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.
A senior Vatican official yesterday said the Catholic Church will not apologise for religious controversies over Charles Darwin and his theory of evolution. EarthTimes reports that Archbishop Gianfranco Ravasi was commenting on an appeal by the Church
In this year's Social Justice Statement to be released today Australia's Catholic Bishops slam consumerism and the emergence of a severely disadvantaged underclass. The Sydney Morning Herald reports this year's statement, A Rich Young Nation: The
When everything is flat it takes a strong message to awaken hope. Zimbabweans are down flat but they have not despaired. In fact their resilience is remarked on with admiration by observers. It shows itself in the unfailing humour with which every new twist
Zimbabwe's Catholic bishops have welcomed the signing of a power sharing agreement between President Robert Mugabe and opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai. Independent Catholic News reports the Secretary General of the Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops'
Abergowie College is a Catholic secondary boarding college in the Herbert River Valley west of Ingham in North Queensland. Its students are predominately indigenous Australians and from Papua New Guinea. The college has just had its 75th anniversary weekend
This edition of The Ark focuses on Pope Pius XII and asks the question whether or not he was the Nazi pope. The papacy of Pope Pius XII during the Nazi takeover of Europe has long been criticised by some historians for its ineffective response to Hitler and
Several times each week I receive news graphically illustrating the injustices suffered by refugees or trafficked people, on problems caused by racism, genetically modified foods, water problems, civil war, natural disasters and so forth. I am
The Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission has announced a national review of what Australians think about freedom of religion and belief. ABC News quotes the Commission's race discrimination commissioner Tom Calma as saying that Australia
The Holy See has granted diplomatic asylum to a 34 year old former student and political dissident who is wanted by the Venezuelan government on charges of attempted murder and lascivious acts against a female police officer. Associated Press
Church Resources Executive Director Fr Michael Kelly has been appointed as director of the Bangkok based Asian Catholic news agency, UCAN. Province Express reports Fr Kelly will be sharing his time between Australia and Bangkok next year, as he
A group of ex-students from Melbourne's Parade College have written to another old boy Victorian MP, Wade Noonan, to say that he will not be welcomed at a college function after the parliamentarian voted in favour of the Abortion Law Reform Bill. The Age
Vatican Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos has accused some traditionalists of "insatiable" and "incredible" demands in relation to the celebration of the Tridentine Mass. Rather than being grateful, some people have reacted to Pope Benedict's wider