News Shorts

Labour wants early pregnancy gender tests banned Comments 0

Thursday, September 20th, 2018

The Labour Party in Britain wants early pregnancy gender tests banned because of fears it may lead to girls being selectively aborted. Naz Shah, the party’s spokeswoman for women and equalities, said it was “absolutely wrong” that women were pressurised to have abortions if the baby was expected to be a girl. Read more

Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand supporting Philippines in Typhoon Aftermath Comments 0

Thursday, September 20th, 2018

Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand is accepting donations towards a Rapid Response Appeal to support Caritas Philippines in the aftermath of Typhoon Mangkhut (local name: Ompong). The typhoon swept through the Philippines this weekend with over 4.3 million people in its path. NASSA/Caritas Philippines is responding and is carrying out assessments of the impact. Heavy landslides, Read more

Death penalty for three top Muslim clerics Comments 0

Thursday, September 20th, 2018

The death penalty is likely for three top Muslim clerics in Saudi Arabia. Rights activist claim the clerics are facing charges of promoting an extremist agenda. The clerics’ prosecution and possible execution is unusual in Saudi Arabia where religious leaders are usually seen as untouchable. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has been taking strong action Read more

Whistleblower exposed exploitation of migrant workers Comments 0

Thursday, September 20th, 2018

A whistleblower alerted Immigration New Zealand to the exploitation of 12 Indian workers in the South Island. A 30-year-old employer was found to have forced staff across his South Island operation to work more than their visas allowed, refused to provide time off and paid them less than minimum wage. Continue reading

His Eminence Metropolitan Myron arrives in New Zealand Comments 0

Thursday, September 20th, 2018

His Eminence Metropolitan Myron has arrived in New Zealand for his enthronement. He was elected Metropolitan of New Zealand by the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate at the end of May, following the retirement of Metropolitan Amphilochios Tsoukos. Continue reading

Making saints out of rape victims criticised Comments 0

Thursday, September 20th, 2018

Making saints out of rape victims has been criticised by a senior editor of a Catholic magazine. Mollie Wilson O’Reilly, an editor at large and columnist for the US-based Commonweal magazine, was sepcifically referring to the recent beatification of Anna Kolesárová. Kolesárová was a sixteen-year old Slovak girl who was murdered in front of her Read more

Bishop cleared of wrongdoing Comments 0

Monday, September 17th, 2018

A bishop cleared of any wrongdoing after a Pennsylvania district attorney’s investigation has been harmed by speculation about him going public. Although Bishop Kevin Rhoades has been cleared of any wrongdoing,both the district attorney and the Fort Wayne diocese lamented that unnecessary harm was done to him after a suggestion of impropriety was leaked to Read more

Fr Harry Costello celebrates 60 years of priesthood Comments 0

Monday, September 17th, 2018

Father Harry Costello was ordained 60 years ago, at the age of 25. Costello and three others will have their decades of service celebrated in a Jubilarians’ Mass at St Mary’s Church in Whanganui on September 18. Continue reading

Catholics and Buddhists working together Comments 0

Monday, September 17th, 2018

Poor and homeless people are benefiting from a collective effort made by US Catholics and Buddhists. The Green Affordable Housing Project is uniting Catholics and Buddhists in three US cities to provide a home for poor and homeless people. Read more

Historical sex abuse victim calls for school sacking Comments 0

Monday, September 17th, 2018

A sex abuse victim is calling for a prestigious Catholic school to sack its rector for not removing a teacher who sexually assaulted him years ago. Peter Boock has complained to the board of trustees at St Bede’s College in Christchurch, and to the Education Council, about the rector Justin Boyle. Continue reading