On its release, A Week in December was greeted mostly with an appreciation for Faulks' narrative prowess. His attempt at writing about what radicalises young Muslims to become terrorists is brave, and his portrayal of the would-be suicide bomber and his
Australia's Catholic Bishops recently completed their November plenary meeting and their website notes some of the numerous items which were discussed including safeguards for marriage; prepartions for the canonisation of Mary MacKillop; and a
Dr Rowan Williams --- Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams said the election of a lesbian bishop in the United States raised "very serious questions" for the Anglican Communion. Dr Williams added the choice of Canon Mary
Tasmania's Catholic Education Commission says freedom of information documents show non-Government schools have not been receiving the full amount of agreed funding from the State Government. In an open letter to parents, the Commission says the under
Child protection laws face an overhaul following the case of a suspected Toowoomba pedophile teacher whose actions went unreported, The Australian reports. Police have said they can't take any further action against school and church officials in
Pope Benedict will be meeting Cardinal Sean Brady, head of the Irish Bishops Conference, and Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin on December 11 for "information and an evaluation" of the country's report on child abuse cover-ups. The
Michael Kirby --- Openly gay former High Court judge Michael Kirby urged religious people to read Biblical texts in the context in which they were written, pointing in particular to verses that surround the condemnation of
Wollongong young adult Sam Clear spent 18 months walking more than 15,000 kilometres from Brazil to Spain in a bid to unite the world's religions. Mr Clear, 30, said he stared down death on several occasions during his trek, the ntnews.com.au website said.
This has to be the must-see PG movie of the Christmas season. The season is inundated with animated movies which are produced efficiently and geared to draw breath as much as to delight. Set on the rocky coast of Australia, this film has its fair share of
Maronite Heritage was created by Fr Antonio Elfeghali, a Maronite priest and a religious member of the Maronite Order of the Blessed Virgin Mary (OMM). It is devoted to the Maronite Catholic Church, an Eastern Church that goes back to the fifth century,
It is now 45 years since the Second Vatican Council promulgated the groundbreaking and liberating document on the sacred liturgy, Sacrosanctum Concilium. Not in my wildest dreams would it have occurred to me then that I would live to witness what seems more
The headlines are shouting doom and despair at me, but today I am not listening. Our culture is yelling obscenities at me, but today I am not listening. Problems and annoyances are mocking and taunting me, but today I am not giving in. Not today. Not
Fr Hans Kung --- Theologian Fr Hans Kung said the Church needs another Vatican council to move reforms forward, The Age reports. "A third council would take up the justified concerns that were not fulfilled in the last council.
Catholic Health Australia and various health sector stakeholders expressed disappointment at the Council of Australian Governments' lack of progress on health and aged care reform at a meeting this week. "We appreciate the level of consultation
Pro-life groups Family Life International and Right to Life are condemning a proposed national screening system for unborn children with Down's syndrome in New Zealand, calling it "eugenics" and a promotion of a culture of death. New Zealand
A parish in Korea now has entire families as altar servers during Mass, a move that family members say has strengthened their bonds and deepened their faith in a special way. "I was surprised when our parish priest asked me and my whole family to
Tupac Shakur --- A song by gunned-down rapper Tupac Shakur, known for his notorious life and violent lyrics but also songs that express deep concern for social injustice and ills, made it to the Vatican's official MySpace music playlist.
Fr Raniero Cantalamessa --- Preacher of the Pontifical Household Father Raniero Cantalamessa writes in his Advent reflection for Pope Benedict XVI and members of the Roman Curia against the threat of "frenetic activism" and
Last week's vote in Switzerland to ban the building of any more minarets was a moral and intellectual failure. It brought shame on the Land of Chocolate and Tax-Free Banking and will almost certainly encourage right wing nut jobs and bigots everywhere,
What happens when an imam, a priest and a rabbi get into a lift together? It may sound like a joke, but it is an everyday occurrence at the world's largest interfaith gathering and such unexpected encounters are positively encouraged. The Parliament