News Shorts

Hungary passes law barring pornography, pro-LGBT content for minors

Monday, June 21st, 2021

Hungary’s parliament has passed a sex crimes law that includes elements aiming to protect children, barring providing pornography and content that promotes gender reassignment and homosexuality to anyone under age 18. Backers of the law emphasized the need to protect children and to support parents, though the move has drawn criticism from the Hungarian opposition Read more

Hawke’s Bay’s grim reality: Oranga Tamariki gets thousands of reports of child abuse

Monday, June 21st, 2021

Tens of thousands of reports of concern about child abuse in Hawke’s Bay have been made to Oranga Tamariki in the past five years, but less than 4 percent have been substantiated. The grim statistics were released to Hawke’s Bay Today under the Official Information Act for the years 2016 to 2021. The data covers Read more

Australia: Anglican women more likely to suffer domestic violence

Monday, June 21st, 2021

Anglican women are more likely to suffer domestic violence than women in the broader community, a national report commissioned by the Anglican Church of Australia has found. While 15 per cent of Australians surveyed for the report said that they had experienced intimate-partner violence, the figure among Anglicans was 22 percent. Questioned about specific examples Read more

Disciple Maker Index helps church leaders share Gospel more effectively

Monday, June 21st, 2021

Father Stan Mader, pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Waconia, Minnesota, is using information gathered from a survey offered by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis last year as he seeks to share the Gospel more effectively with parishioners. So are parish leaders in St. Paul, New Hope and across the archdiocese as they Read more

Paris archbishop: Notre-Dame Cathedral repairs a symbol of Christian renewal

Monday, June 21st, 2021

Wearing a hard hat and boots, the archbishop of Paris offered Mass in a nearly empty Notre-Dame Cathedral this week as restoration of the fire-damaged interior of the Gothic cathedral kicks off. Archbishop Michel Aupetit used the occasion of the feast of the dedication of Notre-Dame de Paris to reflect on the spiritual metaphor of Read more

New Zealand housing supports near $1billion in three months, public housing waitlist jumps another 1000

Monday, June 21st, 2021

The costs of supporting Kiwis struggling with living costs has neared $1 billion in just three months as 1000 more applicants joined New Zealand’s ballooning public housing waitlist. In the three months to March, total housing support spending amounted to $964.9 million, an increase of more than $150m since the quarter to March 2020. The Read more

Jury awards $15 million over embryos, eggs destroyed in fertility clinic

Thursday, June 17th, 2021

The devastating news landed in the inboxes of the fertility clinic patients early one morning in March 2018. A tank storing frozen human embryos and eggs at Pacific Fertility Center in San Francisco had failed, potentially destroying the precious cells that scores of people hoped would one day bring them biological children. Some might still Read more

Taranaki students left shaken after school bus collides with van

Thursday, June 17th, 2021

A Taranaki high school principal says a number of his students are being monitored after suffering minor injuries when their school bus collided with a van on State Highway 3 near Ngaere this morning. The 22-year-old driver of the van was seriously injured. He is being assessed at the Emergency Department at the Taranaki Base Read more

Cornish churchgoers ‘gobsmacked’ as Bidens join them for Sunday service

Thursday, June 17th, 2021

Churchgoers in Cornwall have said they were left “gobsmacked” after Joe Biden, the US president, and his wife Jill Biden were spotted at Sunday service. The couple attended a small Catholic church in St Ives in the morning of the final day of the G7 summit. One parishioner, known only as Margaret, said it was Read more

Anglican diocese confused after threats to sue made then withdrawn

Thursday, June 17th, 2021

Wellington’s Anglican diocese has been left “in the dark” after a developer announced his intention to sue – but didn’t follow through. David Hitchins threatened to sue the Anglican diocese in March after claiming bad faith in the purchase of a Brooklyn church, but spokesman Ben Pringle said the Anglican diocese never received notice of Read more