News Shorts

Pope and Archbishop of Canterbury to visit South Sudan together Comments 0

Thursday, November 14th, 2019

November 13, at the Vatican, Pope Francis received His Grace, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby. During the cordial talks, the Holy Father and the Archbishop of Canterbury agreed that, if the political situation in the country should allow the establishment of a transitional government of national unity in the next 100 days, at the Read more

Whangamomona church closes with final Mass after 100 years Comments 0

Thursday, November 14th, 2019

A service celebrated the beginning and the end of a rural church. Sacred Heart Whangamomona church is celebrating 100 years on Saturday – but the Mass to celebrate the centenary was the final service at the church. Read more

Trump administration considers tying foreign aid to religious freedom Comments 0

Thursday, November 14th, 2019

The Trump administration is considering tying foreign aid payments to how countries treat their religious minorities. Politico first reported the plan, which is currently being drafted as an executive order, which President Trump has yet to see. Critics argue the move is merely a political one, an effort to shore up support from evangelical Christians Read more

Movie Unplanned makes it over the line Comments 0

Thursday, November 14th, 2019

More than 140 Wellingtonians had the chance to watch the true-life film Unplanned at the Brooklyn Penthouse cinema on the 11th of November. Hosted by the Centre for Marriage and Family and the Reverence for Life Group, St Francis of Assisi, Ohariu, more than 71 tickets had to be pre-purchased to enable the screening to Read more

Greek government drops plans to criminalise blasphemy Comments 0

Thursday, November 14th, 2019

Greece’s conservative government says it’s scrapping plans to criminalize blasphemy. Justice Minister Costas Tsiaras said Tuesday that the proposal has been removed from draft legislation that’s being debated in Parliament. It would have made blasphemy punishable by up to two years in prison. The proposal had been widely criticized. Continue reading

Destiny Church’s Hannah Tamaki calls for ban on new mosques Comments 0

Thursday, November 14th, 2019

Destiny Church leader Hannah Tamaki’s political party says it will ban new “mosques, temples and other foreign buildings of worship” if elected. Vision NZ – which had to change its name after its original suggestion, the Coalition Party, was rejected by election authorities – has made the promise in an inflammatory announcement railing against multiculturalism. Read more

Major US corporations for global spread of anti-Muslim violence Comments 0

Monday, November 11th, 2019

A new report by watchdog groups claims that major technology platforms, Wall Street businesses and right-wing media corporations are complicit in enabling white supremacist and anti-Muslim bigotry across the world. The paper, “Fanning the Flames,” was published Thursday (Oct. 31) by the Action Center on Race and the Economy’s Crescendo Project in partnership with the Read more

Bible in schools on the line as High Court hearing confirmed Comments 0

Monday, November 11th, 2019

The Auckland High Court has confirmed this week that it will hear the case against school-based religious instruction in October next year. The Secular Education Network is appealing to the High Court for a ruling that these classes are discriminatory and contrary to the Bill of Rights Act, and that school time should be reserved Read more

British foster home shortage; Church launches campaign Comments 0

Monday, November 11th, 2019

In the face of a foster parent shortage in the UK, the Catholic Church in England and Wales will launch a campaign to encourage adoption and foster care. The campaign will launch Nov. 13 at the annual gathering of the nation’s diocesan marriage and family life coordinators. The campaign is a partnership between the Marriage Read more

Porn is the biggest addiction society has ever seen Comments 0

Monday, November 11th, 2019

Auckland intimacy counsellor Angela Rennie has seen first-hand the devastating impact pornography has on relationships and individuals. “I would say it’s the biggest addiction society has seen and no one is really doing anything about it”. “The statistics are eye-opening, people are watching pornography from very young,” she says. Read more