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Battling the death penalty

Brisbane Catholics Lee and Christine Rush, through their campaign to save their son Scott from the death penalty, are changing attitudes to capital punishment. PAUL DOBBYN reports

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Obama calls for abortion dialogue

NOTRE DAME, Indiana (CNS): President Barack Obama took on the controversy swirling around his commencement address on May 17 at the University of Notre Dame, urging those bitterly divided over abortion and other issues to adopt an approach of mutual respect and dialogue.

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Irish abuse endemic: report

DUBLIN, Ireland (CNS): Physical and sexual abuse was endemic in Irish institutions for boys run by religious between 1940 and the late 1970s, said an independent commission report.

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Pope ends Middle East visit

NAZARETH, Israel (CNS): Nearing the end of his Holy Land pilgrimage, Pope Benedict XVI came to Nazareth, the city where Jesus grew up, and appealed for the strengthening of family bonds in the region and the world.

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Encouragement for “little flock”

JERUSALEM (CNS): Pope Benedict XVI encouraged the "little flock" of Christians in the Holy Land to persevere as a vital presence in society and a witness to unity in the troubled region.

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Positive economic approach

VATICAN CITY (CNS): President Barack Obama's efforts to tackle the economic crisis drew praise from a Nobel Prize-winning member of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences.

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Hatred must not reign again: Pope

JERUSALEM (CNS): On his first day in Jerusalem, Pope Benedict XVI visited the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial and said the suffering of Jews under the Nazi extermination campaign must "never be denied, belittled or forgotten".

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Archbishop shares his vision

Archbishop John Bathersby recently completed a whirlwind series of gatherings in the deaneries of Brisbane archdiocese, sharing the archdiocese's vision for renewal centred on Jesus, Communion, Mission. SELINA HARRIS spoke with Archbishop Bathersby about his experience of meeting with hundreds of Catholics to speak about the basis of our faith.

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