Philippine church bells ring out in protest, Pope Francis meets Roman Jews, the outgoing Secretary of State Cardinal Bertone emphasises continuity, and his replacement misses the handover ceremony due to minor surgery.
A blind man and his guide are bonded by faith, an increase noted in people wanting charity help in north Queensland and a faith adventure leads to Samoa.
This time last year, Cardinal Timothy Dolan was taking fire from his right flank for inviting President Obama to the annual Al Smith Dinner, the white-tie charity gala where celebrities and churchmen and rival pols lay down their arms and instead wage a war of wit. It didn’t matter that Dolan also invited Obama’s Republican rival, Mitt Romney. This year, Dolan should have an easier time of it — he will have Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert, the self-described 'pope of basic cable,' on hand to headline the fundraiser tonight, reports the Religion News Service.
Tudor history and Tudor historical fiction are all the rage right now. This new book attempts to expand the passion to Stuart history and explain Mary Queen of Scots’ role in the dynasty. But does the world need another tome about Mary?
Married to the same man for more than six decades, Marcella Hazan’s ashes will be interred in her home village of Cesenatico in Italy’s Emilia-Romagna. Those details, however, give nothing away about her influence in international food.
Former parish priest Father Owen Doyle held a unique ministry as the Sandhurst diocese’s only ordained priest who is also the father of nine children. The diocese invited Fr Owen to write this short reflection.
Francis is the first Pope from Latin America but he is the son of an Italian immigrant from Piedmont, Mario Bergoglio. Mario was one of thousands to make the long journey to the Americas in the early 20th century, reports Italy magazine.
In this edition of Catholic Focus on Salt + Light, presenter Deacon Pedro sits with TV and radio producer Lino Rulli, producer and host of the Emmy award-winning TV show, Generation Cross and host of The Catholic Guy radio program on The Catholic Channel, Sirius XM.
Luke 18:1-8 Jesus told his disciples a parable about the need to pray continually and never lose heart:
Our world is in a sad and destructive state. Nation upon nation is in fear of one another. Can true peace ever reign, asks Good Samaritan Sister, Clare Condon.
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.