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Polish priests defy bishop amid pedophilia scandal Comments 0

Thursday, June 4th, 2020

Priests in the Polish diocese of Kalisz have refused to sign letters of loyalty to their bishop after a child abuse cover-up. More and more Catholics in Poland are calling on the Church to properly investigate crimes. The documentary “Hide and Seek” by Marek and Tomasz Sekielski, which was watched by almost 7 million people Read more

Pandemic: Financial difficulty in New Zealand worse than UK and Norway Comments 0

Thursday, June 4th, 2020

The New Zealand government’s Commission for Financial Capability (CFFC) has reported that a survey of 3,000 people, conducted in April, found 34 per cent of households were in “financial difficulty.” A further 40 per cent were “at risk of tipping into hardship.” The survey was part of a study involving eight countries. New Zealand ranked Read more

Australians turned to prayer during lockdown Comments 0

Thursday, June 4th, 2020

Australians have turned to prayer during the coronavirus pandemic, with many wanting to spend more time growing their faith once restrictions are lifted, according to a new study. McCrindle Research said that about a third of Australians increased their prayer and other spiritual activities during the March and April lockdown, with 26 per cent wanting Read more

Catholic social agencies using of COVID-19 Tindall Foundation grant Comments 0

Thursday, June 4th, 2020

Catholic social agencies have been helping women’s refuges, foodbanks, whanau in remote regions and many others with a $25,000 special Tindall Foundation grant aimed at relieving some of the hardship caused by the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown. Siobhan Dilly, Executive Officer of the NZ Catholic Bishops Conference, says Catholic agencies have been distributing the extra Tindall Read more

Muslim dad ‘beats and burns daughter for converting to Christianity from Islam’ Comments 0

Thursday, June 4th, 2020

A Muslim man allegedly beat and severely burned his daughter because he feared she was converting to Christianity, a religious watchdog claims. Rehema Kyomuhendo, 24, was talking on the phone one night to a Catholic friend of her dad, Sheikh Hussein Byaruhanga Husain, when he woke up and attacked her, she told Morning Star News. Read more

Arrests in Ivory Coast after girl dies following an exorcism Comments 0

Thursday, June 4th, 2020

Five people, including the leader of a self-styled Catholic prayer group, have been arrested in the West African country of Ivory Coast after a 16-year-old girl died during an exorcism. The accused were brought before the public prosecutor’s office on May 28 on charges of “intentional assault and battery” related to the May 18th death Read more

Hong Kong church leaders divided on protests Comments 0

Thursday, May 28th, 2020

Church leaders in Hong Kong are divided about fresh pro-democracy protests over a new national security measure that China is attempting to pass in the territory, and there is also a degree of disappointment over the Vatican’s silence on the issue. Speaking to Crux, Father Bernardo Cervellera, head of Asia News and an expert in Read more

Dramatic spike in children suffering dangerous disease rheumatic fever Comments 0

Thursday, May 28th, 2020

There’s been a dramatic spike in the number of Wellington children in hospital with the dangerous disease rheumatic fever. Wellington’s Regional Public Health service has issued an alert to doctors, hospitals, pharmacies and Covid-19 testing centres, telling them to be on the lookout and to swab any children at risk. The disease can cause life-long Read more

Many French churches hastily reopen Comments 0

Thursday, May 28th, 2020

Many French churches in Catholic parishes across France reopened for public Mass last weekend in some hurry and disarray after the government, prompted by the country’s chief administrative court, lifted the ban imposed during the coronavirus lockdown. The interior ministry announced last Friday evening that houses of worship could reopen from that weekend if they Read more

Sydney school evacuated on second day back due to positive coronavirus case Comments 0

Thursday, May 28th, 2020

A Sydney school has closed just one day after it opened due to a positive case of coronavirus. Waverley College has asked parents to collect their children after learning a student had contracted the disease. A spokeswoman for the Catholic boys school told The Sydney Morning Herald a year seven boy has tested positive for Read more