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Wall disputed

JERUSALEM (CNS): European and North American bishops meeting in the Holy Land from January 12-15, criticised Israel over the construction of a security wall and condemned the Palestinian terrorism that Israel cites as the reason for the wall...

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Child protection audit results

WASHINGTON (CNS): Nearly 90 per cent of US Catholic dioceses were in compliance with the bishops' national policy to protect children and respond to clergy sexual abuse of minors, according to the first national audit report released on January 6...

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Call for Iraq to run own affairs

VATICAN CITY (CNS): In his annual "state of the world" address to diplomats, Pope John Paul II urged the international community to help Iraqis "retake the reins" of their country and establish a democracy that reflects their aspirations...

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Killers guilty of sin of sacrilege

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Those responsible for the murder of the Vatican's ambassador to Burundi are guilty of "the sin of sacrilege" and should be brought to justice, the bishops of Burundi said...

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Quiet reaction to Saddam capture

VATICAN CITY (CNS): The Vatican reacted quietly to news of Saddam Hussein's capture last week, with Church officials in Rome predicting that Iraq still has a rough road ahead...

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Figurines blessed

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Pope John Paul II blessed figurines of Jesus and asked children to pray for him at Christmas...

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Sleepless in Australia

For many refugees on Temporary Protection Visas, their first Christmas celebrations in Australia are tinged with fear. Reporter PETER BUGDEN explains why.

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