News Shorts

Statues of California saint need to be moved Comments 0

Thursday, July 2nd, 2020

Los Angeles Archbishop José Gómez has warned that statues of St Junipero Serra, the “Apostle of California”, will need to be relocated to protect them from desecration. One statue, in San Francisco, has already been toppled. As the church prepares to celebrate his feast day tomorrow, the Archbishop asked Catholics to invoke the intercession of Read more

Israel pulls the plug on GOD TV Comments 0

Thursday, July 2nd, 2020

Israel has decided to remove the U.S.-based evangelical Christian station GOD TV from the Israeli cable television provider HOT due to claims that it was trying to evangelize Jews. Asher Biton, chairman of Israel’s Cable and Satellite Broadcasting Council, said he told the station last Thursday that it has seven days to halt broadcasting. The Read more

100,000 people attended Zoom commemoration for Rabbi Menachem Schneerson Comments 0

Monday, June 29th, 2020

The Chabad-Lubavitch movement estimates that 100,000 people on 45,000 devices gathered in an online Zoom event to honor the late Chabad rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson. Schneerson, who died in 1994, led the movement’s transition from a small and insular Hasidic sect to an outward-facing global force. Tens of thousands visit his grave in Queens, Read more

Staff-monitoring software rests in a ‘grey area’ Comments 0

Monday, June 29th, 2020

Sales of staff-monitoring software have skyrocketed thanks to businesses wanting to keep track of what workers are up to while working from home as a result of Covid-19 restrictions. Ian Howard, CEO of brand and ethics consultancy Bright Street Studio, says even the names – like Time Doctor or Staff Cop – can feel “slightly Read more

Major victory for religious liberty – the merits of the case Comments 0

Monday, June 29th, 2020

A major victory for religious liberty has followed a federal court case. The victory occurred in the decision in Soos v. Cuomo. Federal district Judge Gary L. Sharpe has removed religious gatherings from the virtual ghetto in which Governor Cuomo, his Attorney General and New York’s Mayor Bill de Blasio had placed them under Cuomo’s Read more

Miramar Peninsula Hosts Mid-winter Christmas Comments 0

Monday, June 29th, 2020

The mid-winter Christmas in Miramar began with carols. The plan had been to sing in the civic area outside the Roxy Cinema. Weather forced the event indoors, but spirits were not dampened as David Midland and Salvation Army Brass Band led the rousing mid-winter carols in the drier surrounds of the beautiful St. Aidan’s Church. Read more

UCANews founder dies Comments 0

Monday, June 29th, 2020

UCANews.com founder and the news agency’s executive director for 30 years Fr Robert Astorino, died on June 25. “Bob married media professionalism to a passion for the Church in Asia to develop an outstanding news media channel”, said Michael Kelly SJ, who succeeded Astorino. Astorino established 14 news bureaus to cover 22 countries throughout Asia, Read more

Victorian politician calls for inquiry into investigation of Cardinal Pell Comments 0

Monday, June 29th, 2020

A member of the Parliament of Victoria has urged that there be an inquiry into the treatment of Cardinal George Pell by the state’s police and judiciary, months after Australia’s High Court unanimously overturned his conviction for five alleged counts of sexual abuse. Bernie Finn, a member of the Victorian Legislative Council from the Liberal Read more

Jean Kennedy Smith, last sibling of President Kennedy, dies at 92 Comments 0

Thursday, June 25th, 2020

Jean Kennedy Smith, a diplomat, humanitarian and author and the last surviving sibling of the late President John F. Kennedy, died on June 17 at her home in Manhattan. She was 92. President Bill Clinton nominated her to serve as ambassador to Ireland in 1993, and she held the post until 1998. When he nominated Read more

Caritas Aotearoa NZ Lent Appeal funds down 30 per cent on past years Comments 0

Thursday, June 25th, 2020

Amid the pandemic, Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand managed to raise some $683,000 during its 2020 Lent Appeal, a figure that is more than 30 per lower than the amounts they raised in recent years. Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand director Julianne Hickey said, in the past, the Lent Appeal raised $1million. Read more in NZCAtholic