A Catholic group, Gethsemane Ministries, that had donated a nativity scene outside Toronto's Old City Hall were told to remove a plaque identifying an anti-abortion group as the donor of the statues. City officials ordered the removal of a small
President Nicolas Sarkozy --- In a column for the French publication Le Monde, President Nicolas Sarkozy warned Muslims, as well as people of other faiths to practice their religions modestly and without "provocation". The
Israel's Foreign Minister Daniel Ayalon is visiting the Holy See in a bid to reach an agreement over property in the Holy Land, but Church ownership of the room in which tradition holds that the Last Supper took place is reportedly off limits.
The Hon Clovis Alidor Mwamba --- The Benenson Society was launched in Melbourne by Father Tony Kerin, Episcopal Vicar for Justice in the Archdiocese of Melbourne, the archdiocese said in a statement. Named after Peter Benenson, the
Italy approved the sale of the abortion drug RU 486, to be administered solely in hospitals, despite protests from the Vatican. The pill was originally approved by the country's pharmaceuticals agency in late July, but the move prompted a
The five hundredth anniversary of the birth of John Calvin (1509-64), whom Bruce Gordon in this masterful biography hails as "the greatest Protestant reformer of the sixteenth century, brilliant, visionary and iconic," invites fresh
At roughly the halfway mark of the Year for Priests it is timely to return to its official website. It has been updated with information about the international meeting of priests in Rome in June 2010 which will officially close the Year, but also with
Blessed Mary MacKillop --- The fax machine at the Josephite HQ in Mount St, North Sydney, has been working a lot of overtime of late, pouring out requests from all over the country for information. Such is the response by Australians to the
The Federal Government's shameful attempt to extend compulsory income management in an effort to get around the Racial Discrimination Act is nothing more than a cynical manoeuvre, a deliberate commitment to the American path of close supervision of people
Father Peter Kennedy --- Father Peter Kennedy, who was stripped of his holy orders and banned from preaching, hearing confessions and officiating at weddings since June, says his "St Mary's in Exile" community is still attracting
Extreme religious and anti-religious views are on the rise, while measured debate wanes, said physicist and cosmologist Paul Davies. He blames the September 11 terrorist attacks on the US for this, The Age reports. Dr Davies said the "religion
Australia's Catholic Bishops Conference welcomed the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus of Pope Benedict XVI, and appointed Bishop Peter Elliot as the delegate on the matter at their November plenary meeting. "This Constitution enables
Tony Abbott --- Tony Abbott, the only declared Liberal Party leadership challenger to Malcolm Turnbull, says he's a "pragmatic common sense" politician and not a narrow minded conservative, the Sunday Herald Sun reported.
The Archdiocese of Melbourne is "investigating whether there is any prospect of recovery" of more than $400,000 in parish funds that drug addicted Olivia Raymond conned from 83 year old North Fawkner parish priest Father Paul Kane, The Age reports.
Cardinal John Henry Newman --- Pope Benedict plans to personally take charge of the ceremony to beatify Cardinal John Henry Newman, when he visits Britain in September next year, the UK's The Catholic Herald reports from unnamed Vatican
Dr Rowan Williams --- Efforts are under way to salvage Anglo-Catholic dialogue following Pope Benedict XVI's decree setting out new structures to receive groups of disaffected Anglicans into the Catholic Church. Preliminary talks took
Not all discrimination is unjust and not all relationships are the same. Parents love their children, including their adult ones, but the law will not allow them to marry. Would we allow siblings who loved each other to marry, of course not! We discriminate
The Advent season is upon us, and to celebrate the Redemptorists of Australia have created an online Advent Calender for this important festive season. On each day visitors will be given a reflection, a scripture passage, a prayer and a poetry extract.
At the height of the climate talks in Copenhagen, churches in Denmark will ring their bells. Christians around the world are invited by The World Council of Churches to echo them by sounding their own bells, shells, drums, gongs or horns 350 times.
St Mary's Jindera --- The community in Jindera, near Albury in NSW is being urged to weed out vandals who smashed religious statues, threw over the altar and caused other destruction over the weekend at the town's Catholic church and