With less than 100 days to go to World Youth Day, organisers have launched an appeal for 8,000 volunteers to welcome the 125,000 international visitors expected. The Sydney Morning Herald reports the Church says it needs 8,000 volunteers, but so far
For much of her life, Dorothy Day, co-founder of the Catholic Worker Movement, was regarded as a prophetic if somewhat marginal figure in the American Catholic Church. Her combination of traditional piety and her radical stance on social and political
John Bradley was in his early 20s when as a new teacher he was sent to the remote aboriginal community of Borroloola in the Northern Territory. For most of his adult life he has been working with the Yanyuwa, documenting their language and
Although my body is broken and wounded by advanced multiple sclerosis, a light of hope in Christ sustains me. I depend upon an electric wheelchair for movement but my dark road still leads to a new horizon. Even though my body is being slowly and steadily
This is the international website of the religious congregation of women, the Faithful Companions of Jesus. Last Saturday marked the 150th anniversary of the death of Marie Madeleine de Bonnault d’Houet, foundress of the order. A host of
Fittingly absurdist, narrated by a droll English voice actor as if it were a news magazine on some minor channel owned by the BBC, Bruce Petty's alarmed view of the world fits neatly into, and is drawn from, the leftist view of "the West" as
The vehemence with which appeals to sentiment are rejected in public life is constantly surprising. Symbolic gestures that involve the heart, like the apology to the Stolen Generations, are often seen as a substitute for practical action. The reason
It is obvious that anti-dogmatism is alive and well in Anglican and Uniting churches. There are many clergy who proudly turn their back on the formal study of theology and many congregations whose study materials avoid the great theological
Victorian Br Peter Dowling has been elected to the Christian Brothers' international leadership team at the congregation's world chapter at Munmar in India. The chapter which takes place every six years also elected Indian Br Philip Pinto as leader.
The New South Wales economy will receive a $231 million boost from the hosting of World Youth Day, the Sydney Chamber of Commerce has calculated, but Sydneysiders are also being warned to stay away from the city centre during the event which has been
A painting by a famous Austrian artist depicting a homosexual orgy of the Apostles has been swifly removed from an exhibition at a museum at Vienna's St Stephen's Cathedral but protest continues over other pictures said to portray a homoerotic vision of
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