Socialists, Jews and Christians joined Muslims yesterday in a Melbourne city protest march over RMIT student demands for more dedicated Muslim prayer rooms rather than more multifaith facilities. The Age reports the RMIT Islamic Society has been seeking
The Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney has recently launched its new website which is a significant and more vibrant step-up from its former site. With a revolving image rich banner and a welcoming video from Cardinal Pell, the site has a number of menu options
The Melbourne Passion Play has grown from humble beginnings at Rosebud in 1997. It is now seen by many thousands of Victorians from all walks of life each year. Over the years, it has become something of a cultural as well as religious institution in
In the midst of the disaster and immediately afterwards we witnessed great acts of heroism and generosity, and outpourings of compassion and solidarity. The long and often awful haul towards recovery now begins. Recovery generally means that things
It all looks simple: condoms good, Pope reactionary. It is not simple at all. All societies impose some code of sexual conduct, usually formed around religious beliefs. Cultures that lack concepts of sexual discipline are not usually good societies in which
The Australian Religious Response to Climate Change is organising a series of multi-faith vigils in Sydney, Adelaide and Brisbane this weekend in support of Earth Hour while China's Baoding Catholic diocese is promoting the event as part of Lenten
International expert on church unity, Rev Günther Gassmann, a German Lutheran theologian, has urged the Catholic Church to declare officially that its excommunication of Martin Luther no longer applies. Such a statement, "in these ecumenically less
The Catholic Church in Australia is to embark on its first ever national e-conference this year, with parishes and Church groups encouraged to gather on Tuesday June 30 to take part in the innovative conference on St Paul. An ACBC statement says that
An invitation from the USA's Notre Dame University for President Barack Obama to address a university commencement event has divided American Catholics. A war of words has broken out between Catholics who back Notre Dame University's invitation to
Curators at London's British Museum have discovered the relics of 39 saints, including St Benedict, packed in bundles of cloth inside a 12th century portable German altar. The Irish Times reports the new medieval gallery at the British Museum in
Roberts was an enabler, a catalyst who had a profound belief in "community controlled health". For him the physical symptoms were signs of greater nutritional, economic, social, cultural and spiritual disease; whole health and wellbeing had to be
The February bushfires have given parts of Victoria a spring time experience. As the season of Lent comes to a close and Easter draws near, green shoots are appearing in blackened clumps. This Encounter reflects on the bushfires, from a Lenten
At the core of the St Mary's conflict lies an understanding of the significance of the Second Vatican Council, the changes it introduced into Church life, and the limits of those changes. Indeed it is very difficult to conceive of such a conflict
The National Committee of Deacons is a sub-committee of the National Council of Priests and aims among other matters to provide ongoing formation to enable deacons to better serve those whom they are called to serve. While its content is not as extensive as
Melbourne personality, Fr Bob Maguire, has joined a group of church leaders who are calling on Australians to buy Easter eggs made with Fairtrade cocoa and shirts, including clerical "dog collar" shirts, made with Fairtrade cotton. By
Durban Cardinal Wilfrid Napier has expressed "shock and regret" that the Dalai Lama, Tibet's exiled spiritual leader and head of its self proclaimed government-in-exile, was denied a visa to attend a peace conference in South Africa.
German born Missionaries of Charity Sr M. Prema has succeeded Sr Nirmala Joshi as superior general of the congregration founded by Blessed Mother Teresa. UCAN reports the Missionaries of Charity, the congregation founded by Blessed Teresa of Kolkata,
Returning to Rome after his trip to Cameroon and Angola, Pope Benedict said he had been particularly impressed by the "delight" of a "rejoicing Africa" and the sense of the sacred in the continent. Speaking to reporters on his flight
Holy See permanent observer at the United Nations, Archbishop Silvio Tomasi, has expressed concern at the UN Human Rights Commission over increased intolerance against Christians, not only in countries where the religion is a minority, but also a majority.
A joint Act of Repentance by the Brisbane Catholic and Anglican archdioceses to be held at St John's Cathedral tomorrow will help set a fitting tone for the rest of the year's sesquicentenary celebrations, St Stephen's Cathedral dean Fr Ken Howell says.