Letters protest end to Rite III

NEW PLYMOUTH Bishop Peter Cullinane of Palmerston North has received letters from north Taranaki Catholics protesting the end of Rite III Reconciliation with general...

Feast falls a day early

WELLINGTON The feast of Sts Peter and Paul will be marked one day early in New Zealand to give greater prominence to the closure...

Caritas with Maori against Act

WELLINGTON Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand has labelled the 2004 Foreshore and Seabed Act the greatest breach of the Treaty of Waitangi in modern times...

Mexican bishops condemn murders of priest, two seminarians

MEXICO CITY (CNS) The Mexican bishops' conference has condemned the murders of a priest and two seminarians in the southern state of Guerrero as...

Franciscans urge G-8 ministers to promote sustainable economies

ASSISI, Italy (CNS) The Franciscan order has called on finance ministers from the world's richest nations to radically transform the current economic system into...

Bishops issue new swine flu restrictions

WELLINGTON After taking medical advice, New Zealands Catholic bishops have issued a new set of restrictions for actions at Masses as the number of...

Cardinal calls shooting at US Holocaust museum ‘appalling’

WASHINGTON (CNS) The president of the United States bishops' conference called the June 10 shooting at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum that left a...

Understanding Bible requires faith, intelligence, Pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) Discovering the truth contained in the Bible about God and about each human person requires attentive reading and scholarship as well...

God’s presence evident in all creation, Pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) Pope Benedict XVI said God's presence as an orientation toward love is evident in all things, from the farthest galaxies to...

Irish advocates pleased by efforts to increase aid to abuse victims

DUBLIN, Ireland (CNS) One of Ireland's most vocal advocates of justice for abuse survivors said a June 3 meeting with the Irish prime minister...

Vatican media welcome Obama’s speech in Cairo as step toward peace

VATICAN CITY (CNS) United States President Barack Obama's speech in Cairo, Egypt, was welcomed by Vatican media as a step toward peace and a...

Ruling says ultrasound scan must be offered

HAMILTON A ruling by the Health and Disability Commissioner that a woman considering an abortion should be offered a chance to view an ultrasound...

Families, friends gather at Paris cathedral to pray for crash victims

PARIS (CNS) Families and friends of the 228 victims of Air France Flight 447 processed into Notre Dame Cathedral carrying candles in memory of...

Bishops’ visit to Rome delayed till 2010

WELLINGTON The ad limina visit of New Zealands Catholic bishops to see the Pope and Vatican officials has been put back to 2010, NZ...

Bishops and Caritas stand against three strikes law

WELLINGTON New Zealands Catholic bishops and Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand have opposed the proposed three strikes sentencing law before a parliamentary select committee. ...

Pro-life leaders, groups condemn murder of Kansas abortion doctor

WASHINGTON (CNS) Pro-life advocates universally condemned the May 31 murder of a Kansas abortion doctor, with officials from several U.S. right-to-life groups saying such...

Laypeople must share responsibility for Church, Pope tells delegates

ROME (CNS) Laypeople are called not simply to help their priests run their parishes, but to share fully in the responsibility of building up...

Bishop slams ministers aid remarks

PALMERSTON NORTH Bishop Peter Cullinane of Palmerston North has taken Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully to task over comments about changes to New Zealands...

Irish religious orders do not want to renegotiate 2002 abuse deal

DUBLIN, Ireland (CNS) The 18 Irish religious congregations implicated in the abuse of children in their care say they do not wish to renegotiate...

Bomb kills two inside Catholic church in Nepal

KATMANDU, Nepal (CNS) A powerful bomb exploded inside the Catholic Church of the Assumption in Katmandu, killing two Catholics and injuring several others. ...

Archbishop retires amid reports many of his priests are not celibate

VATICAN CITY (CNS) Pope Benedict XVI has accepted the resignation of a 54-year-old archbishop from the Central African Republic following an investigation into priests...

Deacon Ryan retires from leadership role

ROTORUA Old age and illness may end a persons everyday occupation, but it certainly doesn't end ones life and work in the Church, quips...

Church voice in broadcasting shuts up shop

AUCKLAND Auckland diocese communications officer Lyndsay Freer is saddened the Churches Broadcasting Commission has been wound up. It is disappointing to see the...

Bishop says war not over until Sri Lankans overcome ethnic divisions

BANGALORE, India (CNS) Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa declared an end to the nation's civil war in mid-May, but the head of the Sri...

Vatican newspaper says Obama sought ‘common ground’ at Notre Dame

VATICAN CITY (CNS) The Vatican newspaper said US President Barack Obama sought common ground on the divisive issue of abortion in his commencement address...

NZ bishops lift swine flu restrictions

WELLINGTON New Zealands Catholic bishops have lifted restrictions on practices at Mass that were implemented three weeks ago in response to fears of the...

Pope, Israeli prime minister discuss peace, dialogue, priests’ visas

NAZARETH, Israel (CNS) Peace in the Middle East, Catholic-Jewish relations and the difficulties of Church workers in Israel were just a few of the...

Pope asks Jerusalem’s Christians to help make it a city of...

JERUSALEM (CNS) Standing below the Mount of Olives, where Jesus wept for Jerusalem, and in the shadow of the walls of the city where...

In Holy Land, Pope appeals for peace, condemns anti-Semitism

JERUSALEM (CNS) Pope Benedict XVI took his Holy Land pilgrimage from Jordan to Jerusalem, where he pleaded for peace among Israelis and Palestinians, condemned...

Pope opens Holy Land visit with call for tolerance, visit to...

AMMAN, Jordan (CNS) - Pope Benedict XVI began an eight-day pilgrimage to the Holy Land with an appeal for tolerance and a gesture of...