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Paintings returned to Nazi refugees’ descendants Comments 0

Monday, February 19th, 2018

France has returned three 16th-century oil paintings to the descendants of a German-Jewish couple. The couple sold the artwork to flee the Nazis. On Monday, France’s culture minister, Francoise Nyssen, handed the paintings over to Henrietta Schubert and Chris Bromberg, who are descendants of Herta and Henry Bromberg. The handover was made during an official Read more

St Theresa’s Catholic School staff and students swim danger Comments 0

Monday, February 19th, 2018

It could be a nervous game of wait and see this weekend for the parents of kids plucked from the sea after a high bacteria warning interrupted a school trip north of Wellington. St Theresa’s Catholic School staff and students had been swimming at Plimmerton Beach for about an hour on Friday when a Porirua Read more

LGBT issues should be taught in primary schools Comments 0

Monday, February 19th, 2018

A humanist campaign group in the United Kingdom wants four-year-olds to be taught about LGBT (lesbian, gay, bi and trans-gender) issues. It has branded religious views on sexuality “discriminatory.” Humanists UK, formerly known as the British Humanist Association, issued a statement backing government plans on new primary school relationships education. Read more

East Timor priest on trial for corruption Comments 0

Monday, February 19th, 2018

An East Timor priest and academic on trial for corruption has accused the country’s courts of breaching the nation’s Concordat with the Vatican. Relevant parts of that accord require the prosecutor and court to inform the bishop of the relevant diocese in writing about a case against a priest. Father Martinho Gusmao contends that these Read more

Australian Anglican priest – guns loved more than kids Comments 0

Monday, February 19th, 2018

An Australian Anglican priest has reacted publicly to the most recent mass-shooting in the United States. Following last week’s slaughter of 17 pupils at a Florida school, he adjusted his church’s billboard to read: “WHEN WILL THEY LOVE THEIR KIDS MORE THAN THEIR GUNS”. Read more

A Catholic district head arrested for bribes. Comments 0

Monday, February 19th, 2018

A Catholic district head and leading candidate for governor in Indonesia’s predominantly Christian East Nusa Tenggara province has been arrested on suspicion of taking bribes. The Corruption Eradication Commission arrested Marianus Sae, head of Ngada district on Flores Island on Feb 11. He is accused of taking bribes from a contractor working on infrastructure projects Read more

Jews, Muslims invited to join Christians in German Karneval Comments 0

Thursday, February 15th, 2018

This year, Jews and Muslims have been invited to join in the German Karneval celebrations in Germany. Traditionally, in the days leading up to Ash Wednesday, Catholic cities in Germany hold huge street celebrations. Parades and parties provide revellers with a last binge of drinking, dancing and singing before the 40 days of fasting in Read more

A Christian Brother for 70 years Comments 0

Thursday, February 15th, 2018

A leader of the Catholic Church in Rotorua is set to mark 70 years as a Christian Brother. Brother Vincent Jury will celebrate the milestone in Murupara this Sunday where he has served for 25 years. Continue reading  

Slavery in Australia: 4,300 people today Comments 0

Thursday, February 15th, 2018

Slavery is alive and well not just in the global economy, but also in Australia. “Most people think human trafficking and slavery a thing of the past that need not concern them. But as we speak, there are 4,300 slaves in Australia and 40.3 million slaves worldwide,” Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP says.

Many Dunedin pubs open for Easter Comments 0

Thursday, February 15th, 2018

Dunedin bar owners are toasting moves allowing them to serve booze to Ed Sheeran fans at Easter. The city council voted in December to allow shops to trade on the prominent religious holiday, coinciding with the British pop star’s three concerts in the city, but has since gone a step further by granting 10 special Read more