New Zealand

Review of Catholic Tertiary Education in New Zealand Comments 0

Catholic Tertiary Education

Following an independent review, the New Zealand Catholic Bishops (NZCBC) are announcing a new entity for the delivery of Catholic tertiary education. The services provided by Good Shepherd College (GSC) and The Catholic Institute (TCI) are to be brought together under one governance structure. This will strengthen capacity for excellence in theological and religious studies, Read more

Voluntary euthanasia – public may get referendum Comments 1

MPs are shaping up across party lines over a bill that would allow euthanasia. But as a result of MPs’ horse trading, it’s the public who may decide – in a referendum. MPs have voted by 76 to 44 to send the End of Life Choice Bill to a select committee. First, the committee will Read more

Asia Pacific

Archbishop Byrnes responds to concerns raised about financial accountability Comments 0


The Coadjutor Archbishop of Agaña Michael Byrnes says, since his appointment, making the Archdiocese transparent and accountable has been one of his goals. In that desire for accountability, he is now addressing concerns regarding the Kamalen Karidat (KK) ministries which have been raised by Concerned Catholics of Guam (CCOG). Established in 1993, KK helps provide food Read more

Row over who controls Bikini Island’s multi-million dollar Trust Comments 0


The United States Department of the Interior has given give Bikini islanders displaced by US nuclear weapons tests complete control of a multi-million dollar trust fund. This has sparked a leading US Senator to intervene to reverse the decision, and prompted concern at home. Until now, Federal officials and leaders of the Bikini Council met Read more


Jerusalem: the latest chapter in a century of colonialism Comments 0

One hundred years ago, on 11 December 1917, the British army occupied Jerusalem. As General Allenby’s troops marched through Bab al-Khalil, launching a century of settler colonialism across Palestine, prime minister David Lloyd George heralded the city’s capture as “a Read more

The plight of Christians in Palestine Comments 0

On 6 December, Donald Trump officially recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. “It has been the capital of the Israeli people since ancient times,” said the President. “It’s undeniable, it’s just a fact.” Christians in Bethlehem responded to the news by Read more

NZ Bishops call for prompt review of Roman Missal translation Comments 2

Roman Missal

The New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference want the International Commission on English in the Liturgy (ICEL) to review the 1998 draft Roman Missal translation early next year. The conference’s president, Auckland Bishop Patrick Dunn, told the NZ Catholic their request seeks to balance demand for use of the missal while ensuring “unity is preserved with Read more

  • Features

  • Jesus in Christmas stories and art

    In the ancient world people always told stories about the childhood of famous people. The stories illustrated the direction and qualities of their adult lives, and usually grew with the telling. So it was with Jesus. The Gospels of Matthew and Luke both begin with different stories of his birth that illustrate its significance. Later story Read more

  • Advent forms us in the art of desiring God

    Timothy O’Malley, director of the University of Notre Dame’s Center for Liturgy and author of the recently released book Bored Again Catholic: How the Mass Could Save Your Life, believes good liturgy is the key to new evangelization. In an interview with Crux, O’Malley offers his take on how Catholics should seize the many opportunities for the renewal Read more

  • World

  • Bermuda – same sex marriage u-turn likely Comments 0

    Bermuda may be the first country to ban same-sex marriage – six months after legalising it. The ruling Progressive Labour Party’s bill to replace same-sex marriage with domestic partnership arrangements was passed in the House of Assembly last Friday. The Domestic Partnership Act 2017 was passed with 24 MPs supporting the bill and 10 opposing Read more

  • Criminal investigation into Amnesty Ireland illegal abortion cash Comments 1

    Amnesty International Ireland is likely to face a criminal investigation over money donated by a fund backed by George Soros. The money was donated to help Amnesty’s “My Body My Rights” campaign to overturn the Eighth Amendment that protects the unborn child’s right to life. Ireland’s Standards in Public Office Commission (Sipo) has ordered Amnesty Read more

  • European leaders knowingly complicit in torture Comments 0

    European Union (EU) leaders are “knowingly complicit in the torture and exploitation” of thousands of migrants and refugees from Libya. In a new report titled “Libya’s Dark Web of Collusion”, Amnesty International says the EU finances the Libyan coastguard and officials running the country’s detention camps to carry out torture and exploitation. At present, the Read more

  • New multimedia communications hub for Vatican Comments 0

    A new multimedia communications hub for the Vatican will be launched before Christmas. The prefect of the Secretariat for Communication, Monsignor Dario Vigano, says – would be launched in beta form “in the coming days.” (According to Google, Beta software is usually the first version – a product preview stage. End users and testers Read more

  • Poland’s prime minister aims to re-Christianise the EU Comments 0

    Poland’s prime minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, has called on the European Union (EU) to return to its “proper values” and traditional Christian roots. Morawiecki, who was sworn in as prime minister on Tuesday, says his dream is to “re-Christianise the EU. “We want to change Europe. “My dream is to make it Christian again, since unfortunately, Read more