Catholic-educated, Tasmanian-born author, Christopher Koch believed in the existence of evil. He was a traditional storyteller whose books dealt with spirituality, illusion and reality, and cultural identity. This obituary appeared in The New York Times.
In his fine new book on Aquinas, Denys Turner writes with insight: 'Theology matters only because – and when – there is more to life than theology, and when that "more" shows its presence within the theology that is done.'
A conversation with Anna Tillett, who was inspired by the courage of Blessed John Paul II.
Last week, trailing a group of men walking through a prison, Sister Helen Prejean overheard bits of what they were discussing. 'I heard one saying, "He is so honest," but I didn’t catch who they were talking about at first,' said Sister Prejean, a member of the Congregation of St Joseph, an order of Roman Catholic sisters. Then she figureed it out from the fragments of conversation. The subject was Pope Francis, reports The New York Times.
A facelift for the Catholic Leadership Centre, 125th anniversary for a small NSW church, and deacons are ordained in Melbourne.
A recent report by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change states there is a 95% certainty that humans have been the dominant cause of global warming since the 1950s. Mark Dowd argues the report’s warning must be taken seriously by Christians.
Italian priest Dario Edoardo Viganò began his new job at the Vatican only weeks before the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI. Viganò’s main mission as director of the Vatican Television Centre is to broadcast the Vatican to the world.
Luke 17:11-19 Now on the way to Jerusalem Jesus travelled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he entered one of the villages, ten lepers came to meet him.
Many of us, I suspect, have heard snippets of an interview that Pope Francis did for a series of Jesuit publications. Here are a few of his thoughts, in his own words, writes Ron Rolheiser.
The Vatican to issue a coin for the Pope's first anniversary, a US Muslim leader praises Francis, a Dutch priest is suspended after forgetting words from the Mass and claims surface that a Jesuit priest kidnapped in Syria is still alive.
This past week Pope Francis announced that Blessed John XXIII wil be canonised next April. Catholic News Service takes us on a visit to Bergamo, his hometown in Italy.
It was a desperate father of a seriously ill boy who said to Jesus, 'Lord, I do believe; help thou my unbelief' (Mark 9: 24). At the heart of it, faith is a leap, a leap made out of trust and love, writes Bishop Greg O'Kelly SJ.
Colombia is one of the most Catholic countries in the world. It has perhaps not coincidentally produced two of the world’s great novelists – Gabriel García Márquez and his friend Álvaro Mutis. This obituary for Mutis appeared in The New York Times.
Simon Schama's panoramic history of Judaism pulls the reader in with an engaging mix of fact and anecdote. But is there an inconsistency in the treatment of the subject matter, asks Marc Saperstein in The Independent.
Catholic leaders condemn the US government shutdown, a Croatian priest is beatified, and Cafod supporters fear a taint from their boss's memoir.
Here is the dialogue between Francis and La Repubblica's founder: The conversation in the Vatican after the Pope's letter to La Repubblica: 'Convert you? Proselytism is solemn nonsense. You have to meet people and listen to them.'
St Mary's Cathedral in Sydney holds an ecumenical service for the Navy Fleet Review, ACU in Brisbane reaches a milestone and a State funeral for former RSL head Rusty Priest.
Luke 17:5-10 The apostles said to the Lord: 'Increase our faith.' The Lord replied: 'Were your faith the size of a mustard seed you could say to this mulberry tree, 'be uprooted and planted in the sea', and it would obey you.'
Twenty per cent of Australians are fortunate enough to be educated at university; regrettably others never have the chance to continue their education. This year the Clemente program in Australia celebrates its 10th anniversary.
Religious traditionalists are spooked, especially within the Catholic Church. Many were edgy enough before Pope Francis' interview in which he said the church could no longer afford to be 'obsessed' with issues such as homosexuality, contraception and abortion. Tired of being laughed at in all the best places for their defence of these perennially unpopular teachings, many of the orthodox faithful had already grown accustomed to maintaining a defensive crouch. Now the nontraditionalists - both inside and outside the church - are positively giddy, hoping that the new Pontiff will finally do what they want: namely, back off from all that archaic stuff. But is Francis really throwing Catholic traditionalists under the Popemobile? The answer is more intriguing than first responders to the interview have discerned, writes Mary Eberstadt.