Australian delegates including Federal Parliamentary Secretary for International Development Assistance, Bob McMullan, joined 200 participants at an intergovernment conference on interfaith cooperation for peace and harmony in Phnom Penh last week.
As he prepares to leave for his first visit as pontiff to the United States and to the United Nations, Pope Benedict has sent a message to American Catholics emphasising the need to work for peace, justice and freedom "in obedience to God's law".
This week marked a milestone for World Youth Day 2008 as it passed under 100 days to go until the event starts on July 15. With now almost a daily flow of information about WYD08 in the Australian and international media and renewed interest on pilgrim
St John's College at the University of Sydney is celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2008. It is the oldest Catholic tertiary institution in Australia and likely that it was the first Catholic college to be established in a pre-existing non-Catholic
At some point our procrastinating and the rationalising have to end, we have to choose, accept the painful renunciations inside that choice, and will the one-thing, God and faithful service of others, because ultimately our sadness comes from the fact that
Sydney's Christian Brothers College Burwood will close its doors at the end of 2009 after enrolments for this year dipped below the critical 300 mark. The Catholic Weekly reports that the Sydney Archdiocesan Catholic Schools Board has decided that the
Benedict has traveled to seven other countries since he was elected in 2005, but a papal journey to the U.S. is like no other because of the church's size and influence. In a nation founded by Protestants, Catholics comprise nearly one-quarter of the
The Sisters of Mercy owned Fraynework Multimedia web design company has won Webby Awards - the Oscars of the World Wide Web - for two of its sites. The company was named "official honoree" at the 12th annual Webby Awards, a Fraynework media
Liberal Party federal director, Brian Loughnane, has blamed Catholic former minister Tony Abbott's "Religious Right" agenda for contributing to the party's loss at last year's elections. The Canberra Times reports that Mr Loughnane, told the
Queensland's Acting Premier Paul Lucas has announced that the government will move to ban sex shops near schools after the Whitsunday Regional Council said it was powerless to stop a sex shop from opening near a Proserpine Catholic school. The
A Filipino priest has been electrocuted by a defective karaoke microphone after finishing a swim during a beach party. Earthtimes reports that the 32-year-old Catholic priest Fr Roberto del Rosario had just finished swimming in the sea on Monday
The radical tide sweeping Latin America is moving into the obscurer creeks and backwaters of the continent. The isolated and unnoticed country of Paraguay is about to elect a red bishop as president, bringing to an end the rule of the Colorado party and its
In Australia, a very aggressive exclusionist form of secularism has developed that views religious belief and practice with arrogant intolerance and dismissiveness and which is characterised by attempts to exclude contributions to public discussion by
St Benedict is a "shining star" who can lead Europe out of the current "dark night of history", Pope Benedict said in his talk on Wednesday. Catholic Online reports that the pope dedicated his General Audience catechesis this week
A stand-off is continuing between Vietnamese police and Catholic demonstrators at Hanoi's Redemptorist seminary over protests concerning the recovery of Church land while state media has called for "drastic action" against protestors.
Sometimes film reviewers become more expert in areas that they don’t necessarily aspire to. It is just that they see so many films. How She Move is a case in point. We know something about "Stepping", a kind of stomping,
Mazenod College celebrated its 40th anniversary last year and is a Catholic secondary college for boys in the middle south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne. An archdiocesan college, it is under the care of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate. It caters for over
The first World Congress on Divine Mercy, organised principally by Vienna Cardinal Christoph Schonborn, opens in Rome tomorrow. Pope Benedict XVI will open the event with Mass in St Peter's Square coinciding with the third anniversary of the death of
For the first time in history, Muslims now outnumber Catholics and are now the world's biggest single religious denomination, figures published by L'Osservatore Romana reveal. Times Online reports that in an interview with the paper Monsignor Vittorio
ACBC President Archbishop Philip Wilson and three Catholic priests, including former federal parliamentarian Michael Tate, are on the list of participants announced for Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's 2020 Summit but it appears no female religious will