Catholic Mission's Jacmel day care centre in Haiti --- Australian donors increased their contribution to Catholic Mission's appeals in 2009 for global mission projects in 160 countries - despite the financial crisis last year.
Caritas Australia has welcomed the Federal Budget commitment to increase Australia's Official Development Assistance (ODA) for the coming year, plus stronger support for Australian aid and development organisations. The Rudd Government's nine percent
Sixties sex symbol Raquel Welch has blamed the contraceptive pill for the breakdown of sexual morality. Welch believes the use of oral contraception, which became available in the 60s, has encouraged promiscuity and young people no longer care about
A leading Austrian bishop has called on the Church to drop its celibacy requirement for priests.Bishop Paul Iby of Eisenstadt told Die Presse newspaper that it should be up to priests to decide whether they want to live a celibate life, and that he would
Pope Benedict in Fatima --- Pope Benedict XVI has warned that the current trend to "absolutise the present" threatens to undermine the traditionally Christian culture of Portugal. The 83-year-old pope made the remarks at an encounter in
Archbishop John Dew, Archbishop of Wellington in New Zealand (pictured, centre) was elected yesterday as President of the Federation of Catholic Bishops Conferences of Oceania. Bishop Rochus Tatamai MSC, of Bereina, Papua New Guinea,
Robin Hood is one of England’s best loved legendary heroes. Many films have been made about this patriot, who with his band of merry men defended the rights of common men and women against the predations of Prince John and the Sheriff of Nottingham. Ridley
The upcoming Mary - First Disciple National eConference is set to draw more than 30,000 participants, organisers estimate based on the number of websites that have signed on to stream the event. Participants from 15 countries including Australia will
Richard Meerdink, 41, and Jason Pearce, 38 have been convicted of manslaughter and jailed for bashing a man to death on the grounds of St Mary's Catholic Church in Maryborough in July 2008.Wayne Ruks, 45, died from internal bleeding after the attack, ABC
A Catholic school in Massachusetts in the US has rejected an eight-year-old boy because his parents are lesbians, the boy's mother claims. The Massachusetts woman, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of concerns about the effect of publicity on
One of the first and key places I encountered the spiritual ideas that eventually led me to the Catholic Church was at Estes Park, high in the American Rockies, amidst Birkenstock-wearing radical environmentalists, writes Phil Fox Rose in Busted Halo. It was
At any time, the Irish writer John Waters would be a fascinating companion for a conversation. Talking to him on a day when the most horrendous media storm, of unprecedented nastiness, had erupted around the Holy Father, was decidedly memorable. His soft and
The extraordinary measures of the title of this film about disease and cure are those of the scientists who research in order to find cures and the business people who want to provide healing drugs (and/or those who are interested in large profit margins).
Former Wollongong priest Kelvin Sharkey, who has pleaded guilty to abusing an altar boy 40 years ago, has been sentenced to four and a half years in jail. Judge Paul Conlon took into account Sharkey's plea of guilty and his age, ABC reports.
The impending new English translation of the Roman Missal could provoke "confusion or bewilderment" among worshippers if not "introduced with due sensitivity," Pope Benedict has warned. Benedict made his remarks on Wednesday, during lunch with a
With the change in administrator following its recent merger, Catholic Super members need to adjust their account information. The website has full details of what to do and how to do it. www.csf.com.au/
Carl Williams --- Gangland killer Carl Williams has been denied a full mass at his funeral to be held this morning at St Therese's Catholic Church in Essendon. Victorian Police have planned a strong presence in case the funeral
FATHER Pat Connor, missionary, marital expert and the first priest ever to be quoted by Glamour magazine, says he would make a terrible husband. ''After 40 or 50 years of living as a selfish bachelor, I would be a hopeless risk,'' he says. He should know. The
In the 1990s, I taught history and theology at an evangelical college, a place where the students were serious young Christians. One day, lecturing on the medieval church and the Crusades, I explained how in 1095 Pope Urban II launched a holy war against
Denis McAlinden --- A former school principal who discovered a priest sexually abusing young children has accused the Archbishop of Adelaide of involvement in what has been labelled a "cover-up" by The Australian. Archbishop Philip Wilson, who has served