Pope Francis has reportedly suggested that he may be open to the idea of married men being ordained priests in the Catholic Church, saying that the issue “is in his diary,” reports The Tablet.
Fondly known as the Reds, the Redemptorists of Australia and New Zealand have earned that fond regard since they arrived in Australia in 1882.
This drama is based on the 2011 memoir, Then They Came for Me, by Maziar Bahari and Aimee Molloy. It tells the story of the imprisonment in Iran of Iran-Canadian journalist, Maziar Bahari, on charges of espionage, and his eventual release.
Sr Mary Brady was a three-time winner of the Portia Geach Award for portraiture, champion golfer, Dominican sister and commissioned portraitist of Mary MacKillop. The Sydney Morning Herald chronicles her life.
Caritas Australia has launched Project Compassion for 2015.
Archbishop Hart attends Rome consistory, Catholic Earthcare Climate fast, Brazilian cancer boy celebrates Mass, four nuns to be made saints.
An Indonesian-based priest is trying to get support from the German Bishops Conference for a challenge to the death penalty in the Indonesian Constitutional Court on the grounds that waiting to be executed is also torture, reports The Age.
The Diocese of Cologne in Germany has greater assets than the Vatican, according to accounts released on Wednesday, reports The Catholic Herald.
The perennial battle, the struggle between good and evil, is not just theoretical. For Jesus, in the wilderness, it was intensely personal. And, as Mark relates it, the stakes were eternal.
The union covering Catholic school teachers in Canberra has stepped up its fight with employers over a new enterprise agreement, reports The Canberra Times.
"I was originally put off by photos of the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. It all seemed a bit loopy. My first visit completely changed my opinion. This place of worship speaks of God more eloquently then any church I know," writes Cardinal George Pell.
Three Popes faced the challenges of two world wars and the Cold War, and threats posed by totalitarian dictatorships. The Tablet reviews a new book about how they managed unexpected challenges at home and abroad.
Good Samaritan Oblate Pauline Roach is a woman with a thirst for life and for justice, and she says it all started with the photo of an African girl on the wall of her Year 4 classroom.
A few months after he was ordained bishop, one of Paul Bird's Redemptorist confreres asked him how he was finding the transition from living in a Redemptorist community to living by himself as a bishop. Here he offers his reflections.
It would have been fascinating to be a fly on the wall last Sunday in any number of Rome's restaurants or private dining rooms where clerics gathered for their midday pranzo. Without a doubt, first course for most of them was the extraordinary homily Pope Francis gave just a couple of hours earlier at Mass in St Peter's Basilica with his newly fortified College of Cardinals. Depending on the wall, the conversion would have been either stomach-churning or quite inviting, writes Robert Mickens in NCR Online.
Security at the Vatican and across Italy has been intensified because of a perceived heightened risk of attacks by Islamist militants, officials said Wednesday, reports AFP on Ucanews.
Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, former Vatican Secretary of State, has said he knew Benedict XVI was planning to resign “at least seven months” in advance – and that it was “not at all easy” to keep it a secret, reports The Catholic Herald.
The Manly Sea Eagles in Sydney have an X-factor with the support of the Borth Shore’s new Bishop, reports The Hornsby Advocate.
The revolution in Catholic-Jewish relations over the past 50 years also suggests something more universal about relationships between religious communities, reports the Religion News Service.