Pope Francis has decided that from now on, the public ceremony of investiture of the pallium on metropolitan archbishops will take place in the prelates’ home dioceses and not in the Vatican, reports Vatican Insider.
Inspired by St Mary MacKillop and in the tradition of the Sisters of St Joseph, Mary MacKillop Place, in North Sydney, strives to offer hospitality and service in an environment of peace, hope and love of God.
The Diocese of Toowoomba has vowed to respect the cultural significance of the site of the former Toowoomba South State School that it has just bought, reports The Chronicle.
The top Vatican official for October’s Synod on the Family has tried to seize the ground for the reformers, telling a conference that bishops “should listen to couples in irregular situations,” reports The Tablet.
Unbroken tells the true story of Olympian and WWII veteran Louie Zamperini. Despite the story’s ripe foundations, the film feels curiously inert.
A judge in the Spanish city of Granada has charged 10 priests with sexually abusing a child, in a case that was brought forward after Pope Francis telephoned the victim in August to offer the Church's apology, reports Reuters on the ABC.
Many children today are effectively orphans because their fathers are absorbed with work and do not play with them, Pope Francis has said, and urged fathers to “waste time” playing with their offspring, reports The Catholic Herald.
A Catholic priest who recently took charge of a San Francisco parish has said only boys can be altar servers, amid a wider debate over conservative concerns that the Church has become too “feminised," reports the Religion News Service.
Queensland political rivals have responded to Church leaders’ queries on policies ranging from job creation and education, to support for drought-affected farmers, environmental and law and order issues, reports The Catholic Leader.
On Sunday came the news that the diocesan process for sainthood for Leonie Martin has been announced in France. Here is a website dedicated to this saint-in-waiting.
Once a major political force with the power to derail presidential campaigns, right-wing Catholicism is in decline, writes Patricia Miller in Salon.
An archbishop in Niger said the Church would rebuild after rioters destroyed its places of worship during protests over cartoons mocking depictions of Muhammad by the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, reports The Catholic Herald.
Three thousand people in the United Kingdom have signed a petition calling for Richard III to be given a Catholic burial, reports The Catholic Herald.
Pope Francis has received a transgendered person at the Vatican, reports The Tablet.
Orthodox Churches around Europe have condemned the republication of cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad by France’s satirical Charlie Hebdo weekly, two weeks after its staff were massacred by militant Islamists, reports The Tablet.
The Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur said the country’s “Allah” ban was only limited to a Catholic newsweekly and that the word can still be used in Malay Bibles and during worship sessions, reports Ucanews.
Australia's bishops and religious have joined the global call of Pope Francis to mark February 8, the Feast of St Josephine Bakhita, as the world day of prayer, reflection, and action against human trafficking, reports the Catholic News Agency.
At the UN climate talks in Lima, Australian negotiators so regularly blocked consensus that they won us the 'colossal fossil' award for 2014 from environmental observers, writes Thea Ormerod in Eureka Street.