What better time to shop with a conscience than Christmas, the spiritual-gone-secular holiday that has sadly (and ironically) become synonymous with "shop till you drop"?, writers Heidi Schlumpf in NCR Online. I'm not suggesting that anyone give up
One of my favourite memories of Christmas as a child is all the different generations of our family coming together for Christmas Day. Many travelled from a long way to be there and would stay for a couple of days so it was great to spend time with them. Of
Newly elevated Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of the Philippines talks with ucanews.com about the New Evangelisation, the mission of the Church in Asia amid challenging and changing times, and the call for a "corporate examination of conscience".
He’s been called Gorgeous George, il Bel Giorgio and even the Black Forest Adonis. And ever since making his world debut in the spring of 2005 as the 48-year-old personal secretary of the newly elected Pope Benedict XVI, Mgr Georg Gänswein has been
A course in Holocuast studies to become part of the Catholic curriculum, a suprise retirement party for the driving force behind Sydney's Aboriginal Catholic Ministry, a new director for the ACBC Office for Clergy Life and Ministry, and Caritas Australia
A sledgehammer attack on two American churches, a pardon looms closer for the Pope's butler over his theft of Vatican documents, the Pope meets Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas, and US Catholic educators say greater security is not the answer to
Therese Vassarotti - By Donella Johnston One Tuesday morning in November, we heard the very sad news that Therese Vassarotti had passed away after a long struggle with illness. Therese found out in February this year that she had Acute Myeloid Leukaemia
Talk about God - By James Wood Suppose you find yourself, in the late afternoon, in one of the English cathedral towns—Durham, say, or York, or Salisbury, or Wells, or Norwich—or in one of the great university cities, like Oxford or
If Good Samaritan Sister, Meg Kahler, could invite any five guests to dinner, she’d choose Aung San Suu Kyi, Scholastica Gibbons, Roger Federer, Genghis Khan and Billy Connolly, reports The Good Oil. “I have no idea what you’d cook for them
Luke 1:39-44 In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, 40where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. 41When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was
In recent weeks, the Australian media has been saturated with stories that challenge the state of the institution of the Catholic Church in this country. Under question has been the ability or inability of Church leaders to deal with the crisis which is the
Fr James Martin offers a reflection on Christmas carols, and says a moving rendition of Good King Wenceslas is a reminder of the centrality of the poor at Christmas time. The featured version is by US girls group The Roches (pictured).
I received my first Christmas e-card last week. This surprised me on two counts. First, that anyone would be organised enough to send Christmas cards in the first week of December; and second, that sharing the peace and goodwill of the Christmas season had
A Queensland priest reflects on his accidental relationship with the Morcombe family, politicians are accused of scare tactics with boat people, the visit of St Xavier's relic labelled a blessing, and the Pontiff is asked to help replace Ricky Ponting
The Papal Nuncio to the Ivory Coast (pictured) is killed in a car accident, an American Catholic university rebukes its president over an academic freedom dispute, the Protesant-Catholic gap in Northern Ireland narrows, and the Pope venerates the Virgin Mary
The Rev John Kavanaugh, SJ Died at the age of 71, November 5, 2012 The Rev John Kavanaugh spent part of his year of prayer as a young Jesuit priest working in Calcutta for Mother Teresa. She took him to the House of the Dying, a former temple she had
Leonardo and The Last SupperRoss King, Walker and Company. 352p $28 Reviewed by Sue Smith While Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) is considered the quintessential Renaissance man, and his reputation as an artist, inventor and creative thinker is
Lord Nicholas Windsor, 42, is the first cousin of Queen Elizabeth II, and a passionate spokesman and champion for the unborn. He was in Melbourne last month to deliver the inaugural March for the Babies oration. The former Anglican (he became a Catholic
Krzysztof Zanussi ([pictured), a Polish film-maker, professor of cinematic arts and culture, writer, consultant to the Vatican Commission for Cultural Affairs, and a master in the craft for his generation, has exercised a career that spans more than 50 years.
Luke 3:10-18 The crowds, who were gathering to be baptised by John, asked him, “What should we do?” In reply John said to them, “Whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none; and whoever has food must do likewise.” Even