News Shorts

Bishop’s social media post teaches debating religion Comments 0

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

Facebook and other social media platforms reach millions of people each year. “You’ll see a lot of energy around religious issues … often angry … but very little argument,” US Bishop, Robert Barron says. His Facebook talk “How to have a religious argument” aims to teach people how to argue better on the internet.Read more

St Michael’s Catholic School received $2000 for art education Comments 0

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

In Rotorua, almost $27K has been available for local arts initiatives St Michael’s Catholic School received $2000 in funding in February and has recently completed its project. Continue reading   [You need to scroll down]

Catholic women – new writing Comments 0

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

Catholic women are often overlooked in Church history. Donna Quinn in Chicago Catholic Women: Its Role in Founding the Catholic Women’s Movement and Marian Ronan and Mary O’Brien in Women of Vision: Sixteen Founders of the International Grail Movement are changing this. Read more

Filipino priest free after four months as hostage Comments 0

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

Catholic Filipino priest Teresito “Chito” Suganob is finally free, having been held hostage by Islamic State-linked militants for almost four months in the war-torn city of Marawi. According to The New York Times, the priest was rescued late on Saturday by the Philippines military, as it moved closer to rooting out the remaining gunmen from Read more

Vatican wartime archives online Comments 1

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

Some of the Vatican wartime archives will soon be available free of charge online. However, the documents won’t include material directly relating to Pius XII. Pope Pius XII’s attitude and behaviour towards the Holocaust has often been criticised. Read more

Caritas responds to worldwide emergencies Comments 0

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

2017 is shaping up to be a devastating year due to environment-related disasters. From severe monsoon rains in South Asia, to Mexicos record-breaking 8.1 magnitude earthquake, to the recent destruction of Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean, events … Caritas responds to worldwide emergencies. Continue reading

Children banned from going to church in China Comments 0

Monday, September 18th, 2017

Children have been banned from attending church in China, even with their parents. The decision to ban them was made by four regional governments. Unapproved Catholic and Protestant churches in China are also being investigated at present. Read more

Poverty and Justice Bible a great success – Cardinal Dew Comments 0

Monday, September 18th, 2017

The Poverty and Justice Bible has been a great success for Bible Society New Zealand and for the Catholic Church in New Zealand in schools and parishes. It has been wonderful to see how many people have bought a Poverty and Justice Bible, which has meant that for every Bible bought another has been given away Read more

Refugees’ promised land – Australia Comments 0

Monday, September 18th, 2017

Australia is viewed as “the promised land” by persecuted Catholics in the Middle East. An Iraqi Catholic priest says Australia has led the way in welcoming thousands of Christians who have been forced to leave their homes because of violence from radical militant groups such as the Islamic State. Read more

Sir Pat Goodman farewelled in home town of Motueka Comments 0

Monday, September 18th, 2017

The prominent businessman Sir Patrick Goodman, who turned his family baking business in Motueka into a global enterprise, was laid to rest in his hometown of Motueka on Monday. Sir Patrick Goodman was the founding chairman of Quality Bakers New Zealand, which merged with Fielder Gillespie Davis and Allied Mills of Australia and Wattie Industries to become Read more