Public schools are to receive 70 percent of nearly $14 billion in new funding for all schools if the Rudd Government's second stimulus package is passed with another 20 percent of the funds to go to Catholic schools. If the package is passed, public
Queensland Education Minister Rod Welford has ordered an investigation into the possible failure of a Toowoomba Catholic primary school and Catholic Education to act on complaints of sexual abuse by a teacher over a year before he was arrested. Mr Welford
The Vatican Secretariat of State has said that Pope Benedict was unaware of Bishop Richard Williamson's Holocaust minimising positions prior to lifting his excommunication and has demanded that the SSPX prelate recant his views prior to full communion.
Showing the immediacy and the fast moving pace of social networking and the contemporary internet, LOL Saints is a light hearted website initially developed following an exchange between two users of the ever expanding, Twitter. It features a daily saint
The Federal Government's stimulus package is staggering for its size and for the message it sends about the severity of the economic challenge that Canberra believes lies ahead, but what does it do for Australians who are already doing it tough or for those
Character lies deeper than our values and far deeper than our philosophies, allegiances, memberships, or accomplishments. Our character is the deepest expression of what constitutes us as unique individuals. Character is our personal seal, our indelible
Fr George W. O'Malley of Georgetown University in Washington DC is the special guest on this edition of The Spirit of Things where he examines the debates and assesses the achievements of Vatican II. He is joined by the Chair of the Council of Christians
Palmerston North Bishop Peter Cullinane has launched a nationwide search in New Zealand for a new symbol to identify Catholic clergy. Stuff.co.nz reports the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference has adopted dress standards already used by the
A search on Telstra subsidiary Sensis White Pages online telephone directory for a magic shop in Queensland comes up with a single answer, a listing for the Catholic Church in the Townsville diocese. A search for "magic shop" under businesses in
Severe flooding on the main island of Guadalcanal and neighbouring Savo Island has washed away homes and bridges and affected 1,800 families in the Solomon Islands, a Caritas Australia report says. At least nine people have been confirmed dead and at
Former Religion Report radio host Stephen Crittenden has returned to work three months after his suspension for attacking ABC management on air over the axing of his show. The Radio National journalist was stood down on full pay last October and
hey are praying types, the good folk of St Mary's College, just outside San Francisco. This week they will be dusting off their rosaries and asking for a special favour. Sure the almighty might be busy dealing with the global financial meltdown, but the
Anyone reading the life of Christ in the gospels does so out of their own life experience. Jesus Christ consciously and deliberately identified himself with "ritually unclean" people who were ostracised and therefore, on the edge of their culture.
Brisbane's Griffith University Multifaith Centre is hosting an inter-faith summit titled One Humanity, Many Faiths seeking to promote peace and harmony in Australia and the Asia/Pacific region. It will explore the role of people of faith in
We have YouTube, GodTube and now Catholic Tube. In the same traditions of video and broadcast sharing websites, this latest incarnation proclaims that it is broadcasting Christ and His Church to the world. This site has "channels"
The Australian Catholic Office for Film and Broadcasting has named Elissa Down's "Black Balloon" as its film of the year for 2008. Director of the office and jury chair, Jesuit priest, Fr Richard Leonard said, "This film is all about
Pope Benedict chose World Communications Day to launch the Vatican's YouTube channel, and praised social networking sites for fostering friendships and understanding, but warning they also can isolate people. The Pope urged a culture of online respect in
As criticism mounted of Pope Benedict's decision to lift the excommunication on four SSPX bishops, Vatican Cardinal Walter Kasper slammed Holocaust denying comments by rehabilitated Bishop Richard Williamson as "stupid" and
World Youth Day 2008 has led to unprecedented growth in the Australian Young Christian Workers movement, according to national secretary Marie Rehab. Perth based Ms Raheb, told The Record that pre and post-WYD formation resources distributed to parishes
Catholic bishops have accused leaders of the Southern African Development Community of complicity in a "passive genocide" in Zimbabwe by their failure to act against starvation conditions. The bishops in a message said that SADC had sustained