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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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Bishop resigns from dialogue

VATICAN CITY (CNS): The crisis within the Anglican Communion following the ordination of an openly gay bishop in the United States has led the ordaining bishop to resign his post on the Anglican-Catholic dialogue team...

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Chaldean choice

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Pope John Paul II offered his continuing prayers for peace, security and freedom in Iraq as he formally welcomed the new patriarch of the Chaldean Catholic Church, which has its headquarters in Baghdad...

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How liturgy has changed

Forty years after the promulgation of Sacrosanctum Concilium, liturgical scholars consider how it has shaped the Church. MARCUS KUCZYNSKI reports.

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Erosion of the family

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Widespread acceptance of artificial birth control, divorce and legal recognition of same-sex unions have eroded individual and societal commitments to supporting traditional families, said speakers during a Vatican video conference...

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Dalai Lama visits

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Pope John Paul II held talks with the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, in a meeting that was downplayed by the Vatican for fear of political reaction by China...

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Freedom laced with fear

Reintegrating into society after a jail term is full of new challenges, often with little support. Reporter PETER BUGDEN traces what awaits one such prisoner who will be released in time for Christmas.

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Welcome refugees

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Pope John Paul II, Vatican officials and those who assist migrants and refugees have urged all Catholics to overcome fear and selfishness and to see that in welcoming newcomers they put their faith into action...

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Kennedy memorial

WASHINGTON (CNS): Four decades ago, royalty, heads of state and important government officials filled the Cathedral of St Matthew the Apostle in Washington for the funeral Mass of President John F...

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