News Shorts

Holocaust Survivor Speakers Bureau launched to fight antisemitism

Thursday, April 11th, 2024

More than 250 Holocaust survivors have joined an international initiative to share their stories of loss and survival with students around the world during a time of rising antisemitism following the Oct 7 Hamas attack on Israel that triggered the war in the Gaza Strip. The Survivor Speakers Bureau was launched Thursday by the New Read more

Taranaki Cathedral earthquake strengthening project on hold due to funding shortfall

Thursday, April 11th, 2024

Skyrocketing costs have caused the Taranaki Cathedral earthquake strengthening project in New Plymouth to come to an immediate halt in the face of a $8.5 million funding shortfall. Built in 1846, the Taranaki Cathedral Church of St Mary is New Zealand’s oldest stone church and was undergoing earthquake strengthening and upgrades. The project has a Read more

New complaints of abuse by Father Rupnik presented to Vatican

Thursday, April 11th, 2024

Five new complaints of alleged abuse committed by Father Marko Rupnik have been presented to the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith in Rome, where an investigation into the case is being carried out after Pope Francis decided to lift the statute of limitations. The new cases mark the latest development in the case Read more

Cathedral upgrades to go ahead

Thursday, April 11th, 2024

A historic church in the heart of Dunedin will become “a space for the whole city” once a $4 million upgrade project is completed. Logic Group has been granted a consent from the Dunedin City Council to conduct maintenance work on St Paul’s Cathedral in the Octagon. The cathedral was constructed more than 100 years Read more

Vatican’s top diplomat visits Vietnam, looks to normalise relations

Thursday, April 11th, 2024

The Vatican’s top diplomat began a six-day visit to Vietnam on Tuesday as part of efforts to normalise relations with the communist nation. Richard Gallagher, the Holy See’s foreign minister, met his Vietnamese counterpart Bui Thanh Son and expressed the Vatican’s “gratitude” for the progress that has been made to improve ties. The visit occurred Read more

After protest from Catholics, blasphemous potato chip ad ordered pulled in Italy

Thursday, April 11th, 2024

An Italian Catholic watchdog group says a blasphemous ad featuring a priest consecrating potato chips in place of Eucharistic hosts has been ordered pulled from the airwaves. The Italian Association of Radio and Television Listeners (Associazione Italiana Ascoltatori Radio e Televisione, AIART) on Monday had called for the immediate suspension of an advertisement by the Read more

Pope shows off rosary of slain Ukrainian soldier, denounces ‘madness of war’

Monday, April 8th, 2024

Pope Francis led thousands of people in a moment of silence Wednesday to pray for the aid workers killed by an Israeli strike in Gaza and a young Ukrainian soldier named Oleksandre who was killed in ‘’this madness of war.” Francis appealed anew for an immediate cease-fire in Gaza and the release of hostages taken Read more

Former principal appointed to St Peter’s College Gore board

Monday, April 8th, 2024

A former principal of St Peter’s College has been elected the head of the board of the Gore school which will remained in statutory management. Limited statutory manager Nicola Hornsey confirmed John Hogue was appointed to the St Peter’s College school board as one of the proprietor’s representatives by the school’s proprietor, the Dunedin Catholic Read more

Covenant signed with Kamloops First Nation

Monday, April 8th, 2024

Almost three years ago, reports of underground anomalies near a former Kamloops residential school caused a firestorm of media mistruths about mass graves, which became a focus of Pope Francis’ visit to Canada in 2022. Now, the Catholic Church and the Kamloops First Nation are to acknowledge historical and recent painful experiences and continue “walking Read more

Pupils cooking for a cause

Monday, April 8th, 2024

Convincing teenage boys to cook 150 cottage pies that they will not eat is no easy task. However, when St Vincent de Paul volunteer Vince Jones told John McGlashan College senior food technology pupils they would be cooking for the homeless and families in need, they were all in. “They didn’t know until today what Read more