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Social
Welfare
WELFARE COMMISSION URGES GST VIGILANCE
The Australian Catholic Social Welfare Commission yesterday called on the community to remain calm but vigilant over the impact of the GST in its first year of operation.
30-Jun-00
Social
Welfare
GOVT TO BLAME FOR NEGLECT OF MENTALLY ILL
Nearly half those suffering from mental illness have no access to health care because governments repeatedly fail to provide services, says Catholic Health Australia.
30-Jun-00
Migrants
& Refugees
BROOME DIOCESE WELCOMES DETAINEES' RELEASE
The Broome Diocesan Office of Justice, Ecology & Peace has tentatively welcomed the announcement from Minister Ruddock of the release from detention of some 1700 detainees.
30-Jun-00
Vatican POPE CONDEMNS INDONESIAN MUSLIM ATTACKS
Pope John Paul II condemned Muslims for attacking Christians in Indonesia's Maluku islands, as bloody sectarian fighting raged on there Wednesday despite the declaration of a state of emergency.
30-Jun-00
Portugal PORTUGUESE FEEL BETRAYED BY FATIMA SECRET NON-EVENT
The revelation on Monday that there were no doomsday predictions has provoked angry reactions from the Portuguese church over the decision to keep the prophecy secret for half a century.
30-Jun-00
Vatican NEW DECREES ON CANONISATIONS, BEATIFICATIONS
On Saturday, the Congregation for the Causes of Saints will announce the latest decrees on candidates for beatification and canonisation.
30-Jun-00
National CHURCH OFFICIAL SAYS GST AMENDMENTS WILL HELP
Sydney Archdiocesan Financial Administrator Fr Brian Lucas has welcomed amendments to GST legislation that allow transactions between Catholic organisations to take place without reference to the GST.
29-Jun-00
Vatican FORMER SOVIET LEADER VISITS
Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, who has become a popular figure at the Vatican after forging a friendship with Pope John Paul II, visited the Holy See this week to help promote the memoirs of Cardinal Agostino Casaroli.
29-Jun-00
Vatican RATZINGER UNDERLINES THEOLOGICAL DISTINCTIONS ON PRIVATE REVELATION
With the publication of the third secret of Fatima, the Vatican's doctrinal officials took care to explain that such private revelations can be a spiritual help to Catholics, but are in no way matters of faith.
29-Jun-00
Vatican HOLY FATHER SUPPORTS ANTI-GAY PRIDE MARCH
Pope John Paul II has given his support to a torchlit march in Rome on Saturday, in protest against Rome's Gay Pride Day.
29-Jun-00
China BEIJING REBUKES VATICAN FOR THREATENING SANCTIONS
Beijing has asked the Vatican to "show sincerity" and "take real action" instead of summarily releasing "threatening" statements if it wants to improve Sino-Vatican ties.
29-Jun-00
Vatican NEW TAIWAN GOVT FOREIGN MINISTER VISITS
Taiwan and the Holy See maintains firm relations, according to the minister of foreign affairs of the new government in Taiwan, who visited the Vatican on Monday.
29-Jun-00
Vatican PRIESTS TO BLAME FOR DECLINE OF CONFESSION
A Vatican adviser has said that priests are partly to blame for the decline in use of the sacrament of confession.
29-Jun-00
South
Australia
CHURCHES ACT TO CHANGE ANTI-IMMIGRATION ATTITUDES
Adelaide's Christian churches are launching a public education campaign to counter "alarmist attitudes" and negative stereotypes of asylum seekers, including those detained at Woomera.
28-Jun-00
Vatican CHRISTIANS ARE SAFE, INDIAN PM TELLS POPE
Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on Monday assured Pope John Paul II that his government was making all efforts to prevent incidents of violence against Christians and ensure an atmosphere of communal harmony.
28-Jun-00
India NEW BISHOPS HEAD INVITES DIALOGUE WITH HINDUS
The new president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India (CBCI) has expressed the Church's willingness to dialogue with Hindu right-wing groups to end anti-Christian violence in the country.
28-Jun-00
Sudan POLICE ATTACK AND PLUNDER CATHOLIC SCHOOL
Last week, between 15-20 members of the Sudanese police ransacked a Catholic college in the capital Khartoum.
28-Jun-00
Vatican FAMILY PLANNERS URGE POPE TO RECONSIDER FAMILY PLANNING
An international family planning group has urged Pope John Paul II to ease the Catholic church's opposition to birth control, in order to avoid the damage and suffering caused by 'unnecessary' abortions.
28-Jun-00
USA ELDERLY NUNS EMBRACE COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY
A group of Sisters of Charity in Texas are praying for information technology students in exchange for computer lessons.
28-Jun-00
Victoria PREMIER DENIES VIEWS ON GAYS HAVE BEEN SHAPED BY RELIGION
Victorian Premier Steve Bracks has dismissed suggestions his Catholic background has influenced his stance on gay issues.
27-Jun-00
Vatican RATZINGER REVEALS 'DISAPPOINTING' FATIMA SECRET
At the release of the full text of the third secret of Fatima, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger has reiterated the Vatican line that the secret referred to events which have already happened.
27-Jun-00
Vatican POPE CLOSES INTERNATIONAL EUCHARISTIC CONGRESS
John Paul II concluded the International Eucharistic Congress on Sunday evening with a Mass in St Peter's Square.
27-Jun-00
USA CARDINAL CALLS FOR TRUCE OVER ICEL
A senior American cardinal has called for an end to the rift between the Vatican and English-speaking bishops' conferences over the translation of Latin texts into English.
27-Jun-00
Philippines MOLUCCAN CHURCH LEADERS WANT U.N. INTERVENTION
Catholic Church leaders in the Moluccan Islands have called for UN intervention to end what they say is a systematic cleansing of Christians from the conflict-ridden islands in eastern Indonesia.
27-Jun-00
Philippines PRIEST WRITES SONG INSPIRED BY SLAIN CLARETIAN PRIEST
The Manila priest who composed the Philippine Jubilee of the Year 2000 song has completed two more songs, one of them inspired by the torture and slaying of Claretian Father Rhoel Gallardo.
27-Jun-00
Brisbane ARCHBISHOP LEADS MOUNTAIN PILGRIMAGE
On Saturday morning, Archbishop John Bathersby led a group of young people on a climb of Mt Tibrogargan - one of the Glasshouse mountains in the Sunshine Coast hinterland near Brisbane.
26-Jun-00
Vatican HOLY SEE NO LONGER IN THE RED
President of the Vatican Prefecture for Economic Affairs, Archbishop Sergio Sebastiani, announced on Friday that the Vatican has a budget surplus.
26-Jun-00
Vatican HOLY SEE CRITICISES CHINESE STATE BISHOP APPOINTMENTS
The Vatican on Saturday sharply attacked China for ordaining bishops without Pope John Paul II's approval, warning Beijing that the practice would hurt efforts to normalize relations between China and the Holy See.
26-Jun-00
Vatican INDIAN PRIME MINISTER SEEKS APPOINTMENT WITH POPE
Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee, who is on an official visit to Italy this week, has requested an audience with the Holy Father, according to reliable sources in the Indian Prime Minister's office.
26-Jun-00
India CHURCH LEADERS SAY ARCHBISHOP'S DEATH LEAVES LOCAL CHURCH VULNERABLE
Church and lay leaders of India's three Catholic rites say the untimely death of Delhi's Archbishop Alan Basil de Lastic in a car accident in Poland last week has left Christians vulnerable.
26-Jun-00
Spain BISHOPS ACT AGAINST 'TRAFFIC IN NUNS'
Spanish bishops are seeking to clamp down on the practice of importing willing novices from Third World countries to stem the decline in the number of women entering convents.
26-Jun-00
Social
Welfare
GAMBLING CONTRIBUTES TO HOMELESSNESS: SVDP
Men addicted to gambling are contributing to a dramatic rise in homelessness, according to welfare staff at Sydney's Matthew Talbot Hostel.
23-Jun-00
Vatican POPE SAYS EUCHARIST NECESSARY PART OF MISSIONARY WORK
Without the Eucharist, the witness of missionaries and martyrs over the past two millenia does not make sense, John Paul II told 40,000 pilgrims gathered in St Peter's Square during the International Eucharistic Congress.
23-Jun-00
UK HOLY YEAR VOCATIONS UP 50%
The number of vocations to the priesthood rose this year by 54%, easing fears of a vocations crisis in England and Wales.
23-Jun-00
India PRIME MINISTER OFFERS HELP FOR ARCHBISHOP'S FUNERAL
Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee has offered government help for the funeral arrangements of Archbishop Alan de Lastic of Delhi, who died in a car accident in Poland on Tuesday.
23-Jun-00
China PREMIER CONFIRMS ONGOING TALKS WITH HOLY SEE
Chinese Premier Zhu Rongji has confirmed for the first time that talks are "underway" between China and the Holy See.
23-Jun-00
USA STARS OFFER PAPAL PRAYERS ON CD
Pope John Paul II is teaming up with stars includilng Britney Spears, Brooke Shields, James Earl Jones, Vince Gill and Celine Dion, on a CD recitation of prayers he has written.
23-Jun-00
Education TASMANIAN CATHOLIC SCHOOLS TO SHARE RESOURCES
A new association of nine of Tasmania's ten Catholic colleges will allow Catholic education in the state to maximise the benefit of the Commonwealth Government's new funding arrangements, according to Archbishop of Hobart Adrian Doyle.
22-Jun-00
Poland DELHI ARCHBISHOP DIES IN CAR ACCIDENT IN POLAND
Archbishop Alan de Lastic, President of the Indian Bishops' Conference, has been killed in a car accident in Poland.
22-Jun-00
Fiji PLEA TO 'GO EASY' ON SANCTIONS AFFECTING FIJIAN POOR
Fiji's Conference of Superiors of Religious Congregations has called upon governments and trade union councils contemplating sanctions to "go easy on bans that will affect the poor and the innocent".
22-Jun-00
Indonesia INDONESIAN CHURCH DEPLORES SECTARIAN RIOTS
Bishop Petrus Canisius Mandagi of the Moluccas has expressed alarm over the recurring violence and regretted the use of religion as a pretext for destructive action.
22-Jun-00
UK LONDON MAYOR ATTACKS BEDE FOR IGNORING KING ARTHUR
The Venerable Bede has been attacked by London Mayor Ken Livingstone for ignoring Britain's "pagan past" and presenting "the Church's airbrushed version" of the arrival of Christianity in Britain.
22-Jun-00
USA COURT BANS PRAYERS BEFORE PUBLIC SCHOOL FOOTBALL GAMES
The US Supreme Court ruled on Monday that public schools cannot allow student-led prayers before high school football games.
22-Jun-00
Social
Welfare
GAMBLING FUND MUST NOW REBUILD BROKEN COMMUNITIES
Jesuit Social Services has welcomed the Victorian State Government's announcement that half the $100 million distributed to the community from gambling revenues will be directed towards the needs of commuinties most disadvantaged by gambling.
21-Jun-00
Vatican ROME SET FOR HIGH POINT OF JUBILEE
On the eve of the 47th International Eucharistic Congress, Pope John Paul II on Monday told pilgrims in St Peter's Square: John Paul II Opens International Eucharistic Congress, "We have arrived at the heart of the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000."
21-Jun-00
Italy CHINA SETS CONDITIONS FOR PAPAL VISIT
China says it will accept a visit from the Pope, as long as key issues on the status of Taiwan and diplomatic relations are resolved first.
21-Jun-00
Guatemala BISHOP GERARDI MURDER TRIAL JUDGE RESIGNS
For the third time, a judge involved in the process to resolve the murder of Bishop Juan Gerardi of Guatemala, has resigned.
21-Jun-00
Uganda WITCH DOCTORS BAPTISED
400 witch doctors have been baptised in Christ the King Church in Kampala.
21-Jun-00
USA CATHOLICS TO SIGN PLEDGE AGAINST NET PORN
American Catholics will be asked to sign pledge cards annually for the next five years that commit them to rejecting media that "produce immoral content and demean the dignity of the human person."
21-Jun-00
Vatican HOLY SEE TO UNVEIL FINAL SECRET OF FATIMA
The Vatican said yesterday that it will officially unveil the details of the so-called third secret of Fatima next week.
20-Jun-00
USA NEW YORK'S NEW ARCHBISHOP INSTALLED
Edward Michael Egan, the former bishop of Bridgeport, Connecticut, officially became the ninth archbishop of New York on Sunday.
20-Jun-00
Ireland BISHOP APOLOGISES FOR CHURCH TREATMENT OF BROKEN FAMILIES
The Catholic Church's treatment of people in relationships outside marriage has been "less than ideal", according to Bishop William Walsh.
20-Jun-00
India CHURCH SEES FOUL PLAY IN SLAIN BROTHER'S DEATH IN CUSTODY
The murder of a Franciscan brother at a northern Indian mission station took a new turn when his cook died in police custody on Saturday.
20-Jun-00
Germany INTERCOMMUNION PRIEST SUSPENDED FROM DUTIES
Fr Hermann Münzel, the Catholic priest who jointly presided at a shared Eucharist with Protestants during Germany's recent Katholikentag, has been suspended from his duties.
20-Jun-00
USA BISHOPS DISCUSS PRIEST SHORTAGE
A worsening shortage of Catholic priests will result in fewer Masses, more priestless parishes and deacons leading worship services, a study says.
20-Jun-00
Religious
Congregations
ORDERS URGE GOVT NOT TO IMPOSE PACIFIC SANCTIONS LIGHTLY
The new head of the Australian Conference of Leaders of Religious Institutes has urged the Federal Government to think carefully about the adverse effects sanctious could have on the poor in both Fiji and the Solomon Islands.
19-Jun-00
Vatican HOLY SEE CELEBRATES RWANDAN BISHOP'S RELEASE
The Vatican has applauded the acquittal on charges of genocide of Rwanda's Bishop Augustine Misago, and the relieved bishop has announced his intention to to to Rome to personally thank Pope John Paul II for his support.
19-Jun-00
South Korea NORTH KOREA TO INVITE JOHN PAUL II FOR VISIT
Following his return from the historic summit between the leaders of the two Koreas, South Korean President Kim Dau-jung has disclosed North Korea's intention to invite Pope John Paul II to visit the country.
19-Jun-00
Canada CHURCHES WANT GOVT HELP WITH ABUSE COSTS
The Catholic and Anglican Churches have argued that the Canadian Government was complicit in sexual and physical abuse in Church-run native Indian schools, and should therefore share some of the financial burden of compensation.
19-Jun-00
United
Nations
ANNAN SUPPORTS VATICAN'S UN OBSERVER STATUS
UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has said that the Vatican's permanent observer status at the United Nations does not give it an unfair advantage over other religious groups.
19-Jun-00
USA CATHOLIC OFFICIAL WELCOMES REJECTION OF HOSPITALS RESOLUTION
The American Medical Association's rejection of a resolution aimed at forcing Catholic hospitals to provide sterilisations and contraception was a vote in support of freedom of conscience, said the head of the Catholic Health Association.
19-Jun-00
Philippines BISHOPS TO HELP PUSH CEASE-FIRE WITH REBELS
Bishops meeting with Philippine President Joseph Estrada agreed to work for a ceasefire with Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) rebels in southern Philippines under some of the president's terms.
19-Jun-00
Canberra POPE ELEVATES HOLY SEE DIPLOMAT
Monsignor George Kocherry, a member of the Vatican diplomatic corps stationed in Canberra for the past eight years, is to be elevated to the status of Archbishop, following his appointment as Apostolic Nuncio in Ghana and Togo.
16-Jun-00
Vatican POPE CALLS FOR "APPROPRIATE LAWS" FOR REFUGEES
John Paul II has made an appeal on behalf of refugees to countries throughout the world to adopt laws that will help those who are obliged to leave their homelands.
16-Jun-00
Korea CHURCH EXPECTS SUMMIT TO HELP EVANGELISATION
This week's breakthrough in relations between the two Koreas will facilitate the Church's access to North Korea, according to Seoul's Archbishop Nicholas Cheong.
16-Jun-00
USA BISHOP BANS GORE FROM CATHOLIC HOSPITAL
A Pennsylvania bishop has barred Democratic Presidential hopeful Al Gore from campaigning at a church hospital, forcing a last-minute shuffle of Gore's campaign schedule.
16-Jun-00
UK SIR ELTON ATTACKS CARDINAL IN GAY ROW
Sir Elton John has accused Scotland's Cardinal Thomas Winning of ignorance and 'out-dated views' which explain why people are deserting the Church.
16-Jun-00
Migrants
& Refugees
ARCHBISHOP WARNS AGAINST WOOMERA 'PRISON CAMP'
Adelaide's Archbishop Leonard Faulkner has urged the Federal Government not to create a "prisoner of war camp" with new security measures at the Woomera detention centre.
15-Jun-00
Education NET TECHNOLOGY TO FREE UNIVERSITY FUNDS
Internet technology is set to save the Australian Catholic University (ACU) almost a million dollars a year in telephone calls.
15-Jun-00
Rwanda RWANDA BISHOP AWAITS THURSDAY VERDICT
A court in the capital Kigali will today issue its verdict regarding Bishop Augustin Misago of Gikongoro, arrested in April 1999 for complicity in the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.
15-Jun-00
Italy GOVT PARDONS PAPAL ATTACKER
Italy has granted clemency to Turkish gunman Mehmet Ali Agca, who was jailed 19 years ago for the attempted assassination of Pope John Paul II.
15-Jun-00
United
Nations
HOLY SEE DELEGATION CLAIMS VICTORY AT U.N. BEIJING+5
The Holy See Delegation at the UN's Beijing+5 Conference claims that its stand 'against ideology' changed the outcome of the conference, which concluded last weekend.
15-Jun-00
Brazil BISHOPS BACK CONDOM AIDS SOLUTION
Some Catholic bishops in Brazil are proposing to allow the use of condoms in some cases to check the spread of AIDS.
15-Jun-00
Ireland BISHOPS CRITICISE REFUGEE POLICY
The Irish Bishops' Conference has renewed its attack on Government policy on asylum-seekers and refugees, criticising new security and policing measures, including the stationing of foreign police officials in Ireland.
15-Jun-00
Philippines VATICAN WORRIES ABOUT HOSTAGES
The Papal Nuncio in the Philippines expressed concern on Tuesday over the plight of 21 mostly foreign hostages held by Filipino Muslim extremists in the south.
15-Jun-00
Philippines CHARISMATICS SPLIT ON CHARISM AND LEADERSHIP, BATTLE FOR ASSETS
One of Manila's oldest and most active Charismatic groups has split into hostile factions that are to meet at the Securities and Exchange Commission office.
15-Jun-00
Vatican HOLY SEE CONDOLENCES ON DEATH OF SYRIAN LEADER
Pope John Paul II has conveyed his sympathies to the people of Syria upon hearing of the death of that country's President Hafez el-Assad on Saturday.
14-Jun-00
Vatican JOHN PAUL II PRAYS FOR IRAQI PEOPLE
The Holy Father prayed for the Iraqi people and gave a message of hope when he received the participants in the Chaldean Catholic Synod in audience on Monday.
14-Jun-00
India BISHOPS CONDEMN VIOLENCE
Zimbabwe's Catholic bishops have urged President Robert Mugabe's government to ensure that this month's parliamentary elections are free and fair.
14-Jun-00
India FOUR HURT IN CHURCH BOMBS
Four people were injured when a series of bombs exploded inside churches in three states in southern India.
14-Jun-00
Indonesia PRESIDENT CITES VATICAN II, URGES RELIGIOUS TOLERANCE
Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid has called for Christians and Muslims to recognise, tolerate and respect the differences between Christianity and Islam.
14-Jun-00
Japan TOKYO ARCHBISHOP RESIGNS
Cardinal Peter Seiichi Shirayanagi has resigned as the archbishop of Tokyo for health reasons, the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Japan said yesterday.
14-Jun-00
East Timor BISHOP URGES REFUGEES TO RETURN HOME
East Timor Bishop Basilio do Nascimento has called on East Timorese refugees he visited in Indonesia to return home, saying the security situation and economy in their homeland has improved.
14-Jun-00
Sri Lanka BISHOPS WANT TO SPEED PEACE PROCESS
The Sri Lankan bishops are calling on their people, the politicians, and friendly nations to help bring about peace in their country.
14-Jun-00
DR Congo CHURCH TARGETED BY OCCUPYING TROOPS
Catholic officials in the East of the Democratic Republic of Congo have said that the occupying troops from Uganda and Rwanda aim "to destroy the Catholic Church and the few remaining social institutions which alleviate the suffering of the people".
14-Jun-00
Rwanda ROBBERS KILL PRIEST
Isidro Uzcudum, a 69 year-old Spanish priest, was killed by robbers on Saturday in his parish house in Rwanda.
14-Jun-00
Melbourne PELL REAFFIRMS POSITION ON GAY TEACHERS
Melbourne's Archbishop George Pell has reaffirmed his instructon that teachers in Catholic schools must follow the Church's teaching on adultery, pre-marital sex and homosexuality.
13-Jun-00
National HANDBOOK TACKLES GST CONFUSION
The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference has published a Handbook explaining the implications of the GST (Goods and Services Tax) for individuals and organisations within the Church.
13-Jun-00
NSW DOMINICANS GIVE COLLEGE TO ARMIDALE DIOCESE
The Dominican Order has relinquished the administration of St Albert's College at the University of New England at Armidale (NSW) to the Catholic Diocese, with effect from the end of this year.
13-Jun-00
National CATHOLIC HEALTH OFFICIAL HONOURED
Mr Desmond Delaney has been made an Officer in the General Division (AO) in yesterday's Queens Birthday honour's list for services to the Catholic health and aged care system in Victoria.
13-Jun-00
Vatican POPE PUBLISHES THOUGHTS ON PENANCE IN NEW BOOK
The Vatican will yesterday published a new volume putting together 12 texts by Pope John Paul II on the sacrament of Penance.
13-Jun-00
Canada EDUCATION KEY TO IMPROVING HUMAN RIGHTS, SAYS VATICAN OFFICIAL
Education, an end to poverty, and support for the family, are necessary for improving respect for human rights, according to the Vatican secretary of state.
13-Jun-00
Social
Welfare
ADELAIDE VICAR GENERAL WARNS ON CULT OF STOCK MARKET
Society is being seduced by an economic mantra which regards the stock market as the central in people's lives, according to former Australian Catholic Social Welfare Commission head Fr David Cappo.
9-Jun-00
USA HOLY SEE CLEARS US CATHOLIC HIGHER EDUCATION NORMS
The US National Conference of Catholic Bishops announced on Wednesday that the Vatican has approved the US bishops' norms to increase controls on teaching in Catholic universities and colleges.
9-Jun-00
Vatican POPE TO TAKE A SHORTER JUBILEE YEAR SUMMER BREAK
The Holy Father's summer holidays will last only 12 days this year, beginning on 10 July.
9-Jun-00
Italy NUN FOUND FATALLY STABBED
The mother superior of a convent in a northwestern Italian city was found fatally stabbed on Wednesday in a park frequented by drug users and prostitutes.
9-Jun-00
Zimbabwe VATICAN CONSIDERS REQUEST TO EXCOMMUNICATE MUGABE
The Vatican is considering an appeal for the excommunication of Robert Mugabe for alleged human rights abuses committed during his 20-year reign in Zimbabwe.
9-Jun-00
DR Congo CATHEDRAL SHELLED
Mortar shells from Ugandan forces smashed into this city's Catholic cathedral on Wednesday, setting wooden roof beams ablaze on the third straight day of fighting between the once nominal African allies.
9-Jun-00
South Korea PRIEST APPEALS SUSPENDED JAIL TERM FOR ACTIVITY IN NORTH KOREA
Fr Paul Moon Kyu-hyon has filed an appeal against the two-year suspended prison term he received on 26 May on charges of violating South Korea's National Security Law.
9-Jun-00
Sri Lanka CHURCH CONDEMNS ASSASSINATION OF CATHOLIC MINISTER
Sri Lankan Church officials have condemned the assassination on Wednesday of Minister for Industrial Development C.V. Gooneratne, a Catholic appointed to a government committee to handle Catholic affairs.
9-Jun-00
Eritrea GOVT DRAFTS SEMINARIANS FOR WAR
Salesian aspirants and pre-novices are being drafted into the Eritrean army alongside students in Catholic schools, according to the Salesian News Agency.
9-Jun-00
Social
Welfare
IMPOSSIBLE TO AFFORD HOMES: SVDP
Soaring private rents are causing homelessness, according to 'Living at Risk' a St Vincent de Paul Society report on the crisis in accommodation.
8-Jun-00
Religious
Congregations
FORMER RELIGIOUS SUPERIOR DIES IN CAR ACCIDENT
Former Superior General of the Sisters of the Good Samaritan, Sister Helen Lombard, was killed on Monday evening in a car accident in Western Australia.
8-Jun-00
Italy CATHEDRAL COLLAPSE BISHOP IS CHARGED
An elderly bishop whose cathedral collapsed four years ago from alleged neglect is to be tried for ignoring evidence that the structure could give way.
8-Jun-00
Italy INTERNET "ADULTERY" A SIN, CATHOLIC MAGAZINE SAYS
"Virtual" adultery is just as sinful as the real thing, according to the editor of a leading Italian Catholic magazine.
8-Jun-00
India RELIGIOUS BROTHER MURDERED
The police in the north Indian city of Mathura are investigating the murder of a religious brother.
8-Jun-00
Canada OBLATE PROVINCES FACE BANKRUPTCY FROM LEGAL COSTS OF SUITS
Almost 10 years after the Oblate Conference of Canada apologised for abuses to aboriginal people, the Oblate provinces that ran residential schools are being forced to the brink of bankruptcy by legal costs.
8-Jun-00
East Timor CARITAS WARNS ON WEAK JUSTICE SYSTEM
The lack of an effective justice system in East Timor will cause dissension and bitterness towards the international community, according to the Evidence Collection Training Program of Caritas Australia.
6-Jun-00
Vatican PUTIN MEETS POPE
Russia's President Vladimir Putin met with Pope John Paul II at the Vatican after his talks with Italian Prime Minister Mr Giuliano Amato.
6-Jun-00
Vatican INDONESIAN EARTHQUAKE PROVOKES PAPAL SYMPATHY
Pope John Paul II has expressed to Indonesian Bishops Conference President Bishop Joseph Suwatan, his profound sadness at the human cost of the earthquake on the island of Sumatra.
6-Jun-00
Vatican POPE THANKS JOURNALISTS FOR REPORTING HIM
Pope John Paul II thanked journalists for keeping the world informed for the almost 22 years of his papacy.
6-Jun-00
Vatican POPE RECEIVES PRESIDENT OF COUNTRY WITH SMALLEST CATHOLIC POPULATION
On Sunday, Pope John Paul II received Mongolian President Narsagiin Bagabandi, who arrived in the Vatican with his wife and some 15 leading figures of his country.
6-Jun-00
Burkina Faso LEADING AFRICAN CARDINAL DIES
Cardinal Paul Zoungrana of Burkina Faso, for decades a leading voice of the Catholic church in Africa, has died at the age of 82, the Vatican said on Monday.
6-Jun-00
Vatican PRESS AGENCY SEARCHES FOR PATRON SAINT OF MOVIES
In the months leading up to December's Jubilee of the Entertainment World, Vatican press agency Zenit is seeking nominations for a proposed patron saint of the film world.
6-Jun-00
USA RELIGIOUS LEADERS EXPRESS `DEEP ANGUISH' AT GRAMICK CASE
The top officials of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious in the US have said they experienced "deep anguish" at the latest developments in the case of Sister Jeannine Gramick.
6-Jun-00
UK CATHOLICS CONDEMN "HIDEOUS" ITALIAN PENTECOST RITUAL
British Catholic animal rights campaigners are calling on the Italian town of Orvieto, to forgo their annual Pentecost ritual of sending a live dove hurtling down from a church roof in a wooden box.
6-Jun-00
Vatican POPE DENOUNCES XENOPHOBIA
In his homily at the Mass for the Jubilee for Migrants on Friday, Pope John Paul II denounced discrimination and 'closed-minded attitudes' towards foreigners.
6-Jun-00
Vatican DO SOMETHING FOR PRISONERS, VATICAN PLEADS.
The Vatican is asking governments to make a special gesture towards prisoners during the jubilee year.
6-Jun-00
United
Nations
VATICAN ACCUSED OF SEEKING TO LIMIT WOMEN'S ROLE
The head of Amnesty International has accused the Vatican and governments of Algeeria, Libya, Iran and Pakistan of trying to roll back goals set in Beijing in 1995 to improve the lives of women.
6-Jun-00
Indonesia CATHOLIC LEADER CONDEMNS BOMB ATTACKS ON CHURCHES
A Catholic Church leader in North Sumatra has strongly condemned bomb attacks on churches there, and asked Catholics to stay calm and keep alert.
6-Jun-00
Sudan FIRE DAMAGES BISHOPS' CONFERENCE BUILDING.
A fire has gutted the basement of the building which houses the offices of the Sudan Catholic Bishops' Conference in Khartoum.
6-Jun-00
Southern
Africa
BISHOPS WELCOME BILL TO CURB GUN USE
The Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference has welcomed a new bill that aims to curb gun use and that would allow tough sentences for the unlicensed possession of firearms and ammunition.
6-Jun-00
Philippines PRIEST BLAMES FEAR FOR ABORTED BISHOP DE JESUS MURDER TRIAL
The judge in the murder case of Bishop Benjamin de Jesus of Jolo freed a suspect who had been jailed for nearly two years after the prosecution failed to produce a witness by the court's 1 June deadline.
6-Jun-00
USA OLDEST NUN DIES IN PEACE
America's oldest nun has died just two weeks after celebrating her 111th birthday.
6-Jun-00
Reconciliation CHURCH LEADERS MAKING RECONCILIATION PILGRIMAGE
Governor General Sir William Deane yesterday farewelled 10 church leaders, including new Catholic Bishops Conference President Archbishop Francis Carroll, on week-long "reconciliation journey" to Uluru.
5-Jun-00
Religious
Congregations
RELIGIOUS CONGREGATIONAL LEADERS TO CRITIQUE TV CULT HITS
The 'lack of hope and mistrust in human goodness' reflected in TV programs like South Park and The Simpsons will be considered by more than 120 leaders of Catholic and Anglican congregations at their annual assembly in Perth from 14-18 June.
5-Jun-00
Aid &
Development
CARITAS LAUNCHES HORN OF AFRICA EMERGENCY APPEAL
Caritas Australia in collaboration aid and development organisations from other Christian denominations, is launching an appeal next weekend for famine relief in the Horn of Africa.
5-Jun-00
Vatican RUSSIAN ORTHODOX SAY NO PAPAL TRIP FROM PUTIN VISIT
A trip by Pope John Paul II to Russia is unlikely to result from Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to the Vatican this week, according to a spokesman for the Moscow Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church on Thursday, quashing rumors that such a trip was being planned.
5-Jun-00
UK NUDE SWORDSMAN DETAINED INDEFINITELY
A naked man who attacked Catholic churchgoers in South London with a Samurai sword has been found not guilty of attempted murder.
5-Jun-00
Philippines GRENADE BLAST ROCKS CATHEDRAL
A grenade exploded on Saturday night at the Mount Carmel Catholic cathedral on Jolo island, in the Southern Philippines.
5-Jun-00
USA GO TO CHURCH AND LIVE LONGER
A new analysis of past studies confirms that churchgoers are 29% more likely to live a longer life than those who do not attend church regularly.
5-Jun-00
UK CARDINAL "ASHAMED" OF SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT
The leader of Scotland's Catholics, Cardinal Thomas Winning, has branded the Scottish parliament an "utter failure" a year after its creation.
5-Jun-00
Social Justice BID TO RELEASE FINE DEFAULTERS
Two Catholic agencies in Brisbane are planning a campaign to oppose the high number of people who are in Queensland jails for failing to pay fines.
2-Jun-00
Migrants
& Refugees
FORUM SENDS STRONG MOTION ON REFUGEES
A recent forum in Brisbane carried unanimously a strong motion calling on the Federal Government to treat refugees on temporary protection visas the same as other residents.
2-Jun-00
Vatican VIET MINISTER IN QUIET VISIT TO VATICAN
Vietnamese foreign minister Nguyen Dy Nien was quietly welcomed in Rome last week by Archbishop Jean-Louis Tauran, the Vatican's Secretary for Relations with States.
2-Jun-00
Nigeria BOUNTY PLACED ON ALL PRIESTS IN NIGERIA
The Diocese of Kaduna, Nigeria, said on Monday that a priest was murdered by Muslim extremists last week and a bounty had been placed on the head of all Catholic priests.
2-Jun-00
Mexico CARDINAL CALLS FOR END TO `XENOPHOBIC ATTITUDES' IN US
Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera of Mexico City called for an end to ``xenophobic attitudes'' in the United States that have contributed to recent violence and deaths among Mexicans who have tried to cross the border illegally.
2-Jun-00
Russian
Federation
POLICE RAID SIBERIAN CATHOLIC CENTRE
Agents of the Russian tax police raided the "Iñigo" Catholic Centre of Novosibirsk in Siberia, holding the Jesuits and their lay collaborators in detention for four hours, according to Vatican Radio.
2-Jun-00
Ireland AUGUSTINIANS CLOSE PRIORIES
The Augustinian Order in Ireland is to close six of its 17 priories as part of an "overall rationalisation process."
2-Jun-00
Mission CATHOLIC MISSION MAKES FINAL HOUR APPEAL FOR CHILDREN
Catholic Mission has invited staff in Catholic organisations to give their last hour's pay on the last day of the last financial year (30 June) to help child victims of poverty.
1-Jun-00
Jubilee PILGRIMAGE BEGINS THIS WEEKEND
The highlight of the Australian Jubilee theme of reconciliation is to begin on Sunday.
1-Jun-00
Vatican HOLY SEE URGES HONESTY WITH MEDIA
Church officials must be honest with the media although they do have solid reasons to practice secrecy at times, the Vatican said on Tuesday.
1-Jun-00
Brazil CARDINAL ARNS SAYS LIBERATION THEOLOGY GROWING
A Brazilian cardinal said liberation theology is ``alive and growing in strength'' in parts of the Latin American church.
1-Jun-00
Rwanda BISHOP MAKES PLEA TO POPE
A Rwandan Catholic bishop facing the death penalty told Pope John Paul II the government's request that he be executed is ``totally unjust.''
1-Jun-00
USA PRIEST TO OBEY VATICAN ON GAYS
A priest said on Tuesday that he will adhere to a Vatican order not to discuss homosexuality or the decade-long process that led church authorities to end his ministry to gays and lesbians.
1-Jun-00
UK REPORT SAYS CHURCHILL ASKED VATICAN TO DENOUNCE NAZIS
Winston Churchill asked Pope Pius XII to publicly denounce the Nazi regime during World War II, according to a report in the Sunday Telegraph newspaper this week.
1-Jun-00


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