News Shorts

Texas considers dropping BC, AD in school books for non-Christian dates

Thursday, August 11th, 2022

The Texas State Board of Education is considering dropping the use of BC and AD in textbooks and replacing them with a non-religious dating system in a proposal for a new statewide social studies curriculum. The change is in a draft for social studies classes and was noticed by a Texas teacher who spoke out Read more

Mental Health Foundation says bullies can change

Thursday, August 11th, 2022

A mental health advocate says it is important to remember school bullies can change, after National MP Sam Uffindell was stood down over “very concerning accusations”. On Monday it was revealed Uffindell had been asked to leave King’s College as a 16-year-old after taking part in a group assault on a younger boy. Speaking with Read more

Singapore carries out 10 executions in four months

Thursday, August 11th, 2022

Authorities said Singapore hanged two drug traffickers on Friday, despite international calls for the city-state to abolish capital punishment. This brings the number of prisoners executed in the last four months to 10. The spate of hangings included, in April, the widely criticised execution of a man with limited cognitive function. It came after Singapore Read more

Covid-19: Two months of ‘substantially lower infections’ ahead

Thursday, August 11th, 2022

New Zealand is likely in for “a couple of months” of lower Covid-19 infections now the second Omicron peak has passed, experts say. However, there are plenty of other viruses circulating and people should keep up health measures such as wearing masks and staying home when sick, they say. A panel of health experts answered Read more

Drive-by gunshots target Denver-area Catholic church

Thursday, August 11th, 2022

A gunman shot at a Denver-area Catholic church in separate early morning incidents on Saturday and Monday. No one was hurt, but one estimate suggests the gunshots caused tens of thousands of dollars in damage. Parish staff stressed the need to pray for the perpetrator and emphasised they are taking the utmost security precautions. “We Read more

Indonesian parish apologises for pop songs at Mass

Thursday, August 11th, 2022

A parish in Indonesia has issued an apology after a video in which the choir sang pop songs during Mass sparked widespread condemnation from Catholics. In a statement, St Francis of Assisi Parish in Lamahora, Larantuka diocese of East Nusa Tenggara, said the context of the Mass was the inauguration of the caretaker of young Read more

Legal abortions fall by 90% in Poland after court eliminates exception for fetal defects

Monday, August 8th, 2022

The number of legal abortions in Poland decreased by 90% in 2021 following a court ruling that banned abortion in the case of a fetal medical diagnosis such as Down syndrome. According to a report by the Polish newspaper Rzeczpospolita, data from the Ministry of Health shows that the number of legal abortions in the Read more

Photography exhibition of Northland churches opening

Monday, August 8th, 2022

One of the most critically acclaimed bodies of work in the history of New Zealand photography is coming to Northland. The photography exhibition of Northland churches will open at Whangārei Art Museum on Friday. The collection of work, “Whare Tapu Taonga”, is by celebrated photographer Laurence Aberhar who has been a practising photographer since the Read more

Pope meets Russian Orthodox number two before meeting with Patriarch

Monday, August 8th, 2022

Pope Francis met Bishop Anthony, the second most influential leader of the Russian Orthodox Church, on Friday ahead of an expected summit next month with its Patriarch Kirill, who supports the war in Ukraine. It was their first meeting since Anthony’s predecessor, Hilarion, was ousted in June in an abrupt decision indicating discord at the Read more

Record low Māori unemployment something to celebrate

Monday, August 8th, 2022

Last week’s labour market data showed the Māori unemployment rate at the lowest it has been since modern records began in 1986. That’s got to be a good thing. Economic commentators – myself included – can sound a bit clinical when we talk about the risk a tight labour market poses to the economy. It Read more