News Shorts

Catholic environmental activist arrested Comments 0

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

A Catholic environmental activist has been arrested and his supporters beaten by police in Vietnam. Police attacked protesters who were demanding an explanation for the detention of environmentalist Hoang Duc Binh earlier this month, said a priest at the scene. He said the police told the crowd Binh had been moved to another facility. The Read more

Kiwi women targeted by religious cult based in South Korea Comments 0

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

South Korean cult, Jesus Morning Star, is trying to recruit young women in universities, shopping centres and churches in New Zealand. Rev Dr Carolyn Kelly, chaplain at the University of Auckland, said JMS had been active for “quite some time” at the university and there were grave concerns for safety of female students. Often they Read more

Religious icons in cars banned Comments 0

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

An outcry in the Philppines about a new law banning religious icons in cars may be a bit overstated. Amidst a raft of safety measures introduced to stop drivers from being distracted, hanging rosaries and religious icons have been banned from vehicles. Icons that don’t swing around are allowed. Talking or texting on mobile phones, Read more

Samoa Church to continue funding TV Comments 0

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

Radio New Zealand reports the annual conference of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa has decided to continue funding its EFKS television service. The station had incurred losses since its launch four years ago and the conference looked at a recommendation to either shut it down or lease it out. Read more and  also read Read more

Nun’s business – beautiful wedding gowns Comments 0

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

A nun trained as a seamstress and designer runs a thriving second-hand wedding gown business from her convent in Italy. The story begins 600 years ago with St Rita, who was married off when she was 12 to an abusive husband. Read more

Amnesty says NZ should resettle Manus detainees Comments 0

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

New Zealand should make an offer to Papua New Guinea to resettle some of the asylum seekers Australia has detained on Manus Island, according to Amnesty International. A group of detainees has asked the New Zealand prime minister Bill English for asylum as they say PNG is incapable of resettling them when the detention centre Read more

Pope’s first foray into feature film Comments 0

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

Documentary and feature film makers don’t usually expect Popes to collaborate with feature film makers and answer hot questions from around the world. Francis is the first Pope to do this in a new feature film. Read more

St Peter’s student gives kind messages to strangers on train Comments 0

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

A St Peter’s College, Auckland, student has been handing out positive messages to commuters because he wants to change the culture of isolation on Auckland’s trains and get people talking to each other. Tainui Singh-Clark, 16, has been giving the handwritten messages to strangers since earlier this year, leaving smiles in his wake. Read more

Synod dedicated to Amazon mooted Comments 0

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

Pope Francis would like a Synod to be dedicated to the indigenous people of the Amazon. The Synod would include Amazonian people in Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Brazil. Read more

Fr Des Levins R.I.P. Comments 0

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

Fr Des Levins had died peacefully at Nazareth Rest Home on 25 March. The people of Whanganui, where he worked for 25 years, remember him with affection Read more