Without the sick, Lourdes would become a "Catholic Disneyland", Lourdes Bishop Jacques Perrier says. Bishop Perrier made his comments as Pope Benedict devoted his last Mass in Lourdes yesterday to the sick, reconfirming the priority that is
The Federal Government should provide an amnesty for victims of trafficking now living illegally in Australia, a coalition of Catholic women religious says. The Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans (ACRATH) coalition says many
Australia's Redemptorist community have written to their Vietnamese counterparts expressing concern over the failure by local authorities to observe fundamental legal rights and due process in the ongoing property dispute at Hanoi's Thai Ha parish.
A senior Vatican official yesterday said the Catholic Church will not apologise for religious controversies over Charles Darwin and his theory of evolution. EarthTimes reports that Archbishop Gianfranco Ravasi was commenting on an appeal by the Church
In this year's Social Justice Statement to be released today Australia's Catholic Bishops slam consumerism and the emergence of a severely disadvantaged underclass. The Sydney Morning Herald reports this year's statement, A Rich Young Nation: The
When everything is flat it takes a strong message to awaken hope. Zimbabweans are down flat but they have not despaired. In fact their resilience is remarked on with admiration by observers. It shows itself in the unfailing humour with which every new twist
Zimbabwe's Catholic bishops have welcomed the signing of a power sharing agreement between President Robert Mugabe and opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai. Independent Catholic News reports the Secretary General of the Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops'
Abergowie College is a Catholic secondary boarding college in the Herbert River Valley west of Ingham in North Queensland. Its students are predominately indigenous Australians and from Papua New Guinea. The college has just had its 75th anniversary weekend
This edition of The Ark focuses on Pope Pius XII and asks the question whether or not he was the Nazi pope. The papacy of Pope Pius XII during the Nazi takeover of Europe has long been criticised by some historians for its ineffective response to Hitler and
Several times each week I receive news graphically illustrating the injustices suffered by refugees or trafficked people, on problems caused by racism, genetically modified foods, water problems, civil war, natural disasters and so forth. I am
The Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission has announced a national review of what Australians think about freedom of religion and belief. ABC News quotes the Commission's race discrimination commissioner Tom Calma as saying that Australia
The Holy See has granted diplomatic asylum to a 34 year old former student and political dissident who is wanted by the Venezuelan government on charges of attempted murder and lascivious acts against a female police officer. Associated Press
Church Resources Executive Director Fr Michael Kelly has been appointed as director of the Bangkok based Asian Catholic news agency, UCAN. Province Express reports Fr Kelly will be sharing his time between Australia and Bangkok next year, as he
A group of ex-students from Melbourne's Parade College have written to another old boy Victorian MP, Wade Noonan, to say that he will not be welcomed at a college function after the parliamentarian voted in favour of the Abortion Law Reform Bill. The Age
Vatican Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos has accused some traditionalists of "insatiable" and "incredible" demands in relation to the celebration of the Tridentine Mass. Rather than being grateful, some people have reacted to Pope Benedict's wider
A Polish theologian and ecumenist is facing a "collision" with the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith after refusing to publish an "approved retraction" of an article criticising the Vatican's attitude to other denominations.
Once a reliable Democratic voting bloc, Catholics have emerged as a pivotal swing vote in recent presidential races. Catholics make up about a quarter of the national electorate and about a third in the pivotal battleground states of Michigan,
At least the title gets one's attention. Angus is a cat. A catty girl wears thongs. And, perfect snogging is a 14 year old girl's idea of a dream kiss. It should also be said that it is a "nice" kind of comedy with an air of innocence, where
The aim of the Sexual Revolution was to open up the way for people to be sexually active without consequence, without future responsibility and without the need for the lifetime commitment of marriage. Contraception and abortion played a key role in
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