News Shorts

Altar wine and Music for Babies CD up for grabs at seminary auction

Monday, May 16th, 2022

The three-quarters full bottle of altar wine alongside an unopened six pack of traditional beeswax altar candles in the oratory sacristy gave an impression of a seminary hastily abandoned. Priests’ vestments hanging on a rail lent to that view. But Holy Cross Clonliffe in Dublin’s Drumcondra ceased to operate as a seminary in 1999 when Read more

Futuna Chapel gets ‘best of’ Wellington award

Monday, May 16th, 2022

The Futuna Chapel in Karori Wellington has been awarded a “Best of Wellington” award by Metro Magazine. “This 1961 chapel by John Scott is perhaps the greatest piece of modernist architecture in New Zealand. “Recently opening its doors to broader use has seen it host some of the most exciting experimental music in the country, Read more

Migrant disappearances in Mexico quadrupled in 2021, report says

Monday, May 16th, 2022

Reported cases of missing migrants in Mexico jumped nearly fourfold in 2021 from 2020, as the country struggles to stem the flow of undocumented people from Central America to the United States, according to a report released on Wednesday. The number of missing foreigners grew by 292 percent to 349 from 89 cases, said the Read more

Success of mobile payments company depends on Catholic Church market

Monday, May 16th, 2022

NZ owned US-based mobile payments company Pushpay Holdings Ltd, says its success depended on capturing a significant portion of the Catholic church market in the United States. On Thursday the company provided the market with long-term projections forecasting that the total value of money processed on its platforms would exceed $15.9 billion and it would Read more

Vietnam bishop encourages seminarians to be missionaries

Monday, May 16th, 2022

The newly ordained bishop of Vietnam’s largest Catholic diocese has paid a visit to a major seminary and urged the future priests to be missionaries to preach the Good News to cultures and ethnicities at home and abroad. Bishop Dominic Hoang Minh Tien of Hung Hoa Diocese visited Bui Chu Major Seminary in neighbouring Bui Read more

Archbishop of Canterbury launches reconciliation course for prisoners

Monday, May 16th, 2022

A course that explores conflict, forgiveness, and reconciliation is to be offered in prisons, after its launch by the Archbishop of Canterbury. The course is based on the five-part Difference Course, which “equips you to see transformation through everyday encounters”. The team behind the Difference Course worked with prison chaplains, and conducted trials in prisons, Read more

Thai army destroys border bridge to halt Myanmar refugees

Thursday, May 12th, 2022

Video footage released by a rights group showing a Thai soldier destroying a bamboo footbridge used by refugees from Myanmar to cross into Thailand has raised concerns over rights violations. In a segment of a 16-minute video posted online after being filmed from the Myanmar side of the Wa Le River, which separates the two Read more

New church opens in Vietnam’s age-old subparish

Thursday, May 12th, 2022

Catholics in northern Vietnam who endured pain and suffering caused by wars, natural disasters and religious persecution have witnessed the opening of a new church. Cardinal Peter Nguyen Van Nhon, emeritus archbishop of Hanoi, formally blessed the new church – in Vinh Lai Subparish in Vu Ban district of Nam Dinh province – on May Read more

Construction begins on cabin community for homeless

Thursday, May 12th, 2022

A housing project aimed at helping people living in emergency accommodation move into stable housing has started construction in Nelson. The Cabins for Community project would see eight single-room cabins placed at 236 Vanguard Street on land owned by Victory Community Anglican Church. Under the direction of the Salvation Army’s Housing First programme, people living Read more

Fiji worst place for journalists says RSF

Thursday, May 12th, 2022

Fiji has been ranked as the worst place in the Pacific region for journalists in the latest assessment by global press freedom watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF). In RSF’s 2022 World Press Freedom Index released this week, Fiji was placed 102 out of 180 countries – receiving an overall score of 56.91 out of 100. Read more