The Chaldean Catholic Bishop of Aleppo, Syria, has said he is determined to stay with his suffering people even though his city is in ruins and many have already fled, reports The Catholic Herald. Bishop Antoine Audo told MPs, charity leaders and peers in
Over the past month, media stories have focussed on three recent fiftieth anniversaries: the Bathurst 1000 car race, the release of the first Beatles’ record, Love Me Do and the beginning of the Second Vatican Council of the Catholic Church.
While delivering a homily in Poland in June, 1979 Pope John Paul II first uttered the words "New Evangelisation." In our time, Pope Benedict XVI has brought this concept to life. Watch the pilot episode on a new documentary series, The Church Alive.
Jesuit Fr James Martin is one of the most popular and respected contemporary Catholic authors. His award-winning books, numerous magazine articles, blogs and personal presentations invest him with an aura of omnipresence. NCR Online tries to find out
A pilot school program is accused of 'denigrating' marriage, the Opposition is playing politics with boat people, says the Edmund Rice Centre, and Fr Rob Galea, the singing priest, returns to Brisbane for a youth festival. New deacon for Canberra-Goulburn
The Vatican condemns a car bomb attack in Beirut, an elderly Chinese bishop sends a message to the Synod in Rome, the Pope's delegation to Syria is postponed due to violence and the European Union flag (pictured) has a Marian history. Vatican
Frank Moore Cross July 13, 1921 to October 16, 2012 - By William Yardley Frank Moore Cross, an influential Harvard biblical scholar who specialized in the ancient cultures and languages that helped shape the Hebrew Bible and who played a
Fr John Healy regards his time as a military chaplain in Afghanistan as a “moment of grace”. And instead of experiencing the despondency and despair that can go hand in hand with suffering and death, the 52-year-old priest said that in the
And Man Created God: kings, cults and conquests in the time of Jesus, by Selina O’Grady - Reviewed by Manda Scott Why? Those with an interest in first-century Rome and the origins of Christianity always and ever must return to this
Mark 10:46-52 As Jesus and his disciples and a large crowd were leaving Jericho, Bartimaeus son of Timaeus, a blind beggar, was sitting by the roadside. 47When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout out and say, “Jesus, Son of
I have vivid memories of Rome in the autumn of 1962. I arrived in September having abruptly dropped my plans for teaching at my congregation’s school of theology in Washington, DC. I was to replace Father Ed Heston as rector of Collegio di Santa Croce,
As my recently deceased spiritual guide, Peter Steele, would never tire of saying: "There are only two conditions in the spiritual life — you're either growing or you're dying," writes Fr Michael Kelly in Eureka Street. What makes for spiritual growth?
This Christian Broadcasting Network report features the story of North Korean Kim Eun Jin, who defected to China after her father was killed for being a Christian.
1883 photo by the Sisters of St Francis of the Neumann Communities shows Mother Marianne Cope --- Barbara Marks is among the last 17 leprosy patients Hawaii banished to the remote peninsula of Kalaupapa. Over more than 100 years, beginning in 1866,
The last Irish missionary in Canberra-Goulburn dies, St Mary's Mass starts Year of Faith in Sydney, a health service naming tribute to a Sydney Sister, and a Vatican II e-conference draws 20,000. State funeral for NSW MP (Liverpool Leader) Sr Selisias looks
The Year of Faith app goes live, Korean bishops make a pre-election plea, Chad expels an Italian bishop over an oil row, the Pope believes Christianity will rekindle in Europe, and global support grows for the detained Shanghai bishop Thaddeus Ma
Stephen Eugene Clarke ('Steve from Gordon') November 19, 1926, September 20, 2012, aged 85 - Ross Fitzgerald There were five great loves in Stephen Clarke's life. First, his wonderful wife, Dawn; second, his beloved daughter, Kerry; third, his
The Spirit of Vatican II: A History of Catholic Reform in America by Colleen McDannell (Basic Books) - Reviewed by Kristen Moulton Colleen McDannell knew the title of her book, The Spirit of Vatican II: A History of Catholic Reform in
I am an almost-thirty Catholic woman and I have spent my career in the corporate world. I loved my job, at least at the beginning, but as 40-hour weeks became 50, then 60 approaching 70, phrases like ‘free time’ and ‘me time’
Mark 10:35-45 James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to Jesus and said to him, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.” 36And he said to them, “What is it you want me to do for you?” 37And they said to