For decades, Arab Christians have been fleeing the Holy Land and the rest of the Middle East in droves, mainly because of violence. Some 70 high-ranking Arab church leaders, together with their Western counterparts, and Muslim clerics gathered in Amman for a meeting this past week aimed at tackling "the challenges of Arab Christians."
Robert Bellah, who has died at the age of 86, taught at the University of California, Berkeley, for 30 years and wrote extensively on faith and politics. Margalit Fox wrote his obituary for The New York Times.
A unique and powerful bond was formed between players and clergy at a US American football college training camp held last month at a Catholic campus, at St Vincent College, LaTrobe, Pennsylvania.
Robert Alter’s award-winning translation of the Hebrew Bible continues with the stirring narrative of Israel’s ancient history. For The Tablet, Nicholas King reviews this entertaining amalgam of hair-raising action and high literary achievement.
Luke 14:25-33 Great crowds accompanied Jesus on his way and he turned and spoke to them. "If any man comes to me without hating his father, mother, wife, children, brothers, sisters, yes and his own life too, he cannot be my disciple."
A biographical film of Francis is to be made in Argentina, the Vatican and Liberation Theology movement make peace and priests report a marked upsurge in confessions.
Queensland students in an exodus to Catholic schools, Tim Fischer tells tales of his time at the Vatican and former footballer Glenn Lazarus runs for politics.
In his monumental study of atheism, Michael Buckley suggests that atheism is invariably a parasite that feeds off bad religion. It feeds off bad religion, picks on bad religion, and picks apart bad religion, writes Ron Rolheiser.
Patrick Crilly has not lost his soft Irish lilt even though he arrived in Australia nearly 50 years ago and settled in Woodridge in south-east Queensland.
Chapels and churches are works of art as well as places of worship. Indeed, over 100 years ago, architect Ralph Adams Cram wrote: "Art has been, is, and will be forever, the greatest agency for spiritual impression that the Church may claim." Following is a collection of 50 of the most unusual churches, each articulating a different marriage of art and spirituality. Readers are invited to click through and enjoy the tour.
Lindy Boggs was a US political figure who served eventually as United States Ambassador to the Holy See. She married her working life with her home life and built them both on profound faith. Christine Bordelon wrote this obituary for CNS.
I did not expect to convert. I spent my youth as a committed PC user; I understood technology, could build my own computer and was not going to be shackled to Apple’s attitude of 'we know what you need even better than you do.' Yet as I emerged from the strict laptop-less poverty of the Jesuit novitiate and needed to buy a computer, I drank the Kool-Aid: I bought a MacBook, writes Sam Sawyer.
A Catholic-run rehabilitation centre in Pakistan offers hope for a visually-impaired community in Lahore. Join Ucanews as it ventures beyond the slums to find a haven of healing in the rough and tumble of this crowded city.
Catholic charities repsond to a global influx of refugees, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to sell its nursing homes, an Italian company to restore the Church of the Nativity, and a storm over the writer of an essay about gay marriage (pictured).
An Egyptian woman living on the Gold Coast fears for her home country, the Notre Dame University 'Love' series proves popular and a youth worship forum has a big finale in Brisbane.
Luke 14:1, 7-14 On a sabbath day Jesus had gone for a meal to the house of one of the leading Pharisees; and they watched him closely.
A well-researched exploration of Pope Francis' reputation and past lifts this book well above the nervous reverence of much papal biography, writes Mark Lawson for The Guardian.
As the Federal election looms, it is easy to be dismayed at the poor quality of the political contest. Instead of remedying ignorance, the process seems to exploit it in increasingly trivial media coverage, writes Bishop Michael McKenna.
Pope Francis' critique of 'savage capitalism,' coupled with the power of his own personal witness, has resonated with many across the world and awakened new hopes and aspirations. But it has not yet led to large scale self-examination among American Catholic public intellectuals, or a critique of America's current economic and political realities, writes Michael Stafford.
A pilgrimage is a journey with a religious purpose: to visit sacred places, often associated with a saint, where people can feel near to the saint either through relics or miraculous stories. In April Luke Mills and three others set out on a pilgrimage they