Following the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, in which different denominations prayed with Pope Francis, Rev Tara Curlewis, former General Secretary of the National Council of Churches in Australia, talks about the ecumenical movement.
The Pope's agenda for 2015 is audacious and might even include a peace mission to an active warzone. But what's the rush? John Allen found clues in the Pope's most recent press conference on a plane.
Mark 1:21-28 : The presence of Jesus in the synagogue is recognised by an unclean spirit which possessed one of those who was gathered there.
In 1986, Pope John Paul II became the first Pope to visit a synagogue since the time of St Peter. Pope Francis has now been asked to visit that same synagogue of Rome. Rome Reports takes us inside this historic temple.
As we enter this Year of Consecrated Life, Port Pirie Bishop Greg O'Kelly SJ shares some insights as a member of a Religious Order who became the Bishop of a Diocese which may be facing a future "bereft of Religious."
Manus Island strife, Irish marriage debate, Franciscans on Davos, Cameron on right to offend, support for Iraqi priests, hopes for Papal visit to Cuba, west "pushes" sex agenda, Adelaide symposium on euthanasia.
In the third Bishop Kevin Manning Lecture hosted by the Catholic Commission for Employment Relations last month, indigenous advocate Noel Pearson set out to challenge received notions about welfare and Aboriginal advancement.
Former priest James Carroll's new book, Christ Actually, places Jesus in his Jewish context and raises tough questions. He spoke with salon.com about religious violence, Pope Francis and why Christians should bring their Jewish friends to church.
Next week, January 31, 2015 would have been the 100th birthday of the American Trappist monk, mystic, and author Thomas Merton. Despite his untimely death in 1968, his wisdom remains relevant and timely, writes Daniel Horan in America.
With the death last month of the Irish Catholic writer Desmond Fisher at the age of 94, the legion of writers who covered the Second Vatican Council (1962-65), has thinned practically to vanishing point, writes National Catholic Reporter.
Beyond the cavernous splendour of St Peter's, the Eternal City has an incomparable wealth of beautiful churches. But the typical first-time tourist is apt to make the wrong choice of visits, writes Ute Junker for traveller.com.au.
Mark 1:14-20 In today's Gospel, we have Mark’s version of the call of Peter and Andrew.
Today, for a number of reasons, we struggle to be generous and prodigal with God’s mercy, writes Ron Rolheiser. But God wants us all to come to the unlimited waters of divine mercy.
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High profile American Jesuit James Martin’s book, Jesus: A Pilgrimage, is both an introduction to and an account of the pursuit of the grace of knowing Jesus Christ more intimately, writes Kevin Spinale for America magazine.
This is the website of Domus Australia, a guest house in central Rome which offers a calm and welcoming refuge from the busy tourist pace of the Eternal City.
Sister Doreen McOscar SM has died peacefully at the age of 100. She touched countless lives through her ministry in education, pastoral work and Congregational leadership of the Marist Sisters, and was loved to the last by her ex-pupils.
There are many hidden saints - men, women, fathers and mothers, sick people, priests and others - who every day put into practice the love of Jesus; and this gives us hope, Pope Francis told the congregation at Mass at Santa Marta on Sunday.
The Feast of Immaculate Conception, Bethlehem lights Christmas tree, Nth Ireland adoption laws, Cardinal to meet Ethiopian Patriarch, Pakistan appeal for justice, and the Pope's message for Argentina election.
Nicole Clements has had a long career in journalism, but she says her recent assignment to capture the essence of the work of Caritas Australia for the aid agency's 50th anniversary proved a particularly enriching journey into faith.