Maitland's 163 year old St Johns the Baptist Church, which was the first Catholic cathedral in the Hunter Valley, has been off limits to parishioners since January over concerns about deteriorating steel beams and crumbling sandstone. Parishioner Kevin
The Federal government's decision to provide Australian aid money for overseas abortions makes Prime Minister Kevin Rudd "look two-faced", Opposition frontbencher Tony Abbott has said. Mr Abbott described the overturning of a ban that
ACT Chief Minister John Stanhope yesterday named Bishop Pat Power as Canberra citizen of the year citing his lifelong commitment to refugees, indigenous Australians and disadvantaged people. Chief Minister Jon Stanhope presented the award to Bishop Power
As the Queensland election looms, the Queensland Catholic Education Commission has welcomed the Opposition Liberal National Party's promise to increase funding for non-government schools by $136 million over four years. "I commend the LNP for
Jaffna Bishop Thomas Savundaranayagam has warned that more than 100,000 Sri Lankans face "total annihilation" unless an evacuation of Sri Lanka'a north-east war zone begins immediately. In a message to President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Bishop
World Jewish Congress President, Ronald S. Lauder, has welcomed Pope Benedict's personal letter to Catholic bishops explaining the Williamson affair praising the Pope's "candour and willingness to tackle difficult issues." "The Pope has
The Church's teaching authority cannot be frozen in the year 1962. But some of those who put themselves forward as great defenders of the Council also need to be reminded that Vatican II embraces the entire doctrinal history of the Church. Anyone who wishes
The Canberra Friends of Ireland Society will be celebrating St Patrick's Day with an ecumenical service on Monday March 16 2009 (the eve of St Patrick's Day) at 12 noon at the Centre for Christianity & Culture, 12 Blackall Street, Barton.
Gerry Adams has often articulated a vision of a united Ireland by 2016, the centenary of the 1916 Rising. But the political and economic realities on both sides of the border increasingly demonstrate it is nothing more than an unrealistic pipe dream. The
Stones Will Shout is the website of a self described "orthodox" Catholic group in the diocese of Sale. Better known for their newsletter Into the Deep which claims to educate about the Magisterium and provides a forum for readers'
A nun and four orphans have organised an international sled dog race in a remote village in Central Russia with the first dog for the competition coming from Australia.Russia Today reports a remote village of Kotkishevo in the Kostroma region has hosted
Australian Catholic University and the Uniting Church's Trinity Theological College signed what they describe as a "historic" agreement pledging a sharing of teaching, resources and research. The partnership represents a historic moment
Vatican spokesman, Fr Federico Lombardi, says an apology by SSPX Bishop Richard Williamson, whose excommunication was lifted last month, does not go far enough. Bishop Williamson released a statement on Thursday saying: "I can truthfully say that I regret
The Oodgeroo of the tribe Noonuccal has lodged a complaint with the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission against Brisbane Archbishop John Bathersby and the archdiocese alleging discrimination against Aboriginal people.
Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen has married American football superstar New England Patriots quarterback, Tom Brady, in a Catholic wedding in Santa Monica, California. Bundchen wore a flowing fairytale veil over a long, ivory lace dress by Italian
The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda has sentenced former Rwandan Catholic priest, Emmanuel Rukundo, to 25 years imprisonment for crimes against humanity relating to the 1994 genocide. Presiding Judge, Joseph Asoka De'silva from Sri Lanka said that
The Holy See has vetoed a joint Pentecostal service planned by the Newcastle and Maitland Catholic and Anglican bishops. The confirmation service was scheduled for May 31 at Christ Church Cathedral, and was promoted as a "very exciting and special" event,
Perth Archbishop Barry Hickey's home has become a haven for homeless people, many of whom are indigenous, looking for emergency accommodation but much more needs to be done, he believes. Every evening, a constant stream of people who have nowhere else to
The number of Catholics grew to 1.147 billion in 2007 with the number of priests also increasing while the number of bishops worldwide is closing on 5,000, Vatican statistics show. UCA News reports the number of Catholic priests worldwide rose from
The lifting of the ban on the use of the word "Allah" for God in Catholic services and publications has been rescinded Malaysian Home Minister Syed Hamid Albar has announced saying the government had made a "mistake". Home Minister Syed Hamid Albar said