Nearly two decades on from events that led, under John Paul II, to the downfall of Communism, the Catholic Church in Poland is again set to play a significant role in the politics of Europe. This time, however, it is not a Pope, nor even the Polish
Over the years I have done a lot of talking at bioethics conferences. Commonly, I am approached after my lecture by someone, especially a young doctor or a nurse. They will have a hard question which is troubling them. It will be something like: "I
Fire has damaged a significant painting at Rome's Purgatory Museum. The Archangel Report says the museum features artworks and relics of saints and others who are alleged to have returned from Purgatory to warn the living to repent. The damaged
The Catholic Superannuation and Retirement Fund has decided to modify its international equities weighting in favour of emerging markets. The move follows a recent review of its $3.4 billion portfolio. The fund is ramping up its exposure to emerging markets
z World Youth Day organisers have issued a call for nearly 2000 young volunteers to lead catechesis animating teams during next July's event. They described the role as "pivotal". Each catechesis session will be led by one of 300 bishops
Police assisted by local aboriginal trackers have found the body of Sr Bernadette O'Connor. ABC News reports that the 88 year old apparently became disoriented in a mangrove swamp near Beagle Bay in remote north Western Australia. Police are
The head of the US Catholic Bishops Conference has slammed Amnesty International's policy change in favour of abortion. Catholic Online reports that Bishop William Skylstad called the move is an "affront to people committed to human rights".
According to my sampling of Asian laity-clergy opinions, priests are often viewed distantly, as little more than Sacrament-dispensing zombies. Most survey participants said priests get drained physically and spiritually in the anonymity of today's
Sexual abuse has been called the biggest crisis for the Catholic Church since the 16th-century Reformation. But according to retired Sydney Bishop Geoffrey Robinson, the church is still mostly tinkering around the edges in its response to the problem.
Amnesty International has been accused of "duping" Catholic rock singers who contributed to an Amnesty CD to raise money for survivors of Darfur atrocities. Times Online reports that two weeks ago, just two months after the album's
Cult leader William Kamm has been sentenced to an extra four years in prison for the rape of another of his young followers. 56 year old Kamm is also known as The Little Pebble. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that he ordered the girl, then 14, to
Horse training legend Bart Cummings has again urged that the World Youth Day papal mass be moved from Randwick Racecourse to another venue. In an interview with the Sydney Daily Telegraph on Saturday, Cummings said the Australian Jocked Club encouraged
It's been revealed that Blessed Mother Teresa suffered from a deep crisis of faith for the last 40 years of her life. But Vatican sources say this will not jeopardise her eventual canonisation. Her postulator Msgr Robert Sarno said it would be
Catholic Health Australia has called for a new "MediLink" system to provide vouchers of up to $1000 for medical services for chronically ill patients who have been discharged from hospital. The body's CEO Francis Sullivan said: "The
Retired Sydney Bishop Geoffrey Robinson has challenged compulsory priestly celibacy in a new book. He argues that compulsory celibacy for priests and religious has contributed to sexual abuse, and must at least be on the table for discussion. He
A Sunday morning Mass this month at Our Lady of Guadalupe in Immokalee, Florida, Church began with a hymn called "City of God." Ten minutes from Our Lady of Guadalupe's, the new residents of Ave Maria town gathered for a Mass of their own.
Some may feel the Catholic Church is a generation behind everyone else in attitudes to abortion. I believe the church is a generation in front of popular opinion on protecting human life from womb to tomb. The crucial question is: When does life begin?
A Malaysian newspaper has apologised to the Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur over a front page picture of Jesus smoking a cigarette and apparently holding a beer can. ABC News reports that a Tamil-language daily provoked criticism from religious leaders and
Chinese authorities have arrested an underground church bishop who organised meetings to distribute and discuss Pope Benedict's Letter to Chinese Catholics. AsiaNews reports that Mgr Julius Jia Zhiguo was preparing a pastoral letter as well as meetings
The Kenyan government has ordered a fresh investigation into the death of US missionary Fr John Kaiser. Kaiser's body was found seven years ago with a gunshot wound to the back of the head. A court recently rejected an earlier finding that the