Leaving on a visit to Mexico, Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone has suggested excommunication as a punishment for drug traffickers. But the Church's severest form of rebuke would probably have little effect on the traffickers and
Maltese university lecturer, Dr Patrick Attard, who contested the last general election as the first openly gay candidate, has officially "excommunicated" himself from the Catholic Church. The Maltese Independent reports that following the
Pope Benedict has instructed the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to draft a new handbook on procedures for dealing with apparition claims with visionaries required to remain silent pending assessment of their experiences. The Independent
Fathers Albert D'Souza and Maurice Mascarenhas, the first two of eight overseas priests recruited for Maitland-Newcastle diocese, have arrived in the Hunter Valley from India as part of the diocese's Harvest Initiative. Fathers D'Souza and Mascarenhas are
On the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Neocatechumenal Way, Pope Benedict has thanked God for the fruits of the group's evangelical efforts but also emphasised "docile adherence to the directives" of the bishops. In an event in St
Thieves have robbed five St Vincent de Paul shops in Perth in the past eight days, leaving a trail of destruction behind them. Perth Now reports the Victoria Park store is the latest outlet to be hit. Volunteers arrived at the Albany Highway
St Mary's parish at South Brisbane has again made the media in this overview of events featured on The 7.30 Report. It contains an exchange between parish administrator, Fr Peter Kennedy and a church visitor attempting to record a baptism at the church.In
The bombing and invasion of Gaza should stop now. It is immoral and impractical; the indiscriminate wounding of children and civilians makes the heart sick. And as is often the case, here is bloodshed and mayhem funded and aided by the United States.
University of Notre Dame is another one of the giants of Catholic tertiary education in the United States. Established in 1842 by a priest of the Congregation of the Holy Cross, Fr Edward F. Sorin, it is located 150 kilometres east of Chicago.
Some priests consider that the best sermon they will preach is the one they give when they are lying, dead, in their coffin before the altar of the parish church. A coffin poses ultimate questions: What's life all about? Why are we here? What does it all
Brisbane priest, Fr Leo Burke, has described as disgraceful the holiday closure of the Redland cemetery preventing a woman who died on Christmas Eve from being buried until January 7. The Courier-Mail reports families were forced to wait two weeks to
Catholic Education Tasmania is the first private sector educator to agree to send pre-vocational students to Launceston's Australian Technical College which will move to a new site this month. The Examiner reports this year will include the college
Venice Rabbi Elia Enrico Richetti has accused Pope Benedict of wiping out 50 years of progress in Catholic-Jewish dialogue by allowing the reintroduction last year of a Holy Week prayer for the conversion of the Jews. Rabbi Richetti also announced that
Spain's National Court has opened an official investigation into 14 former El Salvador military officers over the 1989 torture and killing of six Jesuits, their housekeeper and her daughter during the central American nation's civil war. The
A British scientist has discovered that it is possible to extract DNA samples from medieval parchment which may make it possible to identify the origins of ancient manuscripts including bibles and prayer books. By comparing the genetic codes of
Lisbon Cardinal Jose Policarpo has warned Portuguese women that marrying a Muslim man can bring "a whole lot of trouble" because Christian women become subject to Muslim conventions. PR Inside reports that Cardinal Policarpo is
Fr Raymond Helmick is a copious correspondent. For the past three years, the Jesuit priest has written nearly 20 letters to Khalid Mishal, founder and political leader of the Palestinian movement Hamas, urging him to abandon militancy, unify with Fatah,
The Philippines like Korea is a country where major empires fight their battles, add erupting volcanoes and massive earthquakes and you have a country that knows the violence of man and nature. Malate parish has many poor people. Through the phases of its
The people involved in this film obviously love dogs and the movie captures very well the special relationships that can exist between dogs and children. It is refreshing to see that the film is not animated; it is a live action movie and will appeal
Despite still being under attack for axing several religious and faith based programs, including the highly regarded The Religion Report, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, at least for now, still has a dedicated "religion and ethics"