In his Apostolic Letter Orientale Lumen, Pope John Paul II wrote that the Catholic Church breathes with both lungs, Roman and Eastern.
Philip Chevron, guitarist with the Pogues and great Irish songwriter who found worldwide recognition, described himself in August as ‘gay, Irish, Catholic, alcoholic Pogue… about to die from cancer.’ Adam Sweeting remembered his life for The Guardian.
A history of the Huguenots offers sobering parallels with our own time, writes Hywel Williams in The Spectator.
A social justice expo focuses on the young, Sydney students fight poverty with socks (pictured) and the Archbishop of Brisbane reflects on his first meeting with Pope Francis.
It's hard to say something consoling in the face of death, even when the person who died lived a full life and died in the best of circumstances. It's especially hard when the one who's died is a young person, writes Ron Rolheiser.
The Catholic Church does not forbid body art. In fact, at the Catholic Council of Northumberland in 786, a Christian bearing a tattoo “for the sake of God” was deemed worthy of praise. The tradition of Christian tattoos goes back hundreds of years in the Egyptian Coptic church but is relatively new in the West. Yet a generation of young Catholics has found that the symbols of Catholicism —crosses, icons, rosaries, paintings and medals — easily translate into tattoo art.
The previous head of one of the internet’s leading online search engines has travelled to Rome in order to be received into the universal Church, expressing his joy at joining the family of faith.
The Vatican is to study human trafficking issues, the former head of the Chinese underground bishops dies and Pope Francis calls for children to be baptised as early as possible.
Pope Francis frequently denounces two aspects of modern culture: the way it encourages people to throw away whatever or whoever they no longer find useful and the belief that nothing lasts forever, not even love.
Many Catholic families have a special priest in their lives and for the large, extended family of former Queensland Senator Dr John Herron this has been Fr Jim Spence, reports The Catholic Leader.
The Vatican's Secretary of State (pictured) is released from hospital, a British poll finds high levels of trust in clergy and tributes pour in for Poland's first Catholic President.
Bishop Michael Putney, from the Diocese of Townsville, speaks about cancer, happiness and grace.
Those in charge of the restoration of various types of artwork in the Vatican museums stress that the preservation of such treasures is necessary on both a historical and an educational level.
Author Malcolm Gladwell once again dispenses unconventional wisdom in his latest book. Janet Maslin filed this review for The New York Times.
Tom Clancy, whose complex, adrenaline-fuelled military novels spawned a new genre of thrillers and made him one of the world’s best-known and best-selling authors, died last month in Baltimore. He was 66, writes The New York Times.
The Catholic Herald’s Rome correspondent knows the Eternal City inside out. Here he offers tips for pilgrims for whom every penny counts, including specialist religious website with very reasonable rates, deals and information.
The Bishop of Parramatta reaches out to vctims of the Blue Mountains bushfires and Vinnies encounters a sream of middle-class despair in Brisbane.
Luke 19:1-10 Jesus entered Jericho and was going through the town when a man whose name was Zacchaeus made his appearance; he was one of the senior tax collectors and a wealthy man.
The celebration of All Souls' Day in the Philippines this year takes a more profound relevance to the lives of people in places hit by disasters.
By now, the film Captain Phillips (which is playing in Australian cinemas) has earned more than $62 million worldwide. The ragged band of young pirates demanded much less on boarding Maersk Alabama, the US merchant ship carrying food aid from Oman to Kenya. There is much to think about here, writes Phyllis Zagano.