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.
Catholic schools outperform govt, Bishop Hanna's plea, ACU research row, Salesians celebrate, Good Sams go 'back to Coragulac,' New Norcia exhibition at State Library of Western Australia.
Phillip Hughes attended St Patrick's Catholic Primary School in Macksville, starred in the NSW Catholic primary schools cricket team, and was destined for Test glory. Fr Michael Alcock presided at his funeral on Wednesday.
World's largest nativity record, Catholics caught up in HK crackdown, Francis reflects on Christianity in Switzerland, Filipino youth to greet Pope, collapse of two-parent families in UK, NZ Catholic army chaplain drought, Irish marriage debate.
The life and genius of Michelangelo is examined through six of his masterworks in this new biography by art historian, Miles Unger.
Catholic and Orthodox have been estranged since 1054, but Pope Francis and Patriarch Bartholomew are showing fresh determination to end the schism. Francis' case for unity is different to those of his predecessors, writes John Allen.
Fr Patrick McInerney SSC is the Director of the Columban Mission Institute. This year, he joined the pilgrim trails in Rome, Spain, and Jerusalem, providing him with a greater appreciation of the commonalities of the Abrahamic faiths.
Mark 1:1-8 In Sunday’s gospel, St Mark presents John the Baptist. Noting the message of Isaiah, he indicates that his a prophetic vision is being fulfilled.
This week, the Church celebrated the Feast of St Francis Xavier, the great Jesuit missionary. Vatican Radio delved into its archive to produce a special remembrance: Pope Pius XII addressing newly independent India in 1952 on the legacy of Xavier.
This year marks 150 years since the death of JJ Therry, who was "virtually the first" Catholic chaplain to the colony of New South Wales. Fr Therry confounded his colleagues but won the hearts of the common people, writes Bishop Bill Wright.
This video takes us to the ghettos of Jamaica and the work of Catholic Mission in helping children grow up to achieve their dreams, in communities where the threat of a violent death is all to real.