News Shorts

Documentary says Benedict XVI’s secretary tried to convince him not to resign

Thursday, April 15th, 2021

A documentary being released on Benedict XVI’s 94th birthday states that his personal secretary, Archbishop Georg Gänswein, tried to dissuade him from abdicating the papacy. “Benedict XVI, the Pope Emeritus,” directed by Andrés Garrigó, will be released April 16 by Goya Productions. The film will focus on Benedict’s papacy, and his time as prefect of Read more

Call to change Christchurch street names linked to child abuse cases

Thursday, April 15th, 2021

A call has been made to change the street names and names of reserves in a Christchurch suburb with links to allegations of cases of child abuse. In a letter to the Spreydon-Cashmere Community Board, the writer says society should not honour places where children were harmed, calling for change. The names the writer says Read more

Polish church welcomes police ‘regret’ for intrusion

Thursday, April 15th, 2021

Prominent Catholic clergy have welcomed a statement of regret by Metropolitan Police officials for a Good Friday raid on a south London church, during which the Polish congregation was threatened with fines and arrest for allegedly infringing coronavirus restrictions. “The word regret says a great deal – we feel the situation has been clarified, while Read more

RBNZ Survey: 69% Of Experts Predict Rents Will Rise Under New Housing Policies

Thursday, April 15th, 2021

Experts are concerned that tenants will cop higher rents under the government’s new housing policies. In this month’s Finder RBNZ Official Cash Rate Survey, 14 experts and economists weighed in on future official cash rate (OCR) moves and other issues related to the state of New Zealand’s economy. The government recently announced a suite of Read more

Colorado seeks to legalize human composting

Thursday, April 15th, 2021

Colorado might become the second state to legalize human composting and allow human remains to be composted after a person passes away. Colorado would come alongside Washington state in providing the ability for people to allow their bodies to be turned into soil after they die. The legislative move was attempted by lawmakers last year, Read more

Pope asks US bishop to resign after cover-up investigation

Thursday, April 15th, 2021

A bishop in Minnesota resigned Tuesday at the request of Pope Francis after he was investigated by the Vatican for allegedly interfering with past investigations into clergy sexual abuse, officials said. The Vatican said Francis accepted the resignation of Crookston Bishop Michael Hoeppner and named a temporary replacement to run the diocese. Hoeppner is 71, Read more

Vatican statistics show Catholic numbers have grown by 16 million

Monday, April 12th, 2021

The Vatican’s Statistical Yearbook shows that there has been a steady growth in the number of Catholics in every continent except for Europe. At the end of 2019, the worldwide Catholic population exceeded 1.34 billion or about 17.7% of the world’s population. This marked an increase of 16 million Catholics or 1.12% increase compared to Read more

Rare 35 million-year-old turtle fossil discovered in earthquake-damaged church pillar in Christchurch

Monday, April 12th, 2021

Christchurch sculptor Paul Deans was searching through limestone pillars from an earthquake-damaged church when he uncovered a turtle fossil believed to be about 35 million years old. The pre-historic fossil was embedded in the limestone core of a pillar from the Oxford Terrace Baptist Church, which was built between 1881 and 1882 in central Christchurch. Read more

Vatican sanctions two Polish bishops for mishandling abuse cases

Monday, April 12th, 2021

The Holy See has placed sanctions on two controversial bishops in Poland following investigations that revealed both prelates badly mishandled cases of priests who sexually abused minors. Archbishop Slawoj Leszek Glódz, who led the Archdiocese of Gdansk from 2008 until his retirement last August at age 75, was charged with “negligence”. Bishop Edward Janiak, who Read more

Sacred Heart Cathedral farewell’s its music director

Monday, April 12th, 2021

Tears flowed freely when Sacred Heart Cathedral parish farewelled its music director Michael Fletcher. Fletcher was the Director of Music at the cathedral for the past ten years. The occasion followed his final choral Mass on Sunday 14 March with tributes from choristers and parishioners emphasising Michael’s outstanding contribution to the cathedral, particularly in music Read more