Pope Benedict has requested the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to draw up new guidelines for the recognition of claims of apparitions of Our Lady. The Times Online reports the Pope has asked Monsignor Luis Francisco Ladaria Ferrer, a Spanish
Parishioners at a Kuala Lumpur parish are holding a vigil for a Member of Parliament and practising Catholic, Teresa Kok, who has been detained under the country's Internal Security Act. Malaysia Today reports Catholic parishes are organising vigils
The arrival of 250,000 World Youth Day pilgrims from over 100 countries may be to blame for exotic strains of flu circulating in Australia, a medical researcher says. The Daily Telegraph reports nurses are reporting high rates of virulent infections
Speaking to French bishops in Paris, Pope Benedict has warned of the dangers of a growing split over the use of the traditional Latin Mass and appealed for tolerance. The International Herald Tribune reports that Pope Benedict told French bishops that
In this philosophically intelligent but sociologically naive book the American philosopher Austin Dacey argues against the expulsion of belief, whether or not religious, from the public sphere, and against subjectivist theories of ethics making that
Archbishop John Bathersby has announced a year long celebration for the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Archdiocese of Brisbane. The Catholic Leader reports the celebration will begin on the first Sunday of Advent 2008 (November 30).
There's no doubt that the Genesis edict to "subdue the earth and multiply" has been taken to heart and acted upon by homo sapiens with great gusto. A global population of one billion at the start of the 20th century has risen to six and a half and
In his ministry on earth, Jesus included rather than excluded people. Shepherds, women, publicans, sinners, people from other countries - all found a place in the heart of Jesus. The outcast Samaritan was the only one of the 10 cured lepers who returned to
Brisbane's burgeoning baby boom post-World War II provided one of the impetuses for the creation of Padua College, a Catholic boys day college for Year 5 to 12, in the city's northern suburbs in 1956. Since this time the college, under the care of the
Three former St Stanislas College Bathurst priests have pleaded not guilty to a total of 125 abuse related charges while their lawyer has described media publicity given to the case as a "witch hunt". The Daily Telegraph reports Brian
Addressing French bishops in Lourdes, Pope Benedict reaffirmed the Church could not recognise "irregular unions" of Catholics who divorce and remarry outside the Church. "Initiatives aimed at blessing irregular unions cannot be
Christian-Hindu tension has gripped the southern Indian state of Karnataka after Christians protested attacks on local churches and religious communities. UCA News reports Hindu groups have claimed responsibility for September 14 attacks on 15
Catholic Health Australia and other health services providers are concerned at a possible jump in power bills for hospitals under a national emissions trading scheme. The Australian reports that hospitals and nursing homes face a $100 million jump in
I propose that the most fundamental human right of all is a child’s right to be born from natural biological origins and that children have human rights with respect to their biological parents and families and that these rights must be recognised.
This SBS documenatary follows a 26 year old former Catholic who moves in with Australia's most controversial Muslim figure, Sheik Taj El Hilaly in order to learn more about the cleric, Islam and the Australian-Muslim community. They form an odd couple,
Leave Nothing Undared is the bold statement that welcomes visitors to the website of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate. Their website contains a number of affiliates sites including the well known Rosies network and details about their activities in
The Sacrament of Penance is surely the most under-utilized of the Church’s sacraments. This is inevitable in the age of “I’m OK, you’re OK.” But our failure to use the sacrament well is an important obstacle to holiness. Since
Without the sick, Lourdes would become a "Catholic Disneyland", Lourdes Bishop Jacques Perrier says. Bishop Perrier made his comments as Pope Benedict devoted his last Mass in Lourdes yesterday to the sick, reconfirming the priority that is
The Federal Government should provide an amnesty for victims of trafficking now living illegally in Australia, a coalition of Catholic women religious says. The Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans (ACRATH) coalition says many
Australia's Redemptorist community have written to their Vietnamese counterparts expressing concern over the failure by local authorities to observe fundamental legal rights and due process in the ongoing property dispute at Hanoi's Thai Ha parish.