News Shorts

Pushpay app helping churches and communities Comments 0

Thursday, December 13th, 2018

Pushpay is a New Zealand company that started by offering an electronic payment mechanism, allowing people to charge their “giving” to a credit or debit card so they could give money at the touch of a button. Established seven years ago, Pushpay is now one of the world’s fastest-growing SAS (software-as-a-service) companies. It has gone Read more

Landmines cleared: site of Christ’s baptism reopening Comments 0

Thursday, December 13th, 2018

Thousands of landmines have been cleared from the banks of the river Jordan. Besides being the place of Christ’s baptism, the site is widely held to be the location where the Israelites crossed the river Jordan following the 40 years in the desert after the Exodus from Egypt. It is also believed to be the Read more

Children’s Commissioner: porn most concerning issue for young people Comments 0

Thursday, December 13th, 2018

During his two-year reign as the Children’s Commissioner, Andrew Becroft says pornography has been the most concerning issue among young New Zealanders reported to him. Becroft has welcomed a new report which looks into how and why children in New Zealand view online porn and does so by asking them directly. Continue reading

Catholic leading Germany’s largest political party Comments 0

Thursday, December 13th, 2018

Germany’s largest political party, the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), has a new leader. Practicing Catholic, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer – known as AKK in the German press – was seen as chancellor and outgoing CDU leader Angela Merkel’s preferred choice. Read more

Catholics celebrate resignation of corrupt bishop Comments 0

Thursday, December 13th, 2018

Catholics in India are celebrating the resignation of a corrupt Catholic bishop. Pope Francis agreed to the resignation of the bishop who is facing allegations of stealing funds to maintain his “secret family.” Read more

Migrants: Global problem needs a global solution Comments 0

Thursday, December 13th, 2018

On December 10-11, the United Nations will convened at an intergovernmental conference in Marrakech, Morocco to sign the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM), establishing global agreement on a common approach toward international migration. In 2016, the 193 members of the UN – including New Zealand – agreed unanimously that protecting those Read more

Samoan church leaders in court on tax avoidance charges Comments 0

Monday, December 10th, 2018

Samoan church leaders from the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa are appearing in court today to answer to tax avoidance charges. The church’s chairman, Tauti’aga Senara, and his deputy, Tunumoso Iosia, are scheduled to be the first to appear in the Samoa District Court. Over 10 ministers have been charged with tax avoidance so far Read more

New interfaith booklet promotes peace and understanding Comments 0

Monday, December 10th, 2018

The New Zealand Catholic Bishops’ Committee for Interfaith Relations (NZCBCIR) has released a revised booklet promoting Interfaith Relations in Aotearoa New Zealand – Te Whakatairanga i te Nohotahitanga o ngā Whakapono i Aotearoa. The booklet provides practical guidance and encouragement for people to welcome and nurture relationships with those of other faiths. Chair of the Read more

Thousands of refugees die or vanish going to US Comments 0

Monday, December 10th, 2018

Thousands of refugees have died or gone missing along on their way to the US via Mexico. The Associated Press says the estimated 4,000 Latin American migrants reported missing or dead is likely low as bodies may be lost in the desert, or relatives may not report missing loved ones who were migrating illegally. Read Read more

St Joseph’s in Hāwera celebrates milestone Comments 0

Monday, December 10th, 2018

St Joseph’s Catholic Church in Hāwera was founded in 1875 and is now on its fourth church building. Its current home, on Victoria Street, opened in 1993 and the congregation will celebrate its 25-year jubilee on December 16. Continue reading