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POLICIES THREATEN FAMILY SURVIVAL: CATHOLIC SOCIOLOGIST
Federal Government economic and employment policies are impacting on birth rates and family survival, Australia Catholic University sociologist Dr Moira Eastman has warned.
10:16am 30/9/99
East Timor BISHOP NASCIMENTO SEEKS FREEDOM FOR REFUGEES IN WEST TIMOR CAMPS
Bishop Basilio Nascimento of Bacau yesterday appealed to Indonesia to free an estimated 150,000 Timorese whom he says have been herded into refugee camps in West Timor.
10:16am 30/9/99
Vatican POPE TO BLESS ST PETER'S FACADE TODAY
After it has undergone its most thorough scrubbing in centuries, Pope John Paul II will today bless the facade of St Peter's Basilica.
10:16am 30/9/99
Vatican HOLY SEE BANS TUBAL LIGATION IN CATHOLIC HOSPITAL
The Vatican has directed diocesan authorities in the state of Arkansas to ban doctors from sterilising women in a medical centre acquired last year by a Catholic hospital.
10:15am 30/9/99
Africa 30 HUTU CHURCHGOERS MASSACRED IN BURUNDI
Last Sunday a group of men in uniform opened fire on the Catholic Church outside the capital Bujumbura, killing an estimated 30 worshippers.
10:15am 30/9/99
Iraq MUSLIM LEADERS CRITICICAL OF PAPAL PILGRIMAGE
A report in Iraq's official news agency on Tuesday criticised Pope John Paul II's planned visit to the country in December, quoting seven Islamic scholars who accused the Holy Father of using the trip to mitigate the West's "crimes against Arabs."
10:15am 30/9/99
Indonesia ESCALATION OF ATTACKS ON CHURCHES
An investigation conducted by an Indonesian publication reveals an explosion in the number of religiously motivated attacks, almost invariably initiated by Muslim extremists.
10:14am 30/9/99
UK CONCERN ABOUT "SECRET" CATHOLIC BROTHERHOOD
British Home Office ministers are said to be concerned about the alleged secret activities of the Catenians, a Catholic brotherhood which helps and supports members in business and personal matters, Catholic World News reports.
10:14am 30/9/99
East Timor WAR CRIMES CALL OVER CHURCH KILLINGS
The killing of five church workers on Saturday has led to a prominent pro-independence official to call for an international war crimes investigation.
12:29pm 29/9/99
East Timor BISHOP BELO URGES UNHCR HELP
"The UN High Commission for Refugees should make every possible effort to guarantee East Timor's independence and allow the return of refugees in conditions of peace and order," urged Bishop Carlos Belo during a visit to Germany.
12:28pm 29/9/99
East Timor MILITIAMEN HAUNTED BY GUILT SEEK CONFESSION
Many pro-Indonesia militiamen are haunted by guilt after being forced to kill innocent people in East Timor, according to a religious brother.
12:28pm 29/9/99
East Timor 100 MINOR SEMINARY STUDENTS RETURN TO DILI
100 students of the seminary minor of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception are returning to East Timor.
12:28pm 29/9/99
Vatican POPE HIGHLIGHTS SPECIAL ROLE OF CATHOLIC UNIVERSITIES
Pope John Paul II has said that Catholic universities have a special role in the 'new evangelisation', adding that "reason can help faith avoid the dangers of myth or superstition".
12:27pm 29/9/99
Vatican 21ST ANNIVERSARY OF DEATH OF JOHN PAUL I
Mass was offered last night in St Peter's Basilica in memory of Pope Paul VI, who died at Castel Gandolfo on 6 August 1978, and Pope John Paul I, who died at the Vatican on 28 September of the same year.
12:27pm 29/9/99
Ireland 'BUMPY JOURNEY' AHEAD FOR YOUNG IRISH PRIESTS
Ireland's National Conference of Priests was told yesterday that the country's Catholic Church needs a 'quantum leap of faith' for the task of 'abandoning old certainties in the embrace of an unpredictable future'.
12:27pm 29/9/99
Philippines CULT WORSHIPS SAINT FERDINAND MARCOS
Although vilified by many as a ruthless dictator, former President Ferdinand Marcos is worshipped by hundreds of cult followers in the mountains of Abra province, about 300 km north of Manila.
12:26pm 29/9/99
East Timor CHURCH WORKERS MASSACRED BY INDONESIAN MILITIAMEN
Nine Catholic church workers, including two nuns and two seminarians, were shot dead in East Timor as they drove to the hills to offer help to refugees. Five lay volunteers were among those reported killed by pro-Indonesian militiamen, and their bodies tossed into a river.
12:14pm 28/9/99
East Timor CARITAS MOVING TO DILI THIS WEEK
The Caritas Australia team destined for East Timor is progressively travelling to Dili this week from Darwin. It has amassed stores, equipment and vital supplies at its Darwin base. Because of the looting by militia and departing Indonesian military, every item needed must be carried from Darwin.
12:14pm 28/9/99
East Timor REPORTS OF TIMORESE FEAR AND INSECURITY CONSISTENT
Reports now beginning to filter back to Caritas Australia from remaining church personnel point to an air of fear and insecurity amongst the people.
12:14pm 28/9/99
East Timor TATE SAYS AUSTRALIANS ARE PREPARED TO WELCOME MORE REFUGEES
"There has been a sea change in the way Australians receive refugees since the Kosovo and East Timor tragedies," according to the former Federal Minister for Justice who's now a seminarian, Mr Michael Tate.
12:13pm 28/9/99
Vatican HOLY SEE SUPPORTS GLOBAL TOURIST ETHICS CODE
Tourist activity cannot ignore the promotion of human dignity, the Vatican's representative told the general assembly of the World Tourism Organisation in Santiago.
12:12pm 28/9/99
Vatican HOLY SEE SAYS IT DID NOT CONCEDE DEFEAT ON FAMILY PLANNING
The Vatican has emphatically rejected news reports that it has given up the fight against family planning programs that emphasise abortion and contraception.
12:12pm 28/9/99
Vatican HOPE FOR IMMINENT CHINA-VATICAN TIES
Sources from both the "open" and "underground" Church communities in various parts of China have heard from official and unofficial sources that Beijing and the Vatican will establish diplomatic relations soon.
12:11pm 28/9/99
East Timor CARITAS 'CONFIDENT FR BARRETO IS ALIVE'
Spokesperson for Caritas Australia Jane Woolford confirmed today that he office is confident that the Director of Caritas East Timor Fr Francisco Barreto - previously thought to have been killed by the militia - is alive.
1:27pm 27/9/99
East Timor NO INDEPENDENCE WITHOUT FORGIVENESS: GUSMAO
"Those who follow the militia we know were stupid, but as Catholics you must forgive them," advised East Timorese Independence leader Xanana Gusmao.
1:27pm 27/9/99
East Timor BISHOP IDENTIFIES FORCES OF DESTRUCTION
The Bishop of Baccau has singled out both the Indonesian military and pro-Jakarta militias as responsible for widespread destruction in the territory's second largest city.
1:26pm 27/9/99
East Timor BISHOP WARNS UN OF 'TERROR IN THE WEST'
Bishop Anton Pai Ratu of Atambua in West Timor has urged the Indonesian Government to allow the office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and the International Committee of the Red Cross to work in western Timor.
1:26pm 27/9/99
East Timor HOLY SEE SEEKS INQUIRY INTO TIMOR MASSACRES
The Holy See has called upon the UN's Human Rights Commission to recognise the fact that, in East Timor, violence has been used as a means of annulling the results of a popular referendum, Catholic World News reports.
1:26pm 27/9/99
Taiwan POPE PRAYS FOR TAIWAN EARTHQUAKE VICTIMS
As aftershocks were further devastating the island of Taiwan, Pope John Paul II was praying with pilgrims at his regular Sunday audience for victims of the earthquake.
1:25pm 27/9/99
India CHRISTIANS PROTEST NUN'S HUMILIATION
Singing prayers and songs of defiance, nuns and church activists staged a sit-in on a New Delhi thoroughfare yesterday to protest against the stripping and humiliation of a nun in eastern India.
1:24pm 27/9/99
USA CATHOLICS ASKED TO CONDEMN VIRGIN MANY DUNG PAINTING
New York's Cardinal John O'Connor on Saturday asked Catholics to join him in condemning a painting of the Virgin Mary embellished with a clump of elephant dung.
1:24pm 27/9/99
Mexico GAYS MANIPULATE GUADALUPE DEVOTION: CARDINAL
A pilgrimage to the Basilica of the Virgin of Guadalupe, part of an international day for sexual minorities, provoked a sharp reaction from the local Mexican Catholic community.
1:23pm 27/9/99
Eastern Europe BULGARIA EXONERATES MARTYRED BISHOP
A Bulgarian bishop martyred under the Communist government in 1952 and beatified by Pope John Paul last year has had his Communist-era conviction overturned, The Tablet reports.
1:23pm 27/9/99
Vatican HOLY SEE CLOISTER DOCUMENT SPARKS DEBATE
There's more to the contemplative life than what is set out in the norms on the cloistered life published by the Vatican in May, according to a survey of cloistered nuns published in the Italian religious review 'Testimoni'.
1:22pm 27/9/99
Vatican POPE CALLS FOR CANCELLATION OF POOR NATIONS' DEBTS
International celebrities have joined Pope John Paul II in calling for the cancellation of debts of the world's poorest countries for the new millennium.
2:30pm 24/9/99
Vatican HOLY SEE 'HAS ACCEPTED UN FAMILY PLANNING'
Press reports claim that the Vatican has accepted the United Nations position on the use of family planning to slow world population growth.
2:30pm 24/9/99
Vatican JOHN PAUL II AMONG FAVOURITES FOR NOBEL PEACE PRIZE
Pope John Paul II, the United Nations, and Chinese dissident Wei Jingshheng have become the main favourites for the 1999 Nobel Peace Prize.
2:29pm 24/9/99
Vatican CZECH CHRISTMAS TREE FOR VATICAN
This year's Christmas tree for St Peter's Square will be a towering fir from the Czech Republic, Vatican Radio reported yesterday.
2:29pm 24/9/99
Vatican IRAQ'S KURDS ANXIOUSLY AWAIT POPE
The Kurdish leaders of northern Iraq are greatly looking forward to John Paul II's visit to the country.
2:28pm 24/9/99
Vatican INDIVIDUALISM MUST BE OVERCOME IN RECONCILIATION
Pope John Paul II emphasised the communitarian dimension of the sacrament of reconciliation during his regular Wednesday audience.
2:28pm 24/9/99
Vatican BEATIFICATION IN 2000 FOR POPE JOHN XXIII?
At an October meeting, the Vatican's Congregation for the Causes of Saints could issue a pronouncement on the 'heroic virtue' of Pope John XXIII, paving the way for his beatification.
2:28pm 24/9/99
Africa RWANDAN BISHOP DENIES LINK TO GENOCIDE PLAN
The bishop accused of taking part in the 1994 Rwandan genocide yesterday denied attending meetings with government officials where the massacres were planned.
2:28pm 24/9/99
Ireland JUDGE SLAMS PUBLICATION OF NAMES OF SEX ABUSE ACCUSED
A judge presiding over the case of a group of Christian Brothers on sexual abuse charges has called for the suppression of names and addresses of the accused, following the assault of a brother about to face the court.
2:27pm 24/9/99
USA GAY MINISTRY NUN TO APPEAL TO VATICAN
School Sister of Notre Dame Jeannine Gramick, ordered in July by the Vatican to cease her pastoral work with gays and lesbians, announced yesterday that she will seek a reversal of the Vatican decree.
2:27pm 24/9/99
Adelaide CATHOLIC SCHOOL CHOSEN FOR CARE WORKERS' "THANK YOU"
Freed CARE workers Steve Pratt and Peter Wallace are using a special visit to an Adelaide Catholic primary school today as their way of saying 'thank you' to the people of Australia for their prayers and support during the pair's time in prison in Yugoslavia.
12:26pm 23/9/99
East Timor WEST TIMOR CRISIS DEEPENS
Fears for the health and safety of East Timorese refugees held by Bishop Ratu of Atambua diocese in West Timor are being realised.
12:25pm 23/9/99
East Timor BISHOP NASCIMENTO CALLS FOR PUNISHMENT OF WAR CRIMINALS
Amid allegations of the destruction of potential war crimes trial evidence, Bishop Basilio Nascimento of Bacau has insisted that members of the militia and Indonesian Army responsible for committing crimes in East Timor should be punished.
12:25pm 23/9/99
Taiwan CHURCH QUICK TO RESPOND TO FATAL EARTHQUAKE
The Catholic Church has responded swiftly to provide relief to victims of the most serious earthquake to strike Taiwan this century.
12:25pm 23/9/99
Indonesia SOCIAL ACTION PRIEST THREATENED
A Jesuit who is known nationally for his work in the field of social action has received a death threat from Muslim militants, who say he is linked to sectarian clashes in Maluku province in eastern Indonesia.
12:24pm 23/9/99
Vatican POPE WARNS OF INTERNET DANGERS
The Internet's absence of regulation creates a danger of "cultural subjection," Pope John Paul warned Italian journalists yesterday.
12:24pm 23/9/99
East Timor PRAY FOR INDONESIANS ALSO: ARCHBISHOP
Brisbane's Archbishop John Bathersby has asked Catholics in his archdiocese to pray not only for the East Timorese and our army of peacekeepers, but also for the Indonesian people. He said that many Indonesians are horrified at what has happened.
11:58am 22/9/99
East Timor BISHOP BELO: THE UN MUST INTERVENE ALSO IN WEST TIMOR
Dili's Bishop Carlos Belo has requested that the UN peace-keeping force be given a mandata to intervene also in West Timor.
11:58am 22/9/99
East Timor PRIESTS, RELIGIOUS COMIMG OUT OF HIDING
With the arrival of Australian and other foreign troops, priests and religious are emerging from hiding to offer support to people attempting to rebuild their lives.
11:57am 22/9/99
East Timor CHAPLAINS ACCOMPANY FORCES IN EAST TIMOR
Four Catholic military chaplains have travelled to East Timor with Australian peace keeping forces.
11:57am 22/9/99
East Timor CARITAS PLANS LOGISTICS FOR EAST TIMOR EMERGENCY EFFORT
Caritas Australia has identified six target areas in devastated East Timor for emergency operations that will include provision of food and shelter, and health and agricultural assistance.
11:57am 22/9/99
Europe GERMAN CHURCH PLEDGES LOYALTY TO POPE ON ABORTION
The head of Germany's Catholic Church yesterday expressed his intention to obey an order from the Pope to stop giving pregnant women counselling documents they need if they want an abortion.
11:56am 22/9/99
UK CHURCH TO HAVE SAY ON ADVERTISING RULINGS
Britain's Advertising Standards Authority has responded to a doubling of complaints about allegedly blasphemous advertising material by appointing an Anglican priest to its council.
11:56am 22/9/99
Taiwan CHURCH MOBILISES TO HELP TAIWAN QUAKE VICTIMS
"We are doing all we can to alleviate the suffering of the people: every Church structure is preparing to accommodate the homeless," said Cardinal Paul Shan Kuo-Hsi of Kaohsiung, president of the Chinese Regional Bishops' Conference yesterday.
11:56am 22/9/99
Vatican POPE'S SYMPATHY OVER DEATH OF GORBACHEV'S WIFE
John Paul II has sent a personal telegram of sympathy to Mikhail Gorbachev, former president of the Soviet Union, who is in Germany mourning the death of his wife, Raisa.
11:55am 22/9/99
East Timor FEARS OF WEST TIMOR 'HOSTAGE CRISIS'
Following the arrival of the UN peacekeeping force in Dili, the Jesuit Refugee Service regional director Fr Steve Curtin fears militias in West Timor - where the peacekeepers cannot go - 'will take out their anger in an orgy of violence among the "hostages" there'.
1:58pm 21/9/99
USA CARDINAL APOLOGISES FOR ANTI-SEMITISM
In a powerfully worded letter to Jewish leaders, New York's Cardinal John O'Connor has expressed "abject sorrow" for centuries of anti-Semitism by members of the Catholic Church.
1:58pm 21/9/99
Balkans POPE DRAWS A CROWD IN SLOVENIA
Pope John Paul II attracted 15% of Slovenia's population to the country's first beatification, which was the focal point of a visit designed to revive Christian values in a country deeply influenced by exaggerated nationalism and secular capitalism.
1:58pm 21/9/99
Vatican JOHN PAUL II MEETS NEW KING OF JORDAN
The Middle East peace process and the papal visit to the Holy Land were the focus of a meeting between John Paul II and the new king of Jordan, Abdala II, which took place on Sunday in the Pope's Castel Gandolfo summer residence.
1:57pm 21/9/99
Vatican CLEANED ST PETER'S DRAWS CRITICISM
After two and a half years of restoration, the covers have been removed from the fašade of St Peter's Basicilica, revealing delicately coloured marble that has entranced some experts but dismayed others.
1:57pm 21/9/99
Vietnam GOVERNMENT REJECTS US REPORT ON RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
The Vietnamese government has rejected a report on religious practice in Vietnam recently released by the US State Department, saying that it has no right to judge religious affairs in other countries.
1:57pm 21/9/99
Europe SAMARANCH'S PRAYER FOR THE MILLENNIUM
President of the International Olympic Committee Juan Antonio Samaranch, prayed at the weekend during an IOC members visit to the north-western Spanish pilgrimage centre of Santiago de Compostella.
1:56pm 21/9/99
East Timor WEST TIMOR BISHOP PLEADS FOR EXTENSION OF UN PEACEKEEPING MANDATE
Bishop Anton Pain Ratu of Atambua, West Timor, has pleaded for the United Nations mandate over East Timor to be extended to the entire island in order to prevent further massive slaughter of innocent civilians.
12:04pm 20/9/99
East Timor BELO LEAVES ROME FILLED WITH HOPE
John Paul II's embrace has given new hope to East Timor, the Bishop of Dili said at Fiumicino airport, as he prepared to leave Rome.
12:04pm 20/9/99
East Timor TIMOR PRIEST DENIES REPORTS OF MILITARY KILLING IN DARE
A priest working with refugees in Dare, a city south of East Timor's capital, denied reports on Friday that Indonesia's military had killed Timorese sheltering there.
12:03pm 20/9/99
East Timor BISHOP NASCIMENTO WARNS OF MORE KILLINGS
The violence in East Timor may escalate into genocide if the militia forces are not brought under control, according to Bishop Nascimento of Bacau.
12:03pm 20/9/99
India GOVERNMENT HAS FAILED TO HELP MINORITIES, SAY BISHOPS
The Catholic Bishops' Conference of India said on Friday that federal and state governments had failed to protect religious minorities.
12:02pm 20/9/99
Vatican US AND BRITAIN URGE POPE TO CANCEL IRAQ TRIP
The US and Britain are pressing the Pope to abandon plans to visit Iraq later this year, fearing that it would present Saddam Hussein with a propaganda coup.
12:02pm 20/9/99
Balkans POPE BEATIFYING SLOVENIAN BISHOP
Slovenians gathering in the medieval city of Edt Maribor on the eve of Pope John Paul II's arrival say they are delighted that he will beatify their adored 19th century bishop, Anton Martin Slomsek.
12:01pm 20/9/99
Vatican HOLY SEE ISSUES NEW GUIDELINES ON INDULGENCES
The Vatican has published a new set of Guidelines on Indulgences, which it describes as 'intimately connected to the sacrament of Reconciliation' and an 'integral part of the Jubilee event'.
12:01pm 20/9/99
Colombia KIDNAPPED BISHOP FREED
The Maoist-inspired People's Liberation Army (EPL), Colombia's third main guerrilla group, released a bishop it kidnapped more than one month ago.
12:00pm 20/9/99
Feature:
EAST TIMOR
VIOLENCE NOT RELIGIOUS CONFLICT
Church leaders in East Timor have been targeted because of the Church's leadership role in East Timor, not for religious reasons.
12:00pm 20/9/99
East Timor CARITAS APPEAL FOR EAST TIMOR HELP
Caritas Australia called yesterday for new support for its efforts to help East Timor's people as they deal with a genocidal rampage by pro-Indonesia militias.
11:23am 17/9/99
East Timor CARITAS TO OPEN IN DARWIN
Caritas Australia is opening an office for Caritas East Timor in Darwin.
11:23am 17/9/99
East Timor ANTI-INDONESIAN PROTEST ENDS IN WATCHHOUSE
A member of Brisbane's West End Catholic Worker community and Faith and Resistance Network is serving 30 days in the Brisbane watchhouse after refusing to pay a fine incurred for protesting against the training of Indonesian officers at Canungra army base.
11:22am 17/9/99
Melbourne COLLINGWOOD PRESIDENT TO DO FIRST READING AT FOOTBALL MASS
President of the Collingwood Football Club Eddie McGuire will read the first reading at the third annual Football Mass, to be held in Melbourne's St Patrick's Cathedral on Sunday morning, the eve of Grand Final week.
11:22am 17/9/99
Africa RWANDAN BISHOP'S GENOCIDE TRIAL ADJOURNED
The trial of a bishop accused of genocide and crimes against humanity for his alleged role in the Rwandan genocide of 1994 has been adjourned until next week.
11:22am 17/9/99
Vatican VATICAN WANTS GERMAN CHURCH TO CHANGE ABORTION CLINIC POLICY
The Vatican is likely to pressure German Catholic abortion counselling clinics to adopt a tougher anti-abortion stance following the perceived failure of new wording on certificates issued by the centres.
11:21am 17/9/99
UK VIRGIN MARY APPARITION AT HUME FUNERAL
A picture taken of the funeral of Cardinal Basil Hume contains an image that could be an apparition of the Virgin Mary, it was claimed on Wednesday.
11:21am 17/9/99
East Timor BISHOPS COMMEND HOWARD, MEDIA ON EAST TIMOR EFFORT
Australia's Catholic bishops have commended the Prime Minister, the government, and the parliament, for their bi-partisan efforts to stop the killing in East Timor. They have also thanked the media for their "effective coverage and often careful reflection on this ongoing disaster".
12:27pm 16/9/99
East Timor VATICAN DIPLOMAT CONCERNED MUSLIMS DIDN'T DENOUNCE TIMOR KILLING
Vatican foreign minister Archbishop Jean-Louis Tauran said he regretted that no Muslim leaders had spoken out against the slaughter of Catholics in East Timor by mainly Muslim militias.
12:27pm 16/9/99
East Timor ARMY BOMBING REFUGEES IN EAST TIMOR
Sources of the Vatican's Fides news agency report that the Indonesian army is preparing to bomb the refugees in the mountains south of Dili. The military are waiting for the launching of humanitarian aid by parachutes to identify the refugees and the areas where they are hiding."
12:26pm 16/9/99
East Timor CHURCH SERVICES TO PRAY FOR EAST TIMORESE
Mass is being offered in solidarity with the people of East Timor in many churches in Australia, including Sydney later this afternoon and Hobart this evening.
12:26pm 16/9/99
East Timor BISHOP BELO TELLS POPE HE WILL RETURN HOME SOON
"Once the international peace force enters East Timor, I will return immediately among the dispersed people," Bishop Carlos Belo told Pope John Paul II.
12:25pm 16/9/99
Vatican POPE SAYS MODERN MAN HAS FORGOTTEN GOD'S FORGIVENESS
The drama of contemporary man is the loss of hope in God's forgiveness, John Paul II told more than 10,000 pilgrims from all over the world who attended his traditional Wednesday morning audience in St Peter's Square.
12:25pm 16/9/99
Vatican POPE STRESSES TREATMENT OF ELDERLY
Stressing the need to respect human life, Pope John Paul II said yesterday that the elderly must be treated with dignity and love.
12:25pm 16/9/99
USA BISHOPS IN US STATE ISSUE DOCUMENT ON COHABITATION
The bishops of the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference announced a new document on Wednesday to call unmarried couples to live apart until their wedding.
12:24pm 16/9/99
China AUTHORITIES ARREST FOUR CATHOLIC LEADERS
Police have arrested an 81 year old bishop and three priests of China's underground Roman Catholic church, a US based church group said this week.
12:24pm 16/9/99
Italy PROCESS OF BEATIFICATION OF FIRST MARTYR VICTIM OF ITALIAN MAFIA BEGINS
The process of beatification of Father Puglisi will begin at the Cathedral of Palermo, Italy, six years after being murdered by the Mafia.
12:23pm 16/9/99
Canada CHURCH RESISTS DEMANDS OF ORPHANS
Quebec's Catholic Church said yesterday there would be no apology or compensation for the ageing Quebec orphans who claim to have suffered years of abuse decades ago while under the care of the church.
12:23pm 16/9/99
Vatican JOHN PAUL II WILL GO TO HOLY LAND IN MARCH OF 2000
The Pope will visit Jerusalem in March of 2000.
12:22pm 16/9/99
East Timor PEACE FORCE NEEDED NOW TO 'HELP MY DYING PEOPLE': BELO
. My people are dying, intervene before it is too late. , Bishop Belo told reporters yesterday in the Vatican. He spoke of the urgency of forming an international peacekeeping force and guarantee the despatch of humanitarian aid.
11:23am 15/9/99
East Timor CARDINAL WELCOMES PEACEKEEPING FORCE
Cardinal Edward Clancy has welcomed the Indonesian Government. s decision to invite an international peacekeeping force into East Timor while expressing his horror at continuing atrocities.
11:23am 15/9/99
East Timor DON'T DELAY PEACEKEEPING FORCE: CARITAS
. The longer the deployment of an international force takes, the greater the humanitarian crisis becomes and the further the loss of life,. said Caritas Australia spokesperson Jane Woolford.
11:22am 15/9/99
East Timor HALF OF EAST TIMOR'S PRIESTS AND RELIGIOUS HAVE FLED
The campaign against the Catholic Church in East Timor has decimated the presence of priests, and men and women religious, some of whom have been cruelly murdered. The Vatican's missionary news agency Fides says half of the 53 diocesan priests, 160 religious and 300 nuns, who worked in East Timor, have had to flee.
11:22am 15/9/99
East Timor US BISHOPS ASK GOVERNMENT TO HELP EAST TIMOR
The President of the US Catholic Bishops Conference, Bishop Joseph A. Fiorenza, sent President Clinton a strongly worded letter asking for an urgent action to put end to the persecution that thousands are suffering in East Timor.
11:21am 15/9/99
Social Justice SOCIAL JUSTICE STATEMENT TO BE LAUNCHED TODAY
The Australian Catholic Social Justice Council today launches its statement for Social Justice Sunday (26 September). The document will address issues concerning reconciliation, refugees and asylum seekers, the dignity and rights of women, and international debt.
11:20am 15/9/99
Africa RWANDAN BISHOP PLEADS INNOCENT
The first Catholic bishop ever to stand trial on charges of genocide pleaded innocent in a Rwandan courtroom yesterday, saying he - like Jesus - had been unjustly accused.
11:19am 15/9/99
Vatican GERMAN BISHOP TO VATICAN, MAY DISCUSS ABORTION ROW
The head of the Catholic Church in Germany will meet Vatican officials today amid speculation that he is seeking to defuse tension between the Pope and German bishops over abortion counselling.
11:19am 15/9/99
Vatican VATICAN PAPER DEPLORES EXPLOITATION IN FILMS
The official Vatican newspaper has suggested that at the 56th annual Venice film festival, it has appeared that "scandal creates the marketplace."
11:19am 15/9/99
East Timor WEST TIMOR 'ALMOST LIKE DILI'
Bishop Anton Pain Ratu of Atambua in West Timor has said the situation of lawlessness and intimidation in his diocese is 'almost like Dili'.
11:48am 14/9/99
East Timor PEACE FORCE 'A WEEK TO LATE': JESUIT
A Jesuit who was in Dili has said that if an international peace force goes now, it will go a week too late. "If a small, independent, international force had been there last Saturday, it would have saved an enormous number of lives," he said.
11:47am 14/9/99
East Timor BISHOP BELO BRIEFS POPE ON TIMOR
East Timor apostolic administrator Bishop Carlos Belo briefed Pope John Paul II yesterday over lunch at his Castel Gandolfo summer residence.
11:47am 14/9/99
East Timor 'IT WILL TAKE YEARS TO RETURN TO NORMAL': BISHOP OF BACAU
Five UN ambassadors met with Bishop Basilio do Nascimento of Baucau while visiting East Timor on the weekend. The bishop, who was wounded by a machete, said "It will take years before we return to normal."
11:47am 14/9/99
Vatican POPE SETS LIMITS ON GLOBAL ECONOMIC COOPERATION
"Globalisation will have very positive effects if it is grounded in a strong sense of the absolute character and dignity of all human persons and the principle that the earth's goods are for all," Pope John Paul has told an Ethics and Finance congress in Italy.
11:46am 14/9/99
Europe NEW DUTCH BISHOP'S CONSERVATISM UNDER FIRE
The newly-appointed Bishop of Groningen, Dr Wilhelmus Eijk, came under fire in the Dutch press for his reported views that mixed marriages should be discouraged and homosexuality is a neurotic disorder.
11:46am 14/9/99
East Timor CANOSIAN SISTERS ARE ALIVE
. Sr Margarida is alive, and despite the critical situation we are living she is able to contage everyone around her with her sweet disposition. , Canosian Sr Esmeralda de Araujo told the Italian missionary news agency MISNA from Dili.
12:59pm 13/9/99
East Timor CLERGY ATTACKS CLAIM EAST TIMOR JESUIT REFUGEE DIRECTOR
It has been confirmed that the Director of Jesuit Refugee Service East Timor, 70 year old German Fr Karl Albrecht was killed on Saturday night in his Dili residence. He was laid to rest yesterday in a simple ceremony.
12:59pm 13/9/99
East Timor CATHOLIC AID OFFICIAL CONFIRMS REFUGEES FORCED TO LEAVE EAST TIMOR
An official of the Catholic Relief Services (CRS), just returned from Atambua, confirmed that pro-independence refugees had been forcibly removed from East Timor.
12:59pm 13/9/99
East Timor POPE EXPRESSES SORROW IN LETTER TO BISHOPS
In a letter addressed to East Timor's two bishops late last week, Pope John Paul II expressed his most profound distress at the present suffering of the East Timorese people.
12:58pm 13/9/99
East Timor BELO CALLS FOR FORGIVENESS BUT SAYS ARMED DEFENCE IS JUSTIFIED
Bishop Carlos Belo said pro-independence supporters may use arms to defend themselves, the Portuguese daily Publico said Saturday. But he also called for a firm spirit of forgiveness.
12:58pm 13/9/99
East Timor CATHOLIC OBSERVERS CLAIM INDONESIAN MILITARY BROUGHT IN TO DESTABILISE EAST TIMOR
The Tablet reports that members of the observer mission of the London-based Catholic Institute for International Relations, have denied that the situation in East Timor was out of control in the days after the 30 August referendum.
12:58pm 13/9/99
East Timor INDONESIAN BISHOPS CALL FOR DAY OF PRAYER FOR DEAD
Bishop Suwatan of Manado, president of the Indonesian Bishops' Conference, announced on Friday that Sunday 12 September, will be a "day of prayer for the victims of these heinous acts," calling on Catholics around the world to join them.
12:57pm 13/9/99
Vatican PAPAL TRIPS TO INDIA AND GEORGIA CONFIRMED
As expected, the Holy See Press Office confirmed on Friday that John Paul II will travel to New Delhi to officially close the Synod of Bishops for Asia.
12:57pm 13/9/99
Aboriginal
Reconciliation
RETURN OF SACRED ROCK HERALDED AS POSITIVE RECONCILIATION STEP
Aboriginal and church leaders have hailed an historic exchange of two sacred rocks in central Australia as a real step forward for reconciliation.
12:56pm 13/9/99
Feature:
Rwanda
RWANDAN BISHOP SAYS HE'S SCAPEGOAT
Augustin Misago, the first Catholic bishop ever to go on trial for genocide and crimes against humanity, is in a fight, not to prove his innocence, he says, but to exonerate his church of complicity in the 1994 mass murder of Rwanda's Tutsis.
12:56pm 13/9/99
East Timor MASSACRE IN SUAI CHURCH
The UN has confirmed a massacre of up to 100 people sheltering in a church in the southern East Timorese parish of Suai.
12:00pm 10/9/99
East Timor JESUIT SUPERIOR FEARS CONSEQUENCES OF UN DEPARTURE
"The UN is leaving, the journalists are leaving and we are being left alone," the Superior of the Jesuits in East Timor, Fr Ageng Mawata, said on Tuesday.
11:59am 10/9/99
East Timor BISHOP BELO LEAVES FOR PORTUGAL, ROME
East Timor's spiritual leader Bishop Carlos Belo left Darwin yesterday for Portugal.
11:59am 10/9/99
East Timor EMOTIONS RUN HIGH AT CHURCH SERVICE FOR EAST TIMORESE
There were emotional scenes on Wednesday night at a Catholic Church service in Brisbane's south-west, dedicated to those suffering in East Timor.
11:59am 10/9/99
East Timor FABC SECRETARY ISSUES MESSAGE OF SOLIDARITY WITH INDONESIAN BISHOPS
The Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences assured Indonesian bishops on Tuesday of its solidarity during the East Timor crisis through a letter to the chairman of the Indonesian bishops' conference.
11:58am 10/9/99
East Timor 'L'OSSERVATORE ROMANO' DEPLORES VIOLENCE
In a sharply worded article published yesterday, the official Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano has called attention to violence directed against Catholics in East Timor.
11:58am 10/9/99
East Timor BISHOPS CALL FOR AUSTRALIAN SANCTUARY FOR TIMORESE REFUGEES
The Australian Bishops Committee for Justice, Development and Peace has supported Bishop Belo's call for the Australian Government to offer sanctuary to refugees who manage to flee the crisis in East Timor.
11:23am 9/9/99
East Timor EAST TIMOR BISHOP WOUNDED IN ATTACK BY MILITIAS
East Timor bishop Basilio do Nascimento was wounded in the hand during an attack on his residence in Baucau by pro-Jakarta militias on Wednesday, Portuguese media reported.
11:23am 9/9/99
East Timor VATICAN SEEKS INTERNATIONAL HELP FOR EAST TIMORESE
Archbishop Jean-Louis Tauran, the Vatican's top foreign-affairs official, has indicated that the Holy See supports calls for international intervention in East Timor.
11:23am 9/9/99
East Timor CATHOLIC ORGANISATIONS WORLDWIDE URGE UN ACTION IN EAST TIMOR
Catholic relief and development organisations worldwide have called on the United Nations to deploy a peacekeeping force in East Timor to stop massacres and displacement of people in the troubled territory.
11:22am 9/9/99
East Timor UN INVESTIGATES REPORT OF EAST TIMOR CHURCH MASSACRE
The United Nations yesterday said it was investigating reports that 100 people had been massacred by militias in an East Timorese church.
11:22am 9/9/99
East Timor BISHOP BELO ESCAPES TIMOR, ASKS WORLD TO ACT
East Timorese spiritual leader Bishop Carlos Belo, who fled to safety in Darwin on Tuesday, made an emotional appeal to the world to protect his people.
11:21am 9/9/99
East Timor US GOVT MUST ACT NOW ON EAST TIMOR: US BISHOPS
"Our worst fears have become reality in East Timor," according to the Chairman of the US Bishops' International Policy Committee, who today called on their government and the international community to act immediately to end the escalating violence in the tiny enclave in eastern Indonesia.
11:21am 9/9/99
Vatican HOLY SEE REJECTS 'HITLER LINKS'
A book claiming that Pope Pius XII was not only anti-Semitic, but also played a role in Hitler's rise to power, was denounced by the Vatican as "shameful lies".
11:20am 9/9/99
China HONG HONG BISHOP CONCERNED FOR FUTURE OF CHINESE CATHOLICS
The rejection of a papal visit to Hong Kong by Chinese authorities is only the tip of the iceberg of bad feelings and worries for the future of Catholics in China, according to Hong Kong's Coadjutor Bishop Joseph Zen Ze-Kiun.
11:20am 9/9/99
East Timor CARDINAL CALLS FOR IMMEDIATE INTERNATIONAL TIMOR RESPONSE
Cardinal Edward Clancy yesterday called for a peacekeeping force to be sent to East Timor.
12:27pm 7/9/99
East Timor ADELAIDE ARCHBISHOP ADDS VOICE TO PEACE FORCE CALLS
Echoing calls for a peacekeeping force, Archbishop Leonard Faulkner said that the necessary evacuation of UN and other foreign personnel had left the local East Timorese people in a "very precarious position".
12:27pm 7/9/99
East Timor CARITAS CHAIR "DEEPLY CONCERNED" ABOUT BISHOP BELO
Referring to TV images depicting Bishop Carlos Belo as "a sad man", the Caritas Australia Chairman Bishop Hilton Deakin said that he is "deeply concerned" about the condition and position of East Timor's spiritual leader.
12:27pm 7/9/99
East Timor TROUBLED POPE URGES PRAYERS FOR EAST TIMOR
Pope John Paul II is following events in East Timor with deep concern, the Vatican Secretary of State said yesterday.
12:26pm 7/9/99
East Timor MILITIAS THREATEN TO KILL RELIGIOUS SHELTERING REFUGEES
The militias have threatened to kill religious, including foreigners, if they do not allow them to remove the refugees from sanctuary in houses of the religious orders.
12:26pm 7/9/99
Social Justice COUNCIL SAYS FULL EMPLOYMENT POSSIBLE GIVEN POLITICAL WILL
The failure to reduce unemployment is above all a failure of political will, according to a joint statement released by the Australian Social Justice Council and the University of Newcastle's Centre of Full Employment and Equity (COFFEE).
12:26pm 7/9/99
Feature:
East Timor
TERROR AND FEAR REIGN ON THE STREETS OF DILI
A foreign Catholic observer at the 30 August Independence Referendum reflects upon the death silence as the fear of violence has laid bare the streets of Dili in the week after the vote.
12:25pm 7/9/99
East Timor BISHOP SAYS GOVT SHOULD ACT MORALLY ON TIMOR
Australia's decision makers should weigh the moral questions in deciding whether or not to commit Australian peacekeeping troops to East Timor, says Australian Catholic Social Justice Council Chairman Bishop Kevin Manning.
1:54pm 6/9/99
East Timor ARCHBISHOP HOPEFUL OF TIMOR PEACEKEEPING FORCE
The Catholic Archbishop of Brisbane believes it is only a matter of time before a United Nations peacekeeping force is sent to East Timor.
1:54pm 6/9/99
East Timor CARITAS URGES PEACE TROOPS FOR EAST TIMOR
Upon returning from Dili, Fr John Herd of Caritas Australia urged the international community to send peace troops to the strife-torn province to quell the escalating violence.
1:54pm 6/9/99
Colombia REBELS FREE FOUR HOSTAGES FROM CHURCH RAID
Colombia's second-largest guerrilla force has released four of some 40 hostages they have been holding since last May, when they burst into a Roman Catholic Church in Cali.
1:53pm 6/9/99
India NUNS MARK MOTHER TERESA'S DEATH
Hundreds of nuns of the Missionaries of Charity, founded by Mother Teresa, held hourly prayers in Calcutta yesterday, on the second anniversary of her death.
1:53pm 6/9/99
India KILLING OF CATHOLIC PRIEST IN ORISSA STATE DRAWS OUTRAGE
Using bows and arrows, assailants killed a Catholic priest in a part of Orissa state where a Hindu fanatic is blamed for burning to death an Australian missioner and his two sons eight months ago.
1:53pm 6/9/99
UK CARDINAL HUME. S FINAL PLEA FOR DEVOTION TO EUCHARIST
The Church urgently needs to renew its devotion to the Eucharist and to restore a sense of dignity and reverence to the celebration of Mass, warns the late Cardinal Basil Hume in his final book published yesterday.
1:52pm 6/9/99
USA MURDOCH GIVES $15.5 MILLION TO LA CATHEDRAL
Rupert Murdoch's family foundation has donated $A15.5 million toward the construction of a $A253 million Roman Catholic cathedral in downtown Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Times reported on Friday.
1:52pm 6/9/99
Feature:
East Timor
EAST TIMOR'S MOOD OF EUPHORIC FEAR
Sr Libby Rogerson of Parramatta Diocese writes from East Timor, where she is a volunteer with Caritas Australia. s solidarity program and an official election observer during last Monday's ballot.
1:51pm 6/9/99
Feature:
Dom Helder
Camara
DOM HELDER CAMARA - A MYSTIC IN LOVE WITH THE POOR
Dom Helder Camara died in Recife, Brazil on 27 August. News of his passing brought back powerful memories to me of Dom Helder's visit to Melbourne in May 1985.
1:50pm 6/9/99
Social Welfare REGIONS HAVE MISSED JOBS GROWTH: WELFARE COMMISSION
Unemployment up to four times the national average in many regional communities indicates a growing social and economic inequality in Australia, according to Australian Catholic Social Welfare Commission National Director Toby O'Connor.
1:54pm 1/9/99
National CATHOLICS SHOULD DIALOGUE WITH EACH OTHER: CARDINAL
While Catholics believe it. s important to have dialogue with other faiths, their record for dialogue among their own Church members is not all that good, says visiting Archbishop of Los Angeles, Roger Mahony.
1:53pm 1/9/99
Vatican NEW ROMAN MISSAL TO ACKNOWLEDGE 'ALTAR GIRLS'
A new edition of the Roman Missal to be released before the end of this year will incorporate liturgical directives of Pope John Paul II, and new feasts for those he has canonised or beatified.
1:53pm 1/9/99
India PRESIDENT SAYS PAPAL VISIT WILL BE MEMORABLE
President Kocheril Raman Narayanan said on Monday that the coming papal visit will be "a truly memorable event" for all the people in the country.
1:52pm 1/9/99
Indonesia BISHOPS DEMAND RESPECT FOR EAST TIMOR VOTE
The Catholic Bishops of Indonesia have challenged the Habibi Government to abide by its promise to give the East Timorese a genuine opportunity to achieve self-determination in peace.
1:51pm 1/9/99


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