News Shorts

Dilmah tea founder honoured for fair trade practice and charity work Comments 0

Thursday, December 5th, 2019

Supporting the underprivileged and operating ethically have been at the centre of Dilmah founder Merrill Fernando’s philosophy over his long career. Fernando, the man well known for his “Do try it” slogan, founded tea company Dilmah in Sri Lanka in 1988. It is now one of the world’s largest tea brands and is well known Read more

Irish abuse commission says it overestimated kids in religious-run homes Comments 0

Thursday, December 5th, 2019

More than 10 years after its final report, the commission set up by the Irish government to investigate claims of abuse in religious-run institutions has admitted that it overestimated the number of children in the homes. In a statement Nov. 25, the Commission to Inquire Into Child Abuse said the number of children housed in Read more

Hundreds visit Jallianwala Bagh massacre exhibition in Wellington Comments 0

Thursday, December 5th, 2019

‘Punjab Under Siege’ an exhibition on the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre curated by the Partition Museum of Amritsar, India concluded on Thursday, November 28 with hundreds attending it during the week-long event at Saint Peters Church in Wellington. Read more

U.S. bishop accused of sex abuse cover-up steps down Comments 0

Thursday, December 5th, 2019

A New York state bishop who had been at the centre of a sex abuse crisis stepped down on Wednesday after learning the conclusions of a Vatican investigation, becoming the latest high-ranking prelate toppled by the decades-old scandal. Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Bishop Richard Malone of Buffalo, New York, and named Albany Bishop Read more

Caritas participates in international conference on migration Comments 0

Thursday, December 5th, 2019

This week, Julianne Hickey, the Director of Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand, is attending a conference in Bangkok to discuss issues surrounding child protection, human trafficking and labour migration in Asia and Oceania. The conference focused on “The Future of Work,” is hosted by the International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC), an organisation working in over 40 Read more

Pope says Nativity scenes should go in town squares, schools Comments 0

Monday, December 2nd, 2019

Pope Francis on Sunday hailed Nativity scenes as “simple and admirable” signs of Christian faith and encouraged their placement in workplaces, schools and town squares, as he bolstered a Christmas tradition that has at times triggered bitter legal battles in the United States. “I wish to encourage the beautiful family tradition of preparing the Nativity Read more

New Zealand bishops hopeful of Suzanne Aubert cause Comments 0

Monday, December 2nd, 2019

New Zealand bishops have expressed satisfaction after a discussion with Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, on the cause of Venerable Suzanne Aubert. New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference secretary Bishop Stephen Lowe of Hamilton described the meeting as “positive.” Auckland Bishop Patrick Dunn, Wellington Cardinal John Dew, Christchurch Read more

Catholic Church accused of ‘robbing’ African priests with ‘poor English’ to tackle UK shortage Comments 0

Monday, December 2nd, 2019

The Catholic Church has been accused of “robbing” Africa of its priests to tackle the shortage in the UK, leaving worshippers struggling to understand services in “poor English”. The claims were made by the Rev Deacon Michael Phelan, a retired Permanent Deacon in the diocese of Northampton, who raised concerns amid what some people deem Read more

Auckland secondary schools unable to accept all preference applicants Comments 0

Monday, December 2nd, 2019

Auckland Bishop Patrick Dunn has asked that Catholic secondary schools in his diocese unable to accept all preference applicants have an enrolment policy or scheme that places very high priority on such applicants having certificates for Catholic Baptism, First Eucharist and Confirmation. Bishop Dunn sent a letter dated September 20 with this request to Auckland Read more

Humans put into suspended animation for first time Comments 0

Monday, December 2nd, 2019

Doctors have put humans into a state of suspended animation for the first time in a groundbreaking trial that aims to buy more time for surgeons to save seriously injured patients. The process involves rapidly cooling the brain to less than 10C by replacing the patient’s blood with ice-cold saline solution. Typically the solution is Read more