Pope Benedict has named Sydney Cardinal George Pell as one of three delegate presidents for the forthcoming Synod of Bishops on the Word of God. The Vatican announced yesterday Cardinal Pell would serve in place of Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Mumbai,
The central hope of the Obama campaign is to find common ground, not by "favouring" that which can never be acceptable, the taking of innocent unborn life, but by dealing with the legal reality in a way that at least reduces the likelihood of
Love isn't easy, except in our daydreams. We do not even need to look at the superficiality of the cheaper romantic novels to see the truth of that. It suffices to go to church regularly. I go to Mass every day and I go there with good people, who are
This website of a publishing house is, as a tribute to St Paul in this Pauline Year, hosting an interactive trivia game about the life and work of the great saint. The game, In the footsteps of St Paul, is the brainchild of a Franciscan Friar and is
This week's edition of The Rhythm Divine features Catholic rocker, Mike Mangione. It also plays host to Texan born, Beth Nielsen Chapman and her Human Family Songbook, better known as her new album Prism, a collection of devotional music from the
Born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Caritas Australia worker Lulu Mitshabu says her native country is now in an immeasurably worse condition than when she fled. The Age reports Ms Mitshabu grew up angry in dictator Joseph Mobutu's Zaire which
In the wake of allegations against former teachers and priests at Bathurst's St Stanislaus College, a group of ex-students has called on the Vincentian order to withdraw from the college. The Sydney Morning Herald reports old boys from St Stanislaus'
Pope Benedict leaves for France tomorrow on a visit to commemorate the 150th anniversary of St Bernadette's Lourdes visions of Our Lady. Pope Benedict said on Wednesday he would be going to France this week as "a messenger of peace and
Xavier educated Victorian Deputy Premier Rob Hulls joined Police Minister Bob Cameron and Sports Minister James Merlino in voting against the Abortion Law Reform Bill which passed a second reading in Victoria's Lower House last night. The Age
Mercy taught Bennelong MP Maxine McKew has credited the education she received at Brisbane's All Hallows School with enabling her to defeat former Prime Minister John Howard in last year's Federal elections. Speaking at the inaugural Catherine McAuley
There are still plenty of reasons to bother with the Bible. But at least one is indisputable, and it reveals a gaping hole in the Australian educational experience. You need to know the Bible in order to understand the history, literature and arts of
Anti-Christian violence is slowly subsiding in the Indian state of Orissa but details continue to emerge of the attacks that have left many seriously wounded. "The attack on Christians in Orissa was an attack against the sacredness and dignity of
To understand the apparent disconnect between the importance in which Catholic faith is held, on the one hand, by the Australian government and over a quarter of Australia’s self-professed Catholics, and on the other, the strident opposition to the
Connor Court Publishing is an Australian owned publisher specialising in books on religion and culture. In recent years it has published many of the texts by conservative Australian Catholic identities including Tess Livingstone and Fr John Flader.
Perth Auxiliary Bishop Don Sproxton says he is not concerned about a shift from traditional funeral services after funeral directors revealed that football theme songs and heavy metal songs are now among those most requested at WA funerals. Bishop
A Newcastle priest has been placed on restricted duties after seven year old children at a local school were shown an explicit image during a religion class. The Newcastle Herald reports that Belmont priest, Fr Gerard Mackie, was interviewed by police and
No new Lourdes miracles have been recorded since an easing of criteria, local Bishop Jacques Perrier has said. Reuters reports when Bishop Perrier announced that the Church would ease some criteria for miracles, sceptics foresaw a wave of miracle claims.
A Queensland bioethicist has called on Catholics to write to senators in support of a bill to end Medicare funding for second and third trimester abortions. Queensland Bioethics Centre director Ray Campbell's comment followed Tasmanian Liberal Senator Guy
Pope Benedict has praised the selflessness of late Italian Cardinal Antonio Innocenti who stood before a World War II firing squad before being reprieved. Cardinal Innocenti, who assisted those sentenced to be deported during World War II died on
The specific role of the layperson is "to imbue the temporal order with the Christian spirit and to transform it according to the divine plan," Pope Benedict has told Paraguay's bishops following the election of a former bishop as the South American