News Shorts

Person who lives in pope’s Vatican residence tests positive for coronavirus – report Comments 0

Thursday, March 26th, 2020

A person who lives in the same Vatican residence as Pope Francis has tested positive for coronavirus and is being treated in an Italian hospital, the Rome newspaper Il Messaggero reported on Wednesday. The Vatican had no immediate comment on the report. Francis, who has cancelled public appearances and is conducting his general audiences via Read more

Coronavirus: City slickers raid supermarkets, dairies, in small towns Comments 0

Thursday, March 26th, 2020

Desperate shoppers have been raiding supermarkets in nearby small towns, leaving locals without the bare necessities. Chaos has ensued at supermarkets across the country, with scenes of panicked shoppers hoarding trolleys of toilet paper commonplace in every major city. Read more

160-year-old Vatican daily newspaper succumbs to coronavirus Comments 0

Thursday, March 26th, 2020

The Vatican daily newspaper L’Osservatore Romano, which Pope Francis has jokingly called “the party newspaper”, suspended printing for only the third time in nearly 160 years on Wednesday due to the coronavirus. The paper, which was founded in 1861, will continue publishing online and most of its staff of about 60, including 20 journalists, will Read more

New Zealand in ‘excellent position’ to stop virus spread Comments 0

Thursday, March 26th, 2020

Right now New Zealand is in an excellent position not to have many thousands of deaths and an overwhelmed healthcare service, which is what you’re seeing elsewhere. There will still be an increase in cases, but through testing, self-isolation and contact tracing further increases could be minimised. Read more

Catholic priest arrested in Kerala for conducting Holy Mass despite Covid19 advisory Comments 0

Thursday, March 26th, 2020

A Catholic priest in Kerala has been arrested for violating the Covid-19 advisory against conducting Holy Mass in which more than 100 people attended. Fr. Pauly Padayatti, vicar of Nithya Sahaya Matha (Mother of Perpetual Help) church at Koodapuzha near Chalakudy in Thrissur district has been arrested by the police. Despite the strict restrictions of Read more

95-year-old grandmother becomes oldest person in Italy to recover from the coronavirus Comments 0

Thursday, March 26th, 2020

A 95-year-old grandmother has become the oldest person in Italy to recover from the coronavirus. Alma Clara Corsini has been able to return home after beating the potentially fatal virus, which has so far claimed 5,500 lives and infected nearly 60,000 people in Italy. She was admitted to a hospital near Modena in the north Read more

Ed Sheeran’s latest tattoo is in honour of his five future children Comments 0

Monday, March 23rd, 2020

Ed Sheeran has had a tattoo in honour of his five future children. The Thinking Out Loud hitmaker – who is married to Cherry Seaborn – has added to his extensive collection of body art with a new inking of rings on his back, which he reportedly plans to dedicate to his kids in future Read more

Panic buying: It is immoral to stockpile food? Comments 0

Monday, March 23rd, 2020

Short answer – anything up to a fortnight’s supplies is fine. Anything beyond that leads you into a moral minefield. Read more

Cyrus Habib will not seek re-election in order to join the Jesuits Comments 0

Monday, March 23rd, 2020

Cyrus Habib, the lieutenant governor of Washington, will not seek re-election and is entering the Society of Jesus this fall, the lieutenant governor and the Society of Jesus confirmed to America on March 19. “I’ve felt a calling to dedicate my life in a more direct and personal way to serving the marginalized, empowering the Read more

Calls to change ‘outdated’ adoption law in New Zealand Comments 0

Monday, March 23rd, 2020

There are renewed calls to change New Zealand’s “outdated” adoption law which has been described as “discriminatory and not fit for purpose”. The Adoption Act – which has not been updated since 1955, has been criticised by the Human Rights Commission, which wants to make the adoption process more accessible for people and relevant to Read more