Many politicians don't so much govern as self-promote, with little thought of making the world a better place. When Jorge Bergoglio was chosen as Pope, he immediately showed the world his leadership style would be different from that of his predecessors.
Canberra clergy on the move, a new Maitland school in NSW is named after Aloysius and WA Carmelite nuns are making low-gluten communion hosts.
One of the first times that the phrase "the new evangelisation" was heard was in John Paul II's Apostolic letter Novo Millennio Ineunte (at the close of the Great Jubilee of 2000). Today, everyone is speaking about the new evangelisation.
Matthew 24:37-44 Jesus said to his disciples: 'As it was in Noah's day, so will it be when the Son of Man comes.
A brilliant, festive study of JS Bach uses literature and painting to illuminate his 'dance-impregnated' music. Peter Conrad filed this review for The Guardian.
Mother Antonia Brenner was a twice-divorced socialite who renounced Hollywood glitz to live as a nun in a Mexican prison. This obituary appeared in The Telegraph, London.
This week Pope Francis issued a bold new document — in Vatican parlance an “apostolic exhortation” — called "Evangelii Gaudium" or The Joy of the Gospel. In this new document, he sets out an exciting new vision of how to be a church. In all my years as a Catholic, I cannot remember a papal document that was so thought-provoking, surprising and invigorating. Frankly, reading it thrilled me, writes James Martin SJ.
Simone Weil was a woman of exceptional faith. She was also a woman with an unwavering commitment to the poor. But she was also exceptional and unwavering in a resistance she had towards the Church, writes Ron Rolheiser.
Brisbane Filipino community chaplain Fr Marce Singson said his heart was broken to see the damage Typhoon Haiyan caused in his native country.
The Saudi persecution of Christians is raised at a conference, the film Philomena has lessons worthy of the Gospel, and Croatians give same-sex marriage the thumbs down.
What is the proper role of people of faith in Australia in fighting climate change? For signs of hope, let’s step back and see the big picture. Of course, our reliance on a loving and all-powerful God is part of this, but I will focus here on the more temporal sphere, writes Thea Ormerod.
Religious life is alive and well in the women and men who serve others with listening ears and a generosity of spirit, writes Good Samaritan Sister, Clare Condon, SGS.
Luke 23:35-43 The people stayed there before the cross watching Jesus. As for the leaders, they jeered at him.
Fr Kevin Mullins has his truck stolen while speaking at Juarez in Mexico, a plan for the Cathedral precinct in Matiland, NSW, and Australian priests on the ground are lost for words over the Philippines typhoon.
Cardinal Joseph Zen says the Vatican must speak more clearly on religious liberty in China.
Bishop Tony Burgess, recently retired as the Bishop of Wewak in Papua-New Guinea, has died after a battle with cancer. His funeral Mass was celebrated at St Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney.
She was born to be the wife of a politician - but who could have guessed that the daughter of a Tammany Hall politico in Boston would come to be the mother of a President and two Senators as well? This new biography was published in The Boston Globe.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is to meet the Pope next month, the Church stands up for Indian farmers, and a British MP speaks out about attacks on Christians.
Adelaide parish priest Father Emilio Vaccaro celebrated his 50th anniversary as a Scalabrinian Missionary earlier this year. Fr Emilio took time out to talk about his vocation which has spanned three continents.
In a recent interview, Father Jerome Murphy-O’Connor, who died this month, argues the pen is mightier than the spade.