Catholic News Archive

Kosovo Crisis ECUMENICAL DELEGATION MEETS MILOSEVIC
Delegates concluding an ecumenical church summit on the Kosovo Crisis, met late last week with Yugoslavia's President Milosevic.
11:34am 31/5/99
Vatican POPE SPEAKS OUT FOR LOCAL MEDIA
In the face of the Internet and global conglomerates, Pope John Paul II on Friday emphasised the role of the media in the transmission of ethical values, and the dignity of local information.
11:33am 31/5/99
Italy 'FACE OF CHRIST' RELIC FOUND IN MONASTERY
The legendary 'Veil of Venonica' has been found in a remote monastery in Italy's Apennine mountains.
11:32am 31/5/99
Philippines ARCHBISHOP OPPOSING US MILITARY TRAINING STOPS SHORT AT CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE
The Philippine Senate ratified the controversial Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) between the US and Philippine government on Thursday despite church protest rallies and prayer vigils outside the Senate building.
11:31am 31/5/99
East Timor BISHOPS DENY CALL FOR BALLOT DELAY
Last week Dili's Bishop Carlos Belo told reporters that neither he nor Bishop Basilio do Nascimento, apostolic administrator of Baucau, asked the government to move the date of the independence ballot forward one day.
11:30am 31/5/99
Austria ARCHBISHOP CONDEMNS POLITICIANS
The suffocation earlier this month of a Nigerian deportee gagged by authorities has provoked Vienna's Cardinal Christoph Schönborn to sharply condemn racist remarks by individual Austrian politicians have made about the case, and about Nigerian immigrants in general.
11:28am 31/5/99
Bulgaria MARTYR EXONERATED BY STATE
The Catholic Church in Bulgaria has welcomed a court decree annulling the death sentence passed on the Blessed Eugen Bossilkov, who was executed in 1952 by Bulgaria's Communist government.
11:27am 31/5/99
Colombia CHURCHGOERS KIDNAPPED
Gunmen kidnapped a group of churchgoers today during a Mass in an exclusive neighborhood of the western city of Cali and hauled them away in trucks, the mayor said.
11:26am 31/5/99
SA ADELAIDE CHURCH SERVICE TO PRAY FOR HEALING AFTER KILLINGS
A special church service will be held tomorrow night at Salisbury, in Adelaide's north, in the wake of the serial killings.
11:25am 31/5/99
Queensland PRIEST TELLS OF MUTILATION OF FAMILIES BY MILITIA IN TIMOR
A Queensland priest has returned from East Timor with disturbing reports of massacres of children as young as nine-years-old.
11:23am 31/5/99
Congo GUNMEN INJURE MARIST BROTHERS
Two Marist brothers have been injured in Eastern Congo after an attack a week ago by 30 unidentified gunmen near Bukavu.
11:22am 31/5/99
Sydney CATHEDRAL FRAMES TO BOOST CITY SKYLINE
Sydney's skyline will alter dramatically on Saturday when giant 27 metre steel frames are placed on top of the two southern towers of St Mary's Cathedral.
3:06pm 28/5/99
Argentina COUPLES IGNORE BIRTH CONTROL RULES
A detailed study on Catholic attitudes to family planning indicates that practical considerations are more important than ethical-religious norms in decisions about the use of birth control by Argentina's Catholics.
1:34pm 28/5/99
Rwanda CHURCH PLEADS FOR RELEASE OF RWANDAN BISHOP
The Catholic bishops of Rwanda are pleading for the release of Bishop Augustin Misago of Gikongoro, who was arrested by the government last month, L'Osservatore Romano has reported.
1:31pm 28/5/99
Ecumenism CATHOLICS, LUTHERANS REACH ACCORD ON JUSTIFICATION
The Catholic Church and the World Lutheran Federation have concluded their study of a joint declaration on the doctrine of justification, the key theological issue which has divided the two communions for centuries.
1:30pm 28/5/99
Ireland CATHOLIC BISHOPS URGE ALCOHOL ABUSE TASK FORCE
Ireland's Catholic Bishops have called on authorities in both the Republic and the North to establish task forces to study alcohol abuse, which they say is the country's greatest drug problem.
1:28pm 28/5/99
India AUSTRALIAN MISSIONARY'S KILLING ORDERED BY HINDU LEADER
An official commission investigating the murder of an Australian missionary in India has concluded that the killing was ordered by a militant Hindu leader.
1:26pm 28/5/99
Poland AUSCHWITZ CROSSES CAMPAIGN CONTINUES
Police detonated explosives on a lot bordering the former Auschwitz Nazi death camp yesterday and detained a conservative Catholic activist who has rallied others to erect crosses on the site.
1:24pm 28/5/99
Philippines CHURCH OPPOSES US MILITARY EXERCISES
The Catholic Church is actively opposing an accord that will allow American troops to resume large-scale military exercises in the former US colony.
1:23pm 28/5/99
China CHRISTIANS, CHURCHES PUSHED OUT OF CITIES
Hundreds of Protestant Christians battled the police in the city of Xian on Sunday in an attempt to stop the sale of their church, one of the oldest and largest in the former imperial capital.
2:06pm 27/5/99
Poland GOVERNMENT SEEKS REMOVAL OF AUSCHWITZ CROSSES
The Polish government, responding to widespread protests by Jewish groups, asked Catholics on Tuesday to remove some 300 crosses they erected near the former Nazi death camp Auschwitz.
2:04pm 27/5/99
India BISHOPS ADVISE ON SPIRITIUAL WRITER'S USE OF ASIAN FAITHS
The bishops of India have issued pastoral guidelines on the spiritual writings of Fr Anthony De Mello, condemned last year by the Vatican's doctrinal watchdog, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
2:03pm 27/5/99
Vatican POPE LIKELY TO MEET SADDAM HUSSEIN LATER THIS YEAR
Vatican sources have announced that the Pope is to travel to Iraq "in the footsteps of Abraham", and most likely include in his program a meeting with Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.
2:01pm 27/5/99
Theology THEOLOGIAN PUTS WOMEN'S ORDINATION RESOURCES ON WEB
An Indonesian-born theologian who left the priesthood in protest against last year's papal document tightening church rules on dissent - Ad Tuendam Fidem - has launched a web site intended to be the leading international collection of resources in support of women's ordination.
2:00pm 27/5/99
Social Justice CALL FOR HALT TO DEATH PENALTY
The Australian Catholic Social Justice Council is supporting an international petition, organised by the community of St Egidio in Rome, for a moratorium on the use of the death penalty.
1:58pm 27/5/99
National ULURU PILGRIMAGE TO MARK MILLENIUM
The major ecumenical event next year will be a pilgrimage from Canberra to Uluru. Details of this and other events are being outlined at a National Council of Churches committee meeting in Sydney this week.
1:56pm 27/5/99
Vatican CARDINAL DENOUNCES 'AMAZING CAREERISM' OF BISHOPS
A former head of the Vatican's Congregation for Bishops has decried the "amazing careerism" of many of the world's prelates and recommended that except in rare cases bishops should remain in their dioceses for life.
1:55pm 27/5/99
Vatican POPE TELLS PILGRIMS NOT TO GET EXCITED BY MILLENNIUM
During his regular Wednesday audience in the Vatican, Pope John Paul II addressed questions of human destiny that are on the minds of many people at the threshold of the new millennium by saying "it is necessary to be patient in waiting for Jesus resurrected."
1:54pm 27/5/99
National CHURCH STILL 'UNCOMFORTABLE WITH WHISTLEBLOWERS': SEX ABUSE MONITOR
The convenor of the NSW Professional Standards Resource Group John Davoren has said that the Church is "still uncomfortable with whistleblowers". The Group ensures allegations of sexual misconduct by church personnel are investigated.
1:52pm 27/5/99
UK BRITISH QUEEN HONOURS CARDINAL HUME
Yesterday Queen Elizabeth II appointed Cardinal Basil Hume, leader of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales, to the prestigious Order of Merit.
1:59pm 26/5/99
South
Australia
MINISTER SAVES YOUTH SUICIDE SERVICE
The important work of the Centacare Youth Suicide Prevention Program will continue beyond 30 June following the approval of an $80,000 recurrent grant from the SA State Government.
1:49pm 26/5/99
Social Welfare CATHOLIC WELFARE BODY CAUTIONS DEMOCRATS ON GST
National Director of the Australian Catholic Social Welfare Commission, Mr Toby O'Connor, today appealed to the Australian Democrats to tread cautiously in their GST discussions with the Government.
1:01pm 26/5/99
Ireland IRISH LOCAL COUNCIL CALLS FOR MARRIED PRIESTS
Cork County Council yesterday called on the Roman Catholic Church to make the vow of celibacy for priests and nuns optional in an attempt to reverse the trend of falling vocations. The Council said church authorities should view the dwindling numbers entering religious life as an urgent matter, and that the Church should also consider ordaining women.
12:24pm 26/5/99
Vatican POPE ORDERS A RIGOROUS SCHEDULE FOR POLISH TRIP
Pope John Paul II has specially requested the inclusion of an exhaustive 20 cities during his forthcoming tour of Poland.
12:23pm 26/5/99
Spirituality JAPANESE ARCHBISHOP HIGHLIGHTS IMPORTANCE OF HOLY PLACES
"Shrines are a precious gift of God to the Church and to humanity. It is in shrines that we meet God, in a very special way, interwoven in the history of peoples." These are the words of Japanese Archbishop Stephen Fumio Hamao, who yesterday unveiled the document "The Shrine: Memory, Presence and Prophecy of the Living God".
12:20pm 26/5/99
Africa TWO MISSIONARIES KIDNAPPED IN CONGO
Forces loyal to Congo President Laurent Kabila kidnapped two Italian priests in the mission of Baraka in the eastern part of the country formerly known as Zaire. Fr Elia Leita, 60, and Fr Pietro Mazzochin, 64, both of the Xavierian congregation, have been missing since a raid on the mission more than two weeks ago.
12:18pm 26/5/99
Spirituality CHRISTIANITY'S HIDDEN PRAYER FORCE
On Sunday, the Catholic Church will celebrate the consecrated contemplative life. According to Vatican statistics, there are almost 56,000 "cloistered" nuns. In addition there are consecrated virgins outside of the religious congregations, members of new forms of consecrated life (which often admit married couples), and hermits who have publicly professed the evangelical counsels
12:16pm 26/5/99
Kosovo Crisis CHURCHES SEEK TO OVERCOME DIFFERENCES IN FACE OF KOSOVO TRAGEDY
Leaders and representatives of various Christian churches from Eastern and Western Europe and North America are meeting in Budapest today and tomorow to study the Churches' response to the crisis in the Balkans.
12:17pm 26/5/99
Kosovo Crisis ORTHODOX NUNS UNDER SIEGE IN KOSOVO
A convent of Orthodox Christian nuns are under virtual siege by ethnic Albanian Kosovars inside Kosovo with threats against their lives and disruption of communications, according to a report by Reuters news agency.
12:12pm 26/5/99
National BISHOP CRITICISES 'IDIOT' BEER COMMERCIAL
Bishop Kevin Manning of Parramatta (NSW) has condemned a Tooheys beer advertisement that features a priest in a confessional who is duped into revealing the names of young female parishioners.
12:11pm 26/5/99
Social Welfare LEVY COULD HELP DRUG RESEARCH
Catholic expert on drug addiction, Br Peter Bourke OH, has suggested a levy on alcohol and cigarettes to help fund research into Australia's drug problem.
12:10pm 26/5/99
USA BISHOPS SUPPORT NEBRASKA'S STAND AGAINST DEATH PENALTY
The US Catholic Bishops Conference has supported the Nebraska State Legislature's approved a two year moratorium on capital punishment. The ban makes it the first state to approve a delay on the death penalty by legislative vote.
2:53pm 25/5/99
Venezuela BISHOPS OPPOSE STERILISATION CAMPAIGN
The bishops of Venezuela have issued a pastoral statement sharply criticising plans by President Hugo Chavez to inaugurate a massive sterilization campaign as part of a highly touted war on poverty.
12:21pm 25/5/99
Colombia PRIESTS' LIVES ENDANGERED
Widespread fear has gripped Colombia's priests and religious in the wake of the murder of another parish priest. Father Pedro Camacho of Cachira was murdered last week in the Archdiocese of New Pamplona.
12:19pm 25/5/99
Cuba MARISTS WANT TO RETURN TO CUBA
Almost a century after they first arrived in Cuba, the Marist Brothers have expressed the wish to return, in order to undertake catechetical work.
12:18pm 25/5/99
Melbourne PELL REPEATS WARNING TO HOMOSEXUALS
Melbourne's Archbishop George Pell has reasserted his comments that the gay lifestyle poses a grave health risk. However he has conceded that there is a higher annual death toll from illnesses related to smoking than those arising from homosexuality.
12:16pm 25/5/99
East Timor BISHOP CASTS DOUBT OVER UN ROLE
The Bishop of Baucau, Basilio Nascimento has said that after more than 23 yearas of harsh Indonesian rule, many people doubt whether the United Nations can bring peace to the province.
12:14pm 25/5/99
Mexico REPORT FAILS TO DISPEL DOUBT ABOUT CARDINAL'S DEATH
On the sixth anniversary of the slaying of a cardinal during a drug-related shootout, the government released a report yesterday Monday that left many questions unanswered and conspiracy theories raging.
12:13pm 25/5/99
East Timor AUSTRALIAN CATHOLICS TO MAKE EAST TIMOR SOLIDARITY VISIT
East Timorese communities under threat of attack have highlighted their need for contact with the outside world. Caritas Australia Director Tom Story said members of communities under attack have requested that Australians continue to visit East Timor so that people realise the world has not forgotten them.
4:25pm 24/5/99
Social Welfare DRUGS ARE A HEALTH PROBLEM NOT FOR THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: PRIEST
Rather than trying to "clean up" addicts, we should be directing more health funds towards dealing with the underlying mental health problems that lure people towards hard drugs, according to Fr Stephen Sinn SJ, parish priest of Kings Cross in Sydney.
1:20pm 24/5/99
USA JUDGE CLAIMS SCHOOLS' PROMOTION OF WORRY DOLLS VIOLATES RELIGIOUS RITES
A lawyer for a school district found to have violated the religious rights of Catholic families says the ruling will have a chilling effect on classroom curricula. US District Judge Charles Brieant said that the Bedford Central School District in upstate New York violated the religious rights of three families by holding an Earth Day liturgy, by encouraging the use of ``worry dolls'', and by having third-graders make paper images of a Hindu god.
12:52pm 24/5/99
Vatican WHISTLESTOP ASIAN TOUR FOR POPE THIS YEAR
Pope John Paul II is planning to visit a number of Asian countries this year during an expected trip to present the post-synodal exhortation for last year's Synod for Asia, the Vatican spokesperson says.
12:51pm 24/5/99
China SPLIT CHURCH DIVIDES FAMILIES
Division between "open" and "underground" Church communities in many places in China not only hampers evangelisation among non-Catholics but also adversely affects families' social and religious life.
12:23pm 24/5/99
South Africa BISHOPS URGE HIGHER TAXES FOR RICH
The Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference has called on the rich to accept higher taxes than the poor in order to lessen the disparity between them. In a 48-page letter issued at a squatter settlement called Orange Farm, near Johannesburg, the bishops criticised the Government, business and labour for doing too little to create jobs and encourage growth.
12:21pm 24/5/99
Vietnam MAYOR WELCOMES CATHOLIC CHURCH SOCIAL APOSTOLATES
The Mayor of Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) has welcomed what he called a "rare" social initiative proposed by the local Church to stop an alarming decline in the institution of the family.
12:19pm 24/5/99
Kosovo Crisis POPE PRAISES EFFORT TO HELP REFUGEES
Yesterday Pope John Paul II praised Macedonia's efforts to help ethnic Albanian refugees who have fled Kosovo and renewed his plea for dialogue to achieve peace in the latest Balkan conflict.
12:17pm 24/5/99
Melbourne HOMOSEXUALITY A HEALTH RISK: PELL
Homosexual activity posed a much greater health risk, because of AIDS, than smoking, and the Catholic Church would resist the spread of the ``gay agenda'' in schools, the Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne, Dr George Pell, said yesterday.
12:16pm 24/5/99
Education CRITICS SLAM 'THROWBACK' CURRICULUM
Prominent Catholic theologians, independent scholars and clergy have condemned controversial plans for religious education in Victorian Catholic schools as a return to the Dark Ages.
12:10pm 24/5/99
Melbourne PELL LASHES OUT AGAINST MALE STEREOTYPES
Fathers are too often portrayed as buffoons with no real role in the family, and films and videos are full of violent and selfish men, claims the Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne, Dr George Pell.
12:08pm 24/5/99
Philippines POLICE ALLEGEDLY WIRETAPPED CATHOLIC BISHOPS
The director of the Presidential Anti-Organised Crime Task Force (PAOCTF) is under investigation by the Government House of Representatives for alleged illegal wiretapping of prominent members of the community including Catholic bishops.
3:39pm 21/5/99
USA JEWISH ACTIVIST OPPOSES PIUS XII CANONISATION
A leading Jewish activist has said that Pope Pius XII should never become a saint because the notion ``desecrates the memory of the Holocaust.''
3:37pm 21/5/99
UK EVANGELICAL ANGLICANS SPURN ROMAN "GIFT"
The evangelical "Church of England Newspaper" in the UK has described the recently mooted "gift" of authority from the Roman Catholic Church as "too much too soon".
3:35pm 21/5/99
Vatican POPE PRODS GERMAN BISHOPS ON ABORTION COUNSELLING
Pope John Paul II met on Thursday with the head of the German bishops' conference, in a new effort to resolve longstanding difficulties over the German bishops' involvement with abortion counseling.
3:33pm 21/5/99
Vatican PAPAL CONSULTANT CALLS FOR "MORE RADICAL FEMINISM"
The Pope yesterday appointed Norway's Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Jaane Haaland Matlary, as consultant to the Pontifical Council for the Family.
3:30pm 21/5/99
Vatican INTER-RELIGIOUS MEETING TO PRECEDE JUBILEE
From 24-29 October an inter-religious meeting will be held at the Vatican for 200 leaders and representatives of different religious traditions and confessions, including Christians, Jews, Moslems, Buddhists and others.
3:29pm 21/5/99
Vatican POPE WARNS AGAINST AUTHORITARIAN MODEL OF PRIESTHOOD
Pope John Paul II has emphasised that care "must be taken to avoid imparting models of the priesthood which are too clerical or authoritarian in nature". He warned this could result in future priests finding it difficult to work closely with lay people and to acknowledge their role and talents."
3:29pm 21/5/99
National CARITAS JOINS COALITION OF SUPPORT FOR EAST TIMOR
Caritas Australia is part of a comprehensive program of assistance for East Timor, that includes a coalition of politicians, business people and churches. The program was launched in Darwin on Wednesday.
3:25pm 21/5/99
Social Welfare HOW CATHOLICS HELP TO OVERCOME POVERTY
A new book summarises responses to a request to Church agencies to supply information on the ways in which they have been resonding to the challenge of poverty in Australia and overseas.
2:43pm 20/5/99
Vatican SACRAMENTS ONLY FOR 'BROTHER & SISTER' REMARRIAGES
Catholics who are divorced and remarried may only be admitted to the sacraments if they agree to live "as brother and sister", according to a recently published pastoral handbook highlighted in this week's edition of the official Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano.
2:32pm 20/5/99
Northern
Ireland
ANGLICANS WARN ORANGEMEN
In a vote designed to reduce street violence this summer, the Anglican Church of Ireland voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday against Northern Ireland's major pro-British Protestant group, the Orange Order.
11:53am 20/5/99
Spirituality WEB PRAYER SITE BECOMES ETERNAL
Sacred Space, the Irish Jesuits' daily prayer site on the internet, launched this year for Lent, is to continue indefinitely because of the huge response from Net users.
11:52am 20/5/99
Vatican HOLY SEE ASKS WEALTHY COUNTRIES TO SHARE RESOURCES
The Holy See has called upon the world's affluent nations to devote more resources to helping the poor, and less to providing the developing nations with armaments.
11:48am 20/5/99
Philippines CEBU CARDINAL BACKS JUDGE'S STANCE AGAINST DEATH PENALTY
As seven young convincts have been sent to serve life sentences amidst protest calls for the death penalty, Cebu's Cardinal Ricardo Vidal has echoed his firm stance against the death penalty.
11:46am 20/5/99
USA CATHOLIC UNIVERSITIES TO TIGHTEN CONTROLS
Catholic colleges and universities in the US are attempting to persuade the Bishops Conference to soften a plan to assert tighter control over the nation's 240 church-related campuses.
11:27am 20/5/99
Sudan MINISTER ORDERS CATHOLIC SCHOOLS TO BE DESTROYED
A government minister has ordered the destruction of four schools belonging to the Catholic Church in Sudan, according to the Sudanese Human Rights Group.
2:53pm 19/5/99
Social Welfare DRUG USERS RESPOND TO EDUCATION MORE THAN TOLERANCE
One of the Catholic representatives at this week's NSW Drug Summit has said that education and fostering self-esteem is a "vital" solution to the drug problem, and that harm minimisation policies (or tolerance) to not work.
2:30pm 19/5/99
Ireland UNION BAN FOR RELIGIOUS TEACHERS
Although there is a scarcity of teaching nuns, brothers and priests in Irish schools, the Association of Secondary Teachers of Ireland has voted to continue banning them from joining the union.
2:18pm 19/5/99
Social Welfare GST BATTLE IS NOT OVER YET
Catholic social justice agencies have welcomed Senator Brian Harradine's refusal to support the government's tax reforms, but warn that the issue is far from closed.
12:27pm 19/5/99
National CARITAS LAUNCHES APPEAL FOR EAST TIMOR
A national fundraising appeal for aid to East Timor is being launched in Darwin today by the national Catholic aid organisation Caritas.
12:11pm 19/5/99
India SONIA GANDHI BETRAYED BY CATHOLIC
One of the key figures in the open revolt against the leadership of Sonia Gandhi -- president of the Congress party and widow of former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi -- that has "stunned" Congress members and the nation on the eve of national election has been revealed as a "devout" Catholic.
12:10pm 19/5/99
Mexico INVESTIGATION OF CARDINAL MURDER RULES OUT "MISTAKE"
The investigation of the murder of Cardinal Juan Jesus Posadas Ocampo, the Archbishop of Guadalajara who was assassinated at the city airport on 24 May 1993, is coming to an end, according to his successor, Cardinal Juan Sandoval, who added, "It will definitively rule out that he was murdered by mistake."
12:09pm 19/5/99
Philippines PRESIDENT AND CARDINAL COOPERATE TO UPLIFT THE POOR
Philippine President Joseph Estrada and Cardinal Jaime Sin of Manila promised to support each other's initiatives for the poor during an award ceremony honouring the cardinal at the presidential palace late last week.
12:03pm 19/5/99
Canada BISHOP BANNED FROM MARRIED PRIESTS' MEETING
A Canadian bishop known for his liberal views has been ordered by the Vatican to cancel plans to speak at an upcoming conference on the issue of married priests, conference organisers said on Monday.
12:01pm 19/5/99
Vatican POPE CELEBRATES 79TH BIRTHDAY
Pope John Paul II turned 79 yesterday without fanfare or fuss, devoting part of what was his 21st anniversary as pontiff to an issue dear to his heart: peace in Kosovo.
11:58am 19/5/99
Peru ARCHBISHOP TELLS MEDIA TO 'BITE THEIR TONGUES'
Lima's Archbishop Juan Luis Cipriani called on artists and communicators to "occasionally bite their tongues" in order to avoid offending human dignity.
1:19pm 18/5/99
Poland AUSCHWITZ CROSS DISPUTE CONTINUES
A retired priest consecrated a wooden hut as a chapel near Auschwitz on Sunday to protest against government plans to remove hundreds of crosses from outside the former Nazi death camp.
1:07pm 18/5/99
Feature VOLUNTEERING MAKES SENSE ONLY WITH LOVE
An Interview with Sister Nirmala, successor to Mother Theresa of Calcutta. Born into a wealthy Hindu family, she had all the makings of a natural leader. She studied to become a professional lawyer to prepare herself to help those who couldn't help themselves, and graduated wearing the blue and white sari of the Missionaries of Charity.
1:04pm 18/5/99
Burma CHURCH TO ADOPT INCULTURATION IN LITURGY
Participants in the first pastoral convention held by Loikaw diocese in eastern Myanmar agreed to adopt inculturation in liturgy and to develop their diocese as a grassroots Church.
11:06am 18/5/99
Vatican VATICAN WEIGHS SITES FOR PAPAL VISIT TO ASIA
The Holy See is actively studying possible destinations for a papal trip to Asia later this year, during which he would promulgate the apostolic exhortation formally concluding the Synod of Asia, which convened in Rome this time last year.
11:03am 18/5/99
Liberia PRESIDENT FIRES CABINET FOR SKIPPING PRAYER MEETING
Liberia's maverick president Charles Taylor on Friday dismissed almost his entire cabinet after they failed to attend a mandatory prayer meeting to remember a border attack last month that killed eight people.
11:02am 18/5/99
East Timor CHURCH TO REMAIN NEUTRAL IN AUGUST BALLOT
Bishop Carlos Belo told a meeting last week that the Catholic Church will maintain a neutral position, and accept whatever the people decide, in the upcoming direct ballot to determine the future of the territory.
10:59am 18/5/99
PNG RELIEF WORKER APPOINTED BISHOP OF AITAPE DIOCESE
Franciscan Friar Austen Crapp, who distinguished himself for his organisation of relief services following last year's tidal wave, has been appointed Bishop of Aitape diocese in the north-west of Papua New Guinea.
2:46pm 17/5/99
Israel HOPE FOR PEACE AFTER TODAY'S ELECTION
The papal ambassador to the Jerusalem Archbishop Pietro Sambi believes that calm may return to the city of Nazareth after today's elections. But he pledged to close the churches once again if violence continued, "because we have a duty to protect the rights of Christians."
2:18pm 17/5/99
Spirituality DALAI LAMA'S CATHOLIC ENCOUNTER To reach peace, we must travel the path of love, compassion, tolerance and patience - and not give in to the overriding human instinct to merely express our desires. 2:15pm 17/5/99
Russia REJECTED JESUITS DENOUNCE GOVERNMENT PROCEDURE
Jesuits in Moscow have denounced the Russian Government's rejection of their application for registration under the 1997 law on religion.
2:13pm 17/5/99
Philippines CATHOLIC CHURCH RALLIES AGAINST VISITS OF US FORCES
Church groups have stepped up their campaign against the proposed Visiting Forces Agreement between the Philippine and US governments ahead of a Senate vote on 27 May 27.
12:02pm 17/5/99
Poland GOVERNMENT MAKES AIRFIELD SAFE FOR POPE'S MOST AMBITIOUS HOME VISIT
Dozens of explosives left behind by the Nazis and Soviets more than 50 years ago have been unearthed in recent weeks in preparation for a papal Mass expected to attract up to 500,000 faithful next month. Poland will host the Pope's most ambitious trip home, from 5-17 June.
11:39am 17/5/99
Italy NAPLES CARDINAL ACCUSED OF FRAUD MAY STAND TRIAL
Italian state prosecutors may put the Archbishop of Naples, Cardinal Michele Giordano, on trial for fraud, according to a report in the London Tablet.
11:37am 17/5/99
Development ANGLICAN LEADER CALLS FOR CANCELLATION OF THIRD WORLD DEBT
The leader of the Anglican Church in Australia has joined calls for billions of dollars of Third World debt to be cancelled. Archbishop Keith Rayner received a 200,000 signature petition in Melbourne yesterday.
11:35am 17/5/99
Portugal PORTUGUESE JESUITS APPEAL TO UN OVER EAST TIMOR
The Jesuits' Portuguese Province has appealed to the UN to send a peacekeeping force into East Timor to avoid wider human catastrophe.
11:34am 17/5/99
Education ANGLICANS SAY NEW FUNDING FAVOURS CATHOLIC SCHOOLS
An Anglican school group yesterday flagged a possible constitutional challenge to the Howard Government's new funding arrangements, on the grounds they favour Catholic systemic schools.
11:32am 17/5/99
Social Welfare CHURCH STUDY FINDS UNEVEN DEVELOPMENT BREEDS POVERTY
The number of Queenslanders living in poverty almost doubled in the 14 years to 1995, with the cycle of despair deepening in rural and regional areas.
2:55pm 14/5/99
Social Welfare MORE KIDS ON THE STREETS
A sharp rise in the number of young homeless people referred to Adelaide's Centacare Catholic Family Services in the past year has been attributed to the increasing breakdown of families.
2:52pm 14/5/99
Spirituality CARMELITES SET TO PRAY FOR HEALING IN TIMOR AND BALKANS
Australian Carmelites will 24 May's Feast of Our Lady Help of Christians to prayer for healing and peace, on international and personal levels.
2:52pm 14/5/99
United Nations VATICAN'S UN STATUS QUESTIONED OVER STANCE ON RAPE PILL
Family planning organisations caring for Kosovan rape victims are calling for the Vatican's status at the United Nations to be reviewed.
11:36am 14/5/99
Vietnam CATHEDRAL IN NORTHERNMOST DIOCESE GETS FIRST PRIEST IN 45 YEARS
A priest of Hanoi archdiocese has been assigned to Lang Son diocese, becoming the first cathedral parish priest in the northernmost Vietnamese diocese in 45 years.
11:28am 14/5/99
UK LAY CATHOLICS OBJECT TO RELIGIOUS 'ORNAMENTS' IN HOUSE OF LORDS
In a written submission to the Royal Commission on the future of the Lords, the influential Parliamentary lay association, the Catholic Union, objected to the inclusion of "ornamental figures" from the Church.
11:13am 14/5/99
Italy SENIOR CARDINAL CALLS FOR EASY MARRIAGE ANNULMENT
A respected Italian prelate has called on the Church to "open up" to divorced people, arguing that many failed unions could be easily annulled because they were "not sacred to start with".
11:12am 14/5/99
Indonesia CHRISTIANS INTIMIDATION LEADS TO 'VOLUNTARY' CLOSURE OF CHURCHES
Indonesian Christian leaders say they are concerned over an emerging trend in the anti-Christian movement of forcing Christians to close down their churches "voluntarily."
11:11am 14/5/99
Argentina ARCHBISHOP AIMS TO INJECT HONOUR INTO POLITICS
An important group of political leaders participated in a "Day of Spiritual Reflection for Politicians" designed to promote a sense of responsibility towards the whole of society.
11:05am 14/5/99
USA RETIRED SALVADOREAN MILITARY OFFICERS SUED OVER 1980 MISSIONARIES' DEATHS
The families of four Catholic missionaries killed by soldiers in El Salvador in 1980 have filed a US federal lawsuit for wrongful death against two retired Salvadorean military officers.
11:03am 14/5/99
Ecumenism NEW ANGLICAN-ROMAN CATHOLIC STATEMENT ON PAPAL AUTHORITY
The universal primacy of the Pope, and an understanding of collegial powersharing, are the main points of a 40 page statement published yesterday by the joint Roman Catholic-Anglican commission (ARCIC).
12:31pm 13/5/99
USA NUNS FINANCE ELDERLY CARE CENTRE WITH 'PAY FOR PRAY' SCHEME
An annual donation to a scheme run by the Salesian Sisters in New Jersey will ensure that a sister will pray for the investor every day.
12:14pm 13/5/99
East Timor HUNDREDS PRAY FOR PEACE
Hundreds of Catholics, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, and Protestants gathered in Dili on Wednesday to pray for peace in violence-torn East Timor as the region prepares for an independence or autonomy vote in August.
11:54am 13/5/99
Social Welfare LOCAL PRIESTS'S MIXED RESPONSE TO KINGS CROSS DRUG INJECTING ROOM
The local Catholic Parish Priest Fr Stephen Sinn SJ disagrees with the Uniting Church Wayside Chapel's safe drug injecting room, but applauds the motivation behind it as a "genuine response" to the drug problem.
11:28am 13/5/99
Chile BISHOPS PRIORITISE YOUTH FORMATION
The Chilean Bishops' Conference has given top priority to catechesis, because it says the future of Christianity depends on the formation of its youth.
10:46am 13/5/99
Ireland ORDERS WELCOME GOVERNMENT CHILD ABUSE ENQUIRY
The Christian Brothers and the Oblates of Mary Immaculate have welcomed an Irish Government decision to establish a Commission to enquire into child abuse.
10:13am 13/5/99
East Timor BROTHERS EVACUATE STUDENTS AFTER BOMB RUMOUR
Six Our Lady of Mercy Brothers teaching at a college near Dili had to evacuate students and teachers after a rumour claiming that a bomb and firearms are stored in the campus.
10:10am 13/5/99
Social Welfare RESPONSIBLE BUDGET LEAVES SOCIAL DEFICIT
While welcoming a range of family-related initiatives announced in last night's Federal Budget, the Australian Catholic Social Welfare Commission's overall assessment is that it is "drastically short on social imperatives".
1:55pm 12/5/99
Education GOOD BUDGET NEWS FOR CATHOLIC SCHOOLS
Catholic schools are the biggest winners from an apparent increase of $561 in the allocation to private schools over the four years from 2001.
1:43pm 12/5/99
China RELIGIOUS GROUPS JOIN ANTI-NATO PROTESTORS
Government officials authorised religious groups including Catholic seminarians to join students who made up the bulk of demonstrators in protests against last week's NATO bombing of the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade.
1:29pm 12/5/99
National INTERNET CONTROLS WON'T WORK: CATHOLIC ACADEMIC
Professor Pamela Gibbons of Australian Catholic University has called for a classification system as an alternative to the proposed government legislation to deal with pornography on the Internet.
12:00pm 12/5/99
East Timor RELIEF WORKERS THREATENED
Caritas reports that aid workers attempting to assist thousands of refugees in East Timor are receiving constant threats from militia groups.
11:49am 12/5/99
UK REPORT BACKS CLERGY APPRAISAL
Priests could soon be subject to appraisal procedures similar to those used in the business world.
11:42am 12/5/99
US 'COOL' BIBLE LAUNCHED
An updated, "cool" version of The Bible - retitled The Book - has been launched in the US with the most expensive literary promotion in history.
11:32am 12/5/99
Kosovo Crisis BISHOP STAYS WITH PEOPLE IN DESERT: KOSOVO LEADER
In Rome to meet with Pope John Paul II, Kosovo leader Ibrahim Rugova has asked "for prayers for the priests who are in Kosovo, especially for Bishop Mark Sopi, who has decided to stay with those who remain there to encourage them."
11:08am 12/5/99
Vatican ADVERTISING VIOLATES HUMAN RIGHTS: VATICAN OFFICIAL
Pontifical Council for Social Communications President Archbishop John P. Foley has called on governments to regulate advertising, because "some advertising campaigns seem to focus more on human weakness than on human aspiration."
10:49am 12/5/99
India DON'T LET HINDU FANATICS GET YOU DOWN: MESSAGE TO CHURCH EDUCATORS
Delhi's Archbishop Alan de Lastic told a church-sponsored educational forum that anti-Christian sectarian violence occurred because of upper caste Hindu fear that education will lead to questioning of the status quo and an end to cheap, subservient labor.
10:27am 12/5/99
National WE SHOULD SAY SORRY BEFORE EXPECTING POLITICIANS TO ACT
In the leadup to the first anniversary of the Sorry Day national day of reconciliation with indigenous Australians, the country's religious leaders have said that the Journey of Healing must start in our own heart.
4:16pm 11/5/99
South Korea CATHOLIC CHURCH SEEKS UN PROTECTION FOR REFUGEES FROM NORTH
The Catholic Church in South Korea has urged the United Nations to grant refugee status to North Koreans in northeastern China who fled their country in search of food.
12:01pm 11/5/99
Romania POPE MAY VISIT RUSSIA
The pope's three-day trip to Romania is being seen as a launching pad for John Paul's ambitious plans: a meeting with the patriarch of Russia, leader of the largest Orthodox church, and a trip to Moscow.
11:20am 11/5/99
Kosovo Crisis PRIESTS AND RELIGIOUS NOT ALLOWED TO LEAVE SERBIA
The Yugoslav Government has classified The local Caritas Director and other priests and religious with Serbian passports as "reservists" and therefore forbidden to leave the country.
11:09am 11/5/99
Kosovo Crisis VATICAN SPOKESMAN SAYS US MEDIA HAS SILENCED POPE
Papal spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls has written in the New York Times of the Vatican's peace initiative "to which the US media have given very little coverage".
10:53am 11/5/99
Laos GOVERNMENT AUTHORISES CONSTRUCTION OF CHURCHES
Local sources have confirmed to the news agency Fides, that the government of Laos has authorised the construction of churches in Bokeo, a northern province of the country.
10:51am 11/5/99
Romania POPE ENDS MOST DECISIVE ECUMENICAL TRIP OF PONTIFICATE
When John Paul II arrived at Unirii Square in Bucharest, it was the first time the Bishop of Rome was attending an Orthodox liturgy celebrated in an Orthodox country.
10:08am 11/5/99
Mexico CHIAPAS RESIDENTS BLOCK BISHOP FROM TOWN
The residents of a small Indian village in the Chiapas province have organised protests and even set up roadblocks in an effort to block a pastoral visit by Bishop Samuel Ruiz Garcia.
1:07pm 10/5/99
Kosovo Crisis WE'VE ALL HAD A HAND IN THE WAR: CLOISTERED NUN
The Kosovo war "is a conflict we have all had a hand in", according to Abbess Anna Maria Canopi, founder of the 'Mater Ecclesiae' Benedictine monastery on the island of Santa Giulia in northern Italy.
11:16am 10/5/99
Romania POPE MAKES HISTORIC VISIT
Pope John Paul II, saying the ``spring of hope has begun,'' joined the leader of Romania's Orthodox Church in calling for the healing of divisions within Christianity.
10:59am 10/5/99
India PROTEST FORCES REMOVAL OF ANTI-CHRISTIAN BILLBOARDS
Church and secular protests forced authorities to have police take down provocative anti-Christian billboards erected as part of a Hindu fundamentalist campaign in the southern Indian city of Mysore.
10:55am 10/5/99
East Timor BISHOP BELO WELCOMES AUTONOMY AGREEMENT
Bishop Carlos Filipe Ximenes Belo has welcomed the UN-mediated agreement reached by Indonesia and Portugal on broad-based autonomy for East Timor.
10:51am 10/5/99
Romania STOP BOMBING: POPE, ORTHODOX LEADER
Pope John Paul II and Romania's Orthodox Christian patriarch combined their moral authority on Saturday in a joint appeal for an end to the Kosovo conflict, condemning both forced expulsions and ``murderous bombings.''
10:23am 10/5/99
Ireland UPROAR FOLLOWS TV EXPOSÉ OF CHRISTIAN BROTHERS
Coinciding with a TV documentary cataloguing stories of violence, neglect and sexual abuse, the Christian Brothers have issued a further apology to pupils who were abused in their care.
10:15am 10/5/99
Rwanda BISHOP ON GENOCIDE CHARGE 'SHOULD STAND TRIAL'.
A group of priests in Burundi have deplored the official church backing given to Augustin Misago, the Rwandan bishop suspected of involvement in mass murder.
10:09am 10/5/99
Vatican VATICAN TOO OPTIMISTIC ON CHINA: HONG KONG BISHOP
Hong Kong Coadjutor Bishop Joseph Zen has described relations between China and the Holy See as "a one-sided affair".
10:02am 10/5/99
National MAINTAIN YOUR CONFIDENCE: MESSAGE TO CHURCH WOMEN
It's no longer true that women in the Australian Church are seen but not heard, according to Parramatta Social Justice Program Coordinator Sr Libby Rogerson IBVM.
11:56am 7/5/99
National ECUMENICAL TRIBUTE TO JESUITS' 150 YEARS
Rector of Sydney's St John's Anglican Church, Darlinghurst, Rev Dr Bill Lawton, has paid tribute to the way in which the Jesuits, and Ignatian spirituality, have touched the wider Christian community
11:29am 7/5/99
Sri Lanka BISHOPS SEEK GOVERNMENT PROTECTION FOR SHRINE
The country's Catholic Bishops have expressed concern over army activity at the national Marian shrine, asking the President to help protect the sanctity of the area.
10:44am 7/5/99
National MOTIVATING AUSTRALIAN CATHOLICS TO EVANGELISE
Brisbane Auxiliary Bishop Michael Putney has said that the traditional belief that Australian Catholics are not evangelisers is changing.
10:43am 7/5/99
Romania POPE'S VISIT TO ROMANIA STIRS OPTIMISM
The first visit by a pope to a Christian Orthodox country in almost 1000 years is creating hope for greater unity with Catholicism, despite doubts cast on the timing of the visit because of the war in neighbouring Yugoslavia.
9:59am 7/5/99
USA US BISHOPS' PASTORAL LETTER FOR A RIVER
Bishops whose dioceses cover the Columbia River watershed are writing a pastoral letter urging people to be better caretakers of the river.
9:45am 7/5/99
Angola ANGOLAN SEMINARIANS ORDERED TO DO MILITARY SERVICE
The church in Angola is facing a potential crisis following an unprecedented government decision to make military service obligatory for all, including seminarians.
3:53pm 6/5/99
Social Welfare BISHOPS' COMMITTEE CHALLENGES GOVT TO REVIEW HANDLING OF PREGNANT REFUGEES
The Bishops' Committee for Family and for Life is calling on the Government to review its current handling of pregnant refugees following the reported near full-term abortion of an unborn child just days after the mother was deported from Australia to China.
3:34pm 6/5/99
Peru WOMEN KIDNAP PRIEST TO PREVENT TRANSFER
A group of women in a remote Andean village kidnapped their parish priest on Sunday to prevent his transfer, but released him on Tuesday after agreeing to a settlement.
1:07pm 6/5/99
Vatican DEBT REDUCTION NOT ENOUGH: VATICAN OFFICIAL
Third World debt reduction does not fulfill the obligation of rich countries, according to Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace secretary Bishop Diarmuid Martin.
12:24pm 6/5/99
Vatican POPE SAYS CATHOLICS BELIEVE IN THE SAME GOD AS MUSLIMS
Speaking about the importance of dialogue between Christians and Muslims, Pope John Paul II said the Islamic transcendent faith in God that "contributes to the construction of a new human family, based on the highest aspirations of the human heart."
11:56am 6/5/99
Indonesia CHRISTIAN KILLED IN FRESH ATTACKS BY MUSLIMS
Muslims attacked a Christian village on Kai Besar isle in Southeast Maluku district in eastern Indonesia, leaving one person dead and five others injured.
11:45am 6/5/99
India CATHOLICS THREATEN TO BECOME HINDUS TO PROTEST DISCRIMINATION
Low-caste leaders in a Catholic parish in southern India's Tamil Nadu state say some 3000 of their people will become Hindus if the Church fails to protect them from oppression within it.
11:10am 5/5/99
Vatican 'ELDERLY LADY' SWISS GUARD RECOVERING WELL
On the anniversary of tragic murders of a year ago, the new commander of the Vatican's Swiss Guard claims it is is almost fully recovered, but is like an "elderly lady" who must be treated with "patience and respect, especially with sensitivity to not upset important customs and habits."
10:59am 5/5/99
Vatican CARDINAL ADDRESSES BUDDHISTS ON FEAST DAY
On the occasion of the Buddhist feast of Vesakh, Cardinal Francis Arinze, Prefect of the Pontifical Council for the Interreligious Dialogue, on Tuesday expressed the desire of the Catholic Church for a greater "solidarity for the good of humanity" in its entirety.
10:47am 5/5/99
Poland MORE CROSSES GO UP NEAR AUSCHWITZ
Dozens of new crosses were being erected on Tuesday near the former Nazi death camp of Auschwitz, despite protests from Jewish groups and government efforts to stop the man behind the action.
10:41am 5/5/99
Kosovo Crisis ALBANIAN MAFIA STEALS HUMANITARIAN AID
Caritas volunteers unloading material aid from a truck have been assaulted several times by Mafia gangs.
10:35am 5/5/99
Theology GOD'S MERCY REPLACES LIMBO
Theologian and one of the authors of the new Catechism of the Catholic Church Bishop Alessandro Maggiolini has explained that limbo no longer appears in Christian doctrine, but instead we should consider that unbaptised babies as simply entrusted to the mercy of God.
10:28am 5/5/99
Russia RELIGIOUS ORDERS CHANGE STATUS AFTER BAN ON JESUITS
Since Russian authorities have refused to re-register the Jesuits, other orders have been devising strategies to ensure they do not suffer the same fate.
10:13am 5/5/99
Italy MILITARY SYNOD CONSIDERS SAINTLY SOLDIERS
The question of compatibility of Christian and military values was top of the agenda at the world's first Military Synod, which is being conducted this week in Rome by Italy's military diocese.
9:53am 5/5/99
Social Welfare LACK OF SUPPORT LEAVES YOUNG WOMEN VULNERABLE
Insufficient support services for young women had made them more vulnerable to violence, according to the manager of the Society of St Vincent de Paul's Marian House, Ms Carol Alcock, The Catholic Weekly reports.
2:29pm 4/5/99
Social Welfare GOVERNMENT RISKS LOSING WELFARE SECTOR SUPPORT
The government's announcement that payments and commissions to "high roller" gamblers would be exempt from the GST is an indication of the real agenda behind tax reform, according to the Australian Catholic Social Welfare Commission's national director, Toby O'Connor.
2:27pm 4/5/99
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Australia
ARCHBISHOP TO BOOST UNDERSTANDING OF PENANCE
Adelaide's Archbishop Leonard Faulkner will issue new guidelines aimed to foster a renewed understanding of the Sacrament of Penance.
2:24pm 4/5/99
National CATHOLIC MASS ATTENDANCE DOWN 10%
The rate of Catholic Mass attendance in Australia fell 10% over the period 1991-96, according to the Catholic Church Life Survey.
2:15pm 4/5/99
National ARCHBISHOP SUGGESTS ONE-OFF HOLIDAY FOR CHRIST'S BIRTHDAY
Perth's Archbishop Barry Hickey has called for a one-off public holiday next year to celebrate 2000 years since the birth of Christ.
1:56pm 4/5/99
Victoria RELIGIOUS LEADERS CALL FOR A JUST BUDGET
In the lead-up to the State Budget, Victoria's Conference of Leaders of Religious Congregations has called upon the Kennett Government to take into account the needs of the poor and the marginalised.
1:31pm 4/5/99
South Korea PRIEST CHALLENGES GOVERNMENT TO DISCLOSE MASSACRE FACTS
A Catholic priest led a protest in Seoul to urge the South Korean government to disclose the truth of the 1948 massacre on Cheju Island and to compensate its victims and restore their honour.
10:06am 4/5/99
Indonesia GUSMAO WARNS CATHOLIC CHURCH TARGET OF FUTURE TIMOR VIOLENCE
East Timor resistance leader "Xanana" Gusmao warned that the Catholic Church in the troubled territory would be soon the target of violence carried out by Indonesian military-backed anti-independence militia.
10:00am 4/5/99
Kosovo Crisis CARDINAL SPELLS OUT PEACE ROLE FOR WAR REPORTERS
The Cardinal Archbishop of Milan Carlo Martini has called upon journalists to 'disarm the war by arming it with reason'.
9:56am 4/5/99
Kosovo Crisis VATICAN RADIO TRANSMITTING TO REFUGEE CAMPS
From Monday Vatican Radio has been transmitting special programs to Albania which will also be heard in the refugee camps on the Kosovo border.
9:45am 4/5/99
USA ST FRANCIS MORE POPULAR THAN PICASSO
The exhibition 'Splendours of Assisi' currently showing at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, has been hailed as a spectacular success, with an attendance of over 150,000.
9:37am 4/5/99
Vatican HYMN FOR JUBILEE PUBLISHED
The Central Committee for the Jubilee has published the text and music of an official hymn for the Jubilee year, as well as a special Mass for the Holy Year and a prayer written by Pope John Paul II.
3:11pm 3/5/99
NSW COURT SENTENCES MAN FOR FRAUD AGAINST BISHOPS
An man was sentenced to 20 months in prison on Friday for attempting to defraud the Archbishop of Sydney of $40,000.
3:07pm 3/5/99
USA CHURCH MUSCLES IN ON MORTUARY BUSINESS
The Archdiocese of Los Angeles bypassed local mortuaries and contracted with a for-profit company to build funeral homes at tax-exempt church cemeteries that will provide one-stop embalming, casketing, chapel service and burial.
1:15pm 3/5/99
Philippines CARDINAL FAILS TO WIN OVER REBELS
Filipino Communist rebels have rejected an offer from Cardinal Jaime Sin, Archbishop of Manila, to use his house as a venue for peace talks between the Government and the rebels.
12:10pm 3/5/99
Romania BISHOP APOLOGISES FOR COLLABORATION WITH COMMUNISTS
A Romanian Orthodox bishop has admitted that he did not fulfil his obligations as a bishop under Communist rule, and failed to protect his priests.
10:08am 3/5/99
Vatican HISTORY'S MOST POPULAR BEATIFICATION
In a ceremony attended by the largest concentration of pilgrims in the history of the city of Rome, controversial Capuchin friar Padre Pio was beatified on Sunday.
9:56am 3/5/99
Education CATHOLIC STUDENTS RALLY ON UNION PLAN
Students at Australian Catholic University fear moves by the Federal Government to permit voluntary student unionism will radically disrupt campus life.
3:22pm 30/4/99


  


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