For those who lived through the Rwandan genocide, the mass murder of hundreds of thousands nearly 20 years ago continues to resonate. While people try to rebuild the nation, reminders of that dark period in recent Rwandan history are never far from the
The Catholic Church in Victoria has lodged the Church’s submission, titled Facing the Truth, to the Victorian abuse inquiry. Archbishop Denis Hart (pictured) says the Church "will co-operate fully with the Inquiry". In other news, a new book is released
The Pope appoints 35 clergy to the synod, claims that a Chinese church fire was the work of arsonists, the Archbishop of Canterbury is invited to the Vatican II celebrations, and the official song for WYD 2013 in Rio is released. Catholics says Chinese
Carlo Maria Martini, priest and biblical scholar Born 15 February 1927; died 31 August 2012 - By Peter Stanford Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, who has died aged 85, was a divisive figure within Roman Catholicism. For those many Catholics who
Christian Beginnings from Nazareth to Nicaea, AD 30-325 By Geza Vermes London, Allen Lane 2012 Reviewed by by Rowan Williams Geza Vermes is the unchallenged doyen of scholarship in the English-speaking world on the Jewish literature of the age of
Sr Josapha Lergessner’s heart belongs to India, where she spent more than 40 years as a Holy Spirit Missionary Sister. “It was my life, and I still miss it terribly,” says Sr Josapha, who celebrated her 80th birthday earlier this year,
At the Ministry of Defence (MoD) headquarters on London’s Whitehall, members of Pax Christi must be familiar figures, reports Jonathan Tulloch in The Tablet. Demonstrations by the peace organisation often take place there, with campaigners kneeling in
The World Trace Centre memorial fountains are a place for personal reflection --- On an unseasonably hot and humid summer day, on June 12, 2012, my New York cousins and I went to the World Trade Centre Tribute Centre to take a guided tour of Memorial
Kerry Weber, Associate Editor of America magazine, explains why, in this age of over-sharing, many Americans are keeping their religious identities to themselves.
From left, Hadil Issa and Nada and Marwa Alsaif at the University of Dayton, a Roman Catholic university. --- Arriving from Kuwait to attend college here, Mai Alhamad wondered how Americans would receive a Muslim, especially one whose head scarf
Sir John Carrick gets a kiss from Janette Howard at the launch of a biography about him --- A former church in Collingwood has been sold, Greens leader Christine Milne discusses her views about her faith and a biography of former Liberal politician, John
An Argentine Cardinal champions signle mothers, Masrie Stopes makes a legal challenge in England and in Asia, Sr Mary Pilar Verzosa (pictured), the founder of Pro-Life Philippines, is mourned after her sudden death. American bishop convicted over
Fr Hugh Thwaites SJ Died August 21, 2012, aged 95 A Jesuit priest who inspired Catholics across the country has died at the age of 95. Fr Hugh Thwaites converted from Anglicanism to Catholicism following his experience as a prisoner of the Japanese during
Caligula: A biography by Aloys Winterling. Translated by Deborah Lucas Schneider (University of California Press). - Reviewed by Emily Gowers "Disgusted and unspeakably depressed, I walked out of the film after two hours of its 170-minute length."
When Mary Ringstad’s name comes up in conversation, it’s usually followed by someone relating an instance of her support during an experience of loss or grief. “She was amazing,” they’ll say. “I don’t know how I would
Mark 8:27-38 Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi; and on the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” 28And they answered him, “John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; and still others,
When Damien Freeman graduated from the University of Sydney Law School in 2000, he worked as a clerk for a Supreme Court judge, yet frequently found himself occupied by the larger-than-life inhabitant of the notorious room next door, Justice Roddy Meagher,
Mark 7:24-37 Then Jesus returned from the region of Tyre, and went by way of Sidon towards the Sea of Galilee, in the region of the Decapolis. 32They brought to him a deaf man who had an impediment in his speech; and they begged him to lay his hand on him.
Several years ago, I was at church meeting where we were discussing liturgical rubrics. There was heated discussion over a number of issues: Should the congregation be standing or kneeling during the Eucharistic prayer? What is the most reverent way to
Fr James Martin visits Corpus Christi Church and 35 Perry Street - two New York City sites that played a key role in the spiritual journey of Thomas Merton, in America magazine.