News Shorts

Economic problems spark rise in Thai suicide rate

Thursday, November 25th, 2021

The suicide rate in Thailand, especially among teenagers, is on the rise, with experts attributing it to increased stress and despondency fueled by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and resultant economic problems. According to data from last year, the nationwide suicide rate has risen to 7.37 per 100,000 people from 6.64 the year before. Among Thai Read more

Lifelong health toll from childhood adversity revealed in New Zealand research

Thursday, November 25th, 2021

Poor mental health is almost three times more prevalent among people in New Zealand who experienced four or more “adverse childhood events” compared with people who experienced none, Auckland University research suggests. The study covered eight types of childhood adversity: Emotional, physical or sexual abuse, and growing up in a household where there was violence, Read more

Bishop mandates jab for Townsville Diocese workers

Thursday, November 25th, 2021

Townsville Bishop Tim Harris has mandated all Townsville Diocese agency employees and volunteers, excluding staff of Townsville Catholic Education schools and colleges, be vaccinated against COVID-19 by December 17. “The safety and protection of our parishioners, employees and volunteers continues to be a high priority. We’ve seen witness to this over the past 18 months Read more

Supreme Court rejects ‘exceptional’ basis for health professionals and teachers ‘no jab, no job’ appeal

Thursday, November 25th, 2021

Small groups of health professionals and teachers challenging the Government’s Covid-19 vaccine mandate have lost a bid for an exceptional appeal direct to the Supreme Court. New Zealand Doctors Speaking Out with Science (NZDSOS) and its related group for teachers (NZTSOS) lost the first part of their case in the High Court earlier this month. Read more

Ireland: Archbishop Martin launches digital Advent Calendar

Thursday, November 25th, 2021

Archbishop Eamon Martin has launched the 2021 interactive digital Advent Calendar, which will go live on on the first Sunday of Advent, 28 November. Now in its eighth year, the unique digital Advent Calendar offers resources for the parish, school and for families which can be accessed behind a virtual door each day during the Read more

Classmates support student after Catholic priest has her remove gay pride shirt

Thursday, November 25th, 2021

For the 12-year-old student at St Francis of Assisi School, wearing a favorite old tee shirt with a gay pride message on “Dress Down Day” was nothing new. She had worn it before on relaxed-dress-code days with no problem, she told The Brew. But this past Friday, at the end of the mass that she Read more

Nearly 1,000 hate crimes against Europe’s Christians recorded in 2020

Monday, November 22nd, 2021

According to newly published data from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the number of hate crimes against Christians in Europe rose sharply in 2020. The OSCE data, published Nov 16, documented 980 incidents against Christians, including arson attacks on Catholic churches, desecration and robbery of Eucharistic hosts, assaults on priests, and anti-Catholic Read more

Call for College of Psychiatrists to issue apology to Lake Alice abuse survivors

Monday, November 22nd, 2021

A group monitoring the work of the Abuse in Care inquiry is calling on the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) to apologise to survivors of abuse at Lake Alice Child and Adolescent Unit in the 1970s. The Royal Commission Forum says the College colluded and was complicit in the abuse of Read more

Caritas Poland leader: We’ll help those in need for as long as Belarus border crisis lasts

Monday, November 22nd, 2021

The director of Caritas Poland said on Thursday that the charity will continue to help those in need for as long as the Belarus border crisis lasts. Speaking at a press conference in Podlipki, northeastern Poland, on Nov 18, Fr Marcin Iżycki stressed that the charity was also attentive to the needs of the local Read more

Grand, tired St Patrick’s will be sold

Monday, November 22nd, 2021

Another of Lawrence’s historic churches, St Patrick’s, is to be sold, in what has been described as a ‘‘wrench’’ for parishioners. St Patrick’s Catholic Church, Lawrence parish chairman Geoff Blackmore informed the Otago Daily Times of the decision this week, drawing to a close a process that began in December last year. At that time, Read more