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New Anglican chief heads straight for battle with bishops

New Anglican chief heads straight for battle with bishops

Next month's enthronement of Justin Welby as head of the worldwide Anglican communion may well be a stormy occasion.

Priest uses papal history to argue for capital punishment

Priest uses papal history to argue for capital punishment

In these extracts from a much longer article, the reverend points out that executions have been enthusiastically endorsed by Popes in the past and capital punishment is not expressly described as evil by the Catechism.

On this day in 1858: the apparition of Our Lady at Lourdes

On this day in 1858: the apparition of Our Lady at Lourdes

The first in a long series of apparitions and miraculous occurrences took place in the small town of Lourdes on February 11.

Vatican complains of misquote on same-sex marriage

Vatican complains of misquote on same-sex marriage

Media reports this week that the Vatican has signaled possible support for gay couples have been hastily denied by spokesman Archbishop Paglia.

Journalist jailed for covering rape of a refugee

Journalist jailed for covering rape of a refugee

Both the journalist and the victim have been sentenced to imprisonment, causing a storm of protest worldwide.

Asian astrologers predict stormy Year of the Sssssssnake

Asian astrologers predict stormy Year of the Sssssssnake

The Year of the Snake, which starts on February 10th, will feature financial woes and a Japan-China flashpoint according to the soothsayers.

Vatican II confusion is to be expected, says Jesuit professor

Vatican II confusion is to be expected, says Jesuit professor

Father Ladislas Orsy says it may take another 100 years before the full impact of the Second Vatican Council is clear.

An all-time classic Catholic film gets a triumphant remake

An all-time classic Catholic film gets a triumphant remake

The miraculous story of an orphan boy who lived with Franciscan friars, and his relationship with a life sized crucifix, is about to reach a new audience.

Key diocesan post for priest with child abuse conviction

Key diocesan post for priest with child abuse conviction

The diocese has stressed that his new job will not bring him into contact with children, but this has not calmed protesters.

Saudi preacher's light sentence for horrific murder of daughter

Saudi preacher's light sentence for horrific murder of daughter

The well known preacher tortured, raped and killed the five-year-old, but Saudi Arabian law allowed him to go free after a brief detention.

Report says China plans to close down every 'house' church

Report says China plans to close down every 'house' church

A report from ChinaAid says religious persecution has worsened for the seventh year running. Moreover, it claims the State has a strategic plan of anti-Christian aggression.

Does the cardinal's public censure mark a new Church era?

Does the cardinal's public censure mark a new Church era?

The writer maintains that the Church's willingness to release confidential documents is even more significant than Cardinal Mahony's widely reported castigation.

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