He has divided opinion in the Church for decades. Is this the book which can restore his reputation? This latest book on Pius XII is reviewed by Hilmar Pabel in The Tablet.
Cardinal Dolan says the pope's remarks on gays do not change church teaching, the Vatican is to co-operate with Italy against financial crime and Cardinal Peter Turkson links care for the environment with concern for human life.
St Mary's church in Ipswich Qld celebrates its 150th anniversary, hope and harmony on the rise and Bendigo students are introduced to robotics.
Luke 12:13-21 A man in the crowd said to Jesus: 'Master, tell my brother to give me a share of our inheritance.'
Tim Whitmarsh reviews a sparkling book which rethinks the history of the Christian church for The Guardian, and arrives at some interesting insights.
Pope Francis has been the focus of much commentary for his Franciscan spirit, his simplicity, love of the poor and concern for nature. There is also much in our new Pope’s style that demonstrates his Jesuit spirituality, above all his freedom with respect to the traditional trappings of the papacy.
Christopher Pearson was a contrarian and a contradiction: a well-read writer and editor who loved an argument, relished wit, and was an out, gay, celibate Catholic. Gerard Henderson wrote his obituary for The Sydney Morning Herald.
The Gospel story in Luke 12:13-21 is easy for us to imagine. Jesus has a crowd of people around him. I am sure many would want to ask him for advice on one thing or another, writes Bishop Julian Porteous.
Stradbroke Island elder Aunty Evelyn Parkin hasn't needed to travel the world to uncover spiritual wisdom.
The Sagrada Familia (Holy Family) basilica in Barcelona has been under construction since the late 19th century. A product of the genius of visionary architect Antoni Gaudi, it is now approaching completion.
If Pope Francis wants to reflect on the issue of gay acceptance within Catholicism, he could take a tour of churches and galleries in Rome and the Vatican where, for centuries, gay artists have created the glories of the church.
Last week, I had an opportunity to walk the deserted grounds of Camp X-Ray. In the iconic photo of the first prisoners arriving there in 2002, prisoners knelt in rows, shackled, wearing orange scrubs. After a full tour, I asked my military escort if I could take a moment to gather my thoughts. Moments later I went to my knees, positioned my hands behind my back and began to pray.
How can we pass on our Catholic spiritual heritage to young people? Perhaps the real question is: how can I develop and enrich my own Catholic spiritual heritage so that I have a treasure worth inheriting, writes Virginia Ryan.
In the North of Rio de Janeiro is the miserable slum of Manguinhos. On the front of one house, someone has painted in light blue, 'The Pope is coming to Varginha to visit the poor. The poor will be very happy!' They know that Francis is the Pope of the poor. Did he not name himself for the son of the rich man from Assisi who gave up everything to walk barely shod, a saint in sackcloth? Has not this new Pope refused to live in his palace? Will Francis' personal humility and focus on poverty help revive the church's fortunes on his home continent?
Mudgee students show what they can do for a Vinnies appeal, students from the ACU lend muscle to a Peruvian shanty town, and Catholic community groups strongly reject the Rudd government's hardline asylum seeker policy.
Luke 11:1-13 Once Jesus was in a certain place praying, and when he had finished one of his disciples said, ‘Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples’.
Most people know Brazil to be the home of the Amazon but it is also known for its samba music, soccer, Copacaba beach, Christ the Redeemer Statue, the favela slums and the annual Carnival celebrations. Brazil is also the fifth largest country in the world, with 200 million people, 74% of whom are Catholic.
A Catholic agency welcomes the UK government's proposal to restrict online pornography, a Non-Catholic meets the Pope after asking 15 times, and a cricket star's Catholic wedding in Sri Lanka spreads joy across the country.
Do the Bible and modern science tackle similar questions? Christopher Howse offers this insightful examination of faith and the scientific method in The Spectator.
A cloistered nun who spent 86 years in a nunnery died last month at the age of 105 in her convent. Alexandra Ward filed this report for Newsmax.