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Bishop’s resignation undermines Sino-Vatican pact Comments 0

Thursday, October 22nd, 2020

A Chinese bishop has resigned after the Vatican announced plans to renew its pact with China. This is a move which observers say is a setback to China’s hopes of implementing the deal smoothly. The deal was signed secretly in September 2018, and no details have yet been released. Its key provision is believed to Read more

Watties Donates 25,000 Cans To Help The Salvation Army With Food Parcels Comments 0

Thursday, October 22nd, 2020

Watties has donated 25,000 cans to The Salvation Army to assist with the ongoing need for food parcels. The delivery coincided with World Food Day (Friday 16th October) with deliveries to The Salvation Army depots in Auckland, Hamilton, Christchurch and Palmerston North. The Salvation Army will distribute more than 100,000 food parcels this year. The Read more

Netherlands supports medically assisted dying for terminally ill children Comments 0

Thursday, October 22nd, 2020

It’s an extremely sad reality and nobody wants to think about it, but it can’t be avoided. Sometimes children get life-threateningly sick. Sometimes they get too sick to recover. And sometimes those illnesses can cause relentless and terrible suffering, sometimes even more than can be alleviated with palliative care. Adults who are terminally ill but Read more

Calls for Labour to fast-track child poverty mandate Comments 0

Thursday, October 22nd, 2020

Calls are coming in for the government to fast-track its child poverty mandate. The Child Poverty Action Group is one of several advocating for the new government, led by Child Poverty Reduction Minister Jacinda Ardern, to immediately raise income support. Campaigner Janet McAllister said benefit levels were so low they locked many children into severe Read more

Carlo Acutis, sainthood candidate draws huge crowd Comments 0

Thursday, October 22nd, 2020

The Catholic Church’s most recent candidate for sainthood is also its most modern. Lying in a glass-sided casket in jeans and a track jacket, the body of Carlo Acutis, an internet enthusiast who died in 2006 of leukemia at the age of 15, was venerated by some 41,000 visitors during a 19-day-long celebration of his Read more

Criticism for mask-less pope Comments 0

Thursday, October 22nd, 2020

Pope Francis is back to his mask-less old ways a day after donning a face mask for the first time during a liturgical service. A day after donning a face mask for the first time during a liturgical service, Pope Francis was back to his mask-less old ways Wednesday despite surging coronavirus infections across Europe Read more

Priest jailed for vandalizing US Navy Base Comments 0

Monday, October 19th, 2020

A judge has sentenced a priest to federal prison for illegal entry and vandalism of Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay in St. Mary’s, Georgia. US District Court Judge Lisa Godbey Wood sentenced Stephen Michael Kelly, 71, of Massachusetts, to 33 months in federal prison. The judge also ordered Kelly, who has a long history of Read more

Catholic cathedral’s iconic copper dome could be sold as salvage Comments 0

Monday, October 19th, 2020

The distinctive copper dome rescued from the earthquake-damaged Catholic cathedral in Christchurch could be sold as salvage. The dome was painstakingly rescued from the stricken Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament on Barbadoes St in 2011 and has been in safe storage ever since. Catholic diocese property head Tony Sewell said many materials recovered from the Read more

Overseas workers told to leave too soon and unfairly – adviser Comments 0

Monday, October 19th, 2020

Overseas workers are being ‘consigned to the rubbish heap’ after the government left them with no option except returning home, according to an immigration adviser. Skilled migrants stuck in lengthy queues for residence have been told if they are not eligible for another temporary visa while they wait, they will have to leave. Anthea Razack, Read more

Pope makes two major appointments Comments 0

Monday, October 19th, 2020

Pope Francis has made two major appointments at the Curia. He selected Cardinal Fridolin Ambongo Besungu of Kinshasa to be a member of the Council of Cardinals. Bishop Marcello Semararo of Albano was appointed the new prefect for the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. Cardinal Besungu takes the place of his predecessor in the Read more