21 October 2001

Archbishop Pell on heaven, hell

Oceania journey too taxing: Pope to stay home

Health care ‘equity’ call

What if we were asylum seekers?

Buy a candle and help stamp out torture

Billboard says it all

Charities unite in call for focus on jobs

Special day of prayer and peace

Bishop Satterthwaite retires after 30 years

Disadvantaged are treated like refugees, says Vinnies president

Grey power wants ‘a fair go’

Fostering harmony with Jews

Youth prays for America

Group urges a just vote, not just a vote

Greenacre church attacked

Decade for a Culture of Peace

From a mission to Maitland

Editorial: Educating all children

Letters: Religious education

Conversation: ‘Loitering with intent’ in the service of God - Fr Alan Hilliard, migrant chaplain to the Irish community of Sydney

Reflection: An opportunity to engage faith

Rome Synod: Decentralisation holds Synod stage

Education: Tax credits would allow parents to choose schools

Marist College Pagewood an ‘educational landmark’

Inspirations: A fertile, vibrant church in Ethiopia

21 Oct 01

Oceania journey too taxing: Pope to stay home

Expectations that the Pope would come to Australia to present his response to the Synod of Oceania held in November 1998 have been dashed by a Vatican announcement that he will deliver his response in Rome.

Pope John Paul II will issue the final document emanating from the Oceania Synod during a private audience at the Vatican on November 22, said Cardinal Jan Pieter Schotte, secretary general of the Synod of Bishops.

The Pope, now 81, decided against making the trip to Australia to deliver his response because he believes the long journey would be too taxing.

This is the first time the much-travelled Pontiff has stayed home instead of visiting the region in question to deliver a regional synod document personally.