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Australian Missionary Set Free After Arrest in North Korea
Last edited 3rd March 2014

North Korean authorities yesterday morning released 75 year old Australian missionary John Short, arrested on February 16 on charges of "illegally distributing religious material". Short, who has lived for decades in Hong Kong with his wife, arrived a little while ago at Beijing airport. He said he was "very, very tired," and added that for now, he "intends only to rest". Pyongyang released him "in consideration of his age" and "in light of the fact that he confessed his crimes and apologized. This is a generous decision".

Paul's Letter to the Australians
Last edited 27th February 2014

If St Paul wrote a letter to the young people of Australia today, what message might he like to impart and how would he make the gospel relevant to us now? We asked noted theologian and Pauline scholar Rev Dr Chris Monaghan CP, president of YTU, a college of the University of Divinity, based in Melbourne, to play the role of Paul. Here's that letter.

Bishop Named for Derry, Ireland
Last edited 25th February 2014

Pope Francis today appointed Bishop Donal McKeown, auxiliary bishop of Down and Connor, as bishop of Derry. The See of Derry became vacant on 23 November 2011 with the retirement of Bishop Séamus Hegarty. Donal McKeown was born on 12 April 1950 and brought up in Randalstown, Co Antrim, the first of four children. He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Down and Connor on 3 July 1977.

British Contraceptive Service Admits an Uncomfortable Truth
Last edited 26th February 2014

BPAS tells us that contraceptive pills have a “perfect use” failure rate of one per cent when used exactly as instructed, “but with ‘typical use’ around nine in 100 women will become pregnant a year”. Likewise perfect condom use results in two pregnancies per 100 users while “with typical use – in which the condom is sometimes not put on or taken off properly – that increases to 12 in every 100”.


Pope Francis' Address to New Cardinals
Last edited 2nd April 2014

"The Church needs your courage, to proclaim the Gospel at all times, both in season and out of season, and to bear witness to the truth."


Honduran cardinal foresees married couple heading Pontifical Council for Families
Last edited 18th February 2014

The chairman of the Council of Cardinals has suggested that a married couple should head a renewed Pontifical Council for Families.


Pope and G8 Review Vatican Financial Practices
Last edited 17th February 2014

Mass at Casa Santa Marta kicked off the third round of sessions for the Council of Cardinals. They advise Pope Francis on Church governance and reform of the Roman Curia.

St. Michael: Defender of the Faithful — and Sochi!
Last edited 17th February 2014

The Winter Olympics Games put a spotlight on Sochi, Russia, as the host city. The media has largely focused on the venues of events, unfinished hotels, and one athlete using his strength to escape a bathroom in the Olympic Village. If you take a closer look at the city of Sochi itself, you will make the unique discovery of the presence of a particular saint — St. Michael the Archangel.

The State of Religion in Russia
Last edited 10th March 2014

With the Winter Olympics, Russia has attracted attention on a variety of issues, among them religion.


Work on Christ the Redeemer begins
Last edited 16th February 2014

A team of specialists have begun to restore the mountaintop statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil's most iconic monument, which was damaged last month by a lightning strike.


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