As my recently deceased spiritual guide, Peter Steele, would never tire of saying: "There are only two conditions in the spiritual life — you're either growing or you're dying," writes Fr Michael Kelly in Eureka Street. What makes for spiritual growth?
This Christian Broadcasting Network report features the story of North Korean Kim Eun Jin, who defected to China after her father was killed for being a Christian.
1883 photo by the Sisters of St Francis of the Neumann Communities shows Mother Marianne Cope --- Barbara Marks is among the last 17 leprosy patients Hawaii banished to the remote peninsula of Kalaupapa. Over more than 100 years, beginning in 1866,
The last Irish missionary in Canberra-Goulburn dies, St Mary's Mass starts Year of Faith in Sydney, a health service naming tribute to a Sydney Sister, and a Vatican II e-conference draws 20,000. State funeral for NSW MP (Liverpool Leader) Sr Selisias looks
The Year of Faith app goes live, Korean bishops make a pre-election plea, Chad expels an Italian bishop over an oil row, the Pope believes Christianity will rekindle in Europe, and global support grows for the detained Shanghai bishop Thaddeus Ma
Stephen Eugene Clarke ('Steve from Gordon') November 19, 1926, September 20, 2012, aged 85 - Ross Fitzgerald There were five great loves in Stephen Clarke's life. First, his wonderful wife, Dawn; second, his beloved daughter, Kerry; third, his
The Spirit of Vatican II: A History of Catholic Reform in America by Colleen McDannell (Basic Books) - Reviewed by Kristen Moulton Colleen McDannell knew the title of her book, The Spirit of Vatican II: A History of Catholic Reform in
I am an almost-thirty Catholic woman and I have spent my career in the corporate world. I loved my job, at least at the beginning, but as 40-hour weeks became 50, then 60 approaching 70, phrases like ‘free time’ and ‘me time’
Mark 10:35-45 James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to Jesus and said to him, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.” 36And he said to them, “What is it you want me to do for you?” 37And they said to
Identical twin brothers, Fr Peter and Fr Kevin O'Neill, are both Columban missionary priests --- Australian-born Father Kevin O'Neill, who was elected Superior General of the Missionary Society of St Columban in Los Angeles last month, is not the
John XXIII broke the mould of my strictly Presbyterian Dunedin upbringing by calling Vatican II and by being a good, kind, humble old man. The two are indivisible, writes Moira Rayner. My parents taught me that Roman Catholic boys were not datable; my
As the Vatican synod espouses the power of new media to evangelise, the man featured in the above interview grapples daily with its dilemmas and promises, and is trying to harness its potential to communicate about religion in a positive way. Monsignor Paul
In July 1960, Yves Congar, a renowned Catholic expert in ecclesiology, felt that Vatican II “was coming 20 years too soon from the vantage point of theology and especially of ecumenism”. Many ideas had already changed, the French Dominican priest
Brisbane students raise $1700 for infrastructure in PNG, a search for more pastoral carers, and former NSW politicIan George Paciullo (pictured), who died this week, leaves a legacy of saving lives through his advocacy of random breath testing. School
Fifty years on, the Vatican newspaper praises The Beatles, Christians are excited to hear the Pope's messages in Arabic, Philippine Catholics join the push against a new cybercrime law, and almost one in five Americans has no religious
Marvin Meyer April 16 1948, August 16 2012 Marvin Meyer, who has died aged 64, was an expert on Gnosticism whose translation of the Gnostic Gospel of Judas challenged the traditional portrayal of Judas Iscariot as the Apostle who betrayed Jesus. What we
Australian native Rosemary Goldie speaks with a bishop during a meeting of the Second Vatican Council in 1964 --- Rosemary Goldie was a historic figure for the church in many ways. With her 1966 appointment as undersecretary of the Council for the
Titian: His Life by Sheila Hale (HarperPress) - Reviewed by Michael Prodger So equally matched were the four greatest painters of the High Renaissance that neither their contemporaries nor posterity have been able to separate them for long. Each
Gospel: Mark 10:17-31 As Jesus was setting out on a journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 18Jesus said to him, "Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone.
Forty years ago, long before the recent afternoon when Dr Joseph Dutkowsky knelt at the warped feet of his four-year-old patient, he was an American small-town teenager approaching his Catholic confirmation and needing to select a patron saint. He made