Cardinal George Pell said the Blake Prize, Australia's leading prize for religious art, is attracting work that is kitsch, anti-religious and sometimes only tenuously connected with spirituality, the Sydney Morning Herald reports. The depiction of
Scottish priest Father Patrick Keegans who served at Lockerbie, Scotland, at the time of the terrorist attack on the Pan Am airliner has welcomed the release from jail of the only person convicted over it. Fr Keegans said he was "delighted"
Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano reviewed the first of the Twilight movies, calling it a "maximalist" story, but found that the characters' isolation from what is the "norm" disconnects the film from reality. Reflecting on
Right to Life Australia and the Democratic Labor Party are fighting against the takeover of their organisations by far-right "religious zealots", The Sunday Age reported. The DLP's first parliamentary representative in a generation, Peter
A seven-week, $1.5 million inter-denominational Christian media campaign will be launched in NSW to promote the faith, highlighting Jesus Christ as the uniting factor.The Sydney Morning Herald report quoted a description of Christ as the "ultimate pin-up
The St Vincent de Paul Society says that household power bills could spike by some 35 to 42 percent with the introduction of time based smart metering, to begin in 10 days' time in Victoria. "As electricity is most expensive during the day from
Since the mid-1980s funding deregulation has imposed a different set of problems on Catholic schools. Their demographic shows that they have become cheap private schools and that lower socio-economic Catholic enrolments in them have plummeted.
In the 21st century, where some followers of the world's great religions are sizing each other up for another fight, is it possible that God has bigger fish to fry than noticing what passes our lips? In light of the cruelty concerns, the arguable ecological
Fr Paul Turner is a prolific writer of books and articles on the sacraments of Christian Initiation and liturgical ministry and he will present a seminar on the revised Mass texts. Fr Turner is playing an integral role in this project and has a valuable
The Real Presence is a website dedicated to the promotion of Perpetual Eucharist Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in parishes and communities across the nation. The site lists the availability of the current parishes offering 24 hour access to the
A Climate Change Day of Prayer has won support from British Church leaders across denominations, to intercede "not just that political leaders might act but that we too may be transformed," a news report said. The day of prayer on October
The Vatican and Italian bishops are urging authorities to guarantee rescue, medical help and respect to migrants, following a recent case of more than 70 deaths, from hunger and thirst, of Eritrean migrants trying to reach Europe from North Africa.
The monks of Australia's only monastic town, New Norcia, have established a scholarship in honour of their late Abbot, Placid Spearritt (photo), to bring a scholar on an annual basis to work in the monastery's extensive archives. The archives held
Superannuation funds have begun recovering losses caused by the global financial crisis, with Catholic Super listed among the top three performing balanced funds over the past five years up to July 31. Research firm SuperRatings said yesterday that
A "moral deficit" is at the root of the current state of the global economic affairs, said Vatican economist Thomas Han Hong-soon. Christians, he said, must bear in mind that capitalism without ethical grounding will collapse. "Let's
The Queensland Cabinet agreed to tweak its laws to, in effect, assure doctors who prescribe drug induced abortions that they are protected, yet two more public hospitals have reportedly halted medical abortion services. Premier Anna Bligh announced
Education Minister Julia Gillard won't say whether a new funding agreement that takes effect in 2013 would result in private schools ending up worse off, a news report said. An analysis by the Greens showed the government would deliver some $26.2
Through prayer, daily life takes on new meaning. It becomes a classroom of communion. In that classroom we learn the truth about who we are, and who we are becoming, in Jesus. Through prayer we receive new glasses through which we see the true landscape
Rachael Finch missed out on the Miss Universe title, but her former teachers at Townsville's Ryan Catholic College hope it won't stop her from achieving her dream of becoming a successful international model. "We are obviously disappointed for
Despite the reported dramas in is Victorian sister organisation, NSW Right to Life has a vibrant and up to date website encouraging visitors to become involved in pro-life matters. The site has all the expected resources and literature and promotes four