Parish priest Fr John Dobson of Caloundra on Queensland's Sunshine Coast has cancelled Midnight Mass for Christmas this year citing nuisance drunks, ageing priests and sleeping neighbours. Fr Dobson hopes his decision to stop Midnight Mass will have
Travails for Vietnam's Catholic community continue with the Hanoi city government saying it wants to expel Redemptorists from the capital while nuns in the southern city of Vinh Long are facing a battle to save their monastery. Viet Catholic reports
Pope Benedict XVI has announced the themes for the next three World Youth Days in order to help young Catholics better prepare for the next international gathering in Madrid in 2011. WYD 2011 will take place from August 16 to 21, 2011, in Madrid, Spain,
The Catholic Church in Adelaide has organised a "reconciliation meeting" between the family of killed Sudanese teenager Daniel Awak and one of his alleged attackers. Lawyer, Greg Mead, asked for his client the 14 year old accused be released
GodTube is a free video sharing website, similar to YouTube, but which specialises in Christian themed videos. It was launched in 2007 by evangelical business people from the southern states of the United States. The site motto is "find your
This edition of The Rhythm Divine is a countdown with six Christmas songs for six days, featuring The Pretenders, Beth Neilsen Chapman, and Morten Lauridsen's, 'O magnum mysterium', along with carols from around the world including the top two
Even back when he was the cardinal of Munich, (Pope Benedict) gave homilies in which he lamented that the theology of creation has been overlooked in the period since the Second Vatican Council [1962-65]. Post-conciliar theology wanted to emphasize the
The "ruling party" does not know public service, working for the common good, caring for the poor and the sick without discrimination. Its number one priority has always been to stay in power, never mind the cost. The 'comrades' and 'war veterans'
Sixty five years after entering her order, Sr Eunice Barry is the last sister to leave Jamestown in outback South Australia more than 120 years after the Sisters of St Joseph first arrived. Sr Barry is moving to Adelaide after 16 years of dedicated
Incoming Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, Cardinal Antonio Canizares Llovera has praised receiving communion on the tongue as recognising the real presence of Jesus Christ. Cardinal Canizares Llovera
Sydney's Hills district has been alive with the sounds of the "Von Griffin" family preparing a Sound of Music revival with a 150 strong team including 100 former World Youth Day volunteers. Phil and Julie Griffin fell in love on an amateur
Much Catholic media work is done by volunteers, the National Catholic Media Census has found, with nearly half of the survey respondents reporting that they had five or more volunteers in their organisations. The Bishops Commission for Mission
In a Christmas message evoking the current economic crisis, ACBC President Archbishop Philip Wilson said Jesus was not born into wealth or prestige yet "had a profound impact and continues to be present in people's lives." "One thing we do
Creating "new" human rights risks promoting "mere desires" that may in turn "become a source of discrimination and injustice and the fruit of self serving ideologies," Vatican observer to the UN, Archbishop Silvano Tomasi says.
A tongue in cheek "study" by the British Medical Journal claims to have identified a statistical link between the success of Welsh rugby teams and the mortality of recent popes. Pope Benedict faces a 45 percent risk of dying by the end of
My theory about the elimination of Christmas is more subtle than just prejudice or bigotry, which also exists. You cannot celebrate something for no reason. All holidays were originally holy days. Celebrations could not be something simply "man
Pacquiao's matches are surely a diversion to many people, not just Filipinos. His bouts relieve the stress of a faltering economy and provide national entertainment on a humdrum weekend. They have even led to truces among warring camps and a drop in crime
The Australian branch of the Royal School of Church Music is holding an International Festival of Sacred Music in Brisbane from January 3 to 11. Interested participants are encouraged to come along and share with others their passion for this special music.
Brisbane Catholic Education, through national youth advocate Fr Wally Dethlefs, has committed considerable research and resources in recent years to marginalised students in Catholics schools across the Archdiocese of Brisbane. This website has been created
A young father with 15 years experience in youth ministry around Australia has been appointed to take up the new position as Senior Youth Ministry Projects Officer with the Bishops Commission for Pastoral Life. Malcolm Hart, who is currently working in