Vatican display in Auckland cancelled

AUCKLAND Just days after touting an upcoming Vatican exhibition as a major coup for Auckland Museum, the museums director cancelled the planned three-month exhibition...

Texas bishop unhappy with Clinton rally at Catholic university

SAN ANTONIO (CNS) San Antonio Archbishop Jose H. Gomez said he was "neither advised nor consulted" by St Mary's University officials when the school...

Last-minute donation rescues Catholic Discipleship College

AUCKLAND A last-minute donation has secured the future of the Catholic Discipleship College for 2008. The Auckland-based college, which runs a nine-month residential...

Australian prime minister apologises to aboriginal peoples

CANBERRA, Australia (CNS) Members of Parliament and visitors gave Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd a standing ovation after he made a long-awaited apology to...

Pope decries chauvinism, violence against women

VATICAN CITY (CNS) Pope Benedict XVI decried chauvinism and the "serious and relentless" exploitation, discrimination and violence being waged against the world's women. ...

Archbishop to ordain seminarians in Tridentine Mass in Rome cathedral

VATICAN CITY (CNS) A former Vatican official will ordain four seminarians in a Tridentine Mass celebrated in the cathedral of Rome, church officials said....

Cardinal to host meeting with Muslims on next step in dialogue

VATICAN CITY (CNS) Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, will host a meeting with Muslim representatives in early March...

Pope says Lent is time of conversion, return to God

VATICAN CITY (CNS) Lent is a time to return to God's loving embrace and to remember that true happiness can only come from being...

Bishops welcome Australia’s notice it will apologise to Aborigines

SYDNEY, Australia (CNS) The Australian Catholic bishops welcomed a government announcement that it would apologise to the "stolen generations" of Aboriginal people separated from...

Mexican founder of Legionaries of Christ dies

WASHINGTON (CNS) Father Marcial Maciel Degollado, founder of the Legionaries of Christ, died on January 30 at the age of 87 in the United...

Nominations sought for special youth awards

WELLINGTON Nominations for the 2008 Delargey Awards which will be presented at World Youth Day in Sydney in July are being sought by the...

Vatican official: Church should reconsider Communion in the hand

VATICAN CITY (CNS) The secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments said he thinks it is time for the Catholic Church...

Easter-trade critic vocal again

WASHINGTON (CNS) A sea of colour met the eye at the Verizon Center sports arena in Washington, DC, on January 22 as more than...

Pope praises Jesuits, urges them to pledge loyalty to Church doctrine

ROME (CNS) Pope Benedict XVI praised the Society of Jesus for its great contributions to evangelisation and urged the order to reaffirm its fidelity...

Armed men kill Oblate priest in southern Philippines

COTABATO, Philippines (CNS) An Oblate priest was shot to death when he resisted armed men trying to take him from his southern Philippine mission,...

Pope cancels visit to university after students threaten protests

VATICAN CITY (CNS) Following a letter of protest signed by 67 professors and threats of a demonstration by students, Pope Benedict XVI has cancelled...

Pope baptises 13 infants, urges parents to guide them spiritually

VATICAN CITY (CNS) Presiding over one of his favorite annual liturgies, Pope Benedict XVI baptised 13 infants and urged their parents to educate them...

Cardinal urges Holy Land Christians to be examples of selfless love

ROME (CNS) During a visit to the Holy Land, Cardinal John P. Foley urged Christians there to be an example of selfless love and...

Turkish bishops mark 2000th anniversary year of St Paul’s birth

WARSAW, Poland (CNS) Turkey's Catholic bishops marked the 2000th anniversary year of the birth of St Paul in the southern Turkish city of Tarsus...

Pope says St Augustine’s conversion like that of many youths today

VATICAN CITY (CNS) As a young man, St Augustine, like many young Catholics today, left the practice of the faith for a time, but...

Vatican official proposes plans for reparation for priestly abuse

VATICAN CITY (CNS) A leading Vatican official has proposed a worldwide programme of eucharistic adoration to seek spiritual reparation for the damage caused by...