Former priest James Carroll's new book, Christ Actually, places Jesus in his Jewish context and raises tough questions. He spoke with salon.com about religious violence, Pope Francis and why Christians should bring their Jewish friends to church.
Next week, January 31, 2015 would have been the 100th birthday of the American Trappist monk, mystic, and author Thomas Merton. Despite his untimely death in 1968, his wisdom remains relevant and timely, writes Daniel Horan in America.
With the death last month of the Irish Catholic writer Desmond Fisher at the age of 94, the legion of writers who covered the Second Vatican Council (1962-65), has thinned practically to vanishing point, writes National Catholic Reporter.
Beyond the cavernous splendour of St Peter's, the Eternal City has an incomparable wealth of beautiful churches. But the typical first-time tourist is apt to make the wrong choice of visits, writes Ute Junker for traveller.com.au.
Mark 1:14-20 In today's Gospel, we have Mark’s version of the call of Peter and Andrew.
Today, for a number of reasons, we struggle to be generous and prodigal with God’s mercy, writes Ron Rolheiser. But God wants us all to come to the unlimited waters of divine mercy.
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High profile American Jesuit James Martin’s book, Jesus: A Pilgrimage, is both an introduction to and an account of the pursuit of the grace of knowing Jesus Christ more intimately, writes Kevin Spinale for America magazine.
This is the website of Domus Australia, a guest house in central Rome which offers a calm and welcoming refuge from the busy tourist pace of the Eternal City.
Sister Doreen McOscar SM has died peacefully at the age of 100. She touched countless lives through her ministry in education, pastoral work and Congregational leadership of the Marist Sisters, and was loved to the last by her ex-pupils.
There are many hidden saints - men, women, fathers and mothers, sick people, priests and others - who every day put into practice the love of Jesus; and this gives us hope, Pope Francis told the congregation at Mass at Santa Marta on Sunday.
The Feast of Immaculate Conception, Bethlehem lights Christmas tree, Nth Ireland adoption laws, Cardinal to meet Ethiopian Patriarch, Pakistan appeal for justice, and the Pope's message for Argentina election.
Nicole Clements has had a long career in journalism, but she says her recent assignment to capture the essence of the work of Caritas Australia for the aid agency's 50th anniversary proved a particularly enriching journey into faith.
"Some may ask: 'Father, did bishops fight during the Synod?' No, I wouldn't say it was a fight. But strong words were said," declared Pope Francis at his general audience this week. "But this is the freedom we find in the Church."
John 1:6-8, 19-28 In Sunday’s gospel, St John the Evangelist presents St John the Baptist as one who came to testify to the light and 'make straight the way of the Lord.'
Earlier this year, Francis appointed Australia's Cardinal George Pell to modernise Vatican finances. In this article for The Catholic Herald, Cardinal Pell sets out what he has discovered so far.
A new book documents the impact of the Second Vatican Council on the lives of 14 Australian women religious, two of whom are Good Samaritan Sisters, writes The Good Oil.
A 90-year-old Vinnies volunteer, Josephite historians celebrate Tenison Woods, Archbishop Fisher cites genocide, gender case for GST reform, musical outreach, Vic law reform, Council scraps prayer.
When Cambodia began emerging from the horrors of the Pol Pot regime in 1979, Caritas Australia was among the first on the scene assisting the broken nation back to its feet. This mini-documentary looks at the long road back from Year Zero.
Sr Helen Prejean is an American Sister of St Joseph noted for her public activism in fighting the death penalty in America. In this video, she offers her wisdom on the power of prayer to bring focus and discernment before action.