Venice Rabbi Elia Enrico Richetti has accused Pope Benedict of wiping out 50 years of progress in Catholic-Jewish dialogue by allowing the reintroduction last year of a Holy Week prayer for the conversion of the Jews. Rabbi Richetti also announced that
Spain's National Court has opened an official investigation into 14 former El Salvador military officers over the 1989 torture and killing of six Jesuits, their housekeeper and her daughter during the central American nation's civil war. The
A British scientist has discovered that it is possible to extract DNA samples from medieval parchment which may make it possible to identify the origins of ancient manuscripts including bibles and prayer books. By comparing the genetic codes of
Lisbon Cardinal Jose Policarpo has warned Portuguese women that marrying a Muslim man can bring "a whole lot of trouble" because Christian women become subject to Muslim conventions. PR Inside reports that Cardinal Policarpo is
Fr Raymond Helmick is a copious correspondent. For the past three years, the Jesuit priest has written nearly 20 letters to Khalid Mishal, founder and political leader of the Palestinian movement Hamas, urging him to abandon militancy, unify with Fatah,
The Philippines like Korea is a country where major empires fight their battles, add erupting volcanoes and massive earthquakes and you have a country that knows the violence of man and nature. Malate parish has many poor people. Through the phases of its
The people involved in this film obviously love dogs and the movie captures very well the special relationships that can exist between dogs and children. It is refreshing to see that the film is not animated; it is a live action movie and will appeal
Despite still being under attack for axing several religious and faith based programs, including the highly regarded The Religion Report, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, at least for now, still has a dedicated "religion and ethics"
Toowoomba Bishop William Morris says that debate on euthanasia is important but that people should not let emotions cloud the issue and make up their minds based on facts. Bishop Morris made his comments after voluntary euthanasia group Exit
Opening the 6th World Meeting of Families in Mexico, Pontifical Council for the Family president, Cardinal Ennio Antonelli, said the traditional family must be given "decisive priority" for the future in a culture sick with individualism.
Unemployed people need education, retraining and financial and family counselling, Catholic Social Services Australia CEO Frank Quinlan says. "Employment services can no longer just be focused on outcomes such as job places," Mr Quinlan said.
Vinnies Queensland will not appeal the award of $27,500 in compensation to volunteer Linda Walsh who was asked to resign as a local conference leader because she was not Catholic. The Catholic Leader reports the St Vincent de Paul Society
Author Brendan Whiting whose book "The Shroud Story" rebutted scientific tests dating the Shroud of Turin to the 14th century has died in Sydney. The Catholic Weekly reports that Whiting's 2006 book renewed support for the authenticity of the
Fifteen years ago I knew practically nothing of the Dominicans, all I knew of Aquinas was the caricature of the desiccated scholastic wondering about angels and pins, and what little theology I had studied at university I found eye-wateringly dull. Thus I
Georgetown University in Washington DC is America's oldest Catholic university celebrating 220 years of higher learning in 2009. It was founded by the nation's first Catholic bishop, the Jesuit John Carroll. In the emerging tradition of American
Within Catholic circles, the only people I've seen quarrelling are the kind of Jew-hating kooks one finds in the fever swamps of sedevacantism and other outposts of lunacy. In circles beyond the Church, of course, the situation is much more volatile, with
With the death of Father Richard John Neuhaus on Jan. 8, the Catholic Church lost one of its greatest public intellectuals, a theologian who brought the light of the Gospel to the world of public life. More than that, though, Father Neuhaus made possible a
The Queensland Anti-Discrimination Tribunal has ordered the St Vincent de Paul Society to pay $27,000 in compensation to a former local Vinnies president who was sacked because she was not Catholic. The landmark decision in the Anti-Discrimination
Kuala Lumpur Archbishop Murphy Pakiam has accused Malaysian of acting in bad faith over its refusal to allow the publication of a Malay edition of the Catholic Herald pending the outcome of a court case on the use of the word "Allah". The
An extraordinary minister refused communion to Victorian Attorney-General Rob Hulls at a Christmas Mass service at St Monica's parish, Moonee Ponds before parish priest, Fr Peter Kenny, intervened and gave him communion. The Herald-Sun reports