A five-person Vatican delegation is in Sydney this week to review preparations for World Youth Day 2008. Archbishop Stanislaw Rylko leads the delegation from the Pontifical Council for the Laity (PCL), the body that oversees World Youth Day
The Vatican is reproducing copies of the investigations of the trial of the Knights Templar, almost 700 years after they were suppressed by papal edict. The trial into the alleged misdeeds of the Knights Templar took place in Rome between 1307 and
Pope Benedict has issued an appeal for the release of two Catholic priests who were kidnapped in Iraq. The Syrian Catholic priests were kidnapped in Iraq on Saturday, October 13, Catholic World News reported. There were conflicting reports on whether
As a funeral arranger, Patsy was to go into the homes of many grieving families. But one experience really affected her - the calm acceptance she witnessed in a Catholic family who had lost their teenage son. "It was their faith that supported them.
The imminent beatification of Spanish missionary Gabino Olaso Zabala is causing some consternation. According to written testimony from the victim, Olaso participated in the 1896 torture of a Filipino priest. But the Church teaches that even great
A Mexican priest ended up behind bars after punching a policemen who caught him drink driving. Priest Manuel Raul Ortega, who was not wearing clerical dress but was clutching a prayer book when he was pulled over, launched himself at the traffic cop
Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart from Australia, New Zealand, Peru and Ireland gathered at St Joseph’s Baulkham Hills on Sunday, October 14, for their 25th General Chapter. Bishop Kevin Manning presided at the liturgy and prayed that the
The Vatican has suspended a senior priest in the Holy See who acknowledged homosexual relations in a supposedly anonymous television interview, but he now insists he is not gay. Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said Monsignor Tommaso
The race has begun to see who will lead Australia as the next Prime Minister, but it seems as if the current government is not only fighting the Opposition, but the country’s religious leaders. With the Federal election only 6 weeks away, Tony
Kevin Andrews devoted his early political career to a crusade on the sanctity of human life. These days he finds himself accused of demonising some of the world's most marginalised with words that have appalled critics and astonished friends.
I have been described as a ‘Spanish noble’ but even as a child I found religion more interesting than nobility. I enjoyed reading the lives of the saints, and playing at being a hermit in the garden. When my mother died when I was 12, I
A Catholic worker at Manchester Airport was suspended after hanging an image of Jesus on a staff room wall. Gareth Langmead, 40, was sent home from his job as a car parks supervisor after a complaint from a Muslim colleague. He was off work for
Polish Police have evicted 65 rebellious ex-nuns and arrested the mother superior and a monk who had been illegally living in a convent for two years. The women had taken over the building in a rebellion against the Vatican, which had ordered the
The Vatican has expressed concern over the unexplained death of a jailed Chinese bishop who was quickly cremated and buried by Chinese authorities without a religious ceremony. Han Dinxiang, bishop in Hebei province who belonged to China's underground
Human beings, including embryos, must never be manipulated or exploited for scientific and medical research, Pope Benedict has said. Addressing South Koreas’s new ambassador to the Vatican, the Holy Father said destroying human embryos for
The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference is "deeply concerned" with the Federal Government’s revelation that it based its decision to cut the intake of African refugees on perceived problems with their ability to settle in to life in
More than 130 Islamic scholars have written to Pope Benedict and other Christian leaders urging greater understanding between the two faiths. The letter says that world peace could depend on improved relations between Muslims and Christians.
Brisbane archdiocese representatives Mike Humphrys and Michele Vuleta have returned from a United States visit inspired about new possibilities for mission. The pair visited six parishes while taking part in the Making Disciples course run by the
Whether the African component of the immigration quota has been reduced too sharply is a matter of judgment. But it is part of the necessary business of government to evaluate the relative need of different groups. To to this, we need to understand their
Pope Benedict has asked for prayers for participants in the Catholic-Orthodox international theological dialogue after the Russian Orthodox delegation walked out of the meeting. "I ask you to join me in praying that this important meeting will