In an attack blamed on Al Qaeda, a mortar round concealed in a box has exploded under a car outside Zamboanga City's Immaculate Conception cathedral in the Philippines. The China Post quotes police as saying suspected al-Qaeda-linked militants bombed
If the hallmark of John Paul II's pontificate was his contribution to the collapse of communism, the incumbent Pope has set himself and his successors an even larger and, for many observers, a more improbable goal - nothing less than the re-conversion of
The dilemma of what to do with churches that have fallen out of favour and into disrepair is facing towns and villages across France and other European countries. Some communities have dynamited churches deemed too expensive to maintain. Others have taken a
Pacific Padres looks at some of the unsung heroes of the war in the pacific, the chaplains who supported our fighting forces. Produced by the renowned Albert Street Productions, this documentary portrays the stories seldom told about other
The Catholic Church in Britain has been making news in recent times through its strong opposition to that nation's Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill. Like other areas of the universal Church, it has just marked Vocations Sunday with a massive campaign
Australia must reverse its opposition to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Catholic Religious Australia (CRA) head, Fr Mark Raper SJ says. "It is time for this country to build new relationships, to be open
A NSW Education Department official said the state did not lease or sell surplus land to non-government schools "in competition" with public schools after parents at a Sydney Catholic school requested the government to sell the land to provide a
With Pope Benedict scheduled to touch down in the United States today, officials at Yankee Stadium say that his "popemobile" vehicle will not be allowed on the turf at the iconic New York venue. Instead, the white armour-plated vehicle will do a
Caritas Australia has backed a call from World Bank chief, Robert Zoellick, to put "our money where our mouth is" over rising food prices that threaten crisis from the Caribbean to Africa and Asia, including East Timor. Caritas CEO, Jack de
Sydney bus operators fear the NSW government has underestimated the impact of the expected influx of 200,000 World Youth Day visitors on the city's already stretched bus system. While most events centre on the CBD and Randwick, the bulk of up to
Lebanon's Maronite Patriarch Cardinal Nasrallah Sfeir has warned the politically "fragmented" country is "on the path of collapse". Cardinal Sfeir issued his latest warning on the anniversary of the break out of Lebanon's civil
Gone Baby Gone is a fascinating film in many ways. Based on a novel about the abduction of a little girl, the initial premise is reminiscent of the highly publicised, and unsolved mystery of little Madeleine McCann, who disappeared from her bed in a
The devil is pleased by the way he is generally represented - with wings and a tail, horns, as a bat, etc - because these images make him seem ridiculous and help people to believe that he does not exist. Father Amorth suggested that
Worst of all is the endless chatter inside our heads. We long for silence yet how often, when we are alone, in a quiet place, do we not reach out to turn on the television or the transistor? Because it is only when we have some measure of quiet that we
With the Church employing over 7,500 people in South Australia, Catholic Safety, Health and Welfare in the state provides a comprehensive website for both managers and staff in education, health, social services and parishes to understand how they can
Brazil's Catholic bishops conference has denounced recent death threats against three of its members in Para state in the Amazon region. At their 46th Plenary Assembly last week, the bishops also called for investigations and increased security.
Government leadership should extend beyond providing funding and must foster community understanding, Victoria's Catholic social agencies say in a submission to this weekend's 2020 Summit. "Government leadership must extend beyond funding, to
Maitland-Newcastle Bishop Michael has denied that a cheque for $5,500 to the ALP was made on behalf of the Catholic Church. Responding to a story in The Sydney Morning Herald picked up by CathNews, Bishop Malone said that "the allegation that Mr
Catholic Social Services chief, Frank Quinlan, has called on the Federal Government to stop tinkering at the edges and to implement a major overhaul of legislation that allows people's welfare payments to be cut for up to eight weeks.
As 2,000 mourners gathered at Melbourne's St Patrick's Cathedral for the funeral of Archbishop Frank Little, another crowd gathered a few blocks away at St Michael's Uniting Church to farewell Labor stalwart and former federal minister John Button.