Pope Benedict has accepted the resignation of Wilcannia-Forbes Bishop Christopher Toohey under Canon 401 §2 which concerns bishops who have "become less able to fulfill his office because of ill health or some other grave cause." Bishop
This is a bitter-sweet movie about a family surviving as best it can under enormous financial and psychological pressures. It depicts an odd family, which battles against almost insurmountable problems. Because of its dark content, this is not a film
There are two essential kinds of prayer: Something we call liturgical prayer, the public prayer of the Church, and something we call private or devotional prayer. Unfortunately we often confuse the two. For example, five hundred people might be
St Carthage's in the inner northern suburb of Parkville in Melbourne is the parish of the University of Melbourne and its extended community. It is also well known among the many religious congregations who have community houses or offices close by. Fr
At the National Public Education Forum organised by pro-government school educational groups and associations, several speakers argued that State and Federal governments should reduce funding to Catholic and independent schools. Instead of welcoming
With its Village Space program focused on climate change and its effects on people in the developing world, Catholic Mission has given its backing to this week's National Climate Emergency Rally. Climate change affects people all around the world and
A 90 year old man on his way home from St Patrick's Church, Fremantle, has been bashed and robbed. The man was walking home from church when he was punched in the stomach by two men, who then stole his wallet while he was lying on the ground.
Peru's Episcopal Commission on the Family has formally written to Canada's Catholic bishops conference requesting that Canadian Caritas organisation Development and Peace stop funding pro-abortion groups in Peru. "It is very disturbing to have
On a visit to CERN, the world's biggest nuclear physics laboratory, Vatican City governor Cardinal Giovanni Lajolo said true faith has no problems with science. Cardinal Lajolo toured the CERN facility and its 17 mile proton accelerator last week. It
Close to 1,000 people packed out Infant Jesus Church in Morley to see Perth Archbishop Barry Hickey ordain four more priests for the Archdiocese of Perth on Friday night. Ordained were: Andrew Lotton, Jean-Noel Antoine Marie, Jeronimo De Jesus
To coincide with the lead up to the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ on Sunday, the Dominican friars from St Dominic's, Camberwell in suburban Melbourne is holding a Eucharistic Festival based on the theme, The Eucharist Makes All Things New,
Please be assured that the problem lies not with ordinary Australians but disaffected immigrant/refugee youth of Sudanese and Middle-Eastern origin.These immigrants/refugees have been warmly welcomed and embraced in Australia but they repay us with
The Sisters of St Joseph in Tasmania have recently launched this new website which in many ways is consistent with the congregation's mission of reaching out and building communities. The site also features news on the Tasmanian congregation's moves
Paradoxes torment the ruthlessly logical. But they lie at the heart of religious faith, indeed perhaps of any insight. They appear to be absurd, yet they point to a truth that cannot be expressed straightforwardly. The scriptures of both Islam and
Australian order, the Sisters of the Good Samaritan, are celebrating after Sr Ameria Etuare made her final profession, the first Kiribati woman to do so. Sr Ameria Etuare made her perpetual profession at the Sacred Heart Cathedral on South Tarawa,
A congregation of 1,800 farewelled charismatic surgeon and reality television personality, Professor Chris O'Brien, in a state funeral at St Mary's Cathedral, Sydney yesterday. Sydney Cardinal George Pell presided at the ceremony. In one of
Broome Bishop Christopher Saunders says that a new Federal Government restructuring policy known as "normalisation" is causing a wave of Aboriginal "refugees" to be driven into regional centres. The policy aims to outsource housing and
Up to 100,000 people could forgo health cover because of budget cuts to the private health insurance rebate, four times more than Treasury estimates, a report commissioned by Catholic Health Australia concludes. The report, produced by Access
Students at a Montreal's Loyola High School cannot simply stop being Catholic while they take Quebec's new ethics and religious culture course, since everything they do is infused with their belief system, a McGill University professor told a Quebec Court.
The Year of the Priest is a chance for Catholics to recognise the "great and often unsung work" of priests, making a contribution to the lives of people, parish communities and the Church as a whole, says Sydney Auxiliary Bishop Julian Porteous.