News Shorts

Pope turns off Vatican fountains Comments 0

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

The Vatican fountains are unusually quiet at present. That’s because Pope Francis has had them turned off  to show solidarity and conserve water during the drought affecting much of Italy. Francis’s encyclical Laudato Si denounces wasteful practices and highlights the importance of clean drinking water. The prolonged drought has hit two-thirds of farmland and has Read more

Korean Christians want classes in schools to continue Comments 0

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

The Auckland Korean Churches Association has issued a public statement Christian eduction is schools. In May, the Secular Education Network filed a case with the Human Rights Review Tribunal claiming that preferential treatment of Christianity in schools was prohibited under the Bill of Rights. Continue reading

Thousands leave church in Germany Comments 0

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

About 160,000 Catholics left the Church in Germany last year. This is a decrease in the 180,000 who left in 2015. The Church is one of the organs of state in Germany and members must pay a church tax. Read more

No plans to make churches pay tax on business activities – Collins Comments 0

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

Revenue Minister Judith Collins says she has no plans to crack down on charities running businesses and avoiding tax. Companies like Sanitarium are often accused of not paying their fair share of tax because they’re owned by charitable organisations or churches, which are meant to use the profits for charitable purposes. Continue reading

Vatican fraud trial hears reports about cardinal’s role Comments 0

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

The Vatican fraud trial involving Giuseppe Profiti, former president of the foundation governing Bambino Gesù children’s hospital and Massimo Spina, the foundation’s former treasurer is underway. The court is currently hearing conflicting reports about Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone’s role in the fraud investigation. Bertone is the former Secretary of State under Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. Read Read more

New Zealand politics isn’t as anti Catholic as Britain’s Comments 0

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

Ever wondered why Britain has never had a Catholic prime minister? There’s no constitutional barrier preventing it. So why hasn’t it happened? The most likely answer is that there remains a residual suspicion of Catholics that dates back to the bloody power struggles between Catholic and Protestant contenders for the throne several centuries ago.  Continue Read more

Catholic cathedral refuge for Muslims Comments 0

Monday, July 24th, 2017

A Central African Republic cathedral has become refuge and home to over 2,000 persecuted Muslims. It is now more than two months since they were forced to take refuge at St Peter Claver cathedral in the  town of Bangassou after attacks by the mostly Christian anti-Balaka militia. Read more

The Rich List is ‘unhealthy, disturbing’ Comments 0

Monday, July 24th, 2017

University of Auckland senior lecturer in sociology Ronald Kramer says the list was unhealthy. He said it encouraged people to value wealthy people and wealth – at the expense of social considerations. “It’s ideological. It comes out in publications owned by wealthy people produced for mass consumption but targeted at other relatively wealthy consumers.” Continue Read more

Catholic pages and the Facebook glitch Comments 0

Monday, July 24th, 2017

Twenty-five Catholic pages were accidentally removed from Facebook for a couple of days last week. Facebook  say the problem occurred “as a result of a technical glitch”. “All pages have now been restored. This incident was triggered accidentally by a spam detection tool. We sincerely apologise for the issue this has caused,” Facebook said. Read Read more

Ex-charter school principal deregistered for fabricating exam at St Peter’s College Comments 0

Monday, July 24th, 2017

The founding principal of a charter school has been struck off the teachers register for fabricating an examination at his former school, St Peter’s College in Auckland. James Haggett, who now lives in Britain, resigned as founding principal of the charter school Middle School West Auckland on the students’ first day at the new school in February Read more