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NEWS ARCHIVE FOR JANUARY 2008

   
Big year for Melbourne Catholic schools
As the school year begins for thousands of Catholic kids, the Director of Catholic Education in the Archdiocese of Melbourne Stephen Elder has promised a "big year ahead."
31 Jan 2008

Catholic educators to help build national curriculum
Representatives from Catholic schools will take part in a 12 member board to develop a world class national schools curriculum.
31 Jan 2008

Vinnies helping after media gone
NSW Families suffering from recent floods and continued drought will be helped through the St Vincent de Paul Disaster Appeal.
31 Jan 2008

Riley warns Nile off
Youth Off the Streets' founder Fr Chris Riley has slammed Fred Nile for using the Bible to divide rather than unifying people from all religions.
31 Jan 2008

Church continues support of abortion moratorium
The Church in Italy will continue to support the moratorium on abortion, however has not gone as far as asking for a "revolt" against the current law.
31 Jan 2008

God close to us says Pope
The close connection between faith and reason is based on the belief God created humans and is always near, Pope Benedict says.
31 Jan 2008

Feature - Mary our modern strength
For many young women, their sense of Mary, mother of Jesus, is relatively one-dimensional. They recall a humble, pious woman who was submissive to both her husband and her God. The modern female, it might seem, would have little in common with a woman who seems so out of touch with contemporary life.
31 Jan 2008

Opinion - No such thing as a lukewarm Catholic
Any type of activity that advocates personal ability to dissent to the teachings of the Catholic Church based upon freedom of personal choice or opinion is the result of very seriously malformed and misintentioned consciences. - Hugh McNichol
31 Jan 2008

Judges preview WYD liturgy
NSW Judges and magistrates were the first to preview World Youth Day celebrations during the traditional Red Mass at St Mary's Cathederal yesterday.
30 Jan 2008

Vandals target school animals
A Canberra Catholic school was the target of cruel vandals who killed a number of farmyard animals raised by children with learning disabilities.
30 Jan 2008

Filipino Bishops say organ sale morally unacceptable
The illegal trade of organs in the Philippines has compelled the country's Catholic Bishops to urge the government to impose tougher regulations on organ donation.

30 Jan 2008

Kenyan diocese evacuated after priest killed
Evacuations of Catholic personnel from the diocese of Nakuru in Kenya have been stepped up following the recent murder of a priest.
30 Jan 2008

NSW Anglicans and Catholics to sign historic covenant
Catholic and Anglican relations in NSW are warming up with the impending signing of a formal covenant in a step towards ''healing'' between the two denominations.
30 Jan 2008

Give to others says Pope
Being slaves to material goods and wealth can be conquered by giving to the poor, Pope Benedict said in this year's Lenten message.
30 Jan 2008

Opinion - America's moral state of the union
Because we have lost a commitment to the common good, politics is failing to solve the deepest crises of our time. Real solutions will require our best thinking and dialogue, but also call us to transformation and renewal. - Jim Wallis
30 Jan 2008

Feature - White and black Pope differences complementary
It is not always easy to engage with deeper questions about truth. The new Jesuit Superior General's speech illuminates this conversation. His own style is self-deprecating and straightforward, that of a man talking to his equals. He also remarks on the tendency of media to create reality, in this case to see a conflict between Pope and Jesuits. He remarks that it is as easy instinctively to impose an image of conflict over these relationships as it is to impose it over the daily ebb and flow of family life. - Fr Andrew Hamilton
30 Jan 2008

Retiring ACU Vice-Chancellor to head QCEC
Retiring ACU Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Sheehan AO has been appointed as the new Chair of the Queensland Catholic Education Commission.
29 Jan 2008

Greek Orthodox primate dies
Greece's Catholic Bishops have offered their condolences for the leader of the Greek Orthodox Church, Archbishop Christodoulos, who died aged 69.
29 Jan 2008

Parents pay more for a Catholic education
With the start of the new school year this week, fees are under the spotlight as parents are paying increases more than inflation to educate their kids at Catholic schools.
29 Jan 2008

No rift between Jesuits and Vatican says ''Black'' Pope
Newly elected head of the Society of Jesus Fr Adolfo Nicolas has met with Pope Benedict in a private audience on the weekend, denying any contradiction between the Jesuits and the Vatican.
29 Jan 2008

Catholic teachers threaten strike
Catholic school teachers across Victoria have threatened to strike unless their demands for more money, smaller class sizes and better conditions are met.
29 Jan 2008

Catholics recognised in Australia Day honours
For the last 50 years, Sr Patricia Rhatigan has devoted her life to helping the community reaching out to people living in rural and remote parts of Australia.
29 Jan 2008

Feature - Pentecostals the ecumenical future
Pentecostalism has long been viewed as the religious choice of the poor and backward, a motley band of ''hillbilly holy rollers.'' Today's research contests that view. Some experts say Pentecostalism should be understood as the most visible expression of a whole series of deep religious reconfigurations associated with globalization, which is producing mounting diversity across a wide range of options, from intense Pentecostal devotion and reinvigorated Islam, to a smorgasbord of New Age and ''emergent church'' options, to no religion at all.
29 Jan 2008

Opinion - Reassessing the ''new atheists''
It seems that the new atheists' real problem is with dogma, and specifically with the dogma of religious faith - with the belief that it is acceptable, even admirable, to believe propositions without logically sound reasons based on good evidence. They are not really the ''new atheists'' at all, but the ''new anti-dogmatists''. - Benjamin O'Donnell


29 Jan 2008

Holy football too noisy for some
Rowdy supporters of a Vatican-backed football tournament have been asked to keep down their raucous cheering following complaints from neighbours.
25 Jan 2008

Catholic indigenous leader urges Govt to say "sorry"
Prominent Aboriginal Catholic Graeme Mundine has advised the Federal Government to stop wasting time talking about saying "sorry" to indigenous Australians and to just do it.
25 Jan 2008

Bishops call for scrapping of citizenship test
The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC) has called for the replacement of the Citizenship test with compulsory "formation sessions" where Australian values and attitudes can be promoted.

25 Jan 2008

Priest says Gaza ''as bad as hell"
A high ranking Church leader in Gaza has spoken out about the horrors of the Palestinian strip describing the escalating humanitarian crisis as "almost as bad as hell".
25 Jan 2008

Vietnamese Catholics challenge Communist control
Catholics in Vietnam are challenging their country's communist government in a bold, yet quiet move calling for Church land to be returned.
25 Jan 2008

Pope calls for ''info-ethics'' in the media
Pope Benedict has urged the media to practice "info ethics" saying the media is often used to create reality rather than just report it.
25 Jan 2008

Feature - Logistics of faith
It would be easy to assume that Geoff Morris would be too busy seeing WYD08 as an enormous logistical exercise to contemplate the personal and spiritual effect it will have on the pilgrims. But you would be wrong. He is acutely aware the most important part of WYD08 will be the spiritual growth it brings, on both a personal level, and for the Catholic Church in Australia.
25 Jan 2008

Opinion - Scientists render human cloning redundant
It is of considerable interest to note that the members of the South Australian parliament may well be the first among Western legislators to debate human cloning so close to the breakthroughs in the United States and Japan. Scientists in those two countries have created stem cells directly from skin cells. In other words, there is no need for embryo destruction. - Bishop Greg O'Kelly
25 Jan 2008

Di sought Catholic advice about Muslim marriage
A Catholic priest has revealed Princess Diana's butler had asked him whether she could marry a Muslim only months before her death.
24 Jan 2008

Youths rally for life
Twenty thousand young people packed an arena in the US recently for the annual Rally for Life and Youth Mass.
24 Jan 2008

Bishop calls anti-Christian extremists 'fascists'
An outraged Indian Bishop has spoken out against fanatics who attack Christians comparing them to fascists.
24 Jan 2008

Jesuits put climate change on the agenda
Climate change and its effects on future generations will headline this year's Jesuit Lenten Seminar Series.
24 Jan 2008

Catholic school enrolments surge
Catholic school enrolments across Sydney have continued to rise defying a long-term downward trend, the Sydney Catholic Education Office revealed.
24 Jan 2008

Vatican accused of plotting Prodi downfall
The Vatican has been accused of "meddling" in Italian politics and causing the near collapse of the government after a Catholic minister left the Prime Minister's coalition.
24 Jan 2008

Feature - Latecomers to baptism
At an earlier stage in the life of the Church what Catholics naturally and unreflectively did was to have their children baptised at the earliest possible moment after their birth. If parents did not insist on this, grandparents certainly would.
24 Jan 2008

Opinion - A country of contrasts
Religious growth in South Korea is like global warming. We do not know exactly how it began, how long it will last or why it peters out. But these are years of plenty for Christian Korea. - Cardinal George Pell
24 Jan 2008

St Peter's "missing" relics found
St Peter of Argos' relics have been found after being "lost" for over five hundred years.
23 Jan 2008

Excavation highlights Catholic burial difference
Catholics buried in an early Sydney graveyard may have been buried facing the west to differentiate them from people of other faiths, an archeological dig has discovered.
23 Jan 2008

Abortion will not stand says Cardinal
A pro-life vigil to mark the 35th anniversary of the Roe vs Wade US Supreme Court decision to legalise abortion has blasted the historic ruling as "not compatible with human dignity'' and a decision that ''will not stand''.
23 Jan 2008

Italian government in turmoil as Catholic party withdraws support
The Italian Government has been thrown into a tailspin after the small Catholic party Udeur - whose alliance with the Prime Minster ensures his slender majority - withdrew from the coalition.
23 Jan 2008

Catholic super fund tells members not to panic
Despite the Australian share market's plummet to its worst day in 10 years wiping billions from superannuation funds, Catholic Super and Retirement Fund (CSRF) has advised members not to panic but rather to look to the long term in regards to their super.
23 Jan 2008

Free passage for practising pilgrims
Visa cheats will not stand a chance at using World Youth Day to become illegal citizens after the Sydney Archdiocese and the Federal Government agreed to weed out "fake" pilgrims in exchange for the waiving of visa application fees.
23 Jan 2008

Feature - Movement integral to community worship
Liturgy is made up of more than words and music alone. Liturgical body language unifies the assembly and communicates respect for the liturgy, the community and for God. Through our gestures we are totally involved - body, mind and spirit - in the act of worship. - Elizabeth Harrington

23 Jan 2008

Opinion - Life-giving flow of blood and water
As sad and heart-breaking as was Jesus' death, those who loved him experienced it as something which gave them deeper life, let them breathe more freely, and freed them from feelings of guilt. That is an incredible paradox but not without parallels within our own experience. - Fr Ron Rolheiser
23 Jan 2008

Blessed wool for the bishops back
Two fluffy lambs were given a holy blessing in an ancient tradition to mark the feast of St Agnes.
22 Jan 2008

Mass setting for WYD released
World Youth Day organisers have released a parish version of the official Mass Setting commissioned by George Palmer.
22 Jan 2008

Christians and Muslims unite to mourn slain priest
Christians and Muslims gathered in the Philippines to pay their respects to slain priest Fr Reynaldo Jesus Roda, in an united front of mourning.
22 Jan 2008

Ecumenism prayerful says Kasper
Ecumenism is a movement of prayer, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity president Cardinal Kasper said as the 100th Week of Prayer for Christian Unity concludes this week.
22 Jan 2008

Huge crowd flocks to support Pope
Tens of thousands of supporters gathered en mass in St Peter's Square on Sunday, to show solidarity for Pope Benedict after staff and students from a Rome university last week protested a proposed visit by the Holy Father.
22 Jan 2008

Liturgical reform staying put
Fears Pope Benedict wants to abandon liturgical reform are unfounded, a Vatican liturgist has said.
22 Jan 2008

Feature - A tale of two faiths
In a world that is increasingly ready to see our current situation as a winner-takes-all struggle between two incompatible civilizations, A Common Word is a welcome reminder that there is an alternative and that we can still try to envision a common future.

22 Jan 2008

Opinion - Re-fueling the nuclear debate
The new thinking is that nuclear power is a growing industry that is safe and secure and has the technology to deal with its wastes. The view is that it is critical to the diversification of energy supply and it is essential to combating climate change. -Michael Angwin

22 Jan 2008

Conference to discuss spirituality and child wellbeing
An Australian Catholic University conference underway in Ballarat is discussing the implications of new research on the role of spirituality in the education and health of young people.
21 Jan 2008

Benedict urges support for Arab Christians to stay put
After meeting with bishops from Arab regions on Friday, the Pope has called upon all Catholics to help Arab Christians to remain in their countries.
21 Jan 2008

Pope to cut Good Friday prayer's offence to Jews
Pope Benedict XVI has decided to reformulate a Good Friday prayer in the 1962 Roman Missal that was offensive to Jews, according to an Italian newspaper.
21 Jan 2008

God on board says pilot
The pilot in control of the British Airways plane that crash landed just short of the runway at Heathrow airport last week said the non-fatal outcome was an ''act of God''.
21 Jan 2008

Asian Church has a lot to offer says new Jesuit head
The newly elected Superior General of the Jesuits, Fr Adolfo Nicolas told an Australian Jesuit publication last year that the Church in Asia has much to offer the whole Church and that it ''had not taken the risks'' that it should have.
21 Jan 2008

New Jesuit leader blends old with new
The Society of Jesus has elected a Spanish born academic who has spent the past five decades in Asia as its new Superior General.

21 Jan 2008

Feature - Confusing sex with intimacy
For those who are unreflective, sex can be just another meal in the fast food mall of life. The problem is not sexual immorality so much as it is the inability of young adults to relate to one another in ways that allow sexuality to give them what they truly desire.
21 Jan 2008

Opinion - Dare to be different
We make too many concessions to the world, as a result, we condemn ourselves and those around us to mediocrity. We are to distinguish ourselves from others by means of our Christ-like character. The first Christians had the audacity to be different and therefore they created a new world. - Fr Nicolas Schwizer
21 Jan 2008

Barnyard bedlam in St Peter's Square
St Peter's Square was transformed into a mooing, squaking and neighing barnyard as the Feast of St Anthony the Abbot was celebrated in the peaceful confines of the Basilica.
18 Jan 2008

Catholic agencies win family centre contracts
Catholic Social Services (CSS) has welcomed news that Catholic welfare agencies will be involved in 13 of the 25 new Family Relationship Centres announced by the Federal Government yesterday.
18 Jan 2008

Feature - Home is where the (sacred) heart is
How can one make a home more Catholic? A quick look into my Catechism told me that the family home is the ''domestic church'' the place where children first learn the proclamation of faith.
18 Jan 2008

Vinnies helps families stretched by back to school costs
The St Vincent de Paul Society in Queensland has been inundated with more than 400 calls for financial assistance to help families with the cost of getting children back to school.
18 Jan 2008

Marist Brother faces court for sex abuse
Marist Brother John Kostka has appeared in the ACT Magistrates Court yesterday to face 18 charges of sexually abusing children at Canberra's Marist College in the 1980s.
18 Jan 2008

Lack of dignity and tranquility behind Pope's postponement
The Vatican has sent a letter of explanation to the Rome university where Pope Benedict was forced to cancel a visit this week.

18 Jan 2008

Pell slams AMA over kids carbon tax
Sydney's Archbishop Cardinal George Pell has slammed the Australian Medical Association for its publication advocating a tax on children and suggesting families should pay an annual carbon tax on their kids.
18 Jan 2008

Opinion - No room for Christianity in politics
Prime Minister Rudd would do better seeking political guidance, rather than personal moral guidance, from a political theorist not a theologian. Like many others, Rudd unduly credits his brand of Christianity with a humanitarianism that is common across many philosophies and beliefs.
18 Jan 2008

Golden year for celebrated Josephites
A special Mass was held earlier this month at the Mary MacKillop Chapel in North Sydney to celebrate 26 Josephites for their 50 years of religious profession and service.
17 Jan 2008

Singing seminarian to perform at WYD
Singing seminarian Robert Galea has been selected to sing at World Youth Day during the Stations of the Cross.
17 Jan 2008

Centacare talks up pregnancy helpline success
Centacare has applauded the positive response of a pregnancy counselling helpline which has assisted more than 2500 people since its launch last May.

17 Jan 2008

Priest killed in militant kidnap bid
A Filipino priest has been shot dead in a botched kidnapping by suspected Islamic militants.
17 Jan 2008

Sex abuse victims seek independent inquiry into payouts
A lobby group of victims of sexual abuse at the hands of clergy have demanded the Victorian government establish an independent justice commission into the crimes.
17 Jan 2008

Chanting students support Pope after canned visit
University students holding banners and chanting slogans of support came out in force at the Pope's weekly address, a day after the Pontiff cancelled his visit to a Rome university amid protests by staff and threats of demonstrations.
17 Jan 2008

Feature - Remembering Brother Roger
All his life he devoted himself to the reconciliation of the Churches. Part of his appeal may have been his dislike of formal preaching while encouraging a spiritual quest as a common endeavour. Always he was genial and gracious, a smile never absent from his serene face. You knew you were in the presence of a saint. - Fr John Murray
17 Jan 2008

Opinion - Tridentine rite no political football
Last year's authorisation of the Tridentine rite was welcomed by traditionalist Catholics all over the world. Others were dismayed by it. The new situation needs patience, resolution and charity. Attitudes must change on both sides and generosity of spirit needs to be encouraged.
17 Jan 2008

Colourful Catholic educator dies
Bill "Sharpie" Sharpe-Dunn, teacher, amateur historian, ecclesiastical expert, a Catholic Weekly book reviewer, missionary and pioneer educator, died recently aged 71.
16 Jan 2008

Expert supports Pope's fears about Harry Potter
Harry Potter has made headlines in the Vatican's newspaper which has published "good" versus "evil" takes on the bestselling books.
16 Jan 2008

JRS calls for Villawood "prison" demolition
The director of Australia's Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) has called for the demolition of Sydney's Villawood detention centre's high security section saying the "prison-like conditions" were unjustifiable.
16 Jan 2008

Catholic scholar slams Islamic chair at ACU
A new chair in Islamic Studies at Australian Catholic University (ACU) has been blasted by a Catholic scholar of Islam who says the university is "naive" for establishing the position.
16 Jan 2008

Pell says friendship with Pope secured WYD
Cardinal George Pell says his 20 year friendship with Pope Benedict helped bring World Youth Day to Sydney and that it is impossible to know whether the bid would have been successful if it wasn't for his Vatican connections.
16 Jan 2008

Protests force Pope to scrap uni visit
Pope Benedict has cancelled his visit to a prestigious Rome university amid
protests by academics and students which threatened to ruin the event.
16 Jan 2008

Opinion - New Libya looks old again
One explanation for the halted reform is confusion in Gaddafi's tent. The Brother Leader is adept at exerting control and balancing the country's desert clans. But he apparently lacks a roadmap for reform. Despite his global rehabilitation, Libyans continue to face torture if they criticise Gaddafi's government. A case of drilling rights not human rights?
16 Jan 2008

Feature - Backdoor banter brings understanding
It was touching to share the Eucharist outside the church with a woman of disarming simplicity. We all know that the poor and the vulnerable are those best able to preach the Gospel because they are the ones best able to understand it. The Eucharist does not end at the backdoor. - Michael McGirr
16 Jan 2008

Brisbane Catholics reconnect
A campaign launched before Christmas aimed at welcoming Catholics back to church has attracted more than 300 responses, much to the joy of Brisbane Archdiocese.
15 Jan 2008

St Paul's 2000th anniversary focus for Turkish Catholics
Turkish Catholics have appealed to the government to allow celebrations to take place at St Paul's Church in Tarsus to commemorate the Saint's 2000th anniversary.
15 Jan 2008

Sydney Catholic teachers getting younger
Catholic teachers across the Sydney Archdiocese are younger than they were a decade ago, a recent report has revealed.
15 Jan 2008

Pope reaffirms solidarity with Iraqi Christians
Iraqi Christians have received a "holy telegram" from the Vatican expressing solidarity in light of the recent spate of violent attacks on Christian targets earlier this month.
15 Jan 2008

UN could be great: Lombardi
The United Nations must commit itself to fulfilling the Universal Declaration of Human Rights if it is to be a "great" organisation, a Vatican spokesman has said.
15 Jan 2008

Scientists and students protest against Pope
Scientists and students will protest a visit by Pope Benedict to an Italian university on Thursday because of his previously stated "offensive" views on Galileo.
15 Jan 2008

Feature - The monster of our own making
I think it is pretty clear that the Federal Reserve, the Bush Administration and others in the wobbly box-seats of US policymaking will do everything to head off economic and financial catastrophe. The steady, relentless creation of the monster that we now confront goes back decades. It has soured, poisoned and corrupted the whole system and it is global. - James Cumes
15 Jan 2008

Opinion - Posturing on the evangelic vote
The media experts on religion explain to us that evangelicals care mostly or only about abortion and gay marriage. They are mistaken. The issues that most concern evangelicals today include poverty, the environment and climate change, human rights and the morality of a foreign policy where war is the first resort.
15 Jan 2008

"Simple man" Bush pauses to pray in Holy Land
US President George W Bush has made a special stop at traditional pilgrim sites in the Holy Land, taking time to pause and pray during his tour of the Middle East.

14 Jan 2008

New Nuncio for Australia
The Holy See has appointed Archbishop Giuseppe Lazzarotto as the new Apostolic Nuncio to Australia.
14 Jan 2008

Cardinal expresses anxiety over Jesuits future
Jesuits from around the world are meeting in Rome for their 35th General Congregation to elect the new superior general for the Society of Jesus.
14 Jan 2008

Pressure builds to support pokie ban
Centacare and the St Vincent de Paul Society have backed the South Sydney Leagues Club decision to do away with poker machines saying their availability has trapped many into "gambling dependence".
14 Jan 2008

Pope turns away from congregation
Pope Benedict has celebrated Mass in the traditional pre-Vatican II manner as he marked the feast of the Baptism of Jesus on Sunday.
14 Jan 2008

Overworked rural priests paying the price for celibacy
Celibacy has been blamed for the declining number of Catholic priests in rural Victorian parishes and nearly half the number of Christian church leaders in country areas are forced to manage three or more congregations.

14 Jan 2008

Feature - The conversion of Eric Clapton
Throughout his whole career, however fuzzy his head may have been about other things, he was always clear and single-minded about his art, the blues, willingly sacrificing popularity and money for the sake of his craft. - Fr Ron Rolheiser OMI
14 Jan 2008

Opinion - African democracy up for grabs
Kenya's case is crucial for Africa. If Kibaki's regime digs in its heels and gets away with it, there will be more justification for other African presidents to follow suit. Kenya is seen as being ahead of the rest of Africa in many ways, having had 45 years of comparative peace, and yet its vital example could be lost.
14 Jan 2008

Police to protect Pope under tough new laws
Special police powers similar to those during the APEC summit will be imposed in Sydney to protect Pope Benedict during his visit for World Youth Day.
11 Jan 2008

Special plenary indulgence for Lourdes pilgrims
A special plenary indulgence has been authorised by Pope Benedict to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Virgin Mary's appearance to St Bernadette at Lourdes.
11 Jan 2008

Hope encyclical rejects atheism
In his encyclical released on Friday, Pope Benedict states atheism is responsible for some of the "greatest forms of cruelty and violations of justice" in history.
11 Jan 2008

$41m Govt Randwick handout thrills WYD organisers
World Youth Day organisers have expressed their gratitude for Government funds that have appeased Randwick trainers and will ensure World Youth Day takes place as planned.
11 Jan 2008

Beijing Olympics Bible ban
The Chinese government has slapped a Bible ban during the 2008 Olympics listing the holy text as a 'prohibited object' for athletes.
11 Jan 2008

Pope welcomes Saudi King for historic meeting
Pope Benedict has welcomed Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah to the Vatican - an historic first audience between the head of the Church and a Saudi monarch.
11 Jan 2008

AJC blocks media from WYD event
The tense relationship between the Australian Jockey Club and the Archdiocese of Sydney took a turn for the worse yesterday after a media lockout spoiled an event aimed at promoting World Youth Day.
10 Jan 2008

Nuncio dies in US
Holy See nuncio to Australia, American born Archbishop Ambrose De Paoli has died in a Miami hospital.
10 Jan 2008

Israel excludes priests, nuns
The Israeli government has cancelled re-entry visas for priests, nuns and other church workers who wish to travel in and out of the Israeli occupied Palestinian territories.
10 Jan 2008

Pell not in contempts: NSW Parliament finds
Sydney Cardinal George Pell was not in contempt of the New South Wales Upper House by warning Catholics MPs that their vote in support of stem cell cloning legislation would have consequences for their place in the Church.
10 Jan 2008

WYD stays at Randwick, Premier rules
NSW Premier Morris Iemma has ruled out moving the World Youth Day closing mass venue from Randwick racecourse.NSW Premier Morris Iemma has ruled out moving the World Youth Day closing mass venue from Randwick racecourse.
10 Jan 2008

Sydney Catholic College quits Amnesty
The Jesuit headmaster of Sydney's St Aloysius College has confirmed that his school will sever its ties with Amnesty International.
10 Jan 2008

Open hearts to Latin Mass, Benedict says
Saying that he had witnessed how "arbitrary deformations of the liturgy" following Vatican II caused "deep pain" for people, Pope Benedict on Saturday issued his long awaited motu proprio easing restrictions on the celebration of the Tridentine Mass.
9 Jan 2008

Benedict reaches out to China
While acknowledging their sufferings under communist rule, Pope Benedict in his long awaited letter to Catholics in China has revoked a series of directives that allowed Rome-affiliated bishops and priests to operate secretly, saying they are no longer necessary.
9 Jan 2008

Sydney municipality to twin with Bethlehem
Marrickville Council in Sydney's inner west has ratified a controversial plan to form a sister city relationship with the biblical birthplace of Jesus, Bethlehem, but Jewish groups are concerned over the city's alleged Hamas links.
9 Jan 2008

"Deranged" man jumps in Popemobile
A man described by Vatican officials as "clearly deranged" raised fears yesterday after managing to vault barriers in St Peter's Square and jumping into Pope Benedict's vehicle before being restrained by security officers.
9 Jan 2008

Don't criticise abandoned child's mother: Centacare chief
Criticisms of the mother of a newborn child left outside a Melbourne hospital this week could push her "towards the edge", Centacare's Fr Joe Caddy has warned, saying that the mother needs to be invited in so as she can accept her responsibilities.
9 Jan 2008

Leaders in "landmark" Aussie interfaith meet
Christians, Muslims and Jews have come together for a "landmark" Middle East peace congress organised by Australia's bishops - but controversial Sheik Taj el-Din al Hilaly was not invited.
9 Jan 2008

Unbaptised children out of limbo, Benedict rules
In a long-awaited document published on Friday, the Vatican says that the traditional view of limbo as the destiny of those who die unbaptised is based on an "unduly restrictive view of salvation" and that God "wants all human beings to be saved".
8 Jan 2008

Arrests over Turkey Bible publisher murders
Turkish police have arrested ten young men as suspects in the throat slitting murders of three people at a Protestant Bible publishing house.
8 Jan 2008

Solomons tsunami response under way
Caritas agencies in the Pacific have pledged immediate relief assistance in the wake of yesterday's earthquake and tsunami which devastated areas in the remote Solomon Islands Western Province with thousands still feared missing.
8 Jan 2008

First Broken Bay bishop dead at 86
Retired Broken Bay Bishop Patrick Laurence Murphy, who became the first bishop of the newly created diocese in 1986, has died after a long illness.
8 Jan 2008

Sydney Catholic school complaints shut down brothel
The NSW Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal by an inner Sydney brothel against a closure order that followed complaints by the neighbouring Catholic girls school, St Vincent's College.
8 Jan 2008

Free tourist visas for WYD participants
With less than 500 days left in the countdown to World Youth Day in Sydney, Deputy Prime Minister Mark Vaile has announced that the Government will grant free three-month visas for all participants.
8 Jan 2008

Top story recap of 2007
This week CathNews presents the top stories from 2007. Today's edition reprints a selection of stories from November and December 2007.
8 Jan 2008

Melbourne scholar says Jesus tomb claims "bizarre"
Melbourne New Testament expert, Fr Brendan Byrne, has described as "bizarre" claims in a new documentary that an ancient tomb unearthed in Jerusalem 27 years ago was the burial tomb of Jesus and his family.
7 Jan 2008

Lent for conversion not self-fulfilment, Benedict says
In an Ash Wednesday homily to mark the beginning of Lent, Pope Benedict described it as an invitation to inner change and said fasting other Lenten practices are spiritual "weapons" in the fight against evil, wicked passions and vices.
7 Jan 2008

First Catholic crematorium opens in Sydney
Australia's first Catholic crematorium will open in suburban Sydney this Saturday with a Mass to be celebrated by Sydney Cardinal George Pell, who nevertheless said that burial still remains the "preferential" option.
7 Jan 2008

Terminally ill have right to refuse treatment: Cardinal Martini
Former Milan Cardinal Carlo Martini has weighed in on the Italian euthanasia debate in favour of a right to refuse treatment following the case of a man who was denied a Church funeral because he had asked to be removed from a life-saving respirator.
7 Jan 2008

JPII to be credited with three miracles
Pope John Paul II's former secretary has revealed that the late pontiff seriously contemplated resigning because of ill health as news emerges that that three miracles credited to his intercession are on the verge of being accredited.
7 Jan 2008

Don't cry for Saddam: Pell
Saddam Hussein was in the "front rank of evildoers", Sydney Archbishop George Pell said in his newspaper column yesterday, adding that although the Church opposes capital punishment he did not weep for the executed Iraqi dictator.
7 Jan 2008