Australia's longest serving congregation of women religious is about to celebrate its 175th anniversary. Their mission began in working with female convicts. Sr Annette Cunliffe, provides this reflection on a remarkable legacy of service.
A student injured in a Bali accident, prayer unites asbestos sufferers, ordinations in Brisbane and Sydney, inspiration for theme song for Australia’s Catholic Youth Festival.
Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Francis's first major letter to the faithful, is a clarion call for a decisive shift in the Catholic Church's self-understanding, in full continuity with the teaching of the Second Vatican Council, Paul VI, John Paul II and Benedict XVI, writes George Weigel.
Farmer, autism advocate and wife of the former Australian deputy prime minister and ambassador to the Holy See, Tim Fischer, talks about her life and faith.
Flannery O’Connor stood out amongst 20th-century writers for her ‘spiritual questing.’ Now, a portrait of her inner world has been published, following the discovery of her prayer journal.
The Australian landscape artist, Leonard Long OAM, has died. First encouraged to draw by a kindly nun, he was, at 102 years of age, a living link to the legacy of the Heidelberg School. His work captured the essence of Australian landscape.
Matthew 3:1-12: 'I am not fit to carry his sandals; he will baptise you with the Holy Spirit and fire'.
In light of the Royal Commission, here is a short dramatisation, taking us back to the Gospel view of those who would harm children.
An English translation of the the letter of the Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI to the Italian atheist Piergiorgio Odifreddi has been published. Author, philosopher and Jesuit James V Schall writes that Benedict XVI has 'made the case for Christianity'.
The Phillipines bishops are prioritising typhoon aid, anti-Christian violence continues in Egypt, and it turns out the Pope -- used to be a 'bouncer'.
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.