Br Peter Corr

A few years ago, Marist Brother Peter Corr fms took a six-week crash course to learn Spanish, resulting in mixed success. 'I learnt a lot of words, but no complete sentences,' said the 63-year-old headmaster of Marist College North Shore.

more

more view
Calvinism contested origins

DG Hart’s history of Reformed Protestantism takes us through its entire 500-year history – from 16th-century Zurich and Geneva to modern locations as far flung as Seoul and Sao Paulo. Reviewed for The Tablet by Diarmaid MacCulloch.

more

more view
Christchurch cardboard cathedral

Long before sustainability became a buzzword, architect Shigeru Ban had begun his experiments with ecologically-sound building materials such as cardboard tubes and paper.

more

more view
Eight jubilarian priests

Archbishop Coleridge calls for evangelisation with creativity, a Queensland school mourns their principal, the Catholic Mission 2013 Appeal focuses on Mongolia, and the Vianney dinner honours jubilarian priests (pictured).

more

more view

Reform is afoot in the Vatican. Pope Francis has tightened the reins on the Vatican bank, worked through a gruelling visit to Brazil, named a new Secretary of State, and is now busy preparing for the October meeting of cardinals who will advise him on how to breathe new life into the Catholic Church. The new Pope’s agenda is simple: spread the good news of Jesus Christ in a freer and more convincing way. Christ stated the church’s mission very plainly: 'Go out and make disciples of all the nations.' Here, a leading American Jesuit has some suggestions for Catholic parishes to better carry out this mission:

more

more view
With King Hussein

Pope Francis is leading the Catholic Church on an extraordinary campaign to prevent President Barack Obama's proposed military strike on Syria. Exceptional as they are, however, Pope Francis' actions have followed in close continuity with the spirit and record of his predecessors.

more

more view
Rockstar poet

He was a snowy-haired, craggy mountain of a man; a poet, among the greatest of our era. This obituary of the genius whose death leaves ‘a breach in the language itself’ appeared in The New York Times.

more

more view
Refugees pour into Kurdistan

The Pope donates mooncakes to Hong Kong prisoners, Jewish-Catholic ties reach a new high, and Syrian refugees find support from Catholic relief services. 

more

more view
good versus evil

God writes straight with crooked lines. That axiom sounds clever, but is there real truth or depth to it? asks Ron Rolheiser.

more

more view
Arab Christians meeting

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."

more

more view
Prof Bellah

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.

more

more view
Fr Paul Taylor

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.

more

more view
Intelligent account

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.

more

more view
Jesus spoke

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."

more

more view
Francis

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.

more

more view
Glenn Lazarus

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.

more

more view
Ron Rolheiser

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.

more

more view
At the farewell

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. 

more

more view
sky high ambition

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.

more

more view
Lindy Boggs

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.

more

more view

Mass on Demand

home-video-thumbnail

From St Mary’s, North Sydney. The first Mass of the day on YouTube

Mass Online

home-video-thumbnail-nobttn

Live streamed from Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral, Waitara

more

Daily Prayer

Daily Prayer

All your daily readings, reflections and prayers can be found here... 

view