Prime Minister Kevin Rudd distanced himself from claims by a Labor senator that Tony Abbott wants compulsory Bible study in schools, The Australian reports. "Over the last two days, Mr Abbott has twice suggested that all Australian school
Pope Benedict XVI --- Citing concerns over unauthorized use of the Pope's name and image, the Holy See has issued a declaration seeking to protect the "figure and personal identity of the Pope". "Recent years have
The Friends of St Brigid's officially took over the township's church and hall precinct from the Church on Friday, concluding a long running fight to keep the buildings in the community. The group's committee member Michael Lane describing the
Parents of Mike Tannous, a 17 year old who died in a car accident, claim that their son is helping heal people through the use of a "mysterious oil" that weeps from his bedroom walls, The Daily Telegraph reports. "Mike is a messenger
Bangladeshi formerly conjoined twins Krishna and Trishna, who underwent an intricate 32 hour operation to separate them five weeks ago, finally left the Melbourne Royal Children's Hospital on Monday. "For the first time they are allowed to be out
MacKillop's sainthood has some worrying attributes. The worst is the miracles anointed by her promoters to justify her candidacy. Now as an atheist, one would expect that I would be disparaging about all claims of the miraculous. But that is not my point.
Santa's image is almost universally recognised as one of our most enduring and popular legends. Yet as most Christians know, the holly old gentlemen with his bag full of toys, steering his reindeer and sliding down the chimneys is a relatively modern one.
In the mystery of the gentle breathing of an unborn baby and in the mystery of the Baby breathing in the manger we are reminded that God breathes anew in the darkness of our lives. The birth of Jesus and of all babies is an incarnational event. The
Sponsored by the Paulists and written by young adults for young adults, Busted Halo is a website that includes discussion boards on various topics, featured commentary and a range of podcasts and videocasts. The site's name is based on the belief that
Three signatures on pages of parchment bound in leather found in the archives at Rome's Venerable English College may be more evidence that William Shakespeare was a secret Catholic who spent his "lost years" in Italy. An exhibition at the
The Little Company of Mary unveiled its proposed new $45 million, 75 bed Calvary Private hospital it will build with the proceeds of the sale of the Calvary Hospital to the ACT Government, if the sale goes through. The proposal involves the sale of
The Whitsunday Regional Council adopted an amendment to the region's planning scheme that bans adult operators from trading within 200 metres of children's facilities, churches and other venues, at its discretion. The amendment gives the council much
Poker playing Florida priest, Fr Andrew Trapp, didn't win the $1 million prize on the PokerStars.net Million Dollar Challenge but says he is "happy with the way things turned out." Fr Trapp said the finale has been called "one of the
The media coverage of Blessed Mary MacKillop's imminent sainthood continues unabated, with various reports tackling different angles from "airbrushed" facial features, to her role as a spiritual inspiration, to her potential to be a religious attraction.
Fewer Christians will be around to celebrate Christmas in the region where the faith was born, due to an unprecedented modern-day exodus of victims fleeing radical Islam and waves of sectarian feelings, according to a report published in The Age. In
Australians will be able to join with the Pope when the ABC TV Midnight Mass from the Vatican. This year the Mass will commence at 10pm Rome time and finish at Midnight. The Mass though, direct from St Peter's Basilica, will air
In the true spirit of Christmas, on Christmas day I'll leave for Gaza to join some 1,300 people from 40 nations, as well as an expected 50,000 Palestinians, and together undertake a nonviolent march to the Erez northern border crossing leading into Israel.
Sheep take pride of place in the Bible; Jesus himself is called the Lamb of God. Oxen are there, too, in the background, but the donkey has a few star turns, notably at the birth of Christ and at his triumphal entry into Jerusalem prior to his passion and
Biblia Clerus was launched by the Vatican Congregation for the Clergy and allows researchers to access Bible verses with exegesis from doctors of the Church or cross reference liturgical texts with commentaries from Church Fathers. The site offers six
The Anglican bishop of North Sydney, Glenn Davies, said Mary MacKillop is no more holy in God's eyes than anyone else whose sins have been forgiven, and accused the Catholic Church of misinterpreting the qualifications of a saint. "No one wishes to