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Pope speaks of 'responsibility' to solve ecumenical impasse of papal authority
Speaking during his visit to Armenia, Pope John Paul II has said that Catholic and Eastern Christian Churches should work to patch up their differences on the major stumbling block of the power of the Bishop of Rome. - Zenit

28-Sep-01

Pope mourns Armenia's lost generation
Pope John Paul II has paid a moving tribute to the 1.5 million Armenians killed in the early 20th century, but stopped short of using the word genocide to describe what happened. - Guardian (London)

28-Sep-01

Vatican gives go ahead to use animal organs to save human lives
Concerned about the shortage of human organs for transplants, the Vatican is encouraging research into the use of animal organs to save people's lives. - AP

28-Sep-01

Council says bring terrorists to justice through criminal tribunal, not war
Justice for the terrorists responsible for the attacks on the US should take place by means of an international criminal tribunal, not military force, according to Bishop William Morris, the Acting Chairman of the Australian Social Justice Council. - ACSJC

28-Sep-01

Perth archbishop urges more variety in liturgy
Archbishop Barry Hickey has regretted a "sameness" creeping into liturgies and encouraged the faithful in the Archdiocese of Perth to exploit the potential of the liturgy. - Archdiocese of Perth Liturgy Committee

28-Sep-01

Archbishop says teachers have big influence
Archbishop John Bathersby of Brisbane has told delegates to the National Conference of Australian Primary Principals that, after parents, teachers are the most influential people in people's lives. - Catholic Leader

28-Sep-01

Opinion - Pope's visit to Kazakhstan was for Muslims too
The Pope came to tend not only to Catholics, but also Islam, calling Muslims too, to be witnesses of love. He helped Islam distinguish between authentic belief in the One God and fundamentalism, between love and terrorism. He prepared the ground for the elimination of terrorism by reinvigorating tired spiritual roots. - Fides

28-Sep-01

Feature - Foreign-born priests filling gaps in US ministry
There has been a sharp rise in the number of "ethnic" priests in the US. Some foreigners come to minister to immigrants from their own country or to people from their own ethnic or language group. Others arrive just to plug the increasing number of gaps in the ranks of the US clergy. - CNS

28-Sep-01


Pope opens historic visit to Armenia
Pope John Paul II began an historic visit to the former Soviet republic of Armenia on Tuesday with a powerful appeal for an end to the conflict in the region and a call for respect for human rights. - AFP
27-Sep-01

Tired pope struggles through speech in Armenia
Pope John Paul II, looking frail and tired, broke off in the middle of a speech on Tuesday but later rebounded and waved his cane in good cheer, on the first day of a trip to pay tribute to Armenia's ancient Christian church. - AP
27-Sep-01

Italian police arrest five Afghans near US Embassy to Vatican
Italian police arrested five young Afghan men on Monday near the US Embassy to the Holy See as part of heightened security measures following terror attacks in the United States, the Italian interior ministry said. - CNS
27-Sep-01

Cardinal Arinze says religion has key role in peace
Religion has an indispensable role to contribute in the promotion of justice and peace between peoples, Cardinal Francis Arinze told a conference in Tehran at the Foreign Ministry's Institute for Political and International Studies. - Zenit
27-Sep-01

China, Vatican planning reconciliation
China and the Vatican are reportedly preparing to bridge the historical differences between them and may even pave the way for the establishment of full diplomatic relations, the Far Eastern Economic Review said yesterday. - Reuters
27-Sep-01

Missionary kidnapped in Colombia
A Divine Word missionary from Slovakia was abducted on Sunday by the ELN (National Liberation Army), Colombia's second most prominent guerrilla group. - MISNA
27-Sep-01

Australia should not punish asylum seekers
Australia is alone in the western world in having mandatory detention of asylum seekers. A person applying for asylum should not be interned unless it can be demonstrated that he or she represents a real danger, or there are compelling reasons to think that he or she will not report to the competent authorities for due examination of his of her case. The penalisation of innocent children, particularly, is a challenge to us as Catholics. - Marc Purcell, Catholic Commission for Justice Development and Peace (Melbourne) / Kairos
27-Sep-01

East Timorese priest returns home to an uneasy peace
Fr Antonio Alves was born in East Timor but fled to Australia when the Indonesians invaded his country in 1975. After 24 years in Australia ministering to the East Timorese community in Sydney, Fr Alves has now returned to Dili to take up the position of parish priest at Motael. - Catholic Weekly
27-Sep-01


Pope 'would understand' use of force
Pope John Paul II would understand if the United States resorted to force to defend its citizens from further attacks, his official spokesman has said. - BBC

Pope urges unity against fanatics
Pope John Paul II condemned terrorism and religious fundamentalism on Monday, saying they profaned "the name of God" and disfigured "the image of man". - Daily Telegraph (London)

Charities now face long-term needs of victims of attacks
Immediately after the 11 September terrorist attacks, people gave blood in droves and donated vast quantities of food, water, clothes, batteries and mobile phones for rescue workers. - CNS

Caritas Australia publishes the writings of Bishop Belo
The Road to Freedom, a collection of writings by the Nobel Peace Prize winner and Bishop of Dili was launched this week by Caritas Australia. - Caritas

Churches 'need an extrovert' to attract the men
Churches that want to expand and attract men to their congregations should attract clergy who are extrovert, according to a report published in the UK on Monday. - The Times (London)

Virgin Mary statue 'started crying days before terror attacks'
Worshippers at an Ecuadorian church claim their statue of the Virgin Mary has started crying tears of blood. - Ananova

Opinion - Terror attacks trigger an alarm on poverty
The terrorist attacks in the US are not just a murderous assault at the heart of global capitalism, but a warning to the richer countries that they cannot continue to tolerate the appalling poverty and deprivation of so much of the rest of the world. President Bush's talk of a struggle between good and evil and his call to defend democracy and the Western way of life are simplistic and obscure more fundamental issues. - Fr Bruce Duncan CSsR / Catholic Weekly

Feature - Are we living in the Last Days?
There has been a surge in interest in Bible prophecy, largely due to the surprising success of a series of books written by two Fundamentalist Protestant authors. Many Catholics have read the books, and while some recognise that the books do not completely agree with Catholic doctrine, others assume they are compatible. - Catholic Faith / Catholic.net



Brisbane Archbishop urges Catholic parishes to support Islamic neighbours
Archbishop John Bathersby of Brisbane has asked parishes in his archdiocese to offer material and prayerful support to Muslims targeted by racial hatred. - Catholic Communications (Brisbane)
25-Sep-01

From Kazakhstan, Pope calls for world peace
Pope John Paul II made an impassioned call for peace from Central Asia, in the hope that the attacks against the United States will not "lead to a deepening of divisions," and that religion will never be a reason for conflict. - Zenit
25-Sep-01

Vatican spokesman speaks of Pope's determination in the face of security concerns
Vatican spokesman Joaquín Navarro-Valls has revealed the Pope entertained discussion of security concerns surrounding his Kazakhstan visit, but insisted that the trip go ahead. - Zenit
25-Sep-01

Pakistan archbishop hails Pope's friendly visit to Muslim Kazakhstan
The Archbishop of Lahore has welcomed the Pope's visit to Kazakhstan, suggesting the Holy Father is "making a bridge between the two great religions in a moment when relations between them have become very tense". - MISNA
25-Sep-01

Bishops commit to fixing Australia's rural-urban divide
The trend towards centralising and privatising services for Australians in rural areas hurts the entire Australian community, according to Bishop William MOrris, Acting Chairman of the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council. - ACBC
25-Sep-01

Cardinal cautions patience for Mother Teresa, Padre Pio causes
Cardinal Jose Saraiva Martins, the prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, has cautioned the faithful not to be impatient in awaiting the beatification of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, and the canonisation of Padre Pio. - CWN
25-Sep-01

Opinion - Russian Orthodox quietly welcome papal visit to Kazakhstan
Unlike the papal trip to predominantly Orthodox Ukraine earlier this year, which brought about an explosion of anti-Catholic rhetoric in Moscow, this trip is likely to generate a much more mitigated reaction in Russia. Although the Russian Orthodox Church is an established minority religion in Kazakhstan, Kazakhs are traditionally Moslem, and papal trips to places where Orthodox believers are a minority are tacitly welcome because they raise the profile of Christianity at large. - Moscow Times
25-Sep-01

Feature - A hard life in the Kazakh steppes
While John Paul II prayed Saturday night at the Monument for the Victims of the Totalitarian Regime, Vazlaw Poplawsky said in a low voice: "Pray also for me, and for my family." Poplawsky, 62, spent 22 years in a forced labor camp. He is a living memory of the drama Kazakhstan endured in the 20th century. - Zenit
25-Sep-01



Pope calls for religious tolerance, a 'civilisation of love' following attacks
Pope John Paul II made a plea yesterday for religious tolerance, telling tens of thousands of pilgrims in the Kazak capital that Christians and Muslims should work together for a "civilisation of love". - AP
24-Sep-01

Kazakh Muslim spokesman says Islam is not all terrorism: we welcome the Pope
The spokesman for Kazakhstan's Almaty Great Mosque has said that the country's Muslims are "counting on" the current papal visit and expect to benefit from it. - Fides
24-Sep-01

Pakistan's Christians anxious over escalation of tension
The Catholic community of Pakistan has assured the nation of the support of the country's Christians as it organised prayers for peace yesterday. - Fides
24-Sep-01

US Bishops insist response must follow moral principles
In a letter to President George W. Bush, the head of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops expressed support for efforts "to seek out and hold accountable" those responsible for the 11 September terrorist attacks. - Zenit
24-Sep-01

European church leaders want retaliation limited to those responsible
As the US moves toward military action against suspected terrorists, church leaders in Italy and the UK have warned that any retaliation should be strictly limited to those proven responsible for terrorist attacks. - CNS
24-Sep-01

Head of Colombian diocesan social action office murdered
The assassination of the head of the Tumaco diocesan social action office was aimed at curtailing church human rights work, said Bishop Gustavo Giron Higuita of Tumaco. - CNS/CWN
24-Sep-01

Opinion - Will the Land of the Free defend freedom?
The atrocities in New York and Washington were more than attacks on the United States: they were also attacks on the idea of a free, pluralist society. The challenge now is for America to defend its freedom while preserving its moral values. - Conor Gearty, Professor of Human Rights Law at King's College, London / The Tablet
24-Sep-01

Feature - Fr Mychal Judge died a hero's death
The New York police and firemen were real heroes after the 11 September terrorist attacks. So was Fr Mychal Judge, who died while ministering last rites to firefighters at the scene. For 10 years he was an important figure in the lives of the men and women of the fire department. He said, "My responsibility is to these people." - National Catholic Register / Catholic.net
24-Sep-01

  
Archbishop Carroll says human dignity the test of ethical stem cell research
The dignity and inviolability of human life must be preserved in research in relation to cloning and stem cells, according to Australian Catholic Bishops Conference President Archbishop Francis Carroll. - ACBC
21-Sep-01

Cardinal urges caution on biotechnology
Biotechnology should be used to fight world misery and hunger, but "rigorous criteria of caution" are needed to ensure it does not get out of control, according to the Vatican Secretary of State. - Zenit
21-Sep-01

Canberra bishop says don't demonise Arabs and Muslims
Canberra's auxiliary Bishop Patrick Power has expressed concern at US President George W. Bush's retaliatory response to last week's terrorist attacks in the US. - Canberra Times
21-Sep-01

Police turn away sword-bearing Sikh leader who asked to meet pope
Italian police, on edge after terrorist attacks in the United States, turned away a sword-bearing Sikh leader requesting a meeting with Pope John Paul II. - CNS
21-Sep-01

Schools offer counselling to shocked students
Catholic schools have been answering questions from students confused and shocked by last week's terrorist attacks on the US. - Catholic Leader
21-Sep-01

Liquefication of saint's blood seen as good omen for the world
Thousands of Neapolitans have crammed into the city's cathedral to witness the liquefaction of their patron saint's blood, which the faithful regard as a good omen for Naples and the world. - Reuters
21-Sep-01

Opinion - The weak are our hope
We are all in a state of shock after the attack on the United States. Our world appears to have become crazy. Our hope is in those who are weak, those who need us. The smallest gesture of beauty and tenderness, done with humility and confidence, will bring unity to the world and break the chain of violence. - Jean Vanier / Independent Catholic News
21-Sep-01

Feature - The Christian Brother revived
The classic Australian play 'The Christian Brother' has just been revived by the Sydney Theatre Company. Australian Catholic University chancellor, Br Julian McDonald, a school friend of the playwright Ron Blair, said he and his contemporaries were a little apprehensive of the play, but pleasantly surprised. He sees it as a sensitive treatment of a man questioning himself during the twilight of his career and asking: 'Did I make a difference?' - Catholic Weekly
21-Sep-01


Priest says US must recognise underlying causes of terrorism
A French priest with extensive experience in the Arab world warned that a US response to massive attacks should be tempered by a recognition of underlying causes of Islamic terrorism. - CNS
20-Sep-01

Brisbane priest warns of risk to Australian moral fibre
A member of the Catholic-Muslim Task Force in Brisbane Archdiocese has warned that to blame individuals from a religious or cultural group for the actions of an unrepresentative and tiny minority of the group, is illogical, inhumane and ultimately immoral. - Catholic Leader
20-Sep-01

Pakistan Human Rights director says extremists threaten Christians if Pakistan helps US
Islamic fundamentalists in Pakistan have threatened to attack Christian churches if their government assists the United States in its search for Saudi terrorist Osama bin Laden, said the director of the Pakistani bishops' human rights office. - CNS
20-Sep-01

False 'Fatima Secret' circulating on Internet
Archbishop John C. Favalora of Miami has dismissed the alleged "third secret of Fatima", circulating on Internet, which refers to last week's terrorist attacks in the United States. - Zenit
20-Sep-01

Vatican newspaper praises Bush for visit to Muslim centre
L'Osservatore Romano has praised US President George W. Bush's visit to Washington's Islamic Centre on Monday. - Zenit
20-Sep-01

British church attendance rises after terrorist attacks
Church attendance in the UK has risen after the US terrorist attacks in a manner not seen since the death of Princess Diana. - Ananova
20-Sep-01

Opinion - Responding rationally to criminal activity
How to deal with those who break the law is one of the issues where very few people in our community have no opinion. Recently Professor Arie Freiberg of Melbourne University completed a report for the Victorian Attorney General's office. Unfortunately there is often a huge gap between his knowledge and expertise and the person who might telephone into a popular public opinion poll conducted by a radio station or tabloid newspaper. - Fr Peter Norden of Jesuit Social Services / Kairos
20-Sep-01

Feature - Jerusalem's mixed reaction to terrorist attacks on US
I happened to be in an Israeli shop in west Jerusalem when the news broke. The Israeli owner brought out a portable TV and the shop took on a circus atmosphere with exclamations such as 'Now Americans will know what terrorism is!' I was told that in another area of the city some Arabs expressed their satisfaction that Israel's friend, America, was now experiencing terror. As I returned to the Christian Quarter of the Old City, a young family told me that I was to eat supper with them. They expressed horror and sadness at the events. - Sister Mary / Independent Catholic News
20-Sep-01


Vatican bans 'deceptive' formation programs for female deacons
Courses designed to form deaconesses in the Catholic Church have no doctrinal foundation and are therefore deceptive, the Vatican has warned in a new notification appropved by Pope John Paul II. - Zenit
19-Sep-01

Church in England and Wales to act on sexual abuse of children
The Catholic Church in England and Wales has pledged to investigate all allegations of child abuse where no action was taken in the past. - ITN
19-Sep-01

Gunman opens fire at Sydney Catholic primary school
A man was arrested after opening fire within a south-western Sydney primary school, forcing the evacuation of two surrounding schools. - AAP
19-Sep-01

Pope tells Marists not to be afraid
The Pope has told participants in the General Chapters of the Marist Congregations to face their challenges with courage and to rededicate themselves to the education of young people. - Vidimus Dominum
19-Sep-01

Kazakstan boosts security for Pope
Kazakstan will take 'unprecedented' security measures for this weekend's visit by Pope John Paul II, in the wake of the attacks on the United States and tension throughout Central Asia, the foreign minister said Monday. - AP
19-Sep-01

Archbishop warns journalists against political correctness
Archbishop John P. Foley, the president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, urged young journalists attending an international congress were urged to forgo personal prejudice and political correctness in favour of "an unwavering dedication to truth". - Zenit
19-Sep-01

Opinion - Confronting a culture of violence
Violence -- in our homes, our schools and streets, our nation and world -- is destroying the lives, dignity and hopes of millions of our sisters and brothers. Fear of violence is paralysing and polarising our communities. The celebration of violence in much of our media, music and even video games is poisoning our children. - Pastoral Message of the US Catholic Bishops, 1994
19-Sep-01

Feature - Catholics see 'spiritual opportunity' in aftermath of terrorist attacks
Sr Ann Shields told an audience of 3000 at Duquesne University: "We've turned over a new page. It's a new chapter, a new time." She urged Catholics not to allow faith to turn to spiritual pride or patriotism to arrogance, but instead to meditate daily on the sixth chapter of Luke, where Jesus speaks of loving one's enemies. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
19-Sep-01


Pope confirms his Kazakhstan trip is still on
A week before his scheduled departure for Armenia and Kazakhstan, Pope John Paul II has confirmed the trip is still on despite global instability in the wake of last week's terrorist attacks in the US. - Zenit
18-Sep-01
Priest reveals prior knowledge of terrorist attack plans
A priest who has worked in charities in Muslim countries had openly warned about a possible terrorist attack on population centres in the US and Britain, four days before last week's strikes on New York and Washington. - Zenit
18-Sep-01
Vatican Secretary of State says attacks were not a 'religious war'
Cardinal Angelo Sodano, the Vatican Secretary of State, has told US President George W. Bush that he believes last week's attacks do not signal a "religious" war. - Zenit
18-Sep-01
Use of force against terrorism justifiable, say theologians
A military response to last Tuesday's attacks that destroyed the World Trade Centre in New York City is justifiable once responsibility for the act is determined with moral certitude, according to leading US moral theologians. - CNS
18-Sep-01
Lobby group wants community education about asylum seekers
The Australian Political Ministry Network (PolMin) has called on the Federal Government to establish a community education program designed to counter widespread public misinformation about asylum seekers. - PolMin
18-Sep-01
Students to return to Banyo
Queensland students to the diocesan priesthood are set to return to live on the Banyo Seminary site during most of their training. - Catholic Leader
18-Sep-01
Opinion - Terrorism: prevention is better than cure
It is not enough to talk about how to deal with the tragic consequences of terrorism and those behind it. We must discover the reasons for it. Unless there is commitment for peace and the elimination of the desperation of many peoples, we will never be free of violence. - Archbishop Renato Martino, Holy See Permanent Observer to the United Nations / Fides
18-Sep-01
Feature - Peace activists aiming to stem the tide of public opinion
Amid calls for retaliation and reprisals for the terrorist action in the US, peace groups are advising restraint while reaching out to immigrant communities, donating blood for victims of the bombings, holding vigils and prayer services, and perhaps most important, offering a different perspective on the violence than that seen in the mainstream media. - NCR
18-Sep-01

Americans turning to church and prayer
Since the horrific terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, "we have noted that many more people are coming to churches," said Fr Carlos Mullins of St Philip Neri Parish in the Bronx. - Zenit
17-Sep-01

Pope hopes attacks herald fresh era of cooperation
Pope John Paul II has expressed the hope that the "immense tragedy" in the United States will stir the world's conscience and pave the way for a "new era of international cooperation". - Zenit
17-Sep-01

British cardinal joins call for US restraint
Religious leaders in Britain are urging the US to exercise restraint in responding to the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon. - Ananova
17-Sep-01

Ecumenist predicts hard times for religious dialogue
The defining religious question of our time is not atheism, secularism or the problem of evil, but the problem of violence which arises when a religion self-righteously asserts its authority, according to an Irish ecumenist visiting Australia. - Catholic Weekly
17-Sep-01

New Yorkers say goodbye to Father Mike
Mourners crowded St. Francis of Assisi Church in midtown Manhattan Saturday for the funeral of Fr Mychal Judge, who died on Tuesday as he was administering last rites to a firefighter after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre. - UPI
17-Sep-01

Vinnies election plea for end to poverty
The St Vincent de Paul Society in Queensland has called for an urgent overhaul of the Federal Government's policies on poverty. - Catholic Leader
17-Sep-01

Opinion - When power is not enough
What we had really won in the wake of the Cold War - the sense that we were invincible - may have been exactly what makes us so susceptible now. Shooting won't be enough to control people who have nothing to lose. The only thing that can possibly resolve global situations like this is a power based on respect for the powerless before their powerlessness turns to rage. - Sr Joan Chittister / NCR
17-Sep-01

Feature - Airport chaplains work overtime following terrorist attacks
Following last Tuesday's terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, all US airports were immediately shut down, leaving airport chaplains overwhelmed with ministry duties. The demand has been coming not just from the airports from which the hijacked planes airlines left, but the destination airports, which were full of family, friends and airline employees. - CNS
17-Sep-01

  
Pope cries out after America's apocalyptic day
John Paul II dedicated his general audience on Wednesday to prayer for the dead and wounded in Tuesday's terrorist attacks on New York and Washington. - Zenit
14-Sep-01

Church leaders hope US tragedy could be turning point for Middle East
This week's terrorist action in the USA could expedite dialogue and the return to peace in the Middle East, according to Christian leader in the Middle East. - Fides
14-Sep-01

Cardinal Egan tells New Yorkers: 'Do not be afraid'
The Gospel message to New Yorkers is "Do not be afraid", Cardinal Edward Egan told worshippers gathered for Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral in the late afternoon following Tuesday's attacks on the city's World Trade Centre. - CNS
14-Sep-01

Terrorist act claims priest administering the last rites
Among the confirmed dead following Tuesday's terrorist attack on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon was Fr Michael Judge, chaplain to the New York Fire Department. - CWN
14-Sep-01

US clergy in Rome divide time between chapel and TV room
US priests and seminarians in Rome went back and forth between their chapels and their television sets on Tuesday, praying for the victims of the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington and trying to understand what was happening at home. - CNS
14-Sep-01

Sprigs of rosemary in Cathedral prayer after US terror
Sprigs of rosemary as a symbol of remembrance will be offered this morning during a special prayer service and Mass at Adelaide's St Francis Xavier Cathedral for the victims and survivors of the US terrorist attacks. - CathcommSA/Catholic Communications (Brisbane)
14-Sep-01

Opinion - Good will overcome evil in the end
God's world is not fundamentally a world of sin and death, but a world of righteousness, a world of life. In one sense, the events are tragically real, but in another sense, when they are balanced against the goodness that drives the life of most people, they are an aberration. - Homily of Archbishop John Bathersby in St Stephen's Cathedral, Brisbane, following terrorist actions in the US
14-Sep-01

Feature - New York Catholic hospital mobilises for unprecedented emergency
Charity Sister Miriam Kevin Phillips, vice president for mission at St. Vincent's Hospital, was just coming into her office when secretaries told her a plane had hit one of the towers of New York's World Trade Centre. The hospital is a major institution in Greenwich Village, a part of the lower Manhattan area that includes the World Trade Center, and many of the injured would be brought to its emergency room. - CNS
14-Sep-01


Pope rushes message of condolence to US
Pope John Paul II has expressed his horror at the "inhuman terrorist attacks" in the United States, and offered prayers for the victims and all Americans in "this dark and tragic moment." - ICN/CWN
13-Sep-01

Archbishop Carroll urges solidarity with Americans in sorrow
The terrorist attacks in New York and Washington were acts of infamy against the entire human family, President of the Australian Catholic Bishops' Conference Archbishop Francis Carroll said yesterday. - ACBC/CathcommSA/Maitland-Newcastle Diocese
13-Sep-01

US bishops call terrorist attacks a 'national tragedy'
A day that saw several terrorist attacks in New York, Washington and elsewhere was "a day of national tragedy", said the Administrative Committee of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops. - CNS
13-Sep-01

Cardinal calls on Americans to seek justice, not vengeance
In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks against key symbols of US commerce and military strength, it is essential that the United States does not seek vengeance against any ethnic group, said Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick of Washington. - CNS
13-Sep-01

Jerusalem patriarch expresses solidarity with US bishops and people
In a message to US bishops and the American people, Latin-rite Patriarch Michel Sabbah of Jerusalem said the church in the Holy Land was "with you in prayer and feelings". - CNS
13-Sep-01

Canberra service remembers victims of US terrorist attacks
The Governor-General, Peter Hollingworth, attended an ecumenical service in Canberra's St Christopher's Catholic Cathedral yesterday afternoon to pay tribute to those who died in attacks on the World Trade Centre in New York, and the Pentagon in Washington. - ABC
13-Sep-01

Opinion - A moment of power
A massive terrorist attack on the USA. While its evil is all too apparent, let's claim the power of this moment. Let it not be the triumph of evil. This is God's time. - Teresa Pirola, The Story Source
13-Sep-01

Feature - Crisis draws people into venerable Texas church
For nearly 300 years, the faithful have come to San Fernando Cathedral seeking solace and reassurance in times of unrest. On Tuesday, they came to pray for a nation under attack. "We want to banish violence from our visage and wipe away our tears," said Fr David Garcia. - Dallas Morning News
13-Sep-01


Catholic Health calls aged care funding squeeze a 'moral issue'
The crisis in care funding for the frail aged has gone beyond economics and is now a moral issue, according to Catholic Health Australia CEO Francis Sullivan. - CHA
12-Sep-01

Pope says coming synod has 'great importance' for entire church
Pope John Paul II said a forthcoming international meeting of bishops at the Vatican has "great importance for the whole church," and would focus on church experience since the Second Vatican Council. - CNS
12-Sep-01

Lobby group says 'common good' missing from migration zone change
The Federal Government's proposal to remove certain locations from Australia's migration zone is a reaction to public opinion that fails to respect the common good, according to the Australian Political Ministry Network (PolMin). - PolMin
12-Sep-01

Muslims rushing for tickets for Kazakhstan Papal Visit Mass
"There will probably be more Muslims than Christians attending the Papal Mass", according to Italian missionary in Kazakhstan Fr Edoardo Canetta. - Fides
12-Sep-01

Indian priest killed in rebel gunfight
A Catholic priest was killed and a nun who was accompanying him barely escaped when the ambulance in which they were travelling was caught in a crossfire between armed rebels and police in India's northern Uttar Pradesh state. - CWN
12-Sep-01

Ratzinger 'impatient' for own retirement
Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger has indicated that he is waiting "impatiently" for the day when he may retire from his post. - CWN
12-Sep-01

Opinion - Identifying the Church's dysfunctionality
The exchanges between Cardinal Walter Kasper and Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger have raised to a new level the discussion about the relationship of the pope and Curia in Rome to the local Churches. One could say this is just a power struggle. But it is much more than that. It has to do with the question of what the Church is, which is one of the most pressing theological tasks of the Church today. - Fr Kilian McDonnell OSB, president of the ecumenical institute at Collegeville, Minnesota in The Tablet.
12-Sep-01

Feature - East Timorese want justice before reconciliation
"I went from the commemoration of the Suai church massacre on 6 Sept to the two massacres in Maliana on the 8th at the Polres and 9th outside of Ritabau. It has been emotionally and spiritually powerful. One woman said: 'we want reconciliation. But we want justice first. And we know there can be no justice without truth." - Fr Peter Hosking SJ of Jesuit Refugee Service
12-Sep-01


Ratzinger says anti-globalisation violence harms poor
Although Catholics have the "just moral duty" to discuss questions relating to economic development, such as those arising from the G8 summit held recently in Genoa, "destruction and terror are not the appropriate means," Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger said. - Zenit

11-Sep-01

Kazakhstan churches banned from publicising Pope's visit
While churches and religious communities in Kazakhstan are preparing for the Holy Father's visit later this month, local authorities have refused churches permission to erect billboards publicising the event. - ICN

11-Sep-01

Anglican archbishop joins outcry against targeting of Irish school children
Anglican and Catholic churchmen have combined to call for an end to the violence and intimidation which has blighted a Belfast school. - Ananova

11-Sep-01

Church in Thailand says aborting an abnormal child is a crime not a solution
The Catholic Church in Thailand has spoken out in resonse to a doctors' resolution in favour of legalising abortion for mothers of 'abnormal' unborn children. - Fides

11-Sep-01

Cardinal Martini of Milan to retire in February
Milan's liberal Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini - considered by some as a candidate for the papacy - has announced that he plans to retire next February and go to Jerusalem. - Zenit

11-Sep-01

Canadian court says church cannot be sued for school abuses
A Canadian appeals court has backed the Catholic Church's long-held position that it cannot be sued for Indian residential school abuses because it is not a legal entity. - CNS

11-Sep-01

Opinion - Prophetic wisdom from Britain's candid cardinal
Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor's claim last week that Christianity no longer has any impact on the majority of British people's lives and the moral decisions they make was refreshingly blunt. We cannot reverse the decline of Christianity and socialism, but, equally clearly, there is a growing difficulty in sustaining the moral underpinning they have provided for our understanding of the common good and how to mobilise the social solidarity needed to achieve it. - The Guardian

11-Sep-01

Feature - 'Dutch model' of Catholicism remains distinctive
There was a time Dutch Catholics seemed the most rebellious in the world. The raucous internal debate that marked the 1970s and 1980s is gone. But it's clear that Dutch Catholicism remains remarkably independent at the base, even if the days of open ecclesiastical combat are past. - NCR

11-Sep-01


Pope offers new plea for end to Irish violence
Pope John Paul II has called on both sides of Northern Ireland's sectarian divide to "show goodwill" as the violence around Holy Cross school sparked international concern. - Times (London)
10-Sep-01

Pope says church is not a social agency
John Paul II has warned Uruguayan bishops visiting the Vatcan not "to reduce Christian communities to social agencies". - Zenit
10-Sep-01

Letters reveal Mother Teresa doubted God
Mother Teresa at times felt abandoned by God, according to her recently released letters. - CNN/Zenit
10-Sep-01

Padre Pio's canonisation within sight?
The Holy See might officially recognise a miracle attributed to Padre Pio before the end of the year, opening the way for his canonisation in 2002. - Zenit
10-Sep-01

Indonesian bishop bans Catholics in tribal wars from sacraments
A bishop on a predominantly Catholic island in eastern Indonesia has banned Catholics who engage in tribal wars from receiving the sacraments. - CNS
10-Sep-01

Colombian priest puts curse on strip-tease show
A Colombian priest has put a curse on a strip-tease show planned for this weekend at a local discotheque, saying the show promotes "adultery, infidelity and other dirty things," officials said on Friday. - Reuters
10-Sep-01

Opinion - Asylum Seekers: Fortress mentality unsustainable
Australia cannot morally justify establishing a 'fortress mentality' to intercept every boatload of asylum seekers that ventures this way. The situation calls for a joint international humanitarian effort to allow the asylum seekers to be fairly processed. - The Catholic Leader
10-Sep-01
Feature -
Living like a pauper amid the trappings of the papacy
Despite the glamour and gilt of his Vatican surroundings, Pope John Paul II lives a simple life behind its bronze doors. "He lives like a poor man. He's just not interested in having things, and when he receives money, he immediately gives it away to some cause." said Father Adam Boniecki, a biographer and longtime friend of the Holy Father. - CNS
10-Sep-01

  
Peru Cardinal threatens excommunication
Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani of Lima, the primate of Peru, has instructed pastors to deny Holy Communion to politicians and other public figures if they persist in public support for abortion. - CWN
07-Sep-01

Bishop says many illegal immigrants don't have a queue to jump
Sydney auxiliary Bishop Geoffrey Robinson has told students at a Sydney school that illegal immigrants should not be dismissed as 'queue-jumpers' but treated as human beings with rights and dignity. - Catholic Weekly
07-Sep-01

Pell lends support to embattled Vietnamese priest
Sydney's Archbishop George Pell has lent his voice to calls for the Vietnamese government to release Fr Thaddeus Nguyen Van Ly, a campaigner for religious freedom. - Catholic Weekly
07-Sep-01

Archbishop says Christianity in Britain is at an end
Christianity is close to being "vanquished" in Britain and no longer influences the Government or people's lives, the leader of the Catholic Church in England and Wales said on Wednesday. - Telegraph (London)
07-Sep-01

Kenyan Govt attempts to give Catholic schools to Protestant body
In a new twist to the long struggle for control of the country's schools, the Kenyan government is seeking to remove parochial schools from the Catholic Church, and hand them over to the African Independent Pentecostal Churches of Africa (AIPCA). - CNS
07-Sep-01

Report claims Mother Teresa had exorcism
Mother Teresa had an exorcism performed on her while hospitalised in 1997, the Archbishop of Calcutta said on Wednesday. - AP
07-Sep-01

Opinion - Euthanasia: prescribing death
We're in danger of creating what I call a disposable caste … if you're an elderly, disabled, sick or dying person, we won't protect you from suicide, we won't necessarily give you the medical help you require and, in fact, look upon you as a person who should not be around because you remind us of our mortality. - US anti-euthanasia advocate Wesley Smith in The Catholic Weekly
07-Sep-01

Feature - Yoga as a path back to Catholicism
Yoga reveals to you things that you believe but didn't realise you believed or forgot you believed. It reaffirms and solidifies your belief system - US-based international supermodel Christy Turlington in Beliefnet


Vatican Warns Racism conference of threat to world community
The "ethical foundations of a new world community" are the real challenge faced by the World Conference Against Racism, head of the Vatican delegation to the UN Conference on Racism in Durban has said. - Zenit
06-Sep-01

Vatican, US religious express regret over US withdrawal
The Vatican and members of US religious congregations have expressed disappointment at the decision by the United States and Israel to pull out of the World Conference Against Racism. - CNS
06-Sep-01

French Bishop convicted in paedophile case
A court has convicted a Catholic bishop of concealing knowledge that a priest was sexually abusing children, sentencing him to a three-month suspended prison term. - BBC
06-Sep-01

Women's group challenges Bishops' right to oppose IVF decision
Catholic bishops seeking to overturn a Federal Court decision opening the way for Victorian single women to use IVF had no right to challenge that decision, the High Court has been told. - AAP
06-Sep-01

CIA archives show Pius XII saved Jews and opposed Nazis
Secret archives of the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) confirm that Pope Pius XII was actively involved in opposition to the Nazi regime and efforts to save Jewish lives, an Italian newspaper has revealed. - CWN
06-Sep-01

Charity prints Kazakh bible in time for papal visit
On the eve of the Pope's visit to Kazakhstan, Aid to the Church in Need has brought out their Child's Bible in its 123rd language: Kazakh. - ICN
06-Sep-01

Opinion - Globalisation: Building a civilisation of love
The globalisation under way at the dawn of this third millennium could result in humanity attaining a level of maturity never before reached. A new era is about to begin; a new world is struggling to be born. But it requires a soul: love. - Focolare movement founder Chiara Lubich, Zenit
06-Sep-01

Feature - Christian brother who saw light in hard times
Australian Christian Brother Paul Noonan, based in Rome as the Deputy Congregational Leader, died inexpectedly last week of a virulent form of malaria while visiting brothers in Ghana. He often claimed that despite all the negatives around us, this was the best time to be a member of the church and to be a Christian Brother. - St Patrick's (VIC/TAS) Province Leader Br Michael Godfrey
06-Sep-01


High Court begins hearing Church IVF challenge
The High Court has begun hearing the Catholic Church's challenge to a Federal Court decision to allow a single Victorian woman to access IVF services. - AAP
05-Sep-01

New Bishop of Bunbury for installation tomorrow
Fr Gerald Holohan, WA's former Director of Religious Education, will be installed tomorrow as the new bishop of the Bunbury in the state's south. - ACBC
05-Sep-01

Catholic school children drawn into Northern Ireland conflict
The police and army have moved Protestant protesters blocking the route Catholic children take to a school in north Belfast. - BBC
05-Sep-01

Nepal Catholic schools facing ransom demands
Catholic schools in Nepal are increasingly becoming targets of the ransom extortion spree unleashed by the Maoist guerrillas in hilly and remote areas of Nepal. - SAR
05-Sep-01

Nuns open Vietnam's first first AIDS clinic
The Daughters of Charity have opened the first facility for AIDS patients in Vietnam. - Zenit
05-Sep-01

Doctor offers baptismal ceremonies for aborted babies
A mother who aborted her seven-and-a-half month old unborn child has testified that following the procedure she and her husband took part in a baptismal ceremony offered by the abortion clinic. - Agape Press
05-Sep-01

Opinion - Before there was a Vatican
Before there were curial congregations, there were various authorities. There were monastic communities. There were Benedictines. Two recent events remind us of the importance of both the traditional understandings of authority and the spiritual wisdom required to exercise them in today's church. - Commonweal
05-Sep-01

Feature - Vatican eyes Third World for next pope
In an interview on German radio last year, Bishop (now Cardinal) Karl Lehmann said outright that those looking for John Paul's successor were eyeing prelates from Latin America. The most closely watched are six cardinals from different countries and different cultures who share certain attributes: All are multilingual men of the world, all hold high-profile posts at home or at the Vatican, and all are from the Third World. - AP
05-Sep-01


Pope warns genetic engineering risks racism
In an era of artificial procreation and human cloning, genetic engineering risks becoming a "new form of racism," the Vatican has warned in a newly updated document. - Zenit
04-Sep-01

Pope says social climbing works against community
Superficiality and 'social climbing' do not contribute to human dignity or the good of society, according to Pope John Paul II. - Zenit
04-Sep-01

Catholic Church sues Liberia
Catholic Church leaders in Liberia are suing the government for banning shortwave broadcasts by church-run Radio Veritas, calling it a violation of constitutionally guaranteed free speech. - AP
04-Sep-01

Adelaide seminary shifts to Sydney
Adelaide men preparing for the priesthood will be sent to a seminary in the Sydney archdiocese from next year after a decision to close the Adelaide seminary for the foreseeable future. - Southern Cross
04-Sep-01

Holy Father mourns death of Irish missionary in the Philippines
Pope John Paul II said he was deeply saddened by last week's murder of Columban missionary Fr Rufus Halley in the Philippines. - Zenit
04-Sep-01

Scottish cardinal 'died a pauper' after refusing to take church salary
Cardinal Thomas Winning, the late leader of the Scottish Catholic Church, died in true accordance with the teachings of his faith - virtually penniless. - Scotland on Sunday
04-Sep-01

Opinion - Australia bouncing ethnic tension to Pacific?
Nauru's offer is cause for reflection - what would be the reaction of our island nations, faced with boatloads of refugees, especially if they were all to be of a different Religious Tradition from the one which predominates in our cultures? - Fr Julian Fox SDB in RelPacNews
04-Sep-01

Feature - Church puts faith in Harry Potter
"It is very easy to compare Jesus and Harry Potter," said Madeline Loiacano, religious education teacher at St Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Syracuse, New York. "Harry is compassionate, he's not judgmental, he's self-sacrificing to the point of being willing to die for his friends, he focuses on the good in people, even when people are not nice to him." - London Times
04-Sep-01


Bishops Conference tells Howard to think of people in Tampa crisis
The Australian Bishops Conference President, Archbishop Francis Carroll, has warned that the Howard Government's hard line against the refugees stranded on the Norwegian ship in the Indian Ocean will not deter other boat people because the Government has not considered the desperation of those involved. - ACBC
03-Sep-01

Pope says scholars explore truth but don't create it
"A scholar is not a creator of truth, but its explorer," John Paul II said, when he met with a group of rectors and professors from several Polish universities on Thursday. - Zenit
03-Sep-01

Archbishop's wife 'has no regrets'
The wife of African archbishop Emmanuel Milingo has said she has no regrets, declaring that he and the archbishop are "an eternal couple, no matter what". - AP
03-Sep-01

Priest with Vatican ties linked to jailed financier
A priest with ties to the Vatican was released under electronic monitoring on Friday after being arrested on charges of fraud and conspiracy to launder money in connection with one of America's largest insurance frauds. - Reuters
03-Sep-01

Adelaide Catholics say no to 'shared priests'
Parishes in the Adelaide Archdiocese have overwhelmingly told the current pastoral planning review they do not want to share their priest. - Southern Cross
03-Sep-01

Vocations decline in Britain and Ireland no longer considered a 'crisis'
The vocations crisis in Britain and Ireland is coming to an end, according to a report in The Universe newspaper. - CWN/Irish News
03-Sep-01

Opinion - Give parents a break
We ask too much today of our fathers and mothers in these times of the nuclear family. We need the uncles, the aunts, the grandfathers, the grandmothers, the friends, the extended family, to give another, less closed perspective. - Catholic Weekly

Feature - Rome enjoying post-Jubilee tourist boom
When the Holy Doors swung shut in January, Vatican officials prepared for a respite from the massive pilgrim crowds of the jubilee year. But eight months later, statistics confirm that instead of a breather, Rome and the Vatican have been experiencing a post-jubilee boom. - CNS