News Shorts

War in South Sudan drags on, church helps displaced Comments 0

Thursday, April 26th, 2018

In South Sudan about a third of the 12 million people have been forced to flee their homes. The Catholic Church is one group trying to help alleviate suffering. In the grounds of the Cathedral of St. Mary in Wau, for example, almost 10,000 internally displaced people continue to find refuge. Read more     Read more

UN ‘shocked’ by NZ’s record on housing, child poverty, incarceration Comments 0

Thursday, April 26th, 2018

New Zealand’s child poverty, inadequate housing, incarceration and violence has “shocked” a United Nations committee reviewing the country’s human rights record. Members of a committee overseeing the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) were last month incredulous at some of New Zealand’s worst statistics, chief human rights commissioner David Rutherford said. Continue Read more

Barbara Bush: Archbishop pays tribute Comments 0

Thursday, April 26th, 2018

The late Barbara Bush was praised by a retired Archbishop of the Galveston-Houston archdiocese in a celebration of her life. Archbishop Joseph A. Fiorenza joined other religious leaders in paying tribute to Bush. He described the former first lady as a “faithful citizen besides being an outstanding wife and mother.” Read more       Read more

War show lights up historic St David’s church on ANZAC Day Comments 0

Thursday, April 26th, 2018

A spectacular light and sound show was projected on to the side of the historic St David’s church, Auckland, on Anzac Day today. The technicolour performance marked the last year of World War I and events in New Zealand to remember our nation’s involvement. Continue reading

Asbestos at Christ Church Cathedral complicates cleanup Comments 0

Thursday, April 26th, 2018

Asbestos has been discovered in the land fenced off around Christ Church Cathedral, complicating a clean up of the area ahead of Anzac Day. Despite the contamination members of Christchurch’s Returned and Services Association were able to lay wreaths at the citizens’ war memorial on Wednesday. Continue reading

9 Catholic churches in Canada to shut doors Comments 0

Thursday, April 26th, 2018

Declaring itself “no longer in a positive financial situation,” the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saint John announced plans today to close several of its church buildings and merge parishes in an effort to contain costs and revitalize flagging church attendance. In total, nine sites of worship will close by September: one church in the Fredericton Read more

Two Catholic priests assassinated in past week Comments 0

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

Two Catholic priests assassinated this week double this year’s clergy deaths by murder in the Federal Entities of Mexico. One died in México after an argument with a man who had entered the church to attack him. The other was killed by gunmen inside the Saint Pio of Pietrelcina church in Guadalajara, Jalisco. This year Read more

Checkout operator pays for customer’s groceries Comments 0

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

Manuella Andersen was waiting in line at the Huntly Countdown when she noticed the woman in front of her was tentatively putting items through the checkout. “She was picking her groceries out of her trolley one by one at the same time as having them scanned to see what the total was and if she could afford Read more

Ignoring Assad’s crimes won’t work Comments 0

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

Ignoring Bashar al-Assad’s crimes will not lead to peace. Mazen Darwish, who is a Syrian lawyer and Director of the Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression, says Assad’s victims deserve justice. “To deny them justice is to make a mockery of all that they have suffered. We must realize the extent of what’s Read more

Salvation Army: highest level of need since the recession in 2011. Comments 0

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

Poverty in the land of milk and honey is reaching critical levels as 336 new desperate families ask the Salvation Army for help each week. That is the highest level of need the Salvation Army has recorded since the recession in 2011. Continue reading