Traditionalists say they’ve met Vatican’s deadline for reconciliation

VATICAN CITY (CNS) The traditionalist Society of St Pius X said it met the Vatican's deadline to respond to a memo outlining preliminary conditions...

Pro-life advocate lays complaint with police over “sickening” video

CHRISTCHURCH Pro-life advocate Ken Orr has laid a complaint with police over an online video attacking him and the organisation he represents. As...

Original NZ dioceses celebrate birthdays

AUCKLAND New Zealands two original dioceses celebrated their 160th birthdays on June 20. On June 20, 1848, Pope Pius IX erected the diocese...

NZ abortions rise to second-highest total

AUCKLAND There were 18,380 abortions in New Zealand in 2007, the second-highest total ever. The figures were released on June 17, a week...

Pope to be first reader in Bible-reading marathon for TV

ROME (CNS) On the evening of the opening of the world Synod of Bishops on the Bible, Pope Benedict XVI will serve as the...

Mugabe supporters assault priests during crackdown in Zimbabwe

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (CNS) Several Catholic priests have been assaulted by supporters of Zimbabwe's ruling party and at least one house belonging to...

Catholics react to priest carrying Olympic torch in China

TAIYUAN, China (CNS) Chinese Catholics expressed mixed feelings about a priest carrying the Olympic torch along its relay route in the Shanxi provincial capital....

Religious leaders among officials calling on president to ban torture

WASHINGTON (CNS) Religious leaders, former government officials and retired generals are calling on President George W. Bush to sign an executive order outlawing torture...

Vatican presses traditionalists with reconciliation expiration date

VATICAN CITY (CNS) The Vatican has pressed the traditionalist Society of St Pius X to accept five conditions, including respect for the pope and...

New patriarch: Christians can be instruments of change in Holy Land

JERUSALEM (CNS) Christians in the Holy Land can become instruments of change with the help of Jesus, said Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal of Jerusalem...

Pope prays for victims of Philippines ferry disaster

VATICAN CITY (CNS) Pope Benedict XVI has prayed for the victims of a ferry disaster that left hundreds dead off the coast of the...

Pro-life groups wants book banned

CHRISTCHURCH Right to Life wants an interim restriction order to stop a book promoting suicide from being sold in New Zealand. After The...

Prison chaplaincy work honoured

WELLINGTON Br Kieran Garvey might be the name on the Queens Birthday Honours list, but the Capuchin says the Queens Service Medal he received...

Law may exempt wine in prisons

WELLINGTON Caritas is strongly supporting legislative steps to allow the use of Communion wine in prisons, part of the Corrections Amendment Bill (No. 2)...

Bishops urge G-8 nations to recommit to fight poverty, climate change

WASHINGTON (CNS) The presidents of bishops' conferences associated with the Group of Eight industrialised nations have urged government leaders to honour their commitments to...

Australian bishops ask forgiveness, urge lapsed Catholics to return

PERTH, Australia (CNS) The Australian bishops have undertaken a nationwide newspaper advertising blitz, inviting lapsed Catholics to return and asking for forgiveness for any...

Sacrifice is heart of Eucharist, Christian life, says French cardinal

QUEBEC CITY (CNS) Sacrifice is the heart of the Eucharist and Christian life, said Cardinal Philippe Barbarin of Lyon, France. To "present Christianity...

Bishops accept invitations to attend opening ceremony of Olympics

HONG KONG (CNS)  One Anglican and two Catholic bishops from Hong Kong and Macau have accepted invitations from the Chinese government to attend the...

Vatican official expresses concern over impact of economy on workers

GENEVA (CNS) The Vatican's representative to United Nations agencies in Geneva expressed concern over the impact the world's troubled economy was having on poor,...

Pope meets privately with Muslim, Catholic representatives

VATICAN CITY (CNS) Pope Benedict XVI met with members of the Islamic-Catholic Liaison Committee in a private audience at the Vatican on June 11....

Feeding the masses: Aussies plan giant barbecue for World Youth Day

SYDNEY, Australia (CNS) Talk about a barbecue for the ages. What's being considered Australia's largest-ever barbecue is being planned for July 16 when...

Vatican adds two anti-terrorism units, says security director

VATICAN CITY (CNS) The Vatican has set up two new anti-terrorism units that will work closely with international police experts to prevent possible attacks,...

Push for vocations made via schools

WELLINGTON Papers aimed at encouraging priestly and religious vocations and promoting environmental justice have been sent to Catholic schools by the New Zealand Catholic...

Measure to prohibit same-sex marriage to go to California voters

SAN FRANCISCO (CNS) An initiative to ban same-sex marriage in California has qualified for the November 4 ballot. Secretary of State Debra Bowen...

Bishop to ordain two men in Auckland

AUCKLAND Bishop Patrick Dunn will ordain two men in Auckland in June one a transitional deacon and the other to the priesthood. Gilbert...

60 Filipinos gather for Southland Mass

WINTON The rapidly changing face of rural Southland was highlighted in a religious way with the presence of 60 Catholic Filipinos at 10am Mass...

Chicago Cardinal prescribes leave for controversial priest

CHICAGO (CWN) Chicago's Cardinal Francis George has directed a controversial priest to take a leave of absence "to reflect on his recent statements and...

Shroud of Turin to be displayed to public in 2010

VATICAN CITY (CNS) The Shroud of Turin, revered by many as the burial cloth of Christ, will be displayed to the public for the...

Pope: Everyone has right to food, unborn have right to life

VATICAN CITY (CNS) Everyone, especially the youngest and poorest of the world, has a right to food, and the unborn have a right to...

Religious faith can benefit all

The following address was given by Cardinal Cormac Murphy-OConnor, the Archbishop of Westminster and president of the Bishops Conference of England and Wales, on...