News Shorts

Seminarians who don’t agree with Pope can leave Comments 0

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

Malta’s Archbishop says seminarians who don’t agree with Pope Francis can leave the seminary. Church sources in Malta say the Archbishop is also having “a heavy-handed crackdown” on any ecclesiastic unwilling to subscribe to the Maltese bishops’ interpretation of Amoris Laetitia. The bishops say their interpretation is identical to the Pope’s. Read more  

NZ should man up like Dan Carter to face our sport and alcohol problem Comments 0

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

Research clearly shows that New Zealand men and women involved in team sport are likely to drink alcohol in a dangerous pattern. The results are so often injurious, physically as well as socially to the drinker and those around. Let’s cut the crap and man up about our sport and alcohol problem in New Zealand Read more

Catholic and Jewish exhibition at Vatican shows “evolution in Catholic-Jewish dialogue” Comments 0

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

The Catholic and Jewish communities in Rome have collaborated to create an exhibition of menorah, the seven-candled Hebrew lamp. The menorah is an ancient symbol of faith. Rome’s Rabbi Riccardo Di Segni said the unprecedented joint exhibition, more than three years in the making, showed the “evolution in the dialogue between Jews and Catholics”. The exhibition Read more

Marriage Celebrants Rejected For Personal Beliefs Comments 0

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

Family First NZ says that people applying to be marriage celebrants are having their applications rejected if they do not want to officiate at same-sex ‘weddings’ due to their personal beliefs or convictions, despite assurances by politicians that this would not occur. In response to a request by Family First NZ to the Department of Read more

Fast for Lent – reduce your carbon footprint Comments 0

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

Fast for Lent and reduce your carbon footprint. The Archdiocese of Bombay has asked Catholics to observe a ‘carbon fast’ during the season to create awareness about global warming and the importance of a sustainable lifestyle. Carbon footprint is a term used to describe the emission of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide generated by Read more

Drone assassination awareness week Comments 0

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

Six days and nights of fasting and prayer in solidarity with drone assassination victims and families have been arranged to promote Drone Awareness Week. It will take placein wellington between 26 February and 3 March and will be centred in a Vigil Bus. Anyone is are welcome to join the bus at any time, day or Read more

Ghana re-consecrated to the Sacred Heart Comments 0

Monday, February 20th, 2017

Ghana will be re-consecrated to the Sacred Heart at celebrations marking the 40th anniversary of the establishment of Diplomatic Relations between the Republic of Ghana and the Holy See. The celebrations will also encompass the 60th Independence Anniversary of the Republic of Ghana. Pope Francis has appointed  Giuseppe Cardinal Bertello, President of the Governatorate of Read more

NZ does not need hate-crimes law Comments 0

Monday, February 20th, 2017

Police Commissioner Mike Bush wants to see if there is a case for hate-crimes legislation in New Zealand, and is prompted by an  incident in Huntly. A woman threatened and abused a Muslim woman sitting quietly in her car. Bush wants more research to establish whether there is a need for hate-crimes legislation. He is Read more

New White House administration cruel Comments 0

Monday, February 20th, 2017

Archbishop of Los Angeles Jose Gomez said the new White House administration is cruelly playing with people’s lives, at a Vatican-sponsored conference last Friday. Gomez said fears surrounding deportation are not new and many people were deported when Barack Obama was president. However, he said the administration under President Donald Trump has set a harsh Read more

Vice Chancellor of Bethlehem University Brother Peter Bray visiting NZ Comments 0

Monday, February 20th, 2017

Brother Peter Bray is a New Zealander and Vice Chancellor of Bethlehem University – the first university established in the Palestinian territories and the only Catholic University in Israel/Palestine. He is visiting Aotearoa, and this week spoke at a public meeting in Wellington on the topic of how Bethlehem University should respond to the situation Read more