The Israeli Foreign Ministry accused Vatican Cardinal Renato Martino of "Hamas propaganda" after he described conditions in Gaza as increasingly resembling "a big concentration camp". The Times Online says that question mark hangs over Pope Benedict
Unveiling the NSW Opposition Coalition crime policy yesterday, Shadow Attorney-General and Catholic, Greg Smith, said that he would not seek further restrictions on abortion despite his links with the anti-abortion movement. The Sydney Morning Herald
A convert from Lutheranism and from the liberalism of his youth, American conservative Catholic icon, Fr Richard John Neuhaus, has died at 72. Boston.com reports Fr Neuhaus was a Lutheran minister who converted to Catholicism in 1990. He is probably
Our spirituality is about this quest for "more". There is "more" to life than the sum of our experiences and relationships. We are longing to be part of something larger than ourselves. We are looking for a sense of mystery, for an
The whole point of the film is that the audience is not supposed to know what is going on until the film maker chooses to reveal it, which occurs at about the 115 minute mark. So unless the reviewer does the unthinkable and discloses the key secret
From the Israeli invasion of the Gaza Strip what can be salvaged? Repairing the physical damage, whether to the Palestinian exclave or Israeli towns across the border such as Beersheba and Sderot, will be relatively straightforward. Much harder will be
Known as one of the giants of Catholic higher education in the United States of America, Villanova University in Philadelphia has been sponsored by the Augustinian order since its founding in 1842. Initially founded to act as a base for renewal of the
A collection of Orthodox, Protestant, and Catholic churches, Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) is advocating for a region where two viable states, Israel and Palestine, live side-by-side within secure and recognised borders.
The De La Salle Brothers District of Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea has decided to establish a Mission Council with both Brothers and Partners as members with a vote in governance and decision making. This decision gives Partners a first
A technology magazine has described a new Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith instruction on bioethical issues, "Dignitatis Personae", as "surprisingly liberal" on genetic engineering. The 32 page instruction, "Dignitatis Personae" deals with
Parents at Holy Cross Primary School on Brisbane's northside are battling a high rise development on land used by the school over fears that pedophiles could prey on their children. The development application, which includes 323 dwellings, shops, a
Rome has put pressure on Brisbane Archbishop John Bathersby and "the Vatican is a bully," St Mary's South Brisbane administrator, Fr Peter Kennedy is quoted as saying. The Weekend Australian quotes Fr Kennedy as making the comments.
Catholic convert and Jesuit theologian, Cardinal Avery Dulles, who was noted for his bestseller "Models of the Church" interpreting Vatican II changes, has died in New York, aged ninety. The International Herald Tribune reports Cardinal Dulles died on
In a ceremony at Bombala in New South Wales Monaro region, Canberra-Goulburn Archbishop Mark Coleridge has blessed tools used for the controversial animal husbandry practice of mulesing. The Land reports that first it was the Bombala priest, Fr Mick
Australia risked being left behind on internet safety if the community failed to back the federal government's plan for Internet Service Provider (ISP) filtering, ACBC media spokesman, Bishop Peter Ingham has said. The Australian Catholic Bishops
The Christmas experience highlights that more than 130 years after the original 1872 legislation set up the first "secular, compulsory and free" state schools in Victoria, the role of religion in government primary schools is still not fully
Since its founding in 1980, Home Hospice has provided support and knowledge to people facing an expected death to die in their homes. The organisation exists to provide a voice for these people, their carers and their personal community and family,
Fr Joe Giacobbe and Ron Taylor have a lifelong love and understanding of thoroughbred horse racing and their book, The Spirit of Racing, beautifully illustrates this. Stories of courage, persistence and luck abound in these pages and remind us that they can
We should not be overwhelmed by the secularisation of Christmas. The birth of Christ was very mixed with the secular. He was born in the midst of mire and muck, in a stable. People at the time had no room for him, not even in an inn, a little bit like now.
There will be no registered nurses for nursing homes by 2025 if the current rate of decline is not addressed, a Catholic Health Australia statement has warned. According to a report released two weeks ago by Minister for Ageing Justine Elliot, at the