Catholic Health Australia has warned that tax changes raising the threshold of the health insurance tax penalty to $100,000 will force 200,000 people who dropped their health cover back on to public hospital waiting lists. The Daily Telegraph
It is certain that one consequence of World Youth Day will be an increase in attendance at parish liturgies by people, young and old, who have been touched by the events of the past week. How can parishes ensure that newcomers as well as regular Mass goers
Married Life is a movie with many twists and turns and it places its characters in situations where they interweave in darkly comic ways. The film is really a period drama of manners that aims to model itself in part on Alfred Hitchcock's movies in their
The Trading Circle is a well known "brand" in Catholic circles and is an initiative of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd of Australia and New Zealand. It aims to support women in micro-enterprises trade their way out of poverty.
In a pontifical first, Pope Benedict will read the Bible for an Italian television show to be broadcast later this year. ANSA reports the pope will kick off the six day marathon by reading the first chapter of Genesis in Italian on October 5, the head
Australia is one of the least religious countries in the world according to survey findings released by the German Bertelsmann Foundation. The Christian Post reports most Australians (52 percent) never or very seldom attend a church, mosque,
A Vatican spokesperson says that Pope Benedict will meet freed French-Colombian hostage Ingrid Betancourt who attributed her release to the intercession of the Virgin Mary. The Canadian Press quotes a Vatican source saying the pope sent a
Adelaide property industry figures have raised questions over the sale of government land to the Catholic Church for a major redevelopment project. The Australian reports South Australia's Rann Government is defying criticism over the sale of prime
Pope Benedict may be considering further changes to the order of the Mass, an Italian magazine suggests. The weekly Panorama reports the Holy Father has asked the Congregation for Divine Worship to study the possibility of changes that would include
Pope Benedict will rest three days at an Opus Dei run resort at Kenthurst north of Sydney after his arrival at Richmond airforce base for World Youth Day. Cardinal George Pell yesterday confirmed that Pope Benedict XVI would be taken straight to the
Conservative senior Anglican bishops have met officials of the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to discuss the crisis over homosexual priests. The Age reports the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, was not told of the talks,
Vatican security officials have caught a man in clerical garb attempting to pass himself of as a priest who wanted to hear confessions in St Peter's Basilica. The Sydney Morning Herald reports the fake priest was was tried by a Vatican tribunal.
A Hebrew inscribed tablet believed to date from the decades before the birth of Jesus may refer to a Messiah who will rise from the dead after three days. The Age reports the one metre tall tablet with 87 lines of Hebrew is causing a stir in
This book draws out the parallels and contrasts between the course of Hans Kung and that of Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope, seen as the last two active representatives of the comrades in arms who fought for renewal at the Second Vatican Council. The
The dispute over access to Randwick hasn't been the only cause of tensions, with behind the scenes disagreements between the Church and the Government over everything from advertising campaigns to public access. Frustrated Government organisers say the
Father Pat Connor, a 79 year old Catholic priest born in Australia and based in Bordentown, New Jersey, has spent his celibate life, including nine years as a missionary in India, mulling connubial bliss. His decades of marriage counseling led him to
Good Samaritan Congregational Leader, Sr Clare Condon, is the new president of Catholic Religious Australia replacing Jesuit Fr Mark Raper who completed his term. Sister Condon will take over as CRA President for the next two years following the
A Sydney man has accused Cardinal George Pell of failing to disclose details of a past sexual abuse by a priest to a victim while Perth Archbishop Barry Hickey has denied receiving earlier knowledge of other sexual abuse allegations dating from 2000.
Railway workers are threatening a strike on the day Pope Benedict arrives in Sydney for WYD. The Sydney Morning Herald reports the strike threatens to clog Sydney roads, prevent many of the 200,000 pilgrims from seeing the pope and force hundreds of
I love surprises and would happily be led up the garden path with Will Smith, but there's a fatal flaw to Hancock, with alien sized plot holes and worse still, characters behaving out of context. As a result, this big budget Will Smith action movie is