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Pope baptizes formerly conjoined twins, separated at Vatican hospital Comments 0

Thursday, August 13th, 2020

Pope Francis on Thursday baptized conjoined twins who had been separated at a Vatican-owned hospital in June. The announcement of the baptism came not from the Vatican but from Antoinette Montaigne, a politician from Central African Republic, where the girls were born with fused skulls on June 29, 2018, in the town of Mbaiki. When Read more

Temuka Catholic church granted $25,000 to restore 137-year-old stained-glass windows Comments 0

Thursday, August 13th, 2020

A 141-year-old Temuka church has been granted $25,000 to restore 31 stained-glass windows donated by its original parishioners. The restoration of the 137-year-old windows is part of a more than $2 million project to upgrade and earthquake-strengthen St Joseph’s Catholic Church that was built with limestone taken from Opihi River in 1879 and damaged in Read more

Paedophile priest Vincent Gerard Ryan has priestly faculties removed Comments 0

Thursday, August 13th, 2020

The notorious paedophile priest Vincent Gerard Ryan will no longer be permitted to celebrate the sacraments or dress as a priest, after a decision to remove his priestly faculties. The 82-year-old walked free on parole last month; he had served less than half of a three-year sentence relating to two altar boys. Ryan had previously Read more

Christian denied refugee status in NZ despite fear of harm in China Comments 0

Thursday, August 13th, 2020

A Chinese man who became a Christian after surviving a four-storey fall has been denied refugee status in New Zealand despite fears of serious harm if he returns to his home country. He became more interested in Christianity after his arrival. In June 2018 while in the country unlawfully, a friend said he should apply Read more

An earthquake felt in North Carolina brings reading during Sunday Mass to life Comments 0

Thursday, August 13th, 2020

A 5.1-magnitude earthquake originating near Sparta was felt in Charlotte a little after 8 a.m. Sunday — just as parishioners at St. Gabriel Church were listening to the first reading of Sunday’s Mass: “At the mountain of God, Horeb, Elijah came to a cave where he took shelter. Then the LORD said to him, ‘Go Read more

Pope decries pandemic’s culture of individuality Comments 0

Thursday, August 13th, 2020

Pope Francis has denounced a culture of individuality revealed by the pandemic, which has sacrificed the care of the weakest members of society. Francis, speaking at his Wednesday audience called on the faithful to “overcome our personal and collective individualism” as experts work to find a cure for the coronavirus, “which hit us all indiscriminately.” Read more

Notre Dame Cathedral’s organ getting 4-year-long cleaning Comments 0

Monday, August 10th, 2020

Pipe by precious pipe, Notre Dame Cathedral’s organ – that once thundered through the medieval building – is being taken apart after last year’s devastating fire. The mammoth task of dismantling, cleaning and re-assembling France’s largest musical instrument started Monday and is expected to last nearly four years. Once restored, it will take six months Read more

Sex workers disagree over Kiwibank’s principled stand Comments 0

Monday, August 10th, 2020

Kiwibank’s initial plans to blacklist the adult entertainment industry ran into opposition from the New Zealand Prostitutes’ Collective, but the bank is being urged to stick to its guns by Wahine Toa Rising – a new trans-Tasman group set up by ex-sex workers. Read more

US seeks blasphemy reforms after Pakistan court killing Comments 0

Monday, August 10th, 2020

The United States has urged Pakistan to amend its blasphemy laws after an American citizen was killed inside a courtroom in Peshawar on July 29. Tahir Ahmed Naseem was shot dead in Peshawar district court where he was due to attend a hearing on charges of blasphemy. Naseem was a former member of Pakistan’s minority Read more

Former Exclusive Brethren members hit with dawn raids, legal suits after speaking out Comments 0

Monday, August 10th, 2020

On June 30 Braden Simmons attended an informal session with the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in Care. Eleven days later, two lawyers, a private investigator and a forensic expert showed up at Simmons’ Mangere Bridge home just before dawn. They had a court order to search every electronic device in his home. The Read more