Australia's youngest Federal cabinet minister, Matthew Canavan, was finishing high school when he flirted with the idea of being a communist. He was already a member of Edmund Rice Camps. The Catholic Leader tells his story.
Since President Rodrigo Duterte declared a war on drugs in the Philippines, more than 3000 people have been killed either by police or vigilante groups. But Religious Sisters have organised to fight his crusade. Here they talk about their mission.
"One of the main things that has struck me during the Year of Mercy is the way that the message of Mercy connects with the everyday lives of people," writes the Bishop of Wilcannia-Forbes, Columba Macbeth-Green OSPPE.
Luke 9: 43 B-45 While they were all amazed at his every deed, Jesus said to his disciples: “Pay attention to what I am telling you. The Son of Man is to be handed over to men.”
What does it mean to be a Catholic today? Catholic identity in England and Wales has been transformed as much by demographics as by doctrine, as this accomplished academic work demonstrates.
Nadia Murad Basee Taha is a 23-year-old Yazidi woman who was taken from her home in Iraq by ISIS, sold, and raped, has been named the UN Office of Drugs and Crime Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking.
Sr Gwen Collins tells the Irish Catholic about her journey from Olympic swimming coach to Carmelite nun, thanks to a chance visit to an Australian monastery with three other Irish girls.
The casual observer may see the Pope's trip to Assisi to pray for peace as another maverick initiative by a break-the-mould pontiff. Others more familiar with papal history may be tempted to see the event as ho-hum. Both reactions miss the point, writes John Allen.
A region of Cameroon that traditionally believed women had no value now sees them as equal to men, thanks to a lay Catholic apostolate. The Catholic News Agency has news of the transformation.
Pope Francis is giving "very strong recognition" to a landmark conference at the Vatican that called on the Church to reject its long-held teachings on just war theory, according to Cardinal Peter Turkson. NCR Online has the story.
Inner enemies such as jealousy, envy, revenge, obsessive guilt, pride, and embittered anger can cripple my capacity to reach out to others in a spirit of reconciliation and pardon, writes Good Samaritan Sister Clare Condon.
Australian Bishops were right to welcome the negotiation between the major political parties that modified some of the humanly destructive elements of the budget package. But it was only a beginning, writes Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ in Eureka Street.
A priest being examined by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse was an "odd bod" with a narcissistic personality who should never have been accepted into the priesthood, according to a Church official, reports the ABC.
Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott will be among key speakers at a Brisbane conference next month aimed at fortifying the relevance of faith in the public square. The Catholic Leader has the story.
Boko Haram insurgents in Nigeria have gunned down eight Christians returning from a Sunday church service, according to witnesses and the army, reports AP in Crux.
A group of scholars has reaffirmed the Church's prohibition on artificial birth control as outlined in Humanae Vitae, rejecting calls from another group for the Church to change its teaching, reports the Catholic News Service.
The Prime Minister's announcement that Australia will permanently maintain its annual humanitarian intake is a good start but must not mask the "elephant in the room," the plight of refugees on Manus Island and Nauru, writes Phil Glendenning.
Pakistani police say they have arrested a 16-year-old Christian boy on blasphemy charges after he “liked” an “inappropriate” photograph on Facebook of the Kaaba in Mecca, one of the holiest sites in Islam, reports AP in Crux.
The Vatican Secretary of State has pleaded for an increased commitment from the international community in addressing the root causes of forced migration, particularly war and arms trading, reports the Catholic News Agency.