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Permanent Deacons: gifts of the Holy Spirit

Brisbane archdiocese's permanent diaconate continues to grow, with Deacon Russ Nelson, a father-of-four, being ordained to that ministry on July 21 at Kenmore. DEACON ANTHONY GOOLEY reflects on the permanent diaconate as a gift of the Holy Spirit.

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US looks for end to war

WASHINGTON (CNS): The US bishops have agreed to meet with a group of Catholic House Democrats to discuss how to pursue the goal of a "responsible transition" to end the war in Iraq...

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Archbishop to deny claims of an affair

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (CNS): The lawyer for Zimbabwean Archbishop Pius Ncube of Bulawayo said his client will deny in court allegations of adultery that are part of a "well-orchestrated campaign" to discredit him...

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A trip Down Under sparked this priest’s spiritual quest

Monsignor Donald Bolen, who works for the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity in Rome, was in Brisbane for a series of lectures on ecumenism earlier this month. Reporter AMY SIMMONS spoke with him about his passion for seeking communion among Christians.

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Refugees are not criminals

BRUSSELS, Belgium (CNS): Being an undocumented immigrant is not the same thing as being a criminal, a Vatican official told the Global Forum on Migration and Development...

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Pius X group reaction mixed

VATICAN CITY (CNS): The traditionalist Society of St Pius X thanked Pope Benedict XVI for allowing greater use of the Tridentine Mass but said serious doctrinal differences remain before it can reconcile with the Vatican...

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Document to heal divisions

Pope Benedict XVI released his long-awaited document on the use of the Tridentine Mass on July 7. Rome bureau chief with Catholic News Service JOHN THAVIS reports on what the Pope had to say.

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Just one more year to go

VATICAN CITY (Zenit): Pope Benedict XVI is encouraging young people to prepare well for the World Youth Day to be held next July in Sydney...

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