After a campaign for corporate sponsorship failed, the Sisters of St Joseph have introduced bookings and fees to cope with an expected 25,000 pilgrims per day who will visit the tomb of Blessed Mary MacKillop. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that the
Love always conquers death, Pope Benedict said yesterday at a service at the Rome Basilica of St Bartholomew commemorating the 40th anniversary of the founding of the St Egidio Community. Even in the darkest situations of violence and oppression, the
A Vietnamese Catholic from a Montagnard village has died in prison after being arrested and tortured by police, the Montagnard Foundation International has alleged. Rahlan Hen from Ploi Beng village in Giala Province died last month while serving a
Pope Benedict has appealed to Iraqis to embrace peace following the murder of a Syrian Orthodox priest. The New Zealand Catholic reports Pope Benedict urged Iraqis to embrace peace in their efforts to build "a just and tolerant society".
Melbourne's Russian Catholic Centre is seeking new premises to house its mission of "maintaining dialogue" with the Orthodox churches, Archpriest Lawrence Cross says. The previous Russian Catholic Centre which closed last Christmas was
MAGiS is a long-term project designed to foster Ignatian spirituality in young adults aged 18 to 30. The aim of MAGiS is to produce leaders, people with a sense of God's place in their lives and a capacity to do something to build a better world.
The Society of St Vincent de Paul began in France in 1833 but its 19th century champion in Australia was the eminent architect and politician Charles O'Neill. Torn between professional ambition and a desire to serve the poor, O'Neill's life mirrored the
We must let India know that the world is watching and that we disapprove of what is happening. Our brothers and sisters in Christ are vulnerable and in danger. As a minority, they have no voice. State politicians in the Kandhamal district are looking the
Former Melbourne Archbishop Frank Little, who championed Vatican II reforms and confronted the Victorian state government over its "casino culture", died in his sleep Monday night. Archbishop Thomas Francis Little was the first Victorian to
An Italian nun has saved an elderly man by using her habit to douse the flames after the man poured petrol over himself and struck a match. The UK Daily Record reports that Sr Donatella Ciucciumei, 51, saw the man douse himself in petrol in a street
After 120 years of work and presence in the South Melbourne area, Loreto sisters are selling up their provincial convent in order to finance new projects in Australia and abroad. The St Vincent Place convent which was earlier a Christian Brothers
I have heard it said that no one should have to pay to use liturgical music because composers and publishers should be happy to do God’s work for free. We would never expect a plumber to fix the leaking baptismal font or a tiler to repair the church
German Cardinal Karl Lehmann says the Catholic Church must face up to its past after a newly published history revealed the Church in Germany used 1,000 prisoners of war and nearly 5,000 civilians as slave labourers in hospitals and monasteries during World
Polish bishops have launched a campaign to exhume the heart of Pope John Paul II and bring it back to his home town of Cracow. The bishops want the late pontiff's heart moved to Wawel Cathedral, AdKronos International reports. Bishop Tadeusz Pieronek
Days after the local bishop ordered the removal of a reputedly miraculous statue of Our Lady, a Sri Lanka shrine has been struck by bombs dropped from aircraft. MISNA News reports that the Church of the Sacred Heart, within the Catholic sanctuary in
Three ex-lawyers are among this year's batch of first year students at Sydney's Good Shepherd Seminary in Homebush. Judgment day has a rather different meaning for erstwhile legal eagles, Graham Fullick of Cessnock, Chatswood's Thomas Stevens and
Australian delegates including Federal Parliamentary Secretary for International Development Assistance, Bob McMullan, joined 200 participants at an intergovernment conference on interfaith cooperation for peace and harmony in Phnom Penh last week.
As he prepares to leave for his first visit as pontiff to the United States and to the United Nations, Pope Benedict has sent a message to American Catholics emphasising the need to work for peace, justice and freedom "in obedience to God's law".
This week marked a milestone for World Youth Day 2008 as it passed under 100 days to go until the event starts on July 15. With now almost a daily flow of information about WYD08 in the Australian and international media and renewed interest on pilgrim
St John's College at the University of Sydney is celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2008. It is the oldest Catholic tertiary institution in Australia and likely that it was the first Catholic college to be established in a pre-existing non-Catholic