Dino Boffo --- Dino Boffo, editor of Italian bishops' newspaper Avvenire, which criticised Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi about his alleged extramarital affairs, has resigned after another Berlusconi family owned paper alleged that
Matthew Leonard --- Kokoda plane crash victim Matthew Leonard was remembered as a "superhero" during a funeral Mass held in Perth. The 28 year old was among 13 killed in the ill-fated flight to Papua New Guinea. Leonard
Bishop William Morris --- The release of findings from an inquiry into claims that a Toowoomba principal ignored a nine year old girl's accusations that a teacher had molested her, due to be completed on Friday, has been delayed a week.
Sister Louise Akers --- US Sister of Charity Louise Akers has been barred from teaching catechesis by the Archbishop of Cincinnati Daniel Pilarczykon, citing her refusal to back away from supporting women's ordination. Sr Louise, 66,
The Women's Commission of the South Indian Kerala Catholic Bishops Council (KCBC) has released a gender policy, reportedly a first by an Indian church, to promote gender equality and uplift the status of women. "Women should be given responsible
The Legionaries of Christ have initiated a number of reforms since publicly acknowledging that founder Father Marcial Maciel Degollado fathered a child, the order said in a letter to members of the its lay association, Regnum Christi. The order's
Australians are among the world's most godless people, according to Tom Frame, director of St Mark's National Theological Centre in Canberra and professor of theology at Charles Sturt University. In his latest book Losing My Religion: Unbelief in
Basil Sweeney --- Veteran newspaper journalist Basil Sweeney was farewelled at a packed Our Lady Star of the Sea church at Watsons Bay, rememberd by colleagues and policemen he had encountered in his years as a police reporter.
You Shall Believe is a website developed to promote the film produced by famed newsmaker Mike Willesee and Sydney lawyer Ron Tesoriero on the Eucharist which they are currently touring to parishes and church groups in the United States. The site
How swiftly we have moved into the season of spring, which always brings to my mind Mary, the bearer of the Light of the World, who gives new life to us all. Throughout the centuries, the words of the Magnificat have echoed strongly over and over. It is
It's an irony of life that when we are successful we believe that God must be on our side and when our works fail then we despair and feel deserted by God. Yet the Church has always needed apparent failure and suffering to become fully alive to its real
With 23 postulants this year at the Motherhouse of Nashville's Dominican Sisters of St Cecilia, the order has the largest group of new nuns in training in the United States. While many religious orders in the United States are declining, the Nashville
The Australian Confraternity of Catholic Clergy and the US Confraternity of Catholic Clergy are planning a special seminar in Rome in January to mark the Year for Priests and patron St. John Baptiste-Marie Vianney. "This historic combined meeting
Fr Bob Maguire --- South Melbourne's Father Bob Maguire has been asked to resign on his 75th birthday next week by Melbourne Archbishop Denis Hart, drawing criticism and dismay, but the Archbishop said he is merely obeying Canon Law.
A state funeral took place in Adelaide yesterday for long missing Vietnam War Flying Officer Michael Herbert, whose remains were finally found in July, along with the wreckage of his plane. The airman failed to return from a routine night bombing
I'm an institution man despite what anyone says. I wouldn't do anything to make it harder for church to be a "mother". I see it as part of my mission to reassure insiders and outsiders that the Catholic Church is here for them, like a mother at
Notwithstanding the good that Fr Bob has done, he knows the rules of the Church, and is conscious of the vow of obedience he took when he was ordained. Fr Bob is no exception. He has my admiration and the admiration of many. He has for many years
Blessed by Melbourne director Ana Kokkinos is a slightly ironic title, since for the mothers in the film the way their offspring behave is anything but a benediction. Yet the bonds of maternal love, although they may fray at the edges, are not
The Australasian Catholic Press Association is due to commence its annual conference today in Sydney. As the website of the organisation attests, the purpose of the body is to promote harmony and cooperation among members of the Catholic press and with
Three churches are suing the city of Phoenix in the US over a noise ordinance that prohibits the ringing of their church bells but allows an exception for ice cream trucks. St Mark Roman Catholic Parish, First Christian Church, and Christ the King