News Shorts

Visitors crowd to see Jesus’s restored tomb Comments 0

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

Visitors from around the world are making pilgrimages to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem to see Jesus’s recently restored tomb. The last time the tomb was restored was in 1810. It is considered one of the most sacred sites in Christianity. Inside the tomb is a burial bed made of rock, where Read more

Palliative care practitioners speak out against euthanasia and assisted suicide Comments 0

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

More than 30 of Australia and New Zealand’s top palliative care practitioners have joined forces to oppose the introduction of euthanasia and physician assisted suicide, describing the practice as “unnecessary and unsafe”. It was a response to an opinion piece recently published in the MJA by Palliative Care Specialist, Professor Emeritus Ian Maddocks, who asked Read more

Catholic media strategise to counter fake news Comments 0

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

Catholic media from all over Asia gathered in Kuala Lumpur recently. Their aim – to develop strategies to counter fake news. They noted social media is particularly known for spreading false news stories. The meeting was convened by the World Catholic Association for Communication. Read more  

South Auckland politicians oppose Easter Sunday trading bid Comments 0

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

South Auckland politicians say they are opposed to allowing work on Easter Sunday. Auckland Council’s governing body voted to go to the community about whether it should allow  Easter Sunday trading  from next year. Continue reading

Australian Anglican Church: 1,100 abuse complaints Comments 0

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

The Australian Anglican Church has had around 1,100 child abuse complaints reported against it in the past 35 years. A Government report says most children were aged around 11 when they were abused. Their publication about the Anglican Church comes a month after the Royal Commission into child abuse was told the Australian Catholic church Read more

The Big Sleep Out aims to raise $350k for the homeless Comments 0

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

The Big Sleep Out on July 6 at Auckland’s AUT City campus aims to raise funds that will go towards Ending Youth Homelessness. Last year’s sleepout saw 130 participants who helped raised more than $300,000, but this time in its eighth year, the event is aiming to raise at least $350,000. Continue reading

Priest stabbed “for being Indian” Comments 0

Monday, March 20th, 2017

A priest was stabbed “for being Indian”  just before celebrating Mass on Sunday. The stabbing happened at the 11am mass at St Matthew’s church in the Melbourne suburb of Fawkner North. It is believed the 72-year old offender accused Fr Tomy Kalathoor Mathew of being Hindu or Muslim and stabbed him in the neck. The Read more

Pope honours prominent Catholic Indian for service to NZ church Comments 0

Monday, March 20th, 2017

Pope Francis has bestowed on a prominent member of the Catholic Indian and business communities the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice (For Church and Pope)  medal. Wenceslaus Anthony,  a Catholic, the the Chairman of the Divine Retreat Centre of New Zealand and Chairman of Indian Newslink Community Fund. Continue reading

St Patrick – a slave, a migrant with no papers Comments 0

Monday, March 20th, 2017

St Patrick was a slave and a migrant with no papers, Archbishop Eamon Martin of Amargh said. He reminded those celebrating St Patrick’s feast day last Friday to remember the plight of migrants. “As Irish people, we cannot think of Patrick without acknowledging the enormous humanitarian and pastoral challenges facing growing numbers of people who Read more

Wedding couple’s gifts go to night shelter Comments 0

Monday, March 20th, 2017

A Tauranga couple decided to forgo wedding gifts, instead asking their guests for a donation for the Tauranga Moana Night Shelter. The couple were gifted just over $2000 for the shelter and said they already had plenty of household appliances and cutlery sets. Continue reading