The Little Company of Mary unveiled its proposed new $45 million, 75 bed Calvary Private hospital it will build with the proceeds of the sale of the Calvary Hospital to the ACT Government, if the sale goes through. The proposal involves the sale of
The Whitsunday Regional Council adopted an amendment to the region's planning scheme that bans adult operators from trading within 200 metres of children's facilities, churches and other venues, at its discretion. The amendment gives the council much
Poker playing Florida priest, Fr Andrew Trapp, didn't win the $1 million prize on the PokerStars.net Million Dollar Challenge but says he is "happy with the way things turned out." Fr Trapp said the finale has been called "one of the
The media coverage of Blessed Mary MacKillop's imminent sainthood continues unabated, with various reports tackling different angles from "airbrushed" facial features, to her role as a spiritual inspiration, to her potential to be a religious attraction.
Fewer Christians will be around to celebrate Christmas in the region where the faith was born, due to an unprecedented modern-day exodus of victims fleeing radical Islam and waves of sectarian feelings, according to a report published in The Age. In
Australians will be able to join with the Pope when the ABC TV Midnight Mass from the Vatican. This year the Mass will commence at 10pm Rome time and finish at Midnight. The Mass though, direct from St Peter's Basilica, will air
In the true spirit of Christmas, on Christmas day I'll leave for Gaza to join some 1,300 people from 40 nations, as well as an expected 50,000 Palestinians, and together undertake a nonviolent march to the Erez northern border crossing leading into Israel.
Sheep take pride of place in the Bible; Jesus himself is called the Lamb of God. Oxen are there, too, in the background, but the donkey has a few star turns, notably at the birth of Christ and at his triumphal entry into Jerusalem prior to his passion and
Biblia Clerus was launched by the Vatican Congregation for the Clergy and allows researchers to access Bible verses with exegesis from doctors of the Church or cross reference liturgical texts with commentaries from Church Fathers. The site offers six
The Anglican bishop of North Sydney, Glenn Davies, said Mary MacKillop is no more holy in God's eyes than anyone else whose sins have been forgiven, and accused the Catholic Church of misinterpreting the qualifications of a saint. "No one wishes to
Church leaders are urging for a renewal of hope and generosity this Christmas after a year of tragic bushfires, floods and and economic crisis that put thousands out of work. Cardinal George Pell who announced that Christmas Mass tomorrow at St Mary's
Marking the 20th anniversary of "The Simpsons", Vatican paper L'Osservatore Romano said despite the regrettable crude language and occasions of violence, "serious analysts praise the realism and intelligence of its scripts." The paper described the
At least two church leaders are planning non-traditional sermons for Christmas. Lismore Bishop Geoffrey Jarrett plans to ask people to turn to God, not man, on climate change; and Anglican Reverend Mark Harris plans to play a pop-punk song for his
The pope's spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said the "venerable" title for Pope Pius XII did not derive from his "operative choices" but his deep piety and "witness of Christian life". The Vatican made the response to assure Jewish communities
Thomas Merton --- A new biography of Trappist Thomas Merton has raised controversy among scholars with its disclosure of the name of a young woman with whom the monk fell in love. He was 51, she a 25 year old student nurse, USA Today reports. Margie Smith
Many Australians have traditionally engaged in an orgy of spending in the lead up to Christmas, lavishing huge amounts on gifts for family and friends. But for some, it's gone too far. Tired of what they see as rampant materialism, more and more Australians
Heavens above. The big man is making a comeback. His churches may lie virtually empty for most of the year, but this Christmas God can rest assured he remains in the hearts and minds of most Australians. A decade ago parliamentarians told academic
What has come again and again to my consciousness this Advent and Christmas time is that I find myself marvelling at how incredibly, unimaginably close God is! Perhaps he is so close that we often fail to even look for him there. Somehow our
Perhaps a fitting way to conclude our publication for 2009, is to highlight Australia's "saint in waiting". 2010 will witness the canonisation of Blessed Mary MacKillop and this website of the Sisters of St Joseph is the online "shrine"
Blessed Mary MacKillop --- Speculation is rife in the local news media that an announcement about the canonisation of Blessed Mary MacKillop is imminent, following reports that a second miracle has been approved. "The Sisters