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Social Welfare GOVT ACTS TO RID STREETS OF HOMELESS BEFORE OLYMPICS: St VDP
St Vincent de Paul NSW State President Mr Patrick O'Flynn is sceptical about plans by Sydney City Council to target homelessness in the lead up to the Olympic Games.
11:35am 31/8/99
Education COMPETITION THREATENS CORE EDUCATION VALUES: DIRECTOR
Some schools are becoming too competitive and threatening the core values of faith and personal development, according to Parramatta Diocese Executive Director of Schools Dr Anne Benjamin.
11:34am 31/8/99
East Timor REFERENDUM VOTING PROCEEDS PEACEFULLY
A large crowd clapped and cheered when Timor's spiritual leader, Bishop Carlos Belo, voted in the territory's independence referendum at a Dili schoolhouse.
11:33am 31/8/99
Vatican VATICAN COULD STALL ON POPE'S IRAQ VISIT
A high ranking Vatican official has said that there are no firm plans for a visit by Pope John Paul II to Iraq, despite reports from that country that the papal visit will take place in December.
11:33am 31/8/99
Vatican POPE PRAYS FOR DOM HELDER CAMARA
Pope John Paul II yesterday paid tribute to the late Helder Camara, Archbishop emeritus of Olinda and Recife, Brazil, in a telegram signed by Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Vatican Secretary of State.
11:32am 31/8/99
Vatican JOHN PAUL II RECALLS MODERN MARTYRS
Christians are called to follow the example of the "great witnesses to the faith" suffering "for the sake of the Gospel" even when it demands the "sacrifice of one's life". The Pope issued this challenge at midday yesterday from his summer residence in Castel Gandolfo.
11:32am 31/8/99
Queensland ARCHBISHOP CONFIRMS COMMITMENT TO INSTITUTIONAL REFORM
As Queensland's senior Catholic bishop, Brisbane Archbishop John Bathersby has formally apologised to those who were harmed in church and state institutions as children. He has given his support to cooperative action between government and church.
3:37pm 30/8/99
Sydney HISTORIC PRAYER VIGIL FOR EAST TIMOR
On the eve of one of the most historic days in East Timor's history, Sydney's expatriate community rallied for an all-night prayer vigil.
3:36pm 30/8/99
East Timor DILI'S BISHOP BELO FAVOURS DELAY IN VOTE
Catholic Bishop of Dili and Nobel peace laureate Carlos Belo told Portuguese radio yesterday that he favoured delaying today's ballot on independence for East Timor until people could vote without fear.
3:36pm 30/8/99
Family CONFERENCE TO SUPPORT FAMILIES IN EVANGELISATION ROLE
The National Catholic Family Gathering has just announced that the theme for its meeting next April is 'Evangelisation Through the Family'. The theme is intended to emphasise that families are one of the major avenues through which the world is evangelised.
3:35pm 30/8/99
Vatican SUICIDE IN ST. PETER'S BASILICA
An Australian tourist inadvertently captured on video tape the suicide in St Peter's Basilica of a 64 year old retired Italian man. He died after shooting himself in the mouth with a pistol near the main altar on Thursday afternoon.
3:35pm 30/8/99
South America BRAZIL BURIES DOM HELDER CAMARA
Mourners have attended the funeral in Brazil of the popular former archbishop of Recife, Helder Camara, who died on Friday aged 90. Dom Helder, the 'bishop of the poor', was one of Latin America's most loved and most controversial clergymen.
3:35pm 30/8/99
Refugees
& Migrants
GOVT SHOULD COME CLEAN ON PORT HEDLAND DETENTION: ACLRI HEAD
The head of the peak body representing Australia's 10,000 nuns, brothers and priests has challenged the Federal Government to "become more transparent" about the Port Hedland Detention Centre. In a message for Refugee Sunday, Sr Margaret Cassidy said: "Its physical isolation and lack of access to the media means that we know very little of the situation there".
12:06pm 27/8/99
Ethics LA CARDINAL CALLS BUSINESSES TO PLAY ROLE IN THIRD WORLD DEBT
Cardinal Roger Mahony of Los Angeles has told a group of business leaders in Melbourne that they should play a role in helping cancel Third World debt as urged by Pope John Paul II on the eve of the new millennium.
12:05pm 27/8/99
Social Welfare CHURCH SYMPATHETIC TO ABUSE VICTIMS
Executive Director of the Australian Conference of Leaders of Religious Institutes (ACLRI) Sr Mary Cresp has acted to correct false impressions given in recent press reports about the church's attitude to the victims of sexual abuse.
12:05pm 27/8/99
Tasmania INSTALLATION OF 'PEOPLE-FRIENDLY' ARCHBISHOP
Described by the local press as Tasmania's 'people-friendly archbishop', the Most Rev. Adrian Doyle, was installed last night as the state's new Catholic leader.
12:05pm 27/8/99
WA PRIEST TALKS TO DESERT SURVIVOR
The US adventurer rescued after more than three weeks in the WA desert told Broome diocese vicar general Msgr Paul Boyers that he never gave up praying and felt a continuous sense of the presence of the Lord.
12:04pm 27/8/99
Vatican STORM BREWING OVER POPE'S IRAQ VISIT
A political storm is brewing over Pope John Paul II's plans to include holy places in Iraq on the Jubilee pilgrimage to the Middle East that he will begin later this year.
12:04pm 27/8/99
Indonesia CARDINAL ASKS CATHOLIC SERVICEMEN TO UPHOLD FAITH AND MORALITY
Cardinal Julius Darmaatmadja of Jakarta has called on Catholics serving in the Indonesian military and police to maintain faith and morality in carrying out their duties amid current instability in East Timor and Ambon Island.
12:04pm 27/8/99
Queensland CHURCHES REJECTS CALL TO FUND PUBLIC ABUSE COUNSELLING
Following calls for the Catholic Church to contribute financially to a $1 million public fund to help those maltreated in State and church-run Queensland institutions, Brisbane's Archbishop John Bathersby said the Catholic Church was already carrying out a number of services to assist victims of abuse.
10:27am 26/8/99
Tasmania INSTALLATION OF NEW ARCHBISHOP
The first Tasmanian to be raised to the episcopacy of the Catholic Church in Australia, the Most Rev. Adrian Leo Doyle, will be installed tonight as Hobart's 10th Archbishop, during a solemn liturgical celebration in the city's St Mary's Cathedral.
10:27am 26/8/99
Social Welfare EMPLOYMENT FIRST FOR TASMANIAN CHURCH
Hobart's new Archbishop has already launched a daring new employment creation initiative. Titled 'Visionary', the plan has evolved from the Church's responsibility as the State's kargest non-Government employer.
10:25am 26/8/99
Africa RWANDAN BISHOP'S TRIAL TO GO AHEAD
Rwandan judges have decided that the trial of a Roman Catholic bishop accused of involvement in the 1994 genocide will go ahead.
10:25am 26/8/99
Philippines CHURCH LEADERS SAY MARCOS WEALTH IS A MORAL ISSUE
A nun says fresh evidence related to wealth allegedly embezzled by the late president Ferdinand Marcos' family during his rule has validated Church leaders' call for vigilance on the issue.
10:25am 26/8/99
Vatican POPE CALLS FOR RECONCILIATION IN EAST TIMOR, AMBON
Pope John Paul II in yesterday's general audience called for peace and reconciliation in East Timor, ahead of next Monday's referendum. He also urged peace in the Indonesian province of Ambon, where there have been sectarian clashes.
10:25am 26/8/99
Vatican VATICAN JOINS WORLD ATHLETIC FEDERATION
For the first time in history, the Holy See is formally represented in the sports world. Vatican City State has become a full member of the World Athletic Federation.
10:24am 26/8/99
Brisbane ARCHBISHOP TELLS PRIESTS TO RESPECT EUCHARIST
Brisbane's Archbishop John Bathersby has told his priests that "it is terribly important that Christ's presence both in the tabernacle and Eucharistic celebration should be treated at all times with utmost respect".
12:05pm 25/8/99
Sydney ARCHDIOCESE ACTS ON POPE'S ECUMENICAL WISH
With the 2000 Jubilee promising to be a landmark year for ecumenism, the Sydney Archdiocese is pushing its parishes to become more seriously involved in interchurch events such as the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.
12:05pm 25/8/99
UK BRITAIN TO INVESTIGATE IRAQ BOMB ATTACK ON ST. MATTHEW'S TOMB
The British government said on Monday it is investigating reports that air attacks on Iraq military positions damaged the burial site of St Matthew the Evangelist.
12:05pm 25/8/99
Italy ROME VOWS BUILDING WORKS READY FOR HOLY YEAR
Rome's Mayor Francesco Rutelli yesterday sought to allay fears that the city will still be covered in scaffolding when the Roman Catholic Church's jubilee year kicks off in January 2000.
12:04pm 25/8/99
Vietnam US BISHOPS TO MAKE FIRST OFFICIAL VIETNAM VISIT
A delegation of US bishops will begin an historic visit to Communist Vietnam this week to meet local Church and government officials.
12:04pm 25/8/99
Philippines CHURCH-SPONSORED PEOPLE POWER MOVES PRESIDENT
'Perhaps we can talk' was President Joseph Estrada's response to the church-organised 'people power' turnout of an estimated 200,000 people to simultaneous rallied nationwide in protest against proposed constitutional amendments.
12:04pm 25/8/99
Poland POLES TOLD TO BEWARE OF SECTS
A nationwide campaign has been launched in Poland to warn Poles against being recruited by missionaries of new and unconventional religious movements.
12:03pm 25/8/99
National FAITH HEADS GATHER FOR DIALOGUE IN SYDNEY
Catholic leaders have welcomed their counterparts from other faiths to a meeting in Sydney today (Tuesday).
11:39am 24/8/99
International
Development
CARITAS AUSTRALIA PLEDGES $200,000 FOR TURKEY
In response to the earthquake disaster in Turkey, Caritas Australia has pledged $200,000 from its emergency relief fund.
11:39am 24/8/99
UN CRIMINAL COURT SAFEGUARDS SEAL OF CONFESSIONAL
Draft rules for the new International Criminal Court now give guarantees that the secrecy of the confessional will be respected. This follows previous fears that it would be breached.
11:38am 24/8/99
Indonesia VIOLENCE DUE TO 'DIABOLIC CONSPIRACY': BISHOP
The Catholic Bishop of Ambon has said that a ``diabolic'' conspiracy was behind the violence ripping apart the island. He blamed the Jakarta government and elements of the military.
11:38am 24/8/99
India SCHOOL TEXTBOOKS FORM ANTI-CHRISTIAN YOUTH
Christian activists in western India accuse Gujarat state's pro-Hindu government of manipulating textbooks to portray Christians and Muslims as foreigners and traitors.
11:37am 24/8/99
East Timor BISHOP BELO SAYS CHURCH OUT OF POLITICS IN EAST TIMOR
Bishop Carlos Belo of Dili affirmed that no matter what the outcome of this month's independence vote, the Catholic Church will stay out of politics in the region.
11:37am 24/8/99
Religious VOCATIONS DIRECTORS TO ASK 'HARD QUESTIONS'
More than 80 vocations directors will discuss 'hard questions' such as whether congregations should be prepared to accept young people into their ranks.
11:39am 23/8/99
International
Development
SOCCER TEAM VISAS REJECTED
Immigration officials have stopped a young Caritas Australia-sponsored west African soccer team from coming to Australia.
11:39am 23/8/99
Rwanda BISHOP CHARGED WITH GENOCIDE
A bishop was charged on Friday with helping to organise the 1994 Rwandan genocide, and murdering a dozen children.
11:38am 23/8/99
Netherlands BISHOPS UPSET BY ADVANCE OF EUTHANASIA
The Dutch Bishops Conference is alarmed at a new law to be debated that gives incurably ill 12 year old children the right to ask for euthanasia.
11:38am 23/8/99
India MOTHER TERESA VOLUNTEERS COMPLAIN OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT
Overseas women volunteers at homes run by the Missionaries of Charity (MC) say they suffer sexual harassment in the streets of Calcutta.
11:37am 23/8/99
USA PRIEST CHARGED WITH STEALING CHURCH ITEMS
A Catholic priest has confessed to stealing altar hardware items including candelabra and an antique incense burner, then returning them after apparently becoming stricken with guilt, police said on Friday.
11:36am 23/8/99
South Africa LOCAL CHURCH 'DRAGGING ITS FEET' ON POPE'S INCULTURATION CALL
A group of 25 black priests has formed the African Catholic Priests' Solidarity Movement (ACAPSM) because it feels the Church in South Africa continues to be Eurocentric.
11:36am 23/8/99
USA US FAILS TO DETER PAPAL VISIT TO IRAQ
The Clinton administration's efforts to convince Pope John Paul II not to visit Iraq failed after a series of diplomatic meetings this spring, according to the Wall Street Journal on Friday.
11:36am 23/8/99
Feature:
East Timor
STORIES OF SUFFERING, STORIES OF HOPE
Sr Marlene Hixon is a Franciscan Missionary of Mary. During June and July, she spent time in East Timor as a volunteer as part of Caritas Australia's solidarity program. She writes of the East Timorese she met during the lead up to the country's ballot.
11:35am 23/8/99
Overseas Aid RAPID RESPONSE TO TURKEY EARTHQUAKE
Caritas Australia is acting quickly following the earthquake disaster in Turkey, accepting donations for emergency assistance.
12:08pm 20/8/99
Vietnam GOVERNMENT DENIES DESTRUCTION OF CHURCHES
The Vietnamese Government yesterday denied a report that armed officials in a southern province had destroyed four churches last month and threatened to pull down any remaining places of Christian worship.
12:08pm 20/8/99
Italy PRIEST DENOUNCES RADIOACTIVE CONTAMINATION BY US IN IRAQ
According to French priest and film director Fr Jean-Marie Benjamin, the humanitarian and ecological catastrophes that have resulted from US military action and economic embargo are 'unimaginable'.
12:06pm 20/8/99
Angola PEOPLE EATING ROOTS IN WAR-TORN COUNTRYSIDE: BISHOP
The humanitarian situation in war-torn Angola's central Huambo province was catastrophic, with people eating tree roots to survive, the local Roman Catholic bishop told Portuguese television on Thursday.
12:05pm 20/8/99
cccat VIDEO-GAME TO KILL A CARDINAL
On Wednesday, Polish Bishops' Conference Spokesperson Fr Adam Shulz criticised 'Operation Glemp', a game on the Internet with the aim of assassinating Poland's Catholic Primate, Cardinal Joseph Glemp.
12:05pm 20/8/99
Russia FRANCISCANS RETURN
For the first time since the Soviet Union's disintegration in 1991, the Franciscan Friars have been given permission to return to those localities where they worked in the past.
12:04pm 20/8/99
Women CATHOLIC WOMEN FOCUS ON GENDER EQUALITY: STUDY
Gender equality in the church is the prime issue for Australian Catholics, according to the coordinator of a six-year research project that focused on women's participation in the organisation.
11:05am 19/8/99
Vatican DEVIL AND EVIL ARE DAILY EXPERIENCES OF HUMAN LIFE
The sum of history, is to a great extent, a struggle against evil, according to Pope John Paul II. He was speaking during what has become his regular Wednesday catechesis in the Vatican.
11:04am 19/8/99
Vatican POPE CALLS FOR RELEASE OF COLOMBIAN BISHOP AND HOSTAGES
John Paul II raised his voice yesterday, calling for the release of a Colombian Bishop and dozens of people kidnapped by the guerrilla.
11:04am 19/8/99
Sudan CATHOLICS IN SUDANESE REGION BANNED FROM ATTENDING MASS
On last Sunday's the feast of the Assumption, Catholics in Sudan's Dorushab region were banned from attending Mass.
11:04am 19/8/99
Macao POPE DECLINES INVITATION TO VISIT MACAO
Pope John Paul II has declined an invitation to visit Macao in a recent letter to the territory's Bishop Domingos Lam Ka-tseung.
11:03am 19/8/99
Women BISHOPS HAVE HIGH HOPES FOR WOMEN'S DOCUMENT
Cardinal Edward Clancy said he hopes a new document on Australian Catholic women will stimulate theological reflection and assist pastoral planning. The 500 page book, which reports on three years' research, is titled 'Woman and Man: One in Christ Jesus', and was launched today by the wife of the Governor General.
3:14pm 18/8/99
Vatican POPE'S SORROW OVER TURKISH EARTHQUAKE
Pope John Paul II sent a telegram expressing his sympathy over the death of hundreds of people after the earthquake that devastated the northwest of Turkey last night. The Pontifical text requests Bishop Giuseppe Germano Bernardini of Izmit, to express his spiritual closeness to the families of the dead and wounded.
3:14pm 18/8/99
Congo 40 NUNS KIDNAPPED BY CONGO AND RWANDA REBELS
It has just been revealed that 40 Franciscan nuns were kidnapped by Congolese rebels and Rwandan soldiers at the beginning of August.
3:13pm 18/8/99
CIS GEORGIA FIGHTING MAY DELAY PAPAL VISIT
Georgia's Orthodox Church has suggested Pope John Paul delay a trip to the ex-Soviet state until 2001 due to fighting in the North Caucasus region, a church spokeswoman said on Monday.
3:13pm 18/8/99
Colombia REBELS KIDNAP BISHOP AGAIN
Marxist rebels kidnapped a Catholic bishop in the latest high-profile abduction targeting the Church in Colombia, authorities said on Monday.
3:12pm 18/8/99
USA ENNIO MORRICONE WRITES A "CANTICLE FOR THE JUBILEE"
Ennio Morricone, one of the most successful composers of film scores, has just finished a "Canticle for the Jubilee".
3:12pm 18/8/99
Social Justice CHURCHES PROTEST AGAINST WORKPLACE REFORMS
Church leaders gathered in Melbourne yesterday to sign a statement of concern about the Federal Government's proposed workplace relations reforms.
11:41am 16/8/99
Social Welfare CHURCHES JOIN FORCES ON GAMBLING
South Australia's churches have united to fight the gambling industry. A "growing choir of voices" was calling for a halt to the spread of gambling and the Government had failed to act, the chairman of the Heads of Christian Churches committee, Dr Don Hopgood, said yesterday.
11:41am 16/8/99
Family CATHOLIC COUNSELLORS BUILD SUPPORT NETWORK
A support network has been set up for Catholics who work as professional counsellors, psychologists, social workers, psychotherapists or psychiatrists.
11:40am 16/8/99
India CATHOLIC MISSIONARIES FORCED TO PRAISE HINDU GODS
Hindu fundamentalists attacked a Catholic priest and catechist in western India's Rajasthan state, tried to force them to hail Hindu gods and threatened to kill them if they continued a village mission.
11:40am 16/8/99
Italy CARDINAL HUME'S VISION CAN TAKE US TO THE NEXT MILLENNIUM: MARTINI
Milan's Cardinal Archbishop Carlo Maria Martini has paid tribute to the UK's late Cardinal Basil Hume as "what a bishop should be like at this moment of transition of millennium".
11:40am 16/8/99
USA CATHOLICS CONTEST EVANGELICALS' RADIO DOMINANCE
A group of wealthy Catholic entrepreneurs, concerned that the nation's religious radio programming is dominated by evangelical Protestants, has started a radio network intended to broadcast a conservative Catholic perspective on politics, news, personal problems and spiritual questions.
11:39am 16/8/99
Religious MAJOR MARIST CELEBRATION FOR BRISBANE
Archbishop John Bathersby will preside at a special Mass on Sunday afternoon (the Feast of the Assumption) to celebrate the April canonisation by Pope John Paul II of the Marist founder, French priest Marcellin Champagnat.
1:36pm 16/8/99
USA DIOCESE'S 'NO COMMENT' ON PARISH PRIEST'S PATERNITY
In the face of press exposure, a local diocese has asserted its right to remain silent following the revelation that a parish priest was appointed weeks after church officials learned he had fathered a child with a married woman.
1:36pm 16/8/99
China POPE'S 'DISCRETE AGENT' IN HONG KONG
Shortly after China made it clear it would not welcome Pope John Paul II to Hong Kong, the press has uncovered the work of Monsignor Fernando Filoni, whom the Vatican says was appointed ``to more closely follow the life of the church in Hong Kong and continental China''.
1:35pm 16/8/99
Indonesia SOLDIERS `KILLED 24 IN CHURCH'
Indonesian troops shot dead 24 Christians sheltering in a church on the island of Ambon, priests and aid workers said. It is said to have happened on Wednesday during the latest Christian-Muslim violence.
1:35pm 16/8/99
East Timor INTIMIDATION OF DISPLACED CONTINUES
While voter registration for the 30 August independence referendum closed last week, Jesuit Refugee Service sources are beginning to hear that many internally displaced persons in remote locations did not feel free to register, or were without the necessary documents.
1:35pm 16/8/99
Mexico 'LAZY CATHOLICS' EASY PREY FOR FUNDAMENTALISTS: MEXICAN CARDINAL
Cardinal Juan Sandoval Iniguez of Guadalajara closed the Archdiocesan Conference on Sects and Evangelisation by saying that "lazy Catholics" are easy prey for the increasing presence of Fundamentalist groups in Mexico.
1:34pm 16/8/99
Ireland BISHOPS INITIATE 'CLASS ACTION' AGAINST MEDIA
Four Catholic bishops have sent solicitors' letters to the Irish Independent threatening legal action following an article by a columnist in May.
1:34pm 16/8/99
Canberra-
Goulburn
AWARD FOR ECUMENICAL DOUBLE ACT
Canberra-Goulburn Archdiocesan communications director Geoff Orchison has received the Gutenberg Award, the top Australian religious press award, for his unique achievement with both the Catholic Voice newspaper and the local Anglican News.
12:24pm 13/8/99
Brisbane MAJOR MARIST CELEBRATION FOR BRISBANE
Archbishop John Bathersby will preside at a special Mass on Sunday afternoon (the Feast of the Assumption) to celebrate the April canonisation by Pope John Paul 11 of the Marist founder, French priest Marcellin Champagnat.
12:24pm 13/8/99
USA DIOCESE'S 'NO COMMENT' ON PARISH PRIEST'S PATERNITY
In the face of press exposure, a local diocese has asserted its right to remain silent following the revelation that a parish priest was appointed weeks after church officials learned he had fathered a child with a married woman
12:23pm 13/8/99
Hong Kong POPE'S 'DISCRETE AGENT' IN HONG KONG
Shortly after China made it clear it would not welcome Pope John Paul II to Hong Kong, the press has uncovered the work of Monsignor Fernando Filoni, whom the Vatican says was appointed ``to more closely follow the life of the church in Hong Kong and continental China''.
12:23pm 13/8/99
Indonesia INDONESIAN SOLDIERS `KILLED 24 IN CHURCH'
Indonesian troops shot dead 24 Christians sheltering in a church on the island of Ambon, priests and aid workers said. It is said to have happened on Wednesday during the latest Christian-Muslim violence.
12:23pm 13/8/99
East Timor INTIMIDATION OF DISPLACED CONTINUES
While voter registration for the 30 August independence referendum closed last week, Jesuit Refugee Service sources are beginning to hear that many internally displaced persons in remote locations did not feel free to register, or were without the necessary documents.
12:22pm 13/8/99
Mexico 'LAZY CATHOLICS' EASY PREY FOR FUNDAMENTALISTS: CARDINAL
Cardinal Juan Sandoval Iniguez of Guadalajara closed the Archdiocesan Conference on Sects and Evangelisation by saying that "lazy Catholics" are easy prey for the increasing presence of Fundamentalist groups in Mexico.
12:22pm 13/8/99
Ireland BISHOPS INITIATE 'CLASS ACTION' AGAINST MEDIA
Four Catholic bishops have sent solicitors' letters to the Irish Independent threatening legal action following an article by a columnist in May.
12:21pm 13/8/99
Kenya NATION GRIPPED BY DEVIL WORSHIP
President Daniel Arap Moi has finally reacted to a 1995 Church report by issuing his own Presidential Commission report that claims devil worship is so widespread it represents the single greatest threat to Kenyan society.
12:21pm 13/8/99
Ecumenism CHURCHES SUPPORT MIXED MARRIAGES
The Catholic and Uniting Churches have issued a joint statement that includes a heartfelt endorsement of marriages involving one person from each of the two churches that receive the most heartfelt endorsement. The statement apologises for previous failure in pastoral support.
1:38pm 12/8/99
Education CATHOLIC CALL FOR FEDERAL EDUCATION CURRICULUM
The Executive Director of Schools in the Sydney Archdiocese, Br Kelvin Canavan, has called for the pooling of state resources in order to develop one high-quality English curriculum for the whole country.
1:38pm 12/8/99
Vatican POPE DEMANDS HUMANITARIAN CONVENTION RETHINK
Pope John Paul II has marked today's 50th anniversary of the Geneva Convention by calling for it to be reviewed, because it doesn't work.
1:37pm 12/8/99
Italy MICHELANGELO'S PIETAS COME TOGETHER IN ROME FOR JUBILEE
The Italian government will gather Michelangelo's three complete "Pieta" sculptures for the Jubilee Year 2000, including the most famous version in St. Peter's Basilica, according to report in Il Messaggero newspaper.
1:37pm 12/8/99
Vatican VATICAN TO HOST INTERRELIGIOUS MEETING
The Holy See is preparing a meeting of the principal religions of the world, which will be held in the Vatican and Assisi on October.
1:37pm 12/8/99
USA HARVARD SCHOOL NAMES CATHOLIC HEAD
Fr J. Bryan Hehir was yesterday named Dean of the prestigious Harvard Divinity School.
1:36pm 12/8/99
Perth BISHOP SUPPORTS 'RESCUE' OF SEX WORKERS
"Rather than legalise prostitution, we should make it possible for women to leave the trade," according to Perth's Archbishop Barry Hickey.
12:02pm 10/8/99
Social Justice ROME REQUESTS AUSTRALIA TO HOST OCEANIA SOCIAL JUSTICE SEMINAR
The Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace has asked the Australian Bishops to host an international seminar next year on the teaching of the Church's Social Justice Doctrine. It will involve the whole of the Oceania region.
12:01pm 10/8/99
Hong Kong BEIJING POPE BAN HEIGHTENS FEARS
Beijing's refusal to allow Pope John Paul II to visit Hong Kong has called the territory's special autonomy into question and raised fears of religious repression, Hong Kong's leading English daily says.
12:01pm 10/8/99
USA $A7.7 MILLION GIFT TO MAKE 'MEN AND WOMEN FOR OTHERS'
A benefactor has given the Jesuits' Boston College $A7.67 million for student spiritual retreats and volunteer programs.
12:00pm 10/8/99
USA FINDING THAT 'ABORTION REDUCES CRIME' PROVOKES CATHOLIC SCEPTICISM
An unpublished study cited in Sunday's Chicago Tribune newspaper suggested that the drop in crime in the 1990s is related to the legalisation of abortion in 1973.
12:00pm 10/8/99
Indonesia RIGHTS ACTIVISTS BANNED FROM TRAVELLING ABROAD
The Indonesian government has banned five West Irian rights activists, including two Protestant Church leaders and a Catholic journalist, from traveling abroad, citing state security reasons.
12:00pm 10/8/99
Mexico ECLIPSE NOT THE END OF THE WORLD: CARDINAL
Mexican Cardinal Norberto Rivera told the faithful that "an eclipse is very different from the end of the world."
11:59am 10/8/99
Angola GOVERNMENT CLOSES CATHOLIC RADIO STATION
Police on Monday shut down Radio Ecclesia, a Roman Catholic radio station that was one of the few independent sources of information in war-torn Angola, the journalists' union said.
11:59am 10/8/99
Queensland CULT SUICIDE FEAR: POLICE SET UP CHURCH COMMAND POST
Fr John Ryan of Helidon, west of Brisbane, said police had sought permission to set up a command post in the church hall next door to the building used by the Magnificat Meal Movement. Police are continuing to monitor sect amid rumors it is preparing a Jonestown-style mass suicide.
11:38am 9/8/99
International
Law
NEW INTERNATIONAL BODY COULD DISHONOUR CONFESSIONAL SEAL
In ongoing meetings to refine aspects of the proposed International Criminal Court, the Canadian government has proposed that the new body revoke the centuries-old legal tradition that a Catholic priest may not be compelled to reveal what he hears in the confessional.
11:37am 9/8/99
Vatican RATZINGER JOINS CRITICS OF CAREERIST BISHOPS
Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, has given his support to recent criticisms of careerism in the episcopacy.
11:37am 9/8/99
UK MARISTS QUESTION UPDATED VIRGIN MARY
The Marists have criticised a newly-published diary of the Virgin Mary written in language designed to appeal to teenage British soap opera fans.
11:37am 9/8/99
USA BISHOP SAYS PARISHES SHOULD WELCOME GAYS
``We must make gay people welcome in every parish,'' Bishop Thomas Gumbleton told the 350 people meeting in Denver, while insisting they should respect Church teaching.
11:33am 9/8/99
Sudan GOVT EXPELS CANADIAN PRIEST
A Canadian Catholic priest who had worked in Sudan for seven years was expelled by the Islamist government on Saturday, a church official said.
11:31am 9/8/99
China FAITHFUL DEFY WARNING TO BID FINAL FAREWELL TO PARALYSED 'UNDERGROUND' PRIEST
Despite a government warning, 4000 Catholics in eastern China bid farewell to an "underground" priest who suffered from tonic spasm for 13 years but kept celebrating Mass every day until he died.
11:31am 9/8/99
UK CHURCHES UNITE TO MOVE EASTER
The Catholic Church is part of cross-denominational talks to recalculate the date of Easter so that Eastern and Western rite Christians share the same Easter dates.
11:31am 9/8/99
Queensland FEARS OF MASS SUICIDE IN QUEENSLAND SECT
The Church in Queensland is warning followers of the cult, Magnificat Meal Movement, to leave the group, as police fear cult members may be preparing for a mass suicide.
12:12pm 6/8/99
Religious JOSEPHITES TO APOLOGISE TO INDIGENOUS AUSTRALIANS
On Sunday, the Sisters of St Joseph will make an official apology to indigenous Australians for the injustices they have suffered at their hands.
12:12pm 6/8/99
USA MARRIED PRIESTS MEET IN ATLANTA
``We are still priests and we are still called to minister,'' claimed Ed Minderlein, 55, one of 200 men from 15 countries attending a meeting in Atlanta of the International Federation of Married Catholic Priests. Invited speakers at the meeting include Fr Paul Collins of Australia.
12:11pm 6/8/99
Indonesia CATHOLIC CHURCH HELPS ACEH DISPLACED
Indonesia's Catholic bishops plan to aid Muslim refugees who fled their villages due to armed conflict between the military and separatist rebels in Aceh, where local Catholics have already extended aid.
12:11pm 6/8/99
India HINDUS OBJECT TO QUICK CANONISATION FOR MOTHER TERESA
A leader of an extremist Hindu group said on Thursday that the Catholic Church's accelerated process for the canonisation of Mother Teresa is an attempt to prompt increased Christian evangelization in India.
12:11pm 6/8/99
Germany BISHOPS IN FAVOR OF SUNDAY REST
Faced with a gradual breakdown of the traditional Sunday pause in commercial activities to dedicate time to worship and family, the German Bishops' Conference has issued a statement defending the 'Lord's Day'.
12:10pm 6/8/99
USA CATHOLICS LESS GENEROUS THAN PROTESTANTS
Wealthy Catholics are tight-fisted when asked to contribute to the collection at Mass, giving just half as much as Protestant worshippers, and give less to charity than any other religious faith, according to research commissioned by America's Catholic bishops.
12:10pm 6/8/99
Statistics CHURCHGOERS MORE GENEROUS THAN MOST
Church attenders make a significant contribution to the wider society through their involvement in community groups and organisations, according to a major statistical publication based on Catholic and Protestant Church Life Surveys.
12:19pm 6/8/99
East Timor BISHOP BELO SAYS NO MORE BLOODSHED AFTER BALLOT
Bishop Carlos Belo has rejected the pro-integration activists' view that East Timor will see more bloodshed if the pro-independence faction wins in the 30 August ballot.
12:18pm 6/8/99
Vatican POPE EXPLAINS THE STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN
After having spoken about heaven and hell during recent audiences, Pope John Paul yesterday turned his attention to purgatory, which he assured his Castelgandolfo listeners, is a sure path to heaven.
12:18pm 6/8/99
Vatican BOCELLI TO SING JUBILEE ANTHEM
Italian opera singer Andrea Bocelli has been asked by Pope John Paul II to perform the official anthem for the Jubilee Year 2000 during opening ceremonies on Christmas Day, according to news reports.
12:18pm 6/8/99
Colombia NUNS CLEARED OF MURDER CHARGE
A judge cleared two nuns of murder on yesterday, saying they acted in self-defence when they shot dead a thief who broke into their convent in central Colombia last month, judicial sources said.
12:17pm 6/8/99
USA PARISH PRIEST CASHES IN ON CASINO
Hours after Detroit's first casino opened just steps from the Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church, gambling chips began clattering in the collection plate.
12:16pm 6/8/99
UK ROME'S TOP ENGLISH BISHOP TIPPED TO SUCCEED HUME
The Vatican's senior English cleric, 62 year old Bishop Michael Fitzgerald, has been tipped to succeed Cardinal Basil Hume as Catholc leader of the Catholic Church in England and Wales.
12:16pm 6/8/99
UK CARDINAL HUME 'DESERVED TO GO TO HELL': EDITORIAL
The Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland enraged British Catholics on Tuesday by claiming that Cardinal Hume and those who shared his beliefs on salvation deserved to go to Hell.
12:15pm 6/8/99
FEATURE: THE POPE SPEAKS ABOUT HIS DREAM PILGRIMAGE, OLD AGE
Pope John Paul II has reaffirmed his desire to make a "dream pilgrimage" to some of the holy places where God intervened in human history, and extolled the wisdom that old people can pass on to young people.
12:15pm 6/8/99
India POPE SENDS CONDOLENCES FOR INDIA RAIL DISASTER
Pope John Paul on Tuesday sent his condolences to India for families of victims of the head-on crash between two crowded trains which killed at least 230 people.
12:26pm 5/8/99
USA NATURAL FAMILY PLANNING APPEALING TO NON-CATHOLICS
More non-Catholic couples who shun contraceptive drugs, devices, and intrusive fertility methods are turning to natural family planning methods more commonly used by Catholics.
12:25pm 5/8/99
USA POLLEN GRAINS BOOST CONFIDENCE IN SHROUD AUTHENTICITY
The Shroud of Turin is much older than some scientists believe, an international botanical conference has been told in St Louis. According to researchers who used pollen and plant images to conclude it dates from Jerusalem before the 8th century.
12:25pm 5/8/99
Kosovo Crisis ALLEGATIONS OF UN SUPPORT FOR MILOSEVIC'S ETHNIC CLEANSING
The Catholic Press has highlighted reports that the Population Research Institute (PRI) released evidence confirming the partnership between the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Yugoslav government, to target and reduce the Kosovar population.
12:25pm 5/8/99
Sri Lanka LEADING SRI LANKA PEACE LEADER MURDERED
The Catholic Bishops Conference of Sri Lanka on Monday issued a strongly worded letter denouncing the brutal slaying of Dr Neelan Tiruchelvam last Thursday by a terrorist suicide bomber.
12:24pm 5/8/99
Sydney 'CLUSTERS' SET TO ANSWER TO PRIEST SHORTAGE
The Sydney Archdiocese is about to begin implementing its 'cluster' solution to the priest shortage. The Catholic Weekly reports that this will take place when the next parish becomes vacant through the death, retirement or illness of the resident priest.
11:21am 3/8/99
National TRIBUTE TO FORMER CARITAS WORKER
The National Director of Caritas Australia has paid tribute to Clare Bleakley, a former staff member who was killed in an air accident in Fiji on 24 July.
11:21am 3/8/99
Italy POLICE UNMASK BOGUS BISHOP
Italian police have detained a man who posed as a Catholic bishop and is suspected of tricking businessmen into giving huge sums to false charities, Italian newspapers reported at the weekend.
11:20am 3/8/99
Social Welfare NEW WORLD PRESIDENT OF ST. VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY
The President of the St Vincent de Paul Society in Spain has been elected president of the organisation's 135 national institutes.
11:20am 3/8/99
Spain BISHOPS CRITICISE JESUIT PROVINCIALS' DEFENCE OF DE MELLO
Attempting to discredit the Holy See's decisions "is going beyond the Provincials' competence", according to the Spanish Bishops' Commission for the Doctrine of the Faith.
11:19am 3/8/99
NSW BISHOP BANS MULTIPLE EULOGIES
Wagga Wagga's Bishop William Brennan said the growing custom of having multiple eulogies was against the letter and the spirit of the Catholic liturgy.
12:29pm 2/8/99
Tasmania DESTRUCTIVE CYCLE CLOSES CENTACARE ACCOMMODATION
An upsurge of violence and drug use has forced the Catholic Church in Tasmania to close its St Joseph's crisis accommodation at Taroona, after 120 years of service. The director indicated that individuals denied government assistance have been venting their frustration by verbally abusing Centacare staff.
12:29pm 2/8/99
Sydney LOCAL APPOINTED TO KEY JOB IN ROME
Sr Miriam Joseph Mikol, who has been appointed Secretary General of the International Union of Superiors General in Rome, is anxious to use the internet "to strengthen the bonds of communication and strengthen interaction between congregations for the mission of the church."
12:28pm 2/8/99
USA DEATH OF FATHER MALACHI MARTIN
Well known author Fr Malachi Martin was buried in New York on Thursday, following his death two deals earlier due to a stroke.
12:31pm 2/8/99
Italy JESUIT DENOUNCES JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES
A Italian Jesuit writer has said that Jehovah's Witnesses are not Christians because they have falsified Scripture. He said the Witnesses cannot be classified as Christians because they deny two essential dogmas: the Trinity and Christ's Divinity.
12:31pm 2/8/99
Philippines CATHOLICS CHALLENGE PRESIDENT'S OPTIMISM
Religious superiors and other Catholics rallied last week to challenge the credibility of President Joseph Estrada's recent triumphalistic state of the nation address in which he declared his intention to eradicate poverty in the Philippines by the end of his six-year term.
12:30pm 2/8/99
Colombia ARCHBISHOP EXCOMMUNICATES MARXIST REBELS
The Catholic archbishop of Cali, Colombia's second largest city, on Saturday excommunicated the members of a Marxist guerrilla group responsible for the abduction of 143 of his churchgoers.
12:30pm 2/8/99
East Timor BISHOP BELO CALLS ON VOTERS TO REGISTER
After registering himself to vote in this month's referendum, Bishop Carlos Belo called on fellow East Timorese to do the same, three days before the registry closes.
12:29pm 2/8/99


  


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