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Terrorist who beheaded teacher given hero’s funeral Comments 0

Thursday, December 10th, 2020

The terrorist who beheaded a French school teacher near Paris for showing cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed to his class has been given a hero’s funeral in his native Chechnya. Footage shows mourners at the ceremony for Abdullakh Anzorov, 18, in his native village of Shalazi in the oil-rich Russian region. The body of the Read more

Cardinal Dew replaces Bishop Dunn as bishop’s conference president Comments 0

Thursday, December 10th, 2020

The New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference (NZCBC) has appointed Wellington Cardinal John Dew as its president. Auckland Bishop Patrick Dunn stepped down from the role at the end of his three-year term and because of health reasons. Hamilton Bishop Stephen Lowe was also appointed vice-president and secretary of the conference. Auckland Auxiliary Bishop Michael Gielen Read more

‘We All Pray to The Same God’: Muslim Man Donates Land for Temple Comments 0

Thursday, December 10th, 2020

HMG Basha, a resident of Kadugodi in Bengaluru, decided to give up some of his land for refurbishment of the Anjaneya Swamy temple on the Bengaluru-Hoskote highway. A small temple existed near his plot and the trust of the shrine wanted to renovate and rebuild it. Locals see this as an act of communal harmony Read more

125 years on an exciting future for Catholic Māori Comments 0

Thursday, December 10th, 2020

Eucharist, marking the 125th anniversary of the building of Sts Peter and Paul, Kauwhata, Feilding was held on 29 November. It was on that day in 1895 that Archbishop Redwood celebrated the first Mass there. The Church is one of the oldest in New Zealand still in regular use. Run by local Māori, Fr Philip Read more

Crane knocks head and torso off St. Paul statue Comments 0

Thursday, December 10th, 2020

A construction crane knocked the head and torso off a statue of St. Paul atop Liège Cathedral in Belgium Monday. CathoBel, the official website of the Catholic Church in Francophone Belgium, reported that the accident occurred in the early afternoon on Dec. 7 as the cathedral, which is dedicated to St. Paul, was nearing the Read more

Detroit Archdiocese announces major reorganization Comments 0

Thursday, December 10th, 2020

In one of its biggest restructurings in years, the Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit announced Wednesday it is grouping its 216 parishes in southeastern Michigan into 51 families — each made up of three to eight parishes sharing priests. The changes have been approved by Archbishop Allen Vigneron, according to a statement released Wednesday morning. A Read more

Vatican launches ‘Fratelli tutti’ website Comments 0

Monday, December 7th, 2020

The Vatican’s Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, in collaboration with the Dicastery for Communication, has launched a website dedicated to Pope Francis’ latest Encyclical: ‘Fratelli tutti’. The site is currently developed in three languages: English, Spanish and Italian. Further languages will be available soon. It contains numerous resources in other languages, including French, Portuguese, Read more

Social media post prompts ‘disturbing’ classroom assault Comments 0

Monday, December 7th, 2020

Social media was used to post a video of an assault in a Greymouth school classroom last week. Two Greymouth High School girls have been suspended after they stormed into a classroom at John Paul II High School and assaulted a junior girl. A third girl filmed the attack and then posted the video on Read more

Catholic bishops welcome ‘realistic’ new measures for public Masses in France Comments 0

Monday, December 7th, 2020

Bishops in France have welcomed new government measures that will allow more people to attend public Masses during Advent. Gérald Darmanin, French Minister of the Interior, announced Dec. 2 a change to a previously proposed 30-person limit on attendance of public Masses. The change followed France’s highest administrative court overturning the restriction in response to Read more

Former Labour MP calls for “inequality emergency” Comments 0

Monday, December 7th, 2020

A former Labour MP is calling for an “inequality emergency” to be declared, after the Government announced a climate emergency last week. Sue Moroney said the Government, with its “strong mandate”, had the ability to start tackling growing inequality in New Zealand. “Naming it [climate change] as an emergency is important,” she said. “I’d like Read more