News Shorts

PNG Catholic Bishops concerned about APEC spending Comments 0

Monday, November 12th, 2018

The expenses involved in hosting this week’s APEC conference is of concern, says Papua New Guinea’s bishops’ conference. APEC discussions will include investment and trade opportunities. The bishops say they are concerned about the PNG government’s high spending and what they see as being an unequal distribution of wealth. Read more

New Zealand ranks sixth in global wealth report Comments 0

Monday, November 12th, 2018

New Zealand is the world’s sixth richest country. But wealth is unevenly shared, and when it comes to the median income, New Zealand drops to eighth. Only the US, Belgium, Switzerland, Norway and Australia rank ahead on per adult wealth, according to the Global Wealth report from investment bank Credit Suisse. Continue reading

Vatican urges priests to embrace social media Comments 0

Monday, November 12th, 2018

Priests should embrace social media, says Monsignor Paul Tighe. Tighe, who helped develop Pope Francis’ online presence, is urging Catholic clergy across the world to embrace social media to reach believers and non-believers. Read more

New Anglican Archbishop announced for Polynesia Comments 0

Monday, November 12th, 2018

The Rev Fereimi Cama has been elected as the next Anglican archbishop of Polynesia. He will, therefore, become Archbishop and Primate, or joint leader of The Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia. Continue reading

Muslim family won’t give up keys to Church of the Holy Sepulcher Comments 0

Monday, November 12th, 2018

A Muslim family holding the keys to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher is resisting community and political pressure to give them up. Adeeb Joudeh al-Husseini, who says his family was granted the keys in the 12th century, told Al-Monitor there is no reason he should give them up. The key holder says his family’s Read more

Should NZ defend or amend national anthem? Comments 0

Monday, November 12th, 2018

 Herald reader acknowledging that the parliamentary prayer has been modified suggested New Zealand’s national anthem, God Defend New Zealand demands the same scrutiny, notes Max Cryer. “This is not impossible. Australia and Canada have both altered words within their official anthem, and in 1971 the Chancellor of the Exchequer reminded the British Parliament that Britain’s anthem, God Save the Read more

Belgian Brothers of Charity cull pro-euthanasia board members Comments 0

Thursday, November 8th, 2018

The Belgian Brothers of Charity have not reappointed two pro-euthanasia board members who allowed a protocol that allowed hospitals owned by the religious congregation to perform euthanasia in limited circumstances. Read more

Russian priest lands in Dunedin for world record attempt Comments 0

Thursday, November 8th, 2018

A Russian priest is in Dunedin to launch a world record rowing attempt. Fedor Konyukhov aims to become the first person to row the Southern Ocean and around Cape Horn, eventually completing a 27,000-kilometre solo circumnavigation of the world. Continue reading

Rātana Church issues stern warning to Ardern’s Government Comments 0

Thursday, November 8th, 2018

Some Rātana followers are worried Labour is taking advantage of the church’s political support. “After we’ve aligned to them in their good favour, they then drop us like a hot pancake,” one woman told Newshub. Read more

Over 3,000 Egyptian churches’ wait for legal recognition Comments 0

Thursday, November 8th, 2018

More than 3,000 Egyptian churches and church-affiliated buildings are still waiting for legal recognition from the Egyptian government. They have been waiting for nearly two years after legislation, seen by some as positive step for religious freedom in the Muslim-majority country, was passed. Read more