News Shorts

Pope and Trump won’t be meeting Comments 0

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

Pope Francis and President Donald Trump will not be meeting when Trump is in Italy next month. Diplomatic sources say although there won’t be a Trump-Francis encounter next month, it ” is not a snub or a wish to avoid any possible awkwardness, but due to logistical and time constraints”. Read more

Cardinal Dew – We must speak up about our housing crisis Comments 0

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

Statement on Housing Crisis issued by Cardinal John Dew and Archbishop Philip Richardson If you give New Zealanders the facts, most of us know what’s a fair deal. Most of us have a gut instinct that owning a home makes us more secure and stable. And if we were pressed, we’d say that home ownership Read more

The ex-Franciscan and the Emeritus Pope Comments 0

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

Leonardo Boff,  who is a “liberation theologian” from Brazil and former Franciscan priest, says he would like to  “embrace” and effect a “kind of reconciliation” with the former Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger – Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI. Read more

Proposed Marriage Amendment aimed at preventing forced underage marriages Comments 0

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

Underage couples would need court approval to marry under a private members’ bill that aims to crack down on forced marriages. National List MP Jo Hayes said she believes forced marriages between teenagers are “slowly creeping into New Zealand society” and that the problem exists primarily in Pacific and Asian communities, where parents can pressure Read more

Duterte’s drug war plants drugs, pays killers Comments 0

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

Two senior police officers in the Philippines say some Philippine police have received cash payments for executing drug suspects, planted evidence at crime scenes and carried out most of the killings in President Duterte’s drug war. These same police blame “vigilantes” for the attacks which focus on killing the poor, the senior police officers say. Read more

Pope to wash mafias’ feet on Thursday Comments 0

Monday, April 10th, 2017

Pope Francis will wash the feet of inmates at a prison known for housing mafia turncoats on Holy Thursday. He has often denounced the mafia. He has declared them “excommunicated” and urged them to change their ways. Many mafia turncoats have done just that. Read more

Shortage of priests leads to amalgamation of five parishes Comments 0

Monday, April 10th, 2017

The amalgamation of five Catholic churches across the Tasman District  into one “Our Lady of the Bays” parish took place on 1 April. While there will still be distinct church communities in each area, the come under centralised leadership. Father Seph Pijfers is overseeing the amalgamated parish and will be assisted by priests and lay-pastoral leaders based in each Read more

Trump’s refusal to fund UNFPA a victory says cardinal Comments 0

Monday, April 10th, 2017

The United States government has refused to continue paying into the UN  Population Fund (UNFPA). They say the money is used to fund forced abortions and sterilisations in China. “This is a victory for women and children across the globe, as well as for US taxpayers, ” says Cardinal Timothy Dolan. Dolan is the chairman Read more

Anglicans commission new poll on Christ Church Cathedral Comments 0

Monday, April 10th, 2017

Anglican leaders have ordered another survey of how Christchurch residents feel about restoring the cathedral. The new survey will be the latest in a long list of polls conducted in the city about the Christ Church Cathedral. There were two major surveys in 2013 and two more in 2014. Continue reading