a push to ban religious images from government offices.
Pope antichrist sign sparks free-speech holy war
An Oregon billboard proclaiming the Pope is the Antichrist has angered the local Catholic community, sparked a debate over First Amendment rights, leading to death threats against the man behind the message.
Opinion - Bush will lose Catholics either way on stem cell research
The divergence of opinion between the church leadership and the majority of Catholic voters has posed a significant political complication for President George W. Bush. If he gives to go-ahead he will alienate Church conservatives, a no would cost the support of the 61% of Catholics who support the research. - Washington Post
Feature - Rome reaching out to China's Catholics
In his 23 years as Pope, John Paul II has reached across many boundaries but China has remained an unbreachable wall. In the twilight of his papacy, the Holy Father last week launched a desperate endgame by appealing for President Bush's intercession to set up talks with Beijing. - Scotland on Sunday
Pius XII saintmaker attacks sources of 'irresponsible' leaks to media
Some Jewish members of a panel probing Pius XII's wartime activities have "repeatedly leaked distorted and tendentious news" to the media and are guilty of "irresponsible behaviour," the postulator of the cause of beatification of Pius XII said on Thursday.
France's anti-sect law could threaten Catholic Church
The Jesuit biweekly La Civiltą Cattolica has criticised a French anti-sect law that critics fear could be used against the Church.
Chicago Cardinal backs black church
Cardinal Francis George, Archbishop of Chicago, is supporting a predominantly black parish on the city's South Side in its battle to join a mostly white athletic conference.
Vatican paper says Mormon error is doctrinal, not moral
The Vatican's recent clarification that Mormon baptism is not Christian does not imply a judgment on the moral life of members of the Utah-based sect, the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano has reported.
Malaysian Catholics win battle to build church
A community of Catholics in predominantly Muslim Malaysia has won its battle for permission to build a church, a parish leader said on Friday.
Vatican yearbook reveals Holy Year statistics
The Vatican, despite budget-tightening measures, used 10 percent more electricity in 2000 than in 1999 -- and blamed it on the jubilee.
Opinion - Genoa violence saves G8 leaders from scrutiny
The US President and British Prime Minister said the violent protesters had nothing to contribute to the debate at the recent G8 summit in Genoa. CAFOD, the UK Catholic development agency agreed, its policy analyst observing that the violence overshadowed discussion of the real issues and initiatives to help the poor were 'window dressing' - "there's only new paper and old gestures". - The Tablet
Feature - Trappists at the frontier of re-Christianisation
Following decades of official atheism, the first monastery built in the Czech Republic since the collapse of communism has been established outside Prague. Bishop Frantisek Radkovskż of Plzen said: "This diocese is one of the most secular not only in our country but in all of Europe." He called the new monastery an important step forward for Christian evangelisation in his country. - NCR
Archbishop Rush to be buried today
The Solemn Funeral Mass for Archbishop Francis Roberts Rush, the fifth Archbishop of Brisbane, will be held at 11:00 this morning in the city's St Stephen's Cathedral.
Oceania bishops to meet next year in PNG
The Catholic Bishops of Oceania will gather for their four yearly meeting in Vunapope on the Island of Rabaul in Papua New Guinea for three days at the end of next May.
Church official says seafarers need protection
Thousands of seafarers go to a watery grave each year through the neglect of callous shipowners, according to Apostleship of the Sea National Director Ted Richardson.
Vatican states its position on embryo research
Following questions after the Pope's statement at his Monday meeting with US President George W. Bush, the Vatican has issued a clarification indicating its opposition to the use of embryonic tissue in all cases.
Armenia visit to follow Pope's Kazakhstan trip
Pope John Paul II will travel to Armenia from 25-27 September, to celebrate the 1700th anniversary of the arrival of Christianity in the country.
Priest dismissed for marrying his secretary
A priest in New York City was dismissed from his order after it was learned that he had married his secretary.
Opinion - Abortion clinic killing demands compassion
The US practice of attacking abortion clinics and their staff may have arrived on our shores with the killing last week of security guard Steven Rogers at an abortion clinic in the inner Melbourne suburb of East Melbourne. The action of the man who is alleged to have shot the security guard can only be condemned. - Catholic Weekly
Feature - Archbishop Rush: Transfixed by Vatican II
He said to me once he was amazed when one of his ecclesiastical students said that to be talking about the Council all the time was a middle-age syndrome. He couldn't comprehend that other people weren't as full of the Council as he was. He was able to absorb fully the spirit of the Vatican Council and shape his diocese for the future. - Historian Fr Tom Boland, on The Religion Report, ABC Radio National
Sri Lanka Archbishop castigates "bickering politicians" after airport bombing
After a fierce attack by Tamil separatist rebels on Tuesday night, Archbishop Nicholas Marcus Fernando has said it may not be too late to recall parliament to solve the problems "before the country disappears in chaos".
Vinnies blasts loan sharks
'Outraged' by the high interest rates and fees charged by fringe credit providers, the St Vincent de Paul Society in Queensland has welcomed the State Government's proposed crackdown.
New body gives stronger voice to Catholic social services
The Australian Catholic Welfare Commission and Centacare Australia have been consolidated under the new banner of Catholic Welfare Australia.
Social Justice Council renews call to ease Iraq's pain
The Australian Catholic Social Justice Council has again stressed its opposition to the economic sanctions that have crippled Iraq.
Confession to priest clears man of murder
A man convicted of murder has been released from prison after a Jesuit priest testified that another man had confessed the crime to him twelve years ago.
Cardinal urges Bush to move on amnesty for immigrant workers
Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony is urging US President George W. Bush and Mexico's President Vicente Fox to do something about the the amnesty needs of immigrant workers.
Opinion - Abortion debate clouds stem cell issue
St Thomas Aquinas, the premier teacher in the Roman Catholic tradition, did not think that the early foetus was a person, "ensouled" in his view. St Thomas adopted the view that the early life in the womb was life but ensouled by a vegetative soul, to be spiritual soul. - Dr Daniel Maguire, Theology Dept, Marquette University, Milwaukee
Feature - Sydney's cappuccino church
St Patrick's Church Hill has a lot of 20-something parishioners who need to become more of a community. The church thinks its cool, new city-style coffee shop might do the trick. - Catholic Weekly
Catholic Bishops challenge young people to search for God
Australia's Catholic bishops have issued a pastoral letter encouraging young people to rise to the challenge of living a Christian life.
Columban missionary says genetic engineering only gives life to multinationals
Irish author, environmentalist and priest Sean McDonagh has condemned the patenting of living things in a new publication from the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council (ACSJC).
Pope challenges Bush on death penalty
While speaking to President Bush on Monday, Pope John Paul II condemned the death penalty, which Mr Bush authorised a record number of times while Governor of Texas and has reintroduced at federal level as President.
Catholic body urges Bush to keep pro-life stand on stem-cell research
The Catholic Health Association in the US is urging President Bush to continue his "courageous stance" against funding stem-cell research that involves the destruction of human embryos.
Vatican accused over wartime archives
The World Jewish Congress says that a joint panel of Jewish and Catholic historians has suspended its investigation into the Vatican's role in the Holocaust.
Zambian Bishops call for suspension of slush fund
Catholic bishops have called for the suspension of the presidential discretionary fund as Zambia heads towards general elections.
Opinion - Patenting life, conversion and political will
Australia has a rich, if infamous, reputation, for destroying the earth - overgrazing, land clearing, irrigation, etc. Who does not know about the destructive experiments around rabbits, European carp, prickly pear, cane toads? What is required is conversion: the remaking of our attitudes and assumptions. - Fr Gerard Moore's response to the Social Justice Council Paper Life Is A Gift and Should Not Be Patented.
Feature - Who really holds power in Indonesia?
There is political fragmentation and confusion in Megawati's party, the Indonesian Democratic Party, which includes old regime supporters and earlier members of the Golkar party led by former dictator Suharto. Megawati could be conditioned by this pressure. - Bishops' Conference spokesman Fr Ignatius Ismartono SJ, in an interview with Fides
Pope tells Bush to reject embryo research
Pope John Paul II yesterday impressed upon US President George W. Bush his views on the difficult stem-cell decision awaiting Bush's return to Washington.
China arrests 16 underground priests
Police in the region of Jiangxi in southeast China have arrested 16 priests of the underground Catholic Church loyal to the Pope.
Colombia's bishops threaten abortionists with excommunication
The Catholic Church in Colombia has warned doctors, medical practitioners, and judges who participate in procuring abortion that they may face excommunication.
South African Bishops say buying petrol from Sudan promotes war
The Catholic Church in South Africa has strongly criticised cooperation agreements between South African oil companies and the Khartoum government.
Scottish priest's abuse book delayed by Vatican
The Vatican has written to Archbishop Keith O'Brien of Edinburgh and St Andrews expressing its concern over the publication of a 37 year old priest's account sexual abuse he suffered during his seminary studies.
UK TV 'live sex' bid angers bishop
A Catholic bishop has criticised British television's Big Brother game show after contestants were encouraged to have sexual intercourse on live national television.
Opinion - Lefebvrists rejecting Rome's olive branch
Recent headlines in the Italian and French press claiming that "Peace has been made" between the Vatican and the schismatic Society of St. Pius X are misleading and indeed could not be further from the truth. Bishop Bernard Fellay, Superior General of the Society, calls negotiatons "dead" and expresses in no uncertain terms the Lefebvrists' unwillingness to compromise. - Inside the Vatican
Feature - Ideology is always violent
Everyone is ready to express sentiments of grief following the tragic death of a 23 year old anti-globalisation protestor on the streets of Genoa at the weekend. The G8 protesters are divided between peaceful and violent. But the division is artificial. The ideology with which they are imbued leads almost necessarily to violence. - PIME missionary Fr Piero Gheddo in Fides
Death of Archbishop Francis Rush
The first Queenslander appointed as Archbishop of Brisbane, Francis Rush, has died in Brisbane at the age of 84.
At least 59 hurt in Indonesia church blast
Two churches were hit by bomb blasts in the Indonesian capital on Sunday, witnesses said, including one where Mass was being celebrated.
British bishop travelled to Genoa to protest
A British bishop flew out to Italy on Friday to march "side-by-side with the world's poor" at the G8 summit of rich nations in Genoa.
Religious orders pray for Kyoto campaign
Religious Orders joined with other Australians yesterday in a day of prayer for the welfare of the earth and those affected by global warming.
Pope gunman could be released early
Mehmet Ali Agca, the Turk who shot Pope John Paul II, could serve seven years in prison instead of 17 after Turkey's highest court extended the scope of an amnesty for prisoners, his lawyer said on Thursday.
Historian claims Church once allowed same-sex unions
An Irish historian clalimed at a gay studies conference on Saturday that the Catholic Church once performed homosexual marriages.
Opinion - What religion means to the East
The clash between the Moscow Patriarchate and the Church of Rome over the Pope's Ukrainain trip was either ridiculed as a quarrel between two obsolete institutions or presented as a conflict between the "progressive West" and "conservative East". But such outsiders do not understand the role religion plays in what used to be the Soviet Union, especially in Russia and Ukraine, struggling to come to terms with newly acquired statehood and lack of national identity. - The Tablet
Feature - Presidents often seek papal advice
LBJ lobbied a pope to back him on Vietnam. Ronald Reagan, once caught dozing during a papal address, talked Cold War tactics with Pope John Paul II. Today it's President George W. Bush's turn to court the Vatican. - AP
Bush outlines agenda for meeting with Pope
US President George W. Bush says he hopes he can count on John Paul II's help for his program to reduce poverty and injustice in the world.
CWL wants greater Church role in drug rehabilitation
The Queensland executive of the Catholic Women's League has called on the Church to play a greater role in the rehabilitation of substance abusers.
Archbishop Pell launches book on ethics and the law
Sydney's Archbishop George Pell last night launched a book that seeks to bring to bear on public debate of issues such as abortion and euthanasia, a concept of truth based on human nature, the family and conscience.
SVdP attacks Govt backdown on online gambling ban
The St Vincent de Paul Society has criticised a Federal Government backdown from a blanket interim ban on online gambling.
Jesuit geneticist skeptical about Australian research breakthrough
An emeritus professor of human genetics at the Catholic University of Rome has dismissed as scientifically problematic claims by a Monash University scientist that human eggs may be fertilised using genetic material from any cell in the body, not just sperm.
Cold wind cuts short papal bushwalk
Cold and wind forced the Holy Father to shorten his daily excursion in northern Italian alps on Tuesday.
Opinion - No-nonsense Vatican liturgy guidelines welcome
The bluntly-worded Vatican Instruction on liturgical translations has climaxed years of mounting Vatican concern at the poor calibre of vernacular liturgy translations. The chairman of ICEL has complained about "the centralising tendency of this document". However, it could be argued that such a "centralising tendency" has been forced on the Holy See by the unsatisfactory vernacular translations since Vatican II. - AD2000
Feature - Priest says Third World debt is moral issue
The 48 countries of sub-Saharan Africa owe external debtors, mainly the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, an estimated $A459 billion. "This is not an economic issue - it's a moral one," said Jesuit Father Peter Henriot, an American missionary fighting for debt cancellation in Zambia, where he has lived many years. - CNS
ACLRI calls on Govt to ratify Kyoto Protocol
The Australian Conference of Leaders of Religious Institutes (ACLRI) has written to Prime Minister John Howard urging him to take the moral path and ratify the Kyoto Protocol on greenhouse gases.
Vatican issues ultimatum to married archbishop
The Vatican on Tuesday threatened to excommunicate an archbishop married in New York earlier this year in one of the Rev. Sun Myung Moon's mass weddings.
Bush to meet Pope at Castel Gandolfo
US President George W. Bush is scheduled to meet John Paul II at Castel Gandolfo next Monday, the Associated Press reported.
Boston cardinal warns of media's power in globalised world
The power of the news media, which rests in a few hands, is a serious challenge for the Church in an age of globalization, warns Cardinal Bernard Law of Boston.
Canada overturns ban on Mother Angelica
After years of fighting with federal regulators, the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) has received approval to be broadcast in Canada.
Triple murder in church-going family shocks parishioners
Parishioners in Sydney have been shocked by the murder of three members of a Ryde family.
Opinion - Respect the dead
One would hope that when we are dead and buried, our final resting place will be respected. Unfortunately, for many of the thousands of people who were laid to rest under what is now Lang Park in Brisbane, there was no such respect. - Catholic Leader
Feature - Christian faith an aid to treating depression
Many religious beliefs are useful in cognitive therapy. Clearly the belief that all persons are of value is incompatible with the belief that I as an individual am of no value. It is my view that many of Jesus' teachings are incompatible with the negative beliefs held by depressed people. - Clinical psychologist Dr Michael Free, The Sacred Site (ABC)
Italian Church speaks out on 'hidden' Rwandan priest
Following widespread international media attention at the weekend, a spokesman for the Italian Bishops Conference has spoken out against the Fr Athanase Seromba's 'trial by media', suggesting he should be given the benefit of the doubt.
Putin wants better church relations
Russian President Vladimir Putin praised Pope John Paul II and expressed the hope that the Roman Catholic and Russian Orthodox churches can heal their centuries-old divisions.
Three men stabbed during marian pilgrimage in England
Three men were hospitalised with stab wounds after a fight broke out during a major pilgrimage to England's national shrine to Our Lady.
Priest voted sexiest man on Italian television
A 47-year-old priest has been voted the sexiest man on Italian television.
Senior Lutheran pastor converts to Catholicism
A senior Lutheran clergyman has become a Catholic, the French Catholic newspaper, La Croix, reported yesterday.
Vatican says Mormon baptism is not valid
The baptism conferred by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints cannot be considered a valid Christian baptism, said the Vatican's doctrinal congregation.
Opinion - Why convert the saved?
The Catholic Church does not support organisations which aim to convert Jews. Nor should it, argues the associate director of the Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations at the US Conference of Catholic Bishops. For the Church believes that Judaism is salvific for Jews. - The Tablet
Feature - Many cathedrals being renovated
While controversy has focused on the Milwaukee Catholic cathedral, about two-thirds of cathedrals in the US have been renovated since 1980, according to a recent study. The Centre for Applied Research in the Apostolate study found that 37% of the cathedrals date back to the 19th century and 79% were built before 1951. - CNS
Pope wants G8 leaders to 'hear the cry of the poor'
As Italy prepares for a summit of the world's richest nations, Pope John Paul II said on Sunday that the Christian message calls for "justice, solidarity and peace".
Kenyan Church supports President's call for chastity to fight AIDS
President Daniel Arap Moi has appealed to Kenyans to abstain for two years from promiscuous sexual relations to "save a generation" from being contaminated with AIDS.
Bishop says Marian apparitions could reconcile Rwanda
Bishop Augustin Misago of Rwanda has suggested the recently recognised apparitions of Our Lady of Kibeho could contribute to national reconciliation in his country.
Dominican Order chooses Argentinian Master General
Delegates from 102 countries gathered in Providence Rhode Island for the General Chapter of the Dominicans have elected an Argentinian as their new leader.
Californian bishops urge humane treatment of prisoners
The California Catholic Conference of Bishops has launched an ecumenical project designed to boost the effectiveness of the Church's prison ministry and to initiate ongoing dialogue with the California Department of Corrections.
Prayer book makes top ten
A small home-produced book of prayers by Benedictine monks at Glenstal Abbey, County Limerick, Ireland, has reached number four in the country's best-seller lists.
Opinion - Familiarity can lead to grace instead of contempt
At Nazareth they knew him too well to hear what he had to say. I pray that we may be surprised by each other. We must let go our preconceptions and be astonished. Then we will have something to say to the poor and oppressed when we go home. - Homily of outgong Master-General Timothy Radcliffe at Domincans' General Chapter, Providence Rhode Island
Feature - Beijing Olympics an answer to prayers
In official Catholic Church communities throughout China the faithful are being asked to thank God that China has won and to pray for the success of the great 2008 event. One underground priest told Fides over the phone: "The Games will be a wonderful opportunity for the world to know China and for China to know the world. Up to now we have been so isolated." - Fides
Vatican 'saves priest' from genocide trial
Italy has chosen not to hand over to the international war crimes tribunal a Rwandan Catholic priest wanted on genocide charges.
Vatican appoints three bishops for Vietnam
A month after a Vatican delegation to Vietnam pressed the Holy See's requests for new bishops in that country, Pope John Paul II has filled some vacancies.
Peace activist priest freed after 83 days in prison
A 67-year-old priest was freed on Thursday after a judge said the 83 days he spent in prison was sufficient punishment for climbing the fence at a missile silo.
Catholic volunteer celebration is new G-G's first public engagement
The Governor-General, Dr Peter Hollingworth, carried out his first public engagement in Sydney at Saturday evening's 40th anniversary celebration of the Catholic volunteer agency, PALMS.
Church offering cut-price credit card
The Catholic Church and the ACTU are offering their members a credit card with the lowest interest rate in Australia at 10.99%.
'Australia's busiest church' rededicated
St Patrick's Church Hill, in Sydney's CBD, was rededicated on Saturday after an $8 million restoration.
Opinion - Beijing Olympics OK because Australia also violates human rights
I am for Beijing. The Sydney Olympics were awarded to a country guilty of eliminating millions of Aborigines. Not to mention the bribes Australians paid to win the award. - Bernardo Cervellera, Director Fides missionary news agency
Feature - Anglicans and Catholics share common ground despite Eucharist plans
While ecumenical observers claim the proposed lay presidency of the Eucharist in the Sydney Anglican Diocese would set back Anglican-Catholic relations, Anglican supporters of lay presidency and doctrinally conservative Catholics have much in common. Anglican Archbishop Peter Jensen said: "We are serious people with a serious intellectual and moral agenda in a world where these things are treated as though they don't matter very much." - Catholic Weekly
Church office hits back at Abbott comments on poor
Catholic Welfare Australia National Director, Mr Toby O'Connor, yesterday responded to Minister Tony Abbott's comments that Australians in poverty are responsible for their plight through their own behaviour.
Ruddock thanks Church for 'personal touch' in migrant and refugee care
Immigration and Multicultural Affairs Minister Philip Ruddock issued a statement in response to the Australian Catholic Bishops' a Statement on the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Refugees congratulating the Church for its sensitivity in responding to the pastoral needs of migrants and refugees.
US archbishop says Vatican official can't usurp his authority
Milwaukee Archbishop Rembert G. Weakland, letter last week, vigorously defended his position on renovation of the Milwaukee cathedral and declared that the issues involved "touch the very nature of the church and how it functions".
New Vatican document on tourism and travel
The Pontifical Council for Migrants and Itinerant People has issued a 26-page document containing reflections on the pastoral mission of Tourism.
Borneo ethnic cleansing concerns religious leaders
Ethnic cleansing spreading through central and western Kalimantan on the Indonesian island of Borneo is continuing to worry local church leaders.
Serbian Jesuit warns tribunal could martyrise Milosevic
Former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic could be "turned into a martyr" if tried for genocide by the UN war crimes tribunal, said the head of Serbia's Jesuit community.
Opinion - The problem of teenage drinking
Newspapers recently highlighted the tragic death of a 15 year old boy who died after consuming "vodka cooking essence" containing 75% pure alcohol at an alcohol-free disco. Parents need to exercise greater responsibility but in many instances they have been deceived into believing that a social event is free of alcohol or supervised by responsible adults. - Joe Santamaria in Kairos
Feature - Young professionals turning to God
A million people in the UK have taken a crash course in Christianity called Alpha. What's more surprising is that many of them are young professionals. "What twentysomethings have grown up with is materialism, and that doesn't satisfy. The big questions are still out there and people want to know the answers." - The Guardian
Australian Bishops issue instruction on care of migrants and refugees
Australian Catholic Bishops' Conference President Archbishop Francis Carroll yesterday issued a statement specifying how the Australian Church should go about providing assistance and pastoral care to migrants and refugees.
New mandate for Social Justice Council
Operations will be streamlined and costs contained under the new mandate for the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council (ACSJC), the national justice and peace agency of the Catholic Church in Australia.
Archbishop attacks illegal use of body parts
Adelaide's Arcbishop Leonard Faulkner has attacked the alleged illegal use of body parts in South Australia and offered the Church's full care to affected families.
Papal theologian says don't twist Pope's words
Pope John Paul II's plea on Sunday for rich nations to pay attention to poor countries should not be twisted for political reasons, according to a warning from the theologian of the papal household said.
Govt cuts force closure of Newcastle Catholic nursing home
Government funding cuts and increasing requirements for accreditation have forced Maitland-Newcastle Diocese's Catholic Care of the Aged to close its 67-bed St Catherine of Siena Nursing Home.
Cardinal Cassidy says papal primacy next step in Orthodox dialogue
Further progress in the dialogue between the Catholic and Orthodox churches will stall unless the problematic issue of papal primacy is discussed, said a retired Vatican official.
Opinion - Be wary of the Internet's feel-good spirituality
Internet users can find a lot about God in cyberspace, not all of it authentic. Religious kitsch talks about the need for intimacy, a halfway consolation between video game and popular piety, giving the illusion that the sacred is at the 'disposition' of the 'consumer' at a moment's need. - Civilta Cattolica
Feature - Healing the priority for Bishops' women's executive
"I would like to see a whole lot of healing done. That's one thing I'd like to see happen," said new executive officer for the Commission for Australian Catholic Women Therese Vassarotti. "There must be a whole lot of people out there who don't have a voice, I'd like to give them a voice." - Catholic Weekly
Catholic Welfare gives qualified support to Work for the Dole
The Board of Catholic Welfare Australia has given qualified support to the Commonwealth Government's Work for the Dole program.
Centacare says refugee release 'delayed for poll'
The delayed release of women and children from the Woomera detention centre to the nearby community is politically motivated, according to Centacare in Adelaide.
Pope to beatify married couple
The Holy Father will soon beatify a married couple, according to a surprise announcement made on Friday by the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.
Priest says quiet march shows both sides weary in Northern Ireland
The relative peace of this year's Protestant march to Drumcree church may be a signal that both sides have grown weary of the violence, according to a priest who lives in the area.
Cardinal calls on youth to correct globalisation
Young people active in politics and mission will make a significant contribution to overcoming the limitations of globalisation, according to Cardinal Dionigi Tettamanzi, Archbishop of Genoa, location of next week's G8 summit.
Bob Dylan says Pope gig was his favourite
Legendary musician Bob Dylan has described his 1997 concert before Pope John Paul II as perhaps his "favourite performance of all time".
Opinion - Power to the bishops
The role of the bishop - and whether collegiality implies real power - will be the theme when the synod meets in Rome later this year. The prophets of doom try to instil fear in the hearts of faithful that to let the bishops exercise any collegial power would be a disaster, leading to the fragmentation of the Church. But Pope John Paul II has said: "Have no fear". - Ladislas Orsy in The Tablet
Feature - Nun joins Israeli protest over child prisoners
This weekend I was invited to accompany a group of concerned Israeli citizens to the Tel Mond prison which is located in the fertile plain of the Sharon valley near the town of Kfar Sava. It is here that over 70 Palestinian children under the age of 16 are unlawfully imprisoned. - Sr Mary OSU in Independent Catholic News
New bishop for Wilcannia-Forbes
Sydney Priest Fr Chris Toohey was last night named sixth Bishop of the NSW rural diocese of Wilcannia-Forbes.
South African bishop proposes condoms as 'greater good' AIDS solution
A Catholic bishop in South Africa has suggested listing the Church's ban on condoms in a bid to halt the spread of the deadly HIV/AIDS epidemic.
Vietnam confiscates Catholic Church and land
The Vietnamese Government has ordered the confiscation and destruction of a Catholic church to make way for a museum, according to a report from the rights group Free Vietnam Alliance.
Astrophysics research receives papal support
In a message to scientists studying at the Vatican Observatory, Pope John Paul II has expressed his hope that advances in astrophysical research will produce a greater understanding of the mysteries of the universe and of creation.
Missionaries to pray and fast as G8 leaders meet
Catholic missionaries are preparing to take a stand at this month's G8 summit in Genoa, Italy.
John Paul II leaves for Italian alps summer vacation
Pope John Paul II has travelled to Val d'Aosta in the Italian Alps for his annual summer vacation.
Opinion - Bush courting US Catholic vote
President George W. Bush travels to New York today to award the Congressional Gold Medal to the late Cardinal John O'Connor. When he goes to Italy later this month, Bush will meet with Pope John Paul II. Many Catholics say they are closely watching Bush for signs that he will stick to an agenda they favour. - AP
Feature - Rome had words to Graeme Greene about religious novel
The Power And The Glory, Graham Greene's 1940 masterpiece of religious fiction, put the hero's Catholic faith and struggle with the nature of sin at the centre of the plot. But now a series of previously unseen letters have reveals that the Vatican had its own struggle with the book. - The Observer
Bishop defends Rwandan Church 'humiliated' by false accusations
A Rwandan bishop said he's saddened by international accusations that the Catholic Church was directly involved in the 1994 Rwandan genocide.
Pope denounces US embargo on Cuba
Pope John Paul II denounced the US economic embargo against Cuba on Friday in a speech to Cuban bishops visiting the Vatican.
Vatican posts eight straight years of financial gains
The Holy See said on Friday that it had posted its eighth straight year in the black, thanks to some shrewd investment decisions and a good currency exchange rate.
Catholic diocese wants bodies exhumed
The Diocese of Wollongong is requesting bodies located in the city's Old Roman Catholic Cemetery in Crown Street be exhumed and relocated.
Adelaide archbishop recognises media excellence
Adelaide's Catholic Archbishop Leonard Faulkner has recognised media excellence and strong community involvement by journalists from the Murdoch press, commercial television and ABC Radio.
Religious orders don't fear change
Religious orders are not preoccupied with the 'setting of the sun', but instead act from a strong sense of life and purpose, a conference for leaders of religious institutes was told.
Opinion - Racism, refugees and an empty taxi
Am I racist? Of course I am. I've inherited it from my environment! I don't like it; and I struggle to overcome thoughts, words and actions that have been with me for a long time. - Sr Aileen Crowe in The Catholic Weekly
Feature - Cardinal Kasper's problem with the Pius XII Commission
Cardinal Walter Kasper has a problem. He must soon decide what to do with a commission set up to demonstrate that Pope Pius XII helped the Jewish people during the Hitler persecution, but has instead begun to attack the Vatican itself by suggesting the Holy See may be hiding information damaging to Pope Pius in its archives. - Inside the Vatican
Sydney Uni Catholic colleges object to brothel
The heads of two residential Catholic colleges at Sydney University have expressed their concern at a proposal for a brothel opposite the colleges that has been given the go-ahead by South Sydney Council.
Theologian calls Catholic homophobia claims 'simplistic'
Claims that "the Catholic Church is against homosexuality" are "simplistic and inadequate", Brisbane moral theologian Fr Kevin McGovern told a homophobia conference in the city.
Catholic super merger plan
The leading Catholic superannuation funds in Queensland and NSW are planning to merge.
Petition to Pope seeks excommunication of pro-abortion lawmakers
Using the Church's canonical procedures for the adjudication of complaints, 2000 petition signatories are seeking the excommunication of self-professed Catholic governors and members of Congress in the US who support legalised abortion.
Missionary Jesuits in danger after false charges
A series of false accusations is threatening to unleash the anger of the Islamic Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) against the Jesuits on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao.
World's largest diocese falling to 'new religious groups'
The Church in Mexico City "has been decreasing over the last decades, especially in the richest and poorest areas," according to the archbishop of the world's largest diocese.
Opinion - HIV/AIDS: How the Church cares
The suggestion that the Vatican lacks the compassion of Jesus in dealing with persons living with HIV/AIDS, smugly sitting in judgment on those who may have contracted HIV/AIDS through behaviours the Catholic Church considers to be immoral, is a cruel and unjust caricature. Media critics of the approach taken by the Vatican and Islamic countries seek to impose on a diverse world a homogeneous world view which is not even universally accepted within their own countries. - Fr John Fleming in The Advertiser
Feature - To heaven and back
A handful of St Christopher's medals have been to the cusp of heaven and back. The medals - traditionally regarded as the protector of travellers - were carried by Adelaide business manager Justin Hogan as part of the nine-man South Australian Everest expedition. - Southern Cross
PM surprised by Catholic university's honorary degree
Prime Minister John Howard says he is pleasantly surprised to be awarded an honourary degree by Western Australia's Catholic Notre Dame University.
US Catholic university honours Australian movie priest
Missionary of the Sacred Heart Fr Peter Malone, world president of the International Catholic Organisation for Cinema and Audiovisual, has received the 2001 Daniel J. Kane Religious Communications Award from the University of Dayton's Institute for Pastoral Initiatives.
Launch of Code of ethics for Catholic health
Catholic Health Australia's Code of Ethical Standards was launched at its national conference in Brisbane last week by Stewardship Board Chair, Sr Annette Cunliffe RSC.
Jews troubled by Pontifical Institute's closure
A pontifical institute in Jerusalem will be shut down for two years for what Catholic Church officials say is a reorganisation, but Jewish teachers fear the closure is a sign of the Church's distancing itself from Israel.
California court says church charity must pay for contraceptives
A three-judge panel of a California state appeals court rejected a bid by Catholic Charities of Sacramento to challenge a state law that requires the organisation provide contraceptives - including abortifacient drugs - to employees as part of their health insurance plans.
Historic meeting for Anglican and Catholic Clergy in NSW
100 Anglican and Roman Catholic clergy are meeting today in Toronto in the NSW diocese of Maitland-Newcastle.
Opinion - Reality is the weakest link
In reality TV programs like Big Brother, Temptation Island and Survivor, not only the dignity and respect of the participants is lost, but as viewers, our own sense of respect for the dignity of the human person is slowly sliced away. - Fr John Vildzius in The Southern Cross
Feature - Australian missionary to Japan gaining recognition after death
An Australian Catholic priest who came to Japan in 1952 at the age of 25 and remained to heal scars from wartime conflict between the two countries for over four decades until his death, is now gaining further recognition as a symbol of reconciliation. - Japan Times
Bioethicist blames laws for SA organ removals
A leading bioethicist believes an anomaly in South Australia's autopsy laws, could have allowed the current controversy over the use of human organs and tissue to arise.
Vatican rules against cathedral renovation
The Vatican's Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments has reportedly ruled against controversial plans for a $A8.8 million renovation to a cathedral in the US.
Padre Pio canonisation possible next year
Padre Pio might be canonised next year, an official has said.
Pax Christi cancels US national meeting in dispute over speaker
Pax Christi USA has cancelled its national assembly after the Catholic university where the meeting was to be held refused to allow the planned keynote speaker on the campus because he supports keeping abortion legal.
Pope thanks Vatican newspaper for 140 years of service
Pope John Paul II marked the 140th anniversary of the Vatican's daily newspaper by praising its service to the Catholic Church and the good of humanity.
Mobile phones used to pray the Lord's Prayer
The Lord's Prayer has been translated into text message language for people who are 'too busy' to go to church.
Opinion - Asylum seekers face high walls around the promised lands
If we are serious about our commitment to refugees, we must ensure that they have access to our asylum system. This means removing sanctions on carriers and other measures that force spontaneously arriving asylum seekers into the risky paths of irregular migration in order to reach a country of asylum. - Lena Barrett of Jesuit Refugee Service in The Tablet
Feature - Upstart Catholic TV challenging media mogul Mother Angelica
An apostolate in Ohio known as Catholic Familyland is challenging the established Eternal Word Television Network with a television channel dominated by wholesome 1950s sitcoms and movies interspersed with its own original programming. "This is 100% good, clean, family-safe family entertainment with solid spiritual programming," said Jerry Coniker, founder and president of the Apostolate for Family Consecration, which owns FLTV. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Adelaide archbishop to build links with local government
Coadjutor Archbishop Philip Wilson has pledged to work closely with Adelaide's local councils, suggesting local government is "intimately involved in the life of the community".
Official recognition for Virgin Mary appearances in Rwanda
Reported apparitions of the Virgin Mary in Rwanda between 1981 and 1983 have received the first official recognition.
Vatican about-face on condemned 19th century theologian
On Saturday, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issued a document explaining that the reasons for "concern and doctrinal difficulties" with the work of Fr Antonio Rosmini have been surmounted.
Indian nun fined for abusing girl over stolen money
A court fined a 70-year-old nun for burning a 7-year-old girl with a heated knife while questioning her about missing cash.
Nun defies order not to attend women's ordination conference
The co-ordinator of the first international conference on women's ordination in the Catholic Church in Ireland at the weekend participated despite being banned from attending following Vatican intervention.
Philippine cardinals urge prayer for hostages
Cardinal Jaime Sin has called on Filipinos to pray for the release of the Abu Sayyaf hostages, as well as a speedy trial for former President Estrada, and aid to earthquake victims.
Opinion - Thanks for the privilege
So often our entry into volunteer work is like that - we do so in order to help a friend out, but before long we find that we are hooked on it. The work opens us up to a whole new experience, we meet new people, we discover things about ourselves we never knew before, we find a level of contentment not present before. - Fr Maurice Shinnick in The Southern Cross
Feature - Getting out of abusive relationships
Nuns have for years been battling domestic violence. "Leaving is a process," said Sr. Maria Klosowski, who recruits and trains volunteers for the Riverhouse Shelter in a remote four-county region of northern Michigan. "It's not a one-shot event, so many [who do this work] experience a sense of frustration when you see the person return." - NCR
Adelaide Archbishop defends Basic Ecclesial Communities
Adelaide's Archbishop Leonard Faulkner defended Basic Ecclesial Communities following a critical article published in the June issue of the magazine AD 2000.
New Melbourne and Sydney archbishops receive the pallium
Pope John Paul II presented Australia's two new archbishps with a sacred symbol of his office, at a special ceremony in Rome, on Friday evening.
Perth archbishop gets down to business after rumours laid to rest
Following Bishop Denis Hart's appointment as Archbishop of Melbourne and the end of speculation that Archbishop Barry Hickey could be named to that position, Archbishop Hickey has outlined a vision for what he describes as his final ten years as Archbishop of Perth.
Pope thanks Cardinal Ratzinger for 50 years of priesthood
John Paul II sent a congratulatory letter to Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, prefect of the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, on the 50th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood.
Cardinal Dulles says church needs dialogue, not dissent
The church needs respectful internal dialogue, but not the kind that tolerates dissent from church teachings or substitutes "civility for truth", Cardinal Avery Dulles said in a lecture last Friday at Georgetown University in Washington DC.
French bishop pleads: Don't Marry in June
Bishop Michel Dubost of d'Evry, France, has asked Catholic couples to avoid marriage dates in June.
Opinion - Rome's translation norms are unrealistic and authoritarian
As a Presbyterian minister of the word and sacrament and a committed ecumenist for many decades, I responded to Liturgiam Authenticam, a Vatican document issuing new rules on liturgical translation, with considerable sorrow. It has cancelled 30 years of ecumenical preparation of liturgical texts. - NCR
Feature - Pallium signifies authority, loyalty
Known as a 'pallium', the strip of cloth has historical roots in the attire of Roman emperors and symbolizes the pope's concession of authority and communion to heads of major local churches. As with most church traditions, the pallium's look and use have gradually evolved over the centuries, including several fairly radical changes introduced by Pope John Paul. - CNS