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Acquittal of Vatican official a ‘scandalous verdict’ Comments 0

Thursday, May 23rd, 2019

Canon lawyer Professor Thomas Schüller of Münster University, one of Germany’s best-known canon law experts, has sharply criticised the acquittal of Vatican official Fr Hermann Geissler (FSO), an Austrian priest and a former section head at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. He called the acquittal a “scandalous verdict” as it had been Read more

Henderson parish to enlarge church to accommodate more parishioners. Comments 0

Thursday, May 23rd, 2019

While other churches are closing down and amalgamating, Holy Cross Parish in Henderson has embarked on a $4.1 million project to rebuild and expand its church to accommodate more parishioners. The massive project started this year with the original Milan Mrkusich mosaic art depicting the Stations of the Cross being carefully extracted from the walls. Read more

Archbishop of Canterbury interviews Pope Francis Comments 0

Thursday, May 23rd, 2019

Justin Welby has become the first Archbishop of Canterbury to interview a pope in a symbol of the warm relationship shared by the two Church leaders. In a significant moment for relations between the Anglican and Catholic Church, the interview was recorded on the Archbishop’s mobile phone during a recent meeting in Rome. The recording Read more

Latter-Day Saints’ leader meets New Zealand’s PM Comments 0

Thursday, May 23rd, 2019

On her first day back at work after a triumphant trip to Paris, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern welcomed President Russell M. Nelson, leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. President Nelson told Ardern the church will make donations to leaders of the two mosques where a gunman killed 51 people in Read more

GP’s racism charge – for asking Muslim woman to remove face veil Comments 0

Thursday, May 23rd, 2019

A GP forced out of work for asking a woman to remove her face veil (niqab) has attracted more than 20,000 signatures on a petition demanding his reinstatement. Dr Keith Wolverson could be struck off after “politely” asking a Muslim mother to remove the face veil so he could hear her properly as she described Read more

Victims relieved paedophile priest laicised Comments 0

Thursday, May 23rd, 2019

Victims of a paedophile priest from Dunedin are pleased Father Magnus Murray had been laicised. The Catholic Bishop of Hamilton Steve Lowe said he laicisation had been  “a complicated process because of Murray’s age and health”.. Continue reading

Alabama governor invokes God in banning nearly all abortions Comments 0

Monday, May 20th, 2019

Alabama’s Republican governor has signed the most stringent abortion legislation in the nation, making performing an abortion a felony in nearly all cases. “To the bill’s many supporters, this legislation stands as a powerful testament to Alabamians’ deeply held belief that every life is precious and that every life is a sacred gift from God,” Read more

Samoa’s PM defends use of Scientology resources for schools Comments 0

Monday, May 20th, 2019

Samoa’s Prime Minister says using teaching resources based on the works of the Scientology founder, Ron Hubbard, does not mean accepting his religious beliefs. Tuila’epa confirmed that the learning method known as ‘Study Technology’ was being trialled in six schools as a means to curb the decline in literacy, especially in primary schools. Read more

Fake priest scams dozens of Catholics Comments 0

Monday, May 20th, 2019

A man who falsely claimed to be a Catholic priest is facing justice in Peru for allegedly scamming over two dozen people. The church says it has never heard of the man who stole thousands of dollars and administered sacraments. The man says he worked in a priest in a church where he wasn’t known. Read more

20 year old NZ woman becomes a hermit in Ireland Comments 0

Monday, May 20th, 2019

A New Zealand woman has become just the second person to join an order of nuns who maintain a vow of silence and live as hermits in west Cork. Sr Anne Marie, formerly known as Hannah Loeman, professed her vows before Tridentine priest, Fr Thomas Le Gal and her fellow nun, Mother Irene. “I arrived here Read more