Pope says pastors can’t be soloists, need parishioners’ advice

ROME (CNS) In a world that does not seem interested in hearing about God, effective communication of the Faith requires a group effort, Pope...

Do not mock the Pope, Italian cardinal and India’s bishops say

ROME (CNS) Mockery is not acceptable in public discussions, especially when the subject is the Pope, said the president of the Italian Catholic bishops'...

Despite criticism, Notre Dame firm on Obama as commencement speaker

WASHINGTON (CNS) University of Notre Dame officials were standing firm on their choice of President Barack Obama as commencement speaker at the institution's May...

Pope tells reporters he felt sense of God’s family in Africa

ROME (CNS) Pope Benedict XVI said he felt a great sense of family and respect for the sacred during his weeklong trip to Africa....

Brazilian archbishop gave warning of excommunication before abortion on pre-teen girl

RECIFE, Brazil, (LifeSiteNews.com) Several officials of the Archdiocese of Recife, Brazil, have responded to statements made by a Vatican official attacking the conduct of...

We Must Have at Heart the Unity of All Believers

Here is the letter written by Benedict XVI concerning the remission of the excommunication of the four bishops of the Society of St Pius...

Israeli Foreign Ministry says Pope can wear cross at Western Wall

JERUSALEM (CNS) "In accordance with rules of hospitality and dignity," Israel will not prevent Pope Benedict XVI from wearing his pectoral cross when he...

Vatican official: Brazilian girl, doctors needed mercy after abortion

VATICAN CITY (CNS) A 9-year-old Brazilian girl and the doctors who performed the girl's abortion needed the Catholic Church's care and concern, not its...

Irish leaders urge new efforts against violence on St. Patrick’s Day

DUBLIN, Ireland (CNS) In messages for St. Patrick's Day, Catholic leaders in Ireland called on their fellow citizens to work for an end to...

Scorsese film on Japanese martyrs to be filmed in NZ

AUCKLAND A movie recounting the story of Japanese Christians martyred in the 17th century is set to be filmed in New Zealand, according to...

More Catholics in Anglican prayer?

CHRISTCHURCH Blessed Mary MacKillop and Blessed Teresa of Calcutta could soon feature in Anglican liturgies in New Zealand. In 2006, the Rev. Bosco...

Locals fight plans for new school

ARROWTOWN There is considerable local opposition to an application for resource consent to build a Catholic primary school near Arrowtown in Central Otago. ...

Human trafficking tops concerns of Catholic institutional investors

WASHINGTON (CNS) Human trafficking topped the list of concerns identified in a survey of Catholic institutional investors polled by the New York-based Christian Brothers...

EDITORIAL: Pope thwarts US Catholic politician

This editorial first appeared in the March 8, 2009 issue of NZ Catholic There would be few encounters that could raise someones profile...

In letter, Pope responds to criticisms over Lefebvrite decision

VATICAN CITY (CNS) In a letter to the world's bishops, Pope Benedict XVI expressed regret that his lifting of the excommunications of four traditionalist...

Pope to meet with Israel’s grand mufti, chief rabbis

JERUSALEM (CNS) Pope Benedict XVI will meet with inter-religious leaders, including the grand mufti of Jerusalem and the chief rabbis of Israel, when he...

Abortion results in excommunication for mother, doctors in Brazil

VATICAN CITY (CNS) A top Vatican official agreed with a Brazilian archbishop's decision to excommunicate the mother of a nine-year-old girl who had been...

Document confirms Pope Pius XII’s efforts to save Jews, expert says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) A document found in a Rome convent confirms that Pope Pius XII quietly ordered church institutions to open their doors to...

Catholics pray for Sri Lankan cricket heroes, condemn terrorism

KALUTARA, Sri Lanka (CNS) Sri Lankan Catholics prayed for their cricket heroes injured in an attack in Pakistan and condemned Sri Lankan and Pakistani...

African bishops hope papal visit encourages peace, justice in Africa

VATICAN CITY (CNS) A group of Nigerian bishops expressed hope that Pope Benedict XVI's first visit to Africa will spur the troubled continent on...

Remember beneficiaries, Caritas urges

WELLINGTON The Governments transitional relief package for people made redundant shows New Zealands welfare benefits are not adequate, Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand states in...

Omission of abortion stats questioned

WELLINGTON Statistical information used to obtain a High Court ruling doubting the lawfulness of many abortions is missing from the Abortion Supervisory Committees latest...

Denver archbishop warns against seeing US President as messiah

TORONTO (CNS) Americans elected United States President Barack Obama to fix the economy, not to change American society and culture, said Archbishop Charles Chaput...

Christchurch bishop appoints three episcopal vicars

CHRISTCHURCH For the first time, Christchurch diocese has three episcopal vicars. Bishop Barry Jones has appointed Fr Rick Loughnan as vicar general, succeeding...

NZ bishops back prayer campaign for Kiwi kids

WELLINGTON For the first time, New Zealands Catholic bishops have included a Day of Prayer for Children in their national calendar. The day,...

Little Sisters of the Poor “thrilled” their founder will be canonised

WASHINGTON (CNS) The announcement that Pope Benedict XVI will canonise Blessed Jeanne Jugan, the foundress of the Little Sisters of the Poor, on October...

Benedict says role of pope is one of authority, service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) Pope Benedict XVI said the papacy is a role of authority and service in the Church, and he asked for the...

Archbishop glad Pope stressed pro-life teaching to Pelosi

DENVER (CNS) Pope Benedict XVI's February 18 meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was a "gracious act," said Denver Archbishop Charles J. Chaput. ...

Colombian church sues Catholic bishop for comments about ministers

BOGOTA, Colombia (CNS) A Colombian church is suing a Catholic bishop for slander and defamation after his comments about the legitimacy of several local...

Australian archbishop grateful for level of response after fires

SYDNEY, Australia (CNS) As Australians respond to help the victims of the deadly bush fires in Victoria state, the archbishop of Melbourne said he...