News Shorts

Vatican investigation clears Quebec cardinal of misconduct

Thursday, May 23rd, 2024

An investigation commissioned by the Vatican has concluded a senior leader of Quebec’s Roman Catholic Church did not commit sexual misconduct. The allegations against Cardinal Gérald Lacroix, the archbishop of Quebec City, emerged in January when he was named as an alleged perpetrator in a class-action lawsuit alleging sexual abuse by clergy and staff. The Read more

Hours after his first Communion, boy begins remarkable recovery

Thursday, May 23rd, 2024

No mum would ever want to spend Mother’s Day like this: in a hospital room with a 7-year-old son paralysed from the waist down and told by doctors he might never walk again. Such was the scenario one year ago, on May 14, for Jessica Dahlberg of Epiphany in Coon Rapids. Her son, Joshua, had Read more

Mexico court protects Catholic baptismal records from gender ideology

Monday, May 20th, 2024

The Twenty-second Federal Circuit Court of Appeals in Mexico has upheld the constitutional autonomy rights of the Querétaro Catholic Diocese. With the legal support of ADF International, the Querétaro Diocese successfully fended off a demand from the Mexican National Institute for Data Protection to alter church records according to a transgender-identifying individual’s self-identification. The transgender-identifying Read more

World’s oldest Cistercian abbey has more than 100 monks

Monday, May 20th, 2024

The Cistercian Abbey of Heiligenkreuz (Holy Cross) in Austria is the oldest in the world. It dates back almost 1,000 years and currently has more than 100 monks living there. It has never had “interruptions” in its history and is now an oasis of the Catholic Church in Europe. Love for God and others is Read more

Taupō school put in lockdown as police respond to reports of person with a gun

Monday, May 20th, 2024

A Taupō school lockdown has now been lifted after police responded to a report of a person with a gun in the area. Police were called to Acacia Bay Rd, Nukuhau. However, police have since confirmed no firearm was involved and they are “speaking with the person” involved. “Cordons are being stood down and the Read more

Warning fat city rates rises could make housing crisis worse

Monday, May 20th, 2024

Verbal hearings on the city council’s long term plan have heard strong warnings of severe impacts on the “vulnerable” if fat double digit rates rises go through. The draft plan for 2024-34 proposes rates rise by nearly 19.9% next financial year and by 15.5% annually for the following four years. On Thursday’s day two of Read more

Pope praises California death penalty moratorium, governor says

Monday, May 20th, 2024

Pope Francis supports the steps taken by California to halt the use of the death penalty, California Gov. Gavin Newsom said. Newsom told Catholic News Service that the pope “immediately brought up the issue of the death penalty” during their meeting on May 16. The governor said that during their exchange, the pope expressed “how Read more

Microsoft’s AI obsession is jeopardising its climate ambitions

Monday, May 20th, 2024

Microsoft is producing a lot more planet-heating pollution now than when it made a bold climate pledge in 2020. Its greenhouse gas emissions were actually around 30 per cent higher in the fiscal year 2023, showing how hard it could be for the company to meet climate goals as it simultaneously races to be a Read more

82-year-old completes wing walk for Catholic youth

Thursday, May 16th, 2024

An 82-year-old daredevil has completed her second wing walk in seven years to raise money for a local youth organisation of St Francis de Sales Catholic Church. As part of her charitable challenge, she even completed a loop-the-loop. Teresa Dykes, of Rupert Road in Newbury, completed the thrilling wing walk on a biplane at the Read more

Brian Tamaki’s Destiny Church notice with ‘Time To Kill’ tagline ‘extremely concerning’

Thursday, May 16th, 2024

A person from the rainbow community is calling out ads for a Brian Tamaki Destiny Church event showing a boy carrying a severed head – an apparent reference to David and Goliath – and bearing the tagline “Time to kill”. Members of Tamaki’s Destiny Church have recently been charged for destroying rainbow crossings in Gisborne Read more