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Migrants die in bid for freedom

ROME (CNS): The drowning death of hundreds of people trying to immigrate to Europe through Libya in late March is a sign of the desperation of the poor and persecuted, and of the failure of government efforts to stop illegal immigration, several Catholic agencies said.

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Base vocations on trust: Pope

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Embracing a religious vocation is not about feeling worthy or strong enough to be one of God's privileged ministers and witnesses, Pope Benedict XVI said.

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Rebuilding after a living hell

As Victorian communities celebrate their first Easter since the devastating bushfires of February, SELINA VENIER gives an insight into how one family is recovering with a sense of hope.

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Pope speaks out on condoms

YAOUNDE, Cameroon (CNS): Pope Benedict XVI's declaration that distribution of condoms only increases the problem of AIDS is the latest and one of the strongest statements in a simmering debate inside the Church...

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Gospel is answer to Africa’s problems

YAOUNDE, Cameroon (CNS): Arriving in Africa, Pope Benedict XVI said the Church's message of hope and reconciliation was sorely needed by a continent suffering disproportionately from poverty, conflict and disease...

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100,000 face death in Sri Lanka

SRI LANKA (ACN): The bishop of war-torn northern Sri Lanka has written to the country's President warning that more than 100,000 people face "total annihilation", unless an immediate evacuation is ordered...

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