Melbourne personality, Fr Bob Maguire, has joined a group of church leaders who are calling on Australians to buy Easter eggs made with Fairtrade cocoa and shirts, including clerical "dog collar" shirts, made with Fairtrade cotton. By
Durban Cardinal Wilfrid Napier has expressed "shock and regret" that the Dalai Lama, Tibet's exiled spiritual leader and head of its self proclaimed government-in-exile, was denied a visa to attend a peace conference in South Africa.
German born Missionaries of Charity Sr M. Prema has succeeded Sr Nirmala Joshi as superior general of the congregration founded by Blessed Mother Teresa. UCAN reports the Missionaries of Charity, the congregation founded by Blessed Teresa of Kolkata,
Returning to Rome after his trip to Cameroon and Angola, Pope Benedict said he had been particularly impressed by the "delight" of a "rejoicing Africa" and the sense of the sacred in the continent. Speaking to reporters on his flight
Holy See permanent observer at the United Nations, Archbishop Silvio Tomasi, has expressed concern at the UN Human Rights Commission over increased intolerance against Christians, not only in countries where the religion is a minority, but also a majority.
A joint Act of Repentance by the Brisbane Catholic and Anglican archdioceses to be held at St John's Cathedral tomorrow will help set a fitting tone for the rest of the year's sesquicentenary celebrations, St Stephen's Cathedral dean Fr Ken Howell says.
One of the great figures of the Australian labour movement during the 1950s struggle over communism, Laurie Short, has died in Sydney at 93. Short is also credited with finding, supporting and promoting a young Englishman, John Ducker, through the
The promotion of condoms as the strategy for reducing HIV infection in a general population is based on statistical probability and intuitive plausibility. It enjoys considerable credibility in the Western media and among Western opinion makers. What it
Too many Australian biographies nowadays are published prematurely. In some cases, the still living subject has lived a life of such banal inconsequence as scarcely to merit a magazine puff piece, let alone a book. In others, the subject is already so
The Catholic Society for Marriage Education was formed in 1980 by diocesan representatives involved in the practice. The object of the Society is to promote and support marriage and family life in accordance with the beliefs and teachings of the Catholic
The Vatican has approved the sale of Geelong's St Mary's Catholic Primary School site, now a prime development opportunity near the centre of the Victorian regional city. The school was yesterday given City of Greater Geelong planning approval to relocate
A NSW Labor MP, Greg Donnelly, has outraged colleagues after a parliamentary speech in which he read out the explicit titles of obscene X-rated magazines previously available at petrol outlets. Mr Donnelly has now been referred to Parliament's privileges
In a breakthrough in negotiations, outgoing St Mary's, South Brisbane administrator, Fr Peter Kennedy, will say his last Mass in the parish on Sunday April 19. After eight hours of negotiation, St Mary's council co-convenor Marg Ortiz said a solution
Author of the Land of the Long Weekend and The Great Australian Stupor, as well as psychologist to Melbourne priests, Ronald Conway has died at the age of eighty-three. The Age reports that Conway's 1978 Land of the Long Weekend went into the
NSW Police failed to warn schools including Catholic schools that an officer who worked closely with hundreds of their children being charged with indecently assaulting a child. The senior constable was charged last March with aggravated indecent assault
Catholic and Anglican bishops in Sri Lanka's war zone are appealing to the government and the Tamil rebels to address the "desperate" needs of civilians whose needs must be "addressed without delay." AsiaNews reports the appeal
It is time for dialogue under sponsorship of our bishops. We all know that the majority of our bishops agree with many of Bishop Robinson's assertions. They might not choose his arguments or mode of public expression. But the time has long passed for the
In a supposedly Catholic context, the absence from the Study Week of long time Catholic commentators on the dangers inherent in GM foods is of note. As always in this type of public relations, the plight of the poor and hungry is trotted out as the
Catholic Chaplain to the Sydney horseracing community, Br Dan Stafford invites all Catholics and other interested people to the Annual Racing Fraternity Mass for 2009. With the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival just about to commence, the Racing Mass is
The NCCA is 17 Christian Churches, including the Catholic Church, who have embarked on a pilgrimage together. Despite a wide variety o history and theology, all churches share a common faith and confession in Jesus Christ. All are convinced that the