Born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Caritas Australia worker Lulu Mitshabu says her native country is now in an immeasurably worse condition than when she fled. The Age reports Ms Mitshabu grew up angry in dictator Joseph Mobutu's Zaire which
In the wake of allegations against former teachers and priests at Bathurst's St Stanislaus College, a group of ex-students has called on the Vincentian order to withdraw from the college. The Sydney Morning Herald reports old boys from St Stanislaus'
Pope Benedict leaves for France tomorrow on a visit to commemorate the 150th anniversary of St Bernadette's Lourdes visions of Our Lady. Pope Benedict said on Wednesday he would be going to France this week as "a messenger of peace and
Xavier educated Victorian Deputy Premier Rob Hulls joined Police Minister Bob Cameron and Sports Minister James Merlino in voting against the Abortion Law Reform Bill which passed a second reading in Victoria's Lower House last night. The Age
Mercy taught Bennelong MP Maxine McKew has credited the education she received at Brisbane's All Hallows School with enabling her to defeat former Prime Minister John Howard in last year's Federal elections. Speaking at the inaugural Catherine McAuley
There are still plenty of reasons to bother with the Bible. But at least one is indisputable, and it reveals a gaping hole in the Australian educational experience. You need to know the Bible in order to understand the history, literature and arts of
Anti-Christian violence is slowly subsiding in the Indian state of Orissa but details continue to emerge of the attacks that have left many seriously wounded. "The attack on Christians in Orissa was an attack against the sacredness and dignity of
To understand the apparent disconnect between the importance in which Catholic faith is held, on the one hand, by the Australian government and over a quarter of Australia’s self-professed Catholics, and on the other, the strident opposition to the
Connor Court Publishing is an Australian owned publisher specialising in books on religion and culture. In recent years it has published many of the texts by conservative Australian Catholic identities including Tess Livingstone and Fr John Flader.
Perth Auxiliary Bishop Don Sproxton says he is not concerned about a shift from traditional funeral services after funeral directors revealed that football theme songs and heavy metal songs are now among those most requested at WA funerals. Bishop
A Newcastle priest has been placed on restricted duties after seven year old children at a local school were shown an explicit image during a religion class. The Newcastle Herald reports that Belmont priest, Fr Gerard Mackie, was interviewed by police and
No new Lourdes miracles have been recorded since an easing of criteria, local Bishop Jacques Perrier has said. Reuters reports when Bishop Perrier announced that the Church would ease some criteria for miracles, sceptics foresaw a wave of miracle claims.
A Queensland bioethicist has called on Catholics to write to senators in support of a bill to end Medicare funding for second and third trimester abortions. Queensland Bioethics Centre director Ray Campbell's comment followed Tasmanian Liberal Senator Guy
Pope Benedict has praised the selflessness of late Italian Cardinal Antonio Innocenti who stood before a World War II firing squad before being reprieved. Cardinal Innocenti, who assisted those sentenced to be deported during World War II died on
The specific role of the layperson is "to imbue the temporal order with the Christian spirit and to transform it according to the divine plan," Pope Benedict has told Paraguay's bishops following the election of a former bishop as the South American
The provisions in the bill limiting the prerogatives of conscience indicate a disturbing mindset, one that finds it offensive that there are contrary views to that which under law will prevail, and which, in practice if not in avowed intent, seeks to
Go out and buy a ticket now! Millions of people every week do just that. But of those millions only a few ever win. Yet people keep on week after week buying tickets because there is the hope that maybe this will be the ticket to riches, maybe this will be
The rich treasures of Chinese culture together with the ever alluring concept of immortality offer an opportunity for the Mummy franchise to leave its Egyptian roots and head East. The ideas and the basic story elements are all powerful and dramatic,
MacKillop Family Services provides a wide range of specialist support services to some of Victoria's most vulnerable and disadvantaged children, young people and their families. It was formed in July 1997 as a refounding of seven child welfare
Vietnam's Redemptorist province has accused the Government of orchestrating a media assault on its Hanoi community in a dispute over land. VietCatholic reports the province sent an open letter to all Vietnamese Catholic priests released Sunday, asking