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Sydney FAITHS STILL HAVE WOUNDS TO HEAL
Not all Catholics had shed old anti-Jewish prejudice, a high-ranking Vatican official conceded last night, while a senior Sydney rabbi said the thought of any hasty moves towards the beatification of the wartime Pope Pius XII "causes grave disquiet" to Jews.
12:07pm 30/7/99
East Timor CHURCH TO PLAY MAJOR RECONCILIATION ROLE: RAMOS-HORTA
East Timor's two Catholic bishops and detained resistance leader Xanana Gusmao could be a strong force for healing their society after the upcoming vote on autonomy, according to exiled resistance leader and Nobel laureate Jose Ramos-Horta.
12:05pm 30/7/99
Vatican US SECRETARY OF STATE VISITS HOLY SEE
US Secretary of Sate Madeleine Albright was at the Vatican yesterday to discuss issues that included the Middle East peace process, and the situation in the Balkans and some Asian countries.
12:05pm 30/7/99
Vatican HOLY SEE SAYS WE MUST SHARE WHAT WE LEARN FROM SPACE EXPLORATION
The knowledge countries gain from space exploration should benefit the whole of humanity, according to a Vatican statement at a UN conference in Vienna.
12:05pm 30/7/99
USA CHURCHGOING HELPS THE ELDERLY TO LIVE LONGER
THE health effects of attending church could be as significant as those enjoyed by people who give up smoking, according to a report published last week. The study of almost 4000 elderly people in North Carolina found that those who attended weekly religious services were 46% less likely to die over a six-year period than people who went less often or not at all.
12:04pm 30/7/99
UK ABUSERS 'TARGET CHURCH YOUTH'
The Church of England warned yesterday that paedophiles were deliberately targeting congregations after claiming to have undergone a religious conversion in prison. Vicars and churchgoers in the UK are "naively" welcoming sex offenders into their communities out of a Christian sense of compassion, the church said in a report published on Wednesday.
12:04pm 30/7/99
Social Welfare MORE SUPPORT FOR SISTERS OF CHARITY
Executive Director of Catholic Health Australia has joined the chorus of church support of the Sisters of Charity decision to take on the operation of Australia's first medically supervised heroin injecting service in Sydney.
12:32pm 29/7/99
Sydney CATHEDRAL DEAN PART OF REPUBLICAN 'YES' CAMPAIGN
Dean of Sydney's St Mary's Cathedral Fr Tony Doherty is a member of the YES Coalition for a republic, and one of the Coalition's public figures who attended the launch of its NSW campaign at the Sydney Opera House yesterday.
12:32pm 29/7/99
Vatican POPE SAYS SINNERS BRING HELL ON THEMSELVES
A week after telling the Roman Catholic faithful heaven was not up in the clouds, Pope John Paul said on Wednesday hell was not a physical place either. ``Hell is not a punishment imposed externally by God, but the condition resulting from attitudes and actions which people adopt in this life,'' he told yesterday's weekly general audience.
12:32pm 29/7/99
Costa Rica MISUSE OF HOLY SEE'S NAME IN STERILISATION CAMPAIGN
The Social Communications Commission of the Costa Rican Episcopal Council has published a letter signed by the Bishops clarifying information given by the country's Health Ministry implying that the Holy See is in agreement with the practice of indiscriminate sterilisation.
12:32pm 29/7/99
South Africa BISHOP SAYS NO CHURCH FUNERALS FOR GANGSTERS
The secretary general of the South African bishops' conference (SABC) called on bishops in the country to refuse to allow funeral Masses for gangsters and carjackers in their parishes.
12:31pm 29/7/99
Italy FIAT GIVES POPE A JUBILEE GIFT
In honor of the Jubilee, Fiat Motors will present the Holy Father with a new car. It will be a convertible, with a spacious back seat and a place for a secretary.
12:30pm 29/7/99
Tasmania HOBART'S NEW ARCHBISHOP SPEAKS TO MEDIA
Archbishop Adrian Doyle, the son of former Tasmanian state parliamentarian Leo Doyle, is preparing to formally assume the responsibility of Catholic Archbishop of Hobart at a St Mary's Cathedral litiurgy on 26 August.
12:11pm 28/7/99
Social Welfare CATHOLIC TEACHING BACKS 'SHOOTING GALLERY': SISTERS
The Sisters of Charity have defended their decision to commence Australia's first medically-supervised government-sponsored drug injecting service, arguing that Catholic moral tradition affirmed that harm-minimisation strategies - even illegal acts - are ethically appropriate under specific conditions.
12:11pm 28/7/99
Family HAPPY DIVORCEES BLAME MARRIAGE FOR STRESSED LIVES: COUNSELLOR
Survey results suggesting more positive outcomes for Australian divorces obscures the deeper costs for society, according to senior relationships counsellor for the Church's Centacare agency, Michael Austin.
12:10pm 28/7/99
East Timor CHURCH REFUTES CHARGES OF IMPROPER FEES COLLECTION
Dili diocese has denied a media report that parishes were charging exorbitant fees for papers needed to register for a UN-organised referendum on Jakarta's autonomy proposal for the territory.
12:10pm 28/7/99
Pakistan FAKE BISHOP CLAIMS TO BE HEIR TO MISSION OF MINORITY RIGHTS BISHOP
Efforts by co-workers of the late Pakistani Bishop John Joseph to keep his mission alive are being complicated by a self-appointed Evangelical bishop's claim to be the heir to that mission.
12:08pm 28/7/99
Mexico OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE, SYMBOL OF A FREE MEXICO: BISHOP
The Mexican Episcopal Conference has said that the unity of the nation is above politics, which should not be allowed to cause division. One of the Bishops said that God gave Mexico "to all of us and Our Lady of Guadalupe is everyone's standard for a free Republic".
12:08pm 28/7/99
Vatican ALL JOHN XXIII NEEDS IS A MIRACLE
As Mother Teresa's beatification process was opening in Calcutta, that of John XXIII was winding up in Rome. Pope John Paul II hopes to beatify the Pope who opened Vatican II on 3 September of the Jubilee Year 2000.
12:08pm 28/7/99
Social Welfare SISTERS OF CHARITY TO BEGIN FIRST MEDICALLY SUPERVISED INJECTING SERVICE
The Sisters of Charity Health Service will set up the first State Government-endorsed Medically Supervised Injecting Service (MSIS) in the Kings Cross area. The seven days a week service aims to reduce the spiralling number of fatal drug overdoses, linking clients to rehabilitation programs.
12:38pm 27/7/99
Perth ARCHBISHOP BACKS PLANNED DRUG CURE FARM
Archbishop Hickey has backed moves by a Perth Catholic businessman to open a rehabilitation farm for drug addicts who are in need of help.
11:51am 27/7/99
Social Welfare CATHOLIC GROUPS DEMAND GOVERNMENT ACTION ON GAMBLING REPORT
Catholic welfare organisations have welcomed the Productivity Commission's interim report into the social cost of gambling, but say action rather than words is needed to curb its devastating effect on the community. They agree that bans on alcohol and advertising are essential if the problem is to be managed.
11:51am 27/7/99
Vatican 'NEW' VERSION OF CREED SET FOR APPROVAL
English-speaking Catholics may soon be learning a new version of the Creed, if the Vatican approves a new translation faithful to the original Greek text.
11:49am 27/7/99
Vatican CONGREGATION ASKS PRIESTS TO MIND THEIR MANNERS
The Congregation for the Clergy has reminded priests that the faithful observe and draw conclusions not only when a priest preaches and celebrates the Sacraments, but also when he eats and rests.
11:27am 27/7/99
Germany CHURCH SIZE DOESN'T MATTER: THEOLOGIAN
German pastoral theologian Rolf Zerfass has put a positive gloss on the Church's decline, referring to the Israelites during the period of Babylonian captivity and suggesting that God "wants to reveal his strength in our weakness".
11:27am 27/7/99
China CRACKDOWN ON SECT MAY AFFECT OTHER RELIGIONS
Chinese authorities might tighten religious policy and target the underground Church after the nationwide crackdown on Falun Gong, a syncretic sect with tens of millions of followers that Beijing banned last week, according to Church-in-China leaders and watchers.
11:26am 27/7/99
India FORMAL PROCESS TO CANONISE MOTHER TERESA BEGINS
The Church yesterday began the process that is likely to lead to the canonisation of Mother Teresa, who died two years ago after decades of service to the poor.
11:26am 27/7/99
Social Welfare HEALTH ENQUIRY COULD GIVE PUBLIC ACCESS TO PRIVATE SECTOR: CATHOLIC BODY
Catholic Health Australia has applauded the decision of state and territory leaders to opt for a Productivity Commission enquiry rather than call for quick fix solutions to the dilemmas facing the health system.
1:18pm 26/7/99
Melbourne PELL CALLS FOR MORE ETHICS IN BUSINESS
Melbourne's Archbishop George Pell has appealed to the city's business community to aim for more ethical choices in their everyday business practice.
1:17pm 26/7/99
Melbourne VICAR-GENERAL DEFENDS 'COVER-UP' ALLEGATION
Melbourne Archdiocesan Vicar-General Bishop Dennis Hart has reminded critics that the Church had acted swiftly to remove a priest from his duties as soon as police laid sexual assault charges in early April.
1:17pm 26/7/99
cccat CHANGE OF NAME FOR COMMISSION
The Australian Catholic Commission for Industrial Relations has changed its name to the Australian Catholic Commussion for Employment Relations (ACCER), in order to better reflect the full scope of its activities.
1:16pm 26/7/99
Vatican POPE CONGRATULATES AUSTRALIAN CARDINAL
Pope John Paul II sent a warm congratulatory message to Cardinal Edward Idris Cassidy, president of the Vatican-based Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, on the occasion of his 50th anniversary in the priesthood. The Cardinal, who was ordained a priest for Wagga Wagga Diocese 50 years ago last Friday, celebrated his 75th birthday on 5 July.
1:16pm 26/7/99
Kosovo Crisis MORE THAN 300 CATHOLICS KILLED DURING KOSOVO ETHNIC CLEANSING
The superior of the Franciscan friary in Djakovica Fr Ambroz Ukaj has said that some 300 Catholics were killed during the ethnic cleansing which occurred in Kosovo. This especially happened in the villages of Djakovica, Pec and Meje where, until then they had lived side by side with Muslims.
1:16pm 26/7/99
Colombia NUNS SHOOT AND KILL THIEF
Two nuns shot and killed a thief who broke into their sanctuary in central Colombia, authorities said on Saturday.
1:15pm 26/7/99
China PRIEST TELLS OF NEGLECT OF SICK CHURCH WORKERS
A young priest in south-western China has revealed the plight of Church personnel who cannot receive proper medical care and sometimes die as a result in poverty-stricken rural areas of Yunnan province.
1:15pm 26/7/99
Brazil AEROBICS PRIEST TURNS TIDE ON PROTESTANT EVANGELICALS
A priest who performs musical keep-fit routines during Mass is being given credit for bringing large numbers of Brazilians back to Church. A live CD of one of his services - which includes the hymn 'The Lord's Aerobics' - this year became the best-selling Brazilian CD of all time, with more than three million copies sold.
1:14pm 26/7/99
Marketing TRENDSETTERS FINDING GOD
Research conducted among 15,580 'trendsetters' in six industrialised countries including the US and Britain, has revealed that religion has gained a new acceptance. The survey showed that the trendsetters expressed an interest in religion that was higher than the average in their respective countries.
1:14pm 26/7/99
India POSTULATOR TO LISTEN TO MOTHER TERESA'S CRITICS
The postulator of Mother Teresa's cause for sainthood has pledged to examine allegations of her critics that include accepting money from dubious sources and pursuing counterproductive medical practices.
1:14pm 26/7/99
Sydney AUSTRALIAN CARDINALS CELEBRATE 50 YEARS OF PRIESTHOOD TOGETHER
Australia's two cardinals today celebrate their Golden Jubilee of priesthood. Sydney's Archbishop Edward Clancy and Rome-based Cardinal Edward Cassidy have maintained their friendship since seminary days together in the 1940s.
12:31pm 23/7/99
Religious MORE AUSTRALIAN RELIGIOUS OPT OUT OF COMMUNITY LIFE
An increasing number of nuns, brothers and religious priests is being given permission to pursue religious life while living alone. Some live singly to facilitate their ministry, while others move out for personality reasons.
12:31pm 23/7/99
Italy PADRE PIO ATTRACTS SECOND LARGEST NUMBER OF PILGRIMS
Every year seven million pilgrims visit the tomb of Blessed Padre Pio in the southern Italian town of San Giovanni Rotondo.
12:31pm 23/7/99
Italy TECHNOLOGY BRINGS DESTROYED ASSISI FRESCO IMAGES BACK TO LIFE
A set of tiny video projectors will allow frescoes destroyed by the 1997 earthquake to be enjoyed once again.
12:30pm 23/7/99
Hong Kong SUCCESS OF CATHOLIC CREDIT CARD
The fund generated by the Evangelisation Visa Card launched almost four months ago by a local bank and the Hong Kong Central Council of Catholic Laity has grown to the equivalent of almost $A10,000.
12:30pm 23/7/99
Guatemala BISHOPS DEFINE PROFILE OF IDEAL PRESIDENT
Looking toward the 7 November presidential election, Guatemala's bishops have issued a document spelling out the desirable profile of the next president.
12:29pm 23/7/99
USA MIXED SUCCESS FOR MIXED MARRIAGES
A survey conducted by the Jesuits' Creighton University in the US found that married couples from different Christian denominations divorce at a higher rate and are more likely to drift away from the church than those who wed within denominations.
12:29pm 23/7/99
Colombia PRIEST SAVES JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES FROM MARTYRDOM
The prompt action of a priest in Yacuanquer, Colombia, prevented a day of proselytising by Jehovah's Witnesses from ending in tragedy.
12:28pm 23/7/99
National VIRGIN MARY SKI RESORT AD SCRAPPED AFTER COMPLAINTS
A TV commercial depicting a statue of the Virgin Mary crying exaggerated tears because she was unable to go to a NSW ski resort has been withdrawn after it was found offensive to Catholics.
11:45am 22/7/99
Sydney CONFIRMATION FOR 6000 AT SUPERDOME
A committee lead by Bishop Geoffrey Robinson has been established to organise a confirmation ceremony for up to 6000 people at the Sydney Superdome next year.
11:45am 22/7/99
Melbourne PRIEST RECEIVES SUSPENDED SENTENCE
A Melbourne priest was given a good behaviour bond and a two year suspended sentence on charges of indecently assaulting a 26 year old parishioner.
11:44am 22/7/99
Vatican POPE SAYS HEAVEN IS THE ULTIMATE
Following a recent comment on hell, the Pope John Paul II yesterday told pilgrims in St Peter's Square that heaven is the fulfillment of our most profound aspirations. He said it is 'neither an abstraction nor a physical place in the clouds'.
11:44am 22/7/99
Israel NEW RESEARCH POINTS TO HOLY LAND ORIGINS OF SHROUD
Argument for the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin has been strengthened by another scientific study of the pollens embedded in it.
11:43am 22/7/99
UK CHURCH LEADERS URGE INTERNET ABSTINENCE
The Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey has led a group of Protestant church heads in suggesting that the faithful abstain from either Internet surfing or a favorite television program during the last three weeks of December, in order to better prepare for the new millennium.
11:43am 22/7/99
China MATERIALISM, ATHEISM STRESSED AMID BURGEONING 'SUPERSTITION'
Amidist the rapid growth of a semi-religious sect in China, Beijing's official media have criticised superstition and reminded Communist Party faithful of their duty to remain atheists.
11:43am 22/7/99
Social Justice BISHOP PREDICTS MORE INVOLVEMENT IN EAST TIMOR
Bishop William Brennan has foreshadowed an increased involvement of the Australian Catholic Church in East Timor following its August indepenence referendum.
11:54am 21/7/99
USA FUNERAL MASS MAY NOT BE OPTION IN JFK JR. DEATH
Theologians have advised that the principle of the sacredness of the body will permit a funeral Mass for John F. Kennedy Jr. only if his remains are found. Instead a memorial service is held for those whose loved ones perish but leave nothing to bury.
11:54am 21/7/99
Vatican COUNCIL SAYS ABSOLUTION FOR UNREPENTENT CONTRACEPTIVE USERS MAY BE DENIED
Catholics confessing to use of contraception who show neither repentance nor any inclination to change may be refused absolution, according to new guidelines issued by the Pontifical Council for the Family.
11:54am 21/7/99
Theology HELL IS A STATE OF MIND, NOT A PLACE: JOURNAL
Clarifying the Church's position on what it calls a 'fluctuating concept in people's imagination', the respected Italian Jesuit journal CiviltÓ Cattolica has declared: "Hell is a state of mind, where the sinner lives eternally the despair of not seeing God's face."
11:53am 21/7/99
UK CATHOLICS QUIT SHOCK AD CAMPAIGN
The Catholic hierarchy in England and Wales is pulling out of the controversial Churches' Advertising Network (CAN), which sought to bring the British public back to church by means of deliberately shocking poster campaigns at Christmas and Easter.
11:53am 21/7/99
UK CATHOLIC BISHOPS DIVIDED OVER SEATS IN THE LORDS
Catholic bishops in England and Scotland are split over whether they should accept guaranteed seats in a reformed House of Lords as Britain's atheists call for clerics to be purged from the new second chamber.
11:52am 21/7/99
Women BOOK ON WOMEN TO BE PUBLISHED
A 560-page book presenting the findings of research into the participation of women in the Catholic Church will be launched in Canberra on 18 August by the Governor-General's wife, Lady Helen Deane.
12:07pm 20/7/99
Social Welfare INTERCHURCH BODY SAYS GAMBLERS SHOULD BE TOLD HOW EASY IT IS TO LOSE
The Interchurch Gambling Task Force yesterday called for more accurate information on gambling machines in venues. It says that any claim that people have a free choice to gamble in a democratic society ignores the right of people to make an informed choice.
12:07pm 20/7/99
USA EASY MASS TIMES INFO GIVES CATHOLICS NO EXCUSE
The Catholic Communications Campaign (CCC) has announced the beginning of a news service of mass times by toll-free telephone. Dialing 1-800-MASS-TIMES (1-800-627-7846), Catholics can quickly obtain mass locations and times.
12:10pm 20/7/99
Italy POPE ENDS ALPINE VACATION
After relaxing for two weeks surrounded by the spectacular beauty of the northern Italian alps, John Paul II today leaves Les Combes to return to Castel Gandolfo, the papal summer residence outside Rome, where he will stay until early September.
12:10pm 20/7/99
Philippines BISHOPS DISTRIBUTE ANTI-DEATH CATECHISM
The Bishops Conference will distribute its "Manual for Life and the Abolition of the Death Penalty" to Catholic parishes, schools and personnel.
12:09pm 20/7/99
Vatican HOLY SEE BLAMES ISRAEL FOR TARDY THAW IN RELATIONS
Miffed at Israel's cool response to the Vatican's efforts to rid the church of anti-Semitism, a papal representative said Monday that Israel was to blame for tensions between Jews and the Catholic Church.
12:09pm 20/7/99
Mexico THREE CATHOLICS WOUNDED IN CHIAPAS RELIGIOUS FEUDING
A gun battle between Roman Catholics and evangelical Protestants has left at least three people wounded in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas, government officials said yesterday.
12:08pm 20/7/99
East Timor BISHOP BELO FORBIDDEN TO TRAVEL TO US
The Indonesian government has denied permission to travel to the United States to East Timorese Apostolic Administrator Bishop Carlos Felipe Ximenez Belo.
12:08pm 20/7/99
Evangelisation SPREADING GOOD NEWS IN A HOSTILE SOCIETY
Evangelising in Australia's secular climate is not for the fainthearted, according to Catholic Church Life Survey director, Fr Michael Mason. He warned participants at last week's 'Hearts on Fire' conference in Brisbane that they would face "very open and public contempt for people of faith, for what they believe in, for their worship, for their communities, and for their attempts to evangelise".
12:08pm 20/7/99
Italy POPE PRAYS FOR JOHN F. KENNEDY JR
Pope John Paul II prayed Sunday for John F. Kennedy Jr. and recalled the tragic history of the family.
12:34pm 19/7/99
Latin America LATIN AMERICAN CHURCH NEEDS RENEWAL
The outgoing president of the Latin American bishops' council (CELAM) has criticised the Catholic Church in his continent for avoiding the challenge of renewal.
12:33pm 19/7/99
Switzerland BISHOPS REACT TO APPROVAL OF RU-486
The Catholic Bishops Conference reacted quickly to condemn the controversial 'abortion drug' RU-486, soon after it went on sale in the country last week under the brand name Myfegyne.
12:33pm 19/7/99
USA THE MEDIA IS GOD'S GIFT - DON'T PERVERT IT: US BISHOPS
The US Catholic Bishops' Conference has attacked violence and pornography in the media, in a video is entitled, "Renewing the Mind of the Media: Overcoming the Exploitation of Sex and Violence in Communications".
12:32pm 19/7/99
USA HOUSE PASSES RELIGIOUS LIBERTY BILL
The US House of Representatives on Thursday passed a bill intended to protect the religious freedom of various groups against excessive intrusion by state and local governments.
12:32pm 19/7/99
Vatican CONGREGATION SAYS HOMILIES MUST STIMULATE BUT AVOID HIP
The Congregation for the Clergy has written to spell out guidelines for the preaching of homilies and other priestly activities. It said the homily must be "positive and stimulating", using proper and elegant language that can be understood by all sectors of our contemporaries, avoiding "banality and a hip tone".
12:31pm 19/7/99
Evangelisation PRIEST URGES TEACHERS TO GET TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER
Social justice advocate, Jesuit Fr Frank Brennan has said church teaching needs to be attentive to the experiences of ordinary Australians. "People want clear and true teaching but they want it from teachers who have engaged with the heart in the lives of ordinary people," he said.
12:17pm 16/7/99
Social Welfare ABBOTT'S COMMENTS INSULT JOBLESS: BISHOP MANNING
Catholic Social Justice Council Chairman Bishop Kevin Manning says claims of a "culture of welfare" among unemployed are an insult to genuine jobless. The bishop's comments came in response to remarks by Federal Employment Services Minister Tony Abbott.
12:16pm 16/7/99
USA GAY MINISTRY PRIESTS ACCEPTS VATICAN PENALTY
A US Catholic priest who was withdrawn from his 22 year ministry to gay and lesbian Catholics has accepted his admonition from the Vatican.
12:16pm 16/7/99
India ANTI-CHRISTIAN PAMPHLETS WORRY CHRISTIANS IN GUJARAT
As India prepares for general elections in September, some Hindu groups in Gujarat state are distributing "inflammatory leaflets" that Church leaders fear might revive anti-Christian violence.
12:16pm 16/7/99
Mexico ARCHDIOCESE WARNS OF FALSE INTERPRETATIONS OF FATIMA MESSAGE
Archbishop Emilio Berlie Belaunzaran of Yucatan, Mexico, warned local faithful about the falsehood of messages announcing catastrophic and millenarian prophecies related to the third secret of Fatima, Catholic World News reports.
12:15pm 16/7/99
Italy POPE TOASTS HIS BODYGUARD
Wednesday was the Feast of St Camillus and occasion for Pope John Paul II to toast Camillo Cibin, chief of the Vatican Guard. The Pope was enjoying his mountain holiday in Italy's north, and Cibin was garbed as an alpine guide.
12:15pm 16/7/99
Vatican HOLY SEE TO HOST INTER-RELIGIOUS SUMMIT
In October, 200 representatives of the world's major faiths will gather in the Vatican to reflect on the possibilities for collaboration, especially in meeting the social and cultural challenges of the era.
12:15pm 16/7/99
National DODSON URGES CHURCH TO USE RESOURCES STRATEGICALLY
Aboriginal leader Pat Dodson has said the Church must be discriminating in use of its resources to help indigenous people. He said that the "mechanism of creating dependency on welfare" has not worked.
11:59am 15/7/99
Evangelisation WE COULD LEAD WORLD IN RECONCILIATION: ANTHROPOLOGIST
Australia could become a working model for other peoples, given the present national goal of reconciliation between recent arrivals of the past 200 years and the indigenous population. This is the view of Columban priest and anthropologist Fr Cyril Hally.
11:58am 15/7/99
Kosovo Crisis FISCHER WELCOMES POPE'S INTERVENTION IN CARE CASE
Acting Prime Minister Tim Fischer has welcomed the Pope's intervention in the case of the two CARE Australia workers being held in custody in Yugoslavia.
11:58am 15/7/99
USA GAY ADVOCATES REACT TO VATICAN RULING
Gay advocates for homosexuals rallied behind a priest and a nun ordered by the Vatican to end their longtime national ministry to gays and lesbians.
11:57am 15/7/99
Indonesia IRIAN CHURCH LEADERS CALL FOR DIALOGUE ON POLITICAL ISSUES
Leaders of Catholic and Protestant Churches in Indonesia's easternmost province of Irian Jaya have called on the government to dialogue with local leaders to resolve issues concerning separatism.
11:57am 15/7/99
USA CATHOLIC OFFICER REPRIMANDED FOR AVOIDING THE APPEARANCE OF SIN
The US Air Force has punished a junior officer who refused to serve alone in cramped quarters with a woman.
11:56am 15/7/99
Vatican AUTHOR OF VATICAN BOOK REFUSES CHURCH COURT
A priest who is one of the authors of Gone with the Wind, a book purportedly revealing Vatican secrets said he will refuse to attend a hearing of the Sacred Roman Rota, the Church's highest court.
11:56am 15/7/99
National PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS DOCUMENT "HAS TEETH": BISHOP ROBINSON
Catholic clergy and religious, including bishops and leaders of religious institutes, must adhere to a new set of professional standards spelled out in a document being published today.
1:24pm 14/7/99
Evangelisation CONFERENCE TO DEFINE CHRISTIAN VALUES FOR FEDERATION CENTENARY
More than 2000 Catholics from Australia and around the world are attending Hearts on Fire, a national Catholic conference on evangelisation that started today.
1:24pm 14/7/99
Social Welfare GST WATCHDOG ROLE FOR VINNIES
St Vincent de Paul Society national president John Moore has warned the federal government the society will be closely monitoring the impact of the GST on the needy.
1:23pm 14/7/99
USA VATICAN BANS MINISTERS TO GAY COMMUNITY
A priest and a nun have been withdrawn from their ministry to homosexuals following the condemnation of their writings by the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
1:23pm 14/7/99
Mexico BISHOPS CRITICISE HOLLOW STAR WARS SPIRITUALITY
Mexico's Catholic bishops have warned that the latest Star Wars movie, telling the story of a fight between the Force and the dark side, is undermining traditional Christian teachings.
1:22pm 14/7/99
UN VATICAN PUSHES DEBT RELIEF AT UNESCO MEETING
In an intervention before UNESCO, a Vatican representative has pressed the case for debt relief, saying that by forgiving the debts of impoverished countries the developed world would be making an "investment" which could bring rich returns to the world economy.
1:22pm 14/7/99
Germany COURT SAYS STUDENTS MUST HAVE SEX EDUCATION
A court in the mainly Catholic state of Bavaria on Tuesday ruled that children must attend sex education classes in school even if parents object to the instruction.
1:22pm 14/7/99
Liturgy VIC. COMPOSER WINS HYMN COMPETITION
Rosalie Bonighton from Ballarat has been awarded the $2000 prize for a hymn for the Jubilee year. She set to music Song of Jubilee, a text of Australian poet Kevin Hart that was especially commissioned for the competition.
11:47am 13/7/99
PNG CARITAS URGES CONSCIENCE VOTE IN PM BALLOT
Catholic development agency Caritas PNG has urged MPs to follow their conscience and vote for change in tomorrow's scheduled vote for a new prime minister.
11:47am 13/7/99
USA THEOLOGIAN CALLS FOR RIGHTS FOR REDUNDANT FROZEN EMBRYOS
A theologian at Catholic University of America (CUA) has slammed moves to destroy unclaimed embryos at an Arizona fertility clinic.
11:46am 13/7/99
Thailand HOLY SEE BEGS TAIWAN'S FORGIVENESS FOR CHINA 'TWO-TIMING'
Archbishop Jean-Louis Tauran, the Vatican's secretary for relations with states, has admitted that the Vatican has been treating Taiwan unfairly by engaging in interactions with the mainland in recent years.
11:46am 13/7/99
Colombia HOSTAGES' RELATIVES REQUEST PAPAL MEDIATION
Relatives of the Colombians who were kidnapped during Mass in "La Maria" Church in April, have requested John Paul II to intercede for the release of those retained by the guerrillas of the Army for National Liberation (ELN).
11:46am 13/7/99
Vatican NEW RULES FOR EMPLOYEES OF ROMAN CURIA
The Vatican has released a new set of rules for employees of the Roman Curia, requiring a profession of faith and observance of a professional code that includes strict confidentiality. They incorporate guidelines designed to cultivate a younger, more multicultural workforce, and to avoid nepotism.
11:45am 13/7/99
Vatican ROME MONITORING MORMON EXPANSION
Catholic Church officials in the Vatican are monitoring the phenomenal growth of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (the Mormons).
12:25pm 12/7/99
USA ENTREPRENEURIAL NUNS COLLECT $A7.5 M. FOR ELDERLY SISTERS
The entrepreneurship of 150 Salesian Sisters in New Jersey has netted 17,000 adoptive 'parents' and nearly $A7.5 million towards the care of their elderly sisters.
12:25pm 12/7/99
Vatican CANONISATION FOR AFRICAN SLAVE
Pope John Paul II has approved the canonisation of Blessed Giuseppina Bakhita, a slave who became a Canossian Sister.
12:25pm 12/7/99
Switzerland DIOCESE OFFERS ONLINE MARRIAGE PREPARATION
The Swiss diocese of Chur has made available a marriage preparation course on German language website.
12:24pm 12/7/99
India GOVERNMENT CONSIDERS SUPPORT FOR PAPAL VISIT
A proposal for a papal visit to India is "under active consideration" by the pro-Hindu party-led federal government, but Church sources say they are doubtful of the outcome.
12:24pm 12/7/99
Religious WOMEN RELIGIOUS WANT VOTE AT ROMAN SYNODS
President of the Union of Superiors General Sr Rita Burley has expressed the desire of women religious to vote in synodal assemblies, where only ordained men are permitted to vote.
12:24pm 12/7/99
UN STRONG LOBBIES DISTORTING TRADITIONAL VALUES: VATICAN DELEGATE
Vatican Delegate and Consultor to the recent UN Population Meeting Fr Bernard Prezwozny OFM has called for greater scrutiny of the pressure which powerful NGO lobbies exert on the UN.
12:23pm 12/7/99
Vatican CONTEMPT FOR EUCHARIST MERITS EXCOMMUNICATION
Contempt for the Eucharist merits excommunication, according to a determination of the Pontifical Council for the Interpretation of Legislative Texts that was signed last week by Pope John Paul II.
12:23pm 12/7/99
Social Justice BISHOPS AWARD THIRD SOCIAL JUSTICE SCHOLARSHIP
The Australian Catholic Bishops have awarded their third Social Justice Scholarship to a former school teacher who will study Applied Ethics at the respected Catholic university in Louvain, in Belgium.
12:23pm 12/7/99
Belgium NEW HEAD FOR PAX CHRISTI
For the first time in its history, Pax Christi, the international Catholic peace movement founded 55 years ago, has elected a non-European president, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Michel Sabbah.
11:57am 9/7/99
Vatican HOLY SEE FINANCES IN THE BLACK
President of the Holy See's Prefecture of Economic Affairs, Archbishop Sergio Sebastiani called a press conference yesterday to announce a slight surplus in Vatican finances for the 1998 financial year.
11:56am 9/7/99
Colombia 40 CULT MEMBERS GO MISSING
At least 40 members of a religious cult have gone missing in the mountains of Colombia where they went thinking they could board a spacecraft that was going to save them from the catastrophes they believe will occur on earth at the turn of the Millennium.
11:56am 9/7/99
Vatican STRONG ECUMENICAL MESSAGE IN POPE'S LETTER TO DYING PRELATE
In a 29 June letter to the leader of the Armenian Apostolic Church, Pope John Paul II described "the ministry of the Bishop of Rome" as a "service of communion for all the churches."
11:55am 9/7/99
Italy POPE'S WORKING VACATION
According to the newspaper La Stampa, Pope John Paul II will use his summer vacation to work on a new document, perhaps an encyclical, about the third Christian millennium.
11:55am 9/7/99
UK CARDINAL CHALLENGES ARTIFICIAL FEEDING GUIDELINES
Scotland's Cardinal Thomas Winning has launched a campaign against the British Medical Association guidelines on when to stop feeding severely incapacitated patients will try today to have the advice changed.
11:55am 9/7/99
India HINDU BOOK ACCUSES MISSIONARIES
Christian missionaries are accused of extortion, forced conversions, and religious intolerance in a new book published by the pro-Hindu "Vishva Samvad Kendra".
11:55am 9/7/99
Mexico DOMINICAN MASTER SHOWS SOLIDARITY WITH THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLES
International Dominican head Fr Timothy Radcliffe has told journalists that a solution to Mexico's Chiapas conflict will only come with the recognition of the rights and culture of the indigenous peoples.
11:54am 9/7/99
East Timor PRIEST DODGES EAST TIMOR MILITIA ATTACK
A New Zealand priest has a lucky escape when a pro-Indonesian militia ambushed an East Timor relief convoy returning to Dili from a refugee camp.
11:54am 9/7/99
WA DEVELOPMENT FUNDS JOIN FORCES
The Archdiocese of Perth and the Diocese of Geraldton have become the first Catholic dioceses in Australia to unite their diocesan development funds, The Catholic Record reports.
11:53am 9/7/99
NSW OLDEST CHURCH TO BE RESTORED
Mainland Australia's oldest continually used Catholic Church at Appin, north-west of Wollongong, is to be restored.
11:53am 9/7/99
QLD PRIEST SHORTAGE HITS BRISBANE
Brisbane Archdiocese's north eastern Deanery will have only three priests for every six parishes by the year 2006.
11:53am 9/7/99
Vatican PONTIFICAL COUNCIL DISTURBED BY SNUB ON FATHERHOOD
The father is often "seen as superfluous" and media portraits of the father's role are almost invariably unflattering, observed the official Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano after last week's meeting of the Pontifical Council for the Family last week.
11:37am 8/7/99
Vatican SCIENCE SHOULD HELP NEEDY: VATICAN OFFICIAL
The benefits of scientific development must be integrated into all cultures, but especially those which are now least developed. That is the message delivered to a UN scientific conference by a member of the Pontifical Academy for the Sciences.
11:36am 8/7/99
China BEIJING SAYS POPE NOT WELCOME IN HONG KONG
Because the Vatican maintains diplomatic relations with Taiwan, "it is not appropriate for the pope to visit Hong Kong," a spokesman for China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs told UCA News.
11:36am 8/7/99
Cuba STATE TELEVISION MIGHT TRANSMIT OPENING OF JUBILEE 2000
Havana's Cardinal Archbishop Jaime Ortega has foreshadowed the possibility of a broadcast on Cuban state television of the moment Pope John Paul II marks the beginning of the Jubilee year when he opens the Holy Door of St Peter's Basilica on Christmas Eve.
11:36am 8/7/99
Education STUDENTS COULD SUFFER UNDER THE NEW HSC
The NSW Catholic Education Commission has warned students may suffer if changes to the HSC are forced through this year.
11:35am 8/7/99
Education CARDINAL WELCOMES DEFERMENT OF UNI COMPULSORY UNIONISM BILL
Cardinal Edward Clancy has welcomed the Federal Government's decision to defer its voluntary student unionism Bill.
11:35am 8/7/99
Vatican POPE READY TO BEGIN VACATION
Pope John Paul II is prepared for his summer vacation, which will begin when he leaves Rome after his regular weekly public audience today.
12:14pm 7/7/99
China AUTHORITIES RENEW SUPPRESSION OF CATHOLIC CHURCH
A priest serving the Catholic Church in China has died, a seminarian has been tortured, and four lay people have been arrested and sentenced to "re-education" camps, as authorities in the continue their persecution of Catholics loyal to Rome.
12:14pm 7/7/99
Korea CHURCH TO CENSOR BAD TEACHING ON NET
Korea's Catholic bishops have moved to block 'wrong beliefs' being spread through CD-ROMs, the Internet and audio cassettes.
12:13pm 7/7/99
Philippines CHURCH DEMANDS ASSURANCES OVER EXECUTIONS
As prison officials in the Philippines prepare to execute three prisoners, the Catholic church wants assurances any last-minute reprieve will get through to the death chamber.
12:13pm 7/7/99
Germany CHURCH FAILS TO STOP 'MURDER PILL'
Last minute protests by the Catholic Church have failed to prevent German authorities from clearing the RU-486 abortion pill for sale.
12:13pm 7/7/99
Italy BISHOPS SHOULD LISTEN TO THEIR PEOPLE: MISSIONARY
Ahead of next year's Synod of Bishops, the former superior general of a major missionary order has spoken out about the need for bishops to focus on listening to local churches, rather than stressing uniformity and exaggerated dependence on Rome.
12:12pm 7/7/99
National BRISBANE ARCHBISHOP REACTS TO PRESS SMEAR ATTEMPT
Archbishop John Bathersby has reacted to media highlighting of the involvement in a clergy sexual abuse lawsuit of a US archbishop set to visit Brisbane for next week's 'Hearts on Fire' National Catholic Conference on Evangelisation.
12:12pm 7/7/99
Vatican WEB SITE FOR JUBILEE PILGRIMS
The Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity has inaugurated a new web site to help Jubilee pilgrims plan their trip.
4:26pm 6/7/99
Vatican VATICAN ISSUES NEW STAMP TO CELEBRATE BALKANS' PEACE
The Holy See has issued a new stamp to commemorate the Balkans' 10 June peace agreement.
4:26pm 6/7/99
Vatican ENCLOSED NUN WINS RELIGIOUS DRAMA COMPETITION
The first prize of $A24,000 of the international religious drama competition organized by the artistic-cultural Commission of the Central Committee of the Great Jubilee was won by a Swedish enclosed nun.
4:26pm 6/7/99
Korea CHURCH FOSTERS RECONCILIATION BETWEEN TWO KOREAS
The Catholic Church in Korea is attempting to promote next year's Jubilee as an occasion for reconciliation between North and South Korea.
4:25pm 6/7/99
UN PERMANENT OBSERVER DISTURBED BY CAIRO+5 DEVELOPMENTS
During his address to the UN plenary Assembly at the close of CAIRO+5, Holy See Permanent Observer at the UN Archbishop Renato Martino, expressed his concern about what he perceived to be its failures.
4:22pm 6/7/99
National CHURCH HELP LINE FOR YOUTH LEAVING HOME
The Australian Network of Diocesan Youth Ministry Co-ordinators has established a Help Hotline for young people moving away from home, mainly to pursue study or work.
4:21pm 6/7/99
UN VATICAN RAPS BRAZIL ON ABORTION AT UN CONFERENCE
Defending its position on abortion, the Vatican on Thursday criticised a UN population conference proposal calling on governments to change laws that punish women for having illegal abortions.
12:27pm 5/7/99
UK HUME ATTACKS VATICAN FROM BEYOND GRAVE
London's Daily Telegraph has reported that Cardinal Basil Hume launched an astonishing critique of the Vatican weeks before his death, accusing Rome of interference and urging the Pope to hold regular face-to-face meetings with bishops rather than communicating through bureaucrats.
12:27pm 5/7/99
Kosovo Crisis SMALL AID ORGANISATIONS RESPONDING MORE QUICKLY
Caritas Albania head Fr Segundo Tejado has said that some of the larger humanitarian organisations are responding too slowly to the crisis, and that grassroots bodies like Caritas are proving more agile in their ability to deliver aid to where it's needed.
12:27pm 5/7/99
Italy CARDINAL HITS BACK AT VATICAN INSIDER'S 'VENGEFUL' GOSSIP
Cardinal Ersilio Tonini of Ravena in Italy has publicly rebuked the anonymous author of "Gone With the Wind", a controversial book detailing often sinister activities of Vatican officials. He suggests the author had more interest in exposing what went on than correcting it.
12:26pm 5/7/99
UK POPE'S LETTER PROVOKES MOVE TO REVIVE RELIGIOUS ART
The Pope's appeal to artists, written earlier this year, has received mainstream press coverage in the UK, and has sparked discussion designed to initiate a reflowering of religious art.
12:26pm 5/7/99
Italy NEW CHURCH FULFILLS PART OF WARTIME VOW BY ROME RESIDENTS
Yesterday Pope John Paul II blessed a new church that Romans had promised to build 55 years ago if their city was saved from the ravages of World War II.
12:26pm 5/7/99
USA JEWISH GROUPS SAY WARTIME POPE OPPOSED JEWISH STATE IN PALESTINE
According to the Simon Wiesenthal Centre and other Jewish groups, newly discovered documents reveal that Pope Pius XII warned against making Palestine a homeland for the ``Hebrew race'' and had no complaints about the Nazi occupation of Rome.
12:25pm 5/7/99
Vatican HOILY SEE PROTESTS DUTCH APPROVAL ON SAME-SEX UNIONS
The Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano has sharply criticised a decision by the Netherlands to confer legal status on homosexual unions, making them the legal equivalent of marriages.
12:24pm 5/7/99
National PRIEST IN PUBLIC ROW WITH VATICAN
MSC priest and author Paul Collins launched a strong attack in the weekend press on the Vatican's Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger. According to The Sunday Age, Fr Collins has described Ratzinger as "a late 20th century inquisitor".
12:23pm 5/7/99
ACT CANBERRA DIOCESE RESTRUCTURE PREPARES FOR MORE LAY LEADERSHIP
Canberra-Goulburn's Archbishop Francis Carroll has introduced a new 'regional grouping' policy that paves the way for a greater lay involvement that is "desirable and necessary".
12:23pm 5/7/99
East Timor AUST. GOVT SHOULD ADMIT JAKARTA IS CAUSING UNREST: JOSEPHITE
A Josephite nun has hit out at the "continual refusal" of the Australian and other governments to speak the truth that Jakarta is responsible for the current unrest in East Timor.
1:38pm 2/7/99
India CATHOLIC SCHOOLS TOLD NOT TO ADMIT STUDENTS UNDER PRESSURE
Archbishop Ivan Dias of Bombay in India's western Maharashtra state has asked Catholic schools in the region not to admit students "under pressure."
12:23pm 2/7/99
USA VATICAN DENIES LINK TO US INSURANCE SCANDAL
The Vatican yesterday formally denied any relationship with a discredited US charitable foundation and the resulting insurance scandal, according to the Dow Jones news service.
12:23pm 2/7/99
Tahiti BISHOP TO BE SUCCEEDED BY HIS OWN BROTHER
John Paul II has named Hubert Coppenrath - the brother of the current bishop - as Archbishop of Papeete, Taihiti.
12:22pm 2/7/99
Vatican PROFIT WITHOUT FAITH DOES NOT MAKE A CATHOLIC HOSPITAL
A hospital that is run "solely for profit" cannot be called Catholic, according to Archbishop Javier Lozano Barragan, President of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Assistance to Health Care Workers. He was speaking to Vatican Radio during the world meeting of directors of Catholic hospitals at the Vatican.
12:22pm 2/7/99
UN "ERADICATE POVERTY NOT THE POOR"
The Argentinian delegation has joined representatives of the Vatican and Islam in rejecting abortion and discussion of methods to regulate fertility, at the UN Population Summit being held in New York.
12:22pm 2/7/99
Queensland DISILLUSIONED CULT MEMBERS OPT TO RETURN TO CHURCH
Families that are part of a growing exodus from the Magnificat Meal Movement (MMM) in Queensland's Darling Downs region say they were forced to choose between the controversial cult and the Catholic Church.
12:21pm 2/7/99
Guatemala GENERAL ACCUSED OVER BISHOP'S DEATH
Guatemala's new Defence Minister, General Marco Tunio Espinosa, and two other top military officers have been accused of masterminding the murder of the country's leading Catholic bishop last year.
12:07pm 1/7/99
USA COURT RULES RELIGIOUS SCHOOL NET SUBSIDIES OK
A Wisconsin government program subsidising school internet access does not violate the First Amendment's provision for separation of church and state, and may therefore include religious schools, a Federal District Court judge ruled last week.
12:07pm 1/7/99
UN CATHOLIC-MUSLIM POPULATION ALLIANCE SURVIVES SPLIT ATTEMPT
Despite attempts to divide Catholic and Islamic interests, there were heated debates between conservatives and moderates over abortion, sex education and parental rights, at the special UN General Assembly session on population that opened yesterday.
12:07pm 1/7/99
USA CATHOLIC ARCHDIOCESE EMBRACES TELEVANGELISATION
The Archdiocese of St Louis is screening TV commercials inviting viewers to "open their hearts to Christ" and to go deeply into the Catholic faith.
12:06pm 1/7/99
Armenia PATRIARCH DIES BEFORE CASSIDY ARRIVES
Garegin I, Patriarch of the Armenian Church, died a few hours before papal envoy Cardinal Edward Cassidy arrived to see him. John Paul II had a very deep friendship with the deceased Patriarch.
12:06pm 1/7/99
Israel POPE'S STATEMENT WELCOMED
Israeli tourism officials yesterday welcomed Pope John Paul II's statement expressing his most serious interest to date in visiting religious sights in the Middle East, including the Holy Land.
12:05pm 1/7/99
Indonesia EAST TIMOR PEACE TALKS END WITHOUT PROGRESS
``Despite a good atmosphere around the negotiating table, deep divisions remain.'' This is how church spokesman Domingos Sequiera summarises the five days of church-sponsored peace talks in Jakarta.
12:05pm 1/7/99
Australia GOVERNMENT SHOULD ACT MORE DECISIVELY ON LANDMINES: CARITAS
Catholic aid organisation Caritas has called on the Australian Government to be more proactive in its efforts to make the landmines ban treaty work. Australia's ratification of the treaty comes into effect today, 19 months after the signing in Ottawa.
12:05pm 1/7/99


  


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