News Shorts

Missionaries in Timor-Leste honoured by Vatican Comments 0

Monday, March 25th, 2019

Pope Francis has honoured four priests and a nun for their distinguished service to the Catholic Church in Timor-Leste. Holy See representative, Monsignor Marco Sprizzi, presented the missionaries with the Decoration of Honor. This honour is given by the pope to laypeople and clergy for outstanding contributions to the Church. Read more

Your silence is an insult to our grief,’ Privacy Commissioner tells Facebook Comments 0

Monday, March 25th, 2019

NZ Privacy Commissioner John Edwards has delivered Facebook another serve as his relations with the social network remain heated. On Monday, Edwards shared an email with the Ne Zealand Herald that he sent to a number of Facebook executives on Friday. Read more

Jewish charity and pope extend multi-cultural, multi-religious youth event Comments 0

Monday, March 25th, 2019

An international Jewish education charity has signed a deal with Pope Francis to extend a programme that brings children from different societies, cultures and religions together. World ORT announced that it had shook hands on an extension to the pontiff’s Scholas World Youth Encounter, which will allow a huge “youth encounter” to take place in Read more

Federation of Oceania bishops conferences express sympathies Comments 0

Monday, March 25th, 2019

On behalf of the Catholic Bishops Conferences of Oceania including the Australia, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands and Episcopal Conference of the Pacific and New Zealand wish to offer our support and prayers to the people of Christchurch and New Zealand. The recent massacre at the mosques in Christchurch has brought deep grief Read more

Fake news of church attacks after Christchurch massacre Comments 0

Monday, March 25th, 2019

After 50 people were murdered in a deadly attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, on March 15, it didn’t take long for fake news to start popping up online. Some social media users shared misleading videos allegedly showing attacks on churches and mass conversions to Islam. We debunked some of the videos below Read more

Human rights report finds women trafficked into sexual slavery Comments 0

Monday, March 25th, 2019

A new Human Rights Watch report says young Burmese women are being trafficked to China as ‘brides’ then locked in rooms and raped until they become pregnant. Read more

Abuse amnesty proposal in El Salvador condemned Comments 0

Thursday, March 21st, 2019

Catholic Church leaders in El Salvador have condemned a proposalthat would grant amnesty to those who committed serious crimes during the country’s civil conflict in the 1980s and early 1990s. Read more

Kenyan Kiwi’ named bishop-elect for Nelson Anglican Diocese Comments 0

Thursday, March 21st, 2019

Nelson’s new Anglican bishop-elect is a proud “Kenyan Kiwi” with a mission to reach out to younger generations. Reverend Steve Maina-Mwangi was announced as Bishop-elect of the Nelson Diocese this week, replacing Richard Ellena who retired at the end of last year. Read more

Church is a ‘Den of Darkness’ because bishops avoid truth and clarity Comments 0

Thursday, March 21st, 2019

For Curia Cardinal Robert Sarah the Church has become a “den of darkness” and a “cave of thieves. Certain men of God have turned into “agents of the Evil one. “We have betrayed like Judas.” Sarah calls relativism “the mask of Judas, dressed as an intellectual.” “We tolerate everything” and “Catholic doctrine is put in Read more

Over 220 children in state care abused over six months Comments 0

Thursday, March 21st, 2019

More than 220 children who were removed from their families to keep them safe went on to be harmed in state care over a six-month period. As of June last year, there were 6350 children and young people in state care in New Zealand. Between July and September, 130 of them were found to have Read more