News Shorts

First women hired for St Peter’s Basilica’s maintenance crew

Thursday, July 18th, 2024

The Vatican has said that two women have been hired for the specialised maintenance crew of St Peter’s Basilica for the first time in its 500-year history. While women have worked for the Fabbrica di San Pietro — the department that oversees maintenance, restoration, and repairs of the Vatican’s papal basilica — before, it is Read more

Academic launches podcast to talk about mental health from ‘Samoan perspective’

Thursday, July 18th, 2024

A newly released podcast presented in the Samoan language aims to reduce stigma around mental health. Called Fau Gagana – a Samoan nurse’s perceptive on mental health, provides general information, as well as interpretations on mental wellbeing from a Samoan perspective. Auckland University of Technology’s nursing lecturer, Dr Ioana Mulipola, says the idea for the Read more

Church leaders meet Indian PM, raise concerns over ‘attacks’

Thursday, July 18th, 2024

A delegation of Church leaders met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on July 12, a month after he was elected to power for the third consecutive term, and expressed concerns about the increasing hostility Christians face in the country. Archbishop Andrews Thazhath of Trichur, president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India, led the Read more

Councillor sorry for vigil ‘stuff-up’ for Trinity Catholic College pupil

Thursday, July 18th, 2024

A Dunedin city councillor has apologised to the family of slain teenager Enere McLaren-Taana for her role in organising a public vigil against their wishes. Enere, 16, a pupil at Trinity Catholic College, died after being stabbed at the Dunedin bus hub on May 23. About a week later, the Dunedin City Council scheduled a Read more

Suspect charged with hate crime after beheading statue of Jesus

Thursday, July 18th, 2024

A suspect in a vandalism incident at a New York City parish has been charged with a hate crime after beheading a statue of the Christ Child in Queens. Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz said in a press release on her website that Jamshaid Choudhry “has been charged with criminal mischief as a hate crime Read more

St Mary Magdalene relic stolen from Salt Lake City cathedral

Thursday, July 18th, 2024

A relic of St Mary Magdalene was stolen from the Cathedral of the Madeleine on the morning of July 10. The theft was discovered at about 7 am when one of the cathedral staff members found the broken reliquary on the floor beneath the crucifix. According to Father Martin Diaz, the cathedral’s rector, this appears Read more

Ten years after ISIS invasion, Christians in Iraq given ‘sign of hope’

Monday, July 15th, 2024

As Iraq’s Nineveh Plains marks the 10th anniversary of the invasion by the so-called Islamic State (ISIS), the Christian community continues to live with the trauma of the tragic event. Yet despite the efforts of the Islamist group to eradicate the Christian population, they are slowly rebuilding their presence in the area. “Words cannot describe Read more

Samoan church ministers take lead in bridging faith and public health in South Auckland

Monday, July 15th, 2024

Samoan Church Ministers from the EFKS denominations are stepping up as key players in public health. Reverend figures like Rev Elder Victor Pouesi from Ekalesia Faapotopotoga Kerisiano Samoa (EFKS) Magele I Sasa’e I Puaseisei, have long been vocal advocates for their communities, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic. Rev Pouesi said Faifeaus (church ministers) are essential Read more

On the path to the Jubilee of digital missionaries and Catholic influencers

Monday, July 15th, 2024

In less than a year, Rome will host a Jubilee event that will gather digital missionaries and Catholic influencers from around the globe. On 28 and 29 July 2025, just before the Youth Jubilee, those dedicated to evangelising through social media will convene for their own Jubilee. This will be a reunion for many who Read more

Habitat for Humanity homes being built in Whangārei for families struggling to get on property ladder

Monday, July 15th, 2024

Northlanders wanting to buy their first home but struggling to save a deposit are being offered a helping hand through Habitat for Humanity. The charity was providing the largest number of affordable houses to be built in Whangārei, with 24 homes under way in Tikipunga and Kensington, northern region chief executive Conrad LaPointe said. It Read more