A leading Scottish bishop has accused the Devon-based Benedictine monks of betraying Christian values, blaming their Buckfast fortified wine brew for alcoholism mong the wider population. The Right Rev Bob Gillies, Bishop of Aberdeen and Orkney in the
The Malaysian government has said that it is allowing the use of the word "Allah" in the Malay language by Christians in its Christian-majority Borneo states. The apparent concession is seen as a damage control move, as Christians in the states
An exhibition about the contribution of nuns to American life is now on at the Smithsonian in Washington and this website allows you to take a virtual tour. It includes rare artifacts and photographs from more than 400 communities are on view to
This is a beautifully made film which offers so much to reflect on. It is a pity that it won't appeal to a wide audience who may not be attracted by its post-apocalyptic scenario, by its grim quest as a surviving father and son make for the coast.
President Obama has spoken of how his faith guides him and the importance of hard work to mark the birthday of Martin Luther King at a Washington church. "Folks ask me sometimes why I look so calm," he said last weekend at Vermont
In December the Venerable English College in Rome revealed that it had uncovered a mysterious parchment. According to the College, it suggests that Shakespeare spent "missing years" in Rome and that the Bard was a recusant Catholic for most of his
An American military contractor is supplying rifle telescopic sights inscribed with bliblical references, for use by US troops in Iraq and Afghanistan and for training Iraqi and Afghan soldiers. The maker of the sights, Trijicon, has a $660 million
Mehmet Ali Agca --- Mehmet Ali Agca, 52, who attempted to kill Pope John Paul II in 1981 has been freed from prison. A military hospital checkup has showed he has a psychiatric disorder, his lawyer said. Agca was a 23-year-old militant
India's West Bengal state former Chief Minister Jyoti Basu --- Kolkata is mourning the death of veteran Marxist leader and former West Bengal Chief Minister, Jyoti Basu, who is said to have had a special association with Blessed
Some details of the case under investigation regarding a possible miracle attributed to Venerable Pope Pius XII have been made public, and the story involves Pope John Paul II, the Catholic News Agency reports. Vatican journalist Andrea Tornielli
More than 300 members of Australia's Coptic Christian community marched through Sydney yesterday to protest against the killings of Copts in Egypt this month. Coptic deacons dressed in white robes and priests in long black frocks led the march at
Rachel Colbourne-Hoffman --- Rachel and Joel Colbourne-Hoffman, the Australian-American couple who survived the collapse of their apartment building in the Haiti earthquake, have pledged to return to Port-au-Prince.
This site has been featured before but the passing of Mother Teresa's Indian "soulmate", the former West Bengal Chief Minister, Jyoti Basu, gives us a fresh reason to reflect on her work and the world she lived in.
The ACT Government says it will not appropriate the funds it needs to buy Calvary Public Hospital until the sale is approved by the Vatican, as the Little Company of Mary Health Care needs Rome's endorsement to proceed. The Government wants to buy the
Afficionados of the Broadway musical have known about Nine for nearly 30 years. The stage musical based on famous Italian director Federico Fellini’s autobiographical fantasy 8½ won five Tony Awards in 1982. Now Rob Marshall, whose
Br Denis (in blue) and Br Bill with local kids --- De La Salle Brother Denis Loft has joined fellow De La Salle Brother Bill Firman in Southern Sudan to assist with the Solidarity with Southern Sudan (SSS) initiative to rebuild the
Seven days after the Haiti earthquake, rescuers have pulled a 69-year-old woman alive from under the ruins of Notre Dame Cathedral in Port-au-Prince, amid calls for Haiti's debts to be cancelled. Rescue crews believe two other people may be
The return of an artificial limb purchased by the St Vincent de Paul Society to help a Brisbane man down on his luck at first probably baffled organisation members. However, there was logic to the man's decision. Suzy Nunes, archivist and organiser
Scott Rush with Father Tim Harris (centre) --- Brisbane priest Father Tim Harris said there is growing support for former parishioner, Scott Rush, who is on death row in Bali, since a statement by fellow "Bali Nine" Renae Lawrence
Prince William's visit reminds us that after his father, he is next in line to be our king. William will ascend to the pinnacle of our democracy not on the basis of his fitness for office or by winning the support of the people, but due solely