Hollande meets Francis, mosaics unearthed, peace doves attacked, ecology encyclical may come, Ukraine violence, S. African bishops oppose anti-gay laws, more...
Trainee priest dies on road, govt funding for private shools growing fastest, Fr Redmond, New Norcia bicentenary, Holy Cross Bundaberg, religious murals.
Sydney father John Mac Acuek was one of the first Sudanese refugees to reach Australia, and the first to graduate from an Australian university. On a recent mission of mercy back in his homeland, he made the ultimate sacrifice.
Sister Helen Prejean inspired the Hollywood film Dead Man Walking. Here, she gives a progress report on the anti-death penalty campaign in the United States, and the role Catholics play in the cause.
How might Pope Francis' 'Church for the Poor' have meaning for the place of women in the world and in our Church?
Have trendy commentators fallen in love a pope of their own invention? Luke Coppen, editor of The Catholic Herald, believes so - but suggests that the real Francis will be far more interesting to watch than the fantasy Francis.
Call to forgive Cardinal O'Brien, Pope's plea for Christian and Muslim refugees, KGB smeared bishop, Irish Embassy for Vatican, missionary jailed in North Korea.
Govt to give money for marriage counseling, Catholic schools to cost in SA, out with Fr Bob, vale winemaker, ACT Calvary Hospital, Pell on culture of violence, nun in horrific crash
St Paul's Choir School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, is the only boys' choir school in America. The boys live and breath heavenly music, and the effects on the spirit can be magical.
St Joseph's Abbey, near Boston, Massachusetts has long sold jams and jellies. Now it has become the first monastery outside of Europe to join the elite club of brewing authentic Trappist beer.
Journalist John Allen has compiled a detailed catalogue of current persecutions of Christians - and asks why is so little being done about it?
Matthew 4: 12-23 (NRSV version): 'As he walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers...'
Fr Alec Reid, the unassuming Redemptorist priest who played a crucial behind-the-scenes role in setting up Northern Ireland's Good Friday Peace Agreement, has died. He was 82.
Peter Seamus O'Toole was born to an Irish Catholic family in 1932 and shot to fame as Lawrence of Arabia in 1962. His fame endured to the end.
New church for Hunter, Cardinal Pell at Reconciliation Church, Burleigh Waters church, ACU, Christmas...
Charles defends Mid-East Christians, Paul VI miracle, Belgian euthanasia, Indian PM apology, Muslim diaologue, US Archbishop steps down, Guantanamo nativities out, service in Soweto...
Henri Matisse was an atheist... or so everybody thought. In his old age he employed a beautiful nurse. When she decided to become a nun, Matisse was moved to design a chapel. It was to be 'the crowning achievement' of his career.
Pope Francis has captured the attention of the secular media as few other Catholic figures have. This week, The New Yorker featured Francis on its cover as a playful snow angel, and offered a profile of 'a radical Pope’s first year.'
Art opens doors that argument, logic, preaching and speculation cannot: Sr Wendy Beckett, an art critic who lives the life of a hermit, has three new books on Christian art out for Christmas.
The key to understanding Pope Francis, writes Dr Christopher Bellitto, is to first consider not Saint Ignatius and his Jesuits - but to step back to Saint Francis and his Franciscans.