Austrian named auxiliary bishop asks Pope to withdraw his nomination

LINZ, Austria (CNS) Bishop-designate Gerhard Wagner said he would ask Pope Benedict XVI to withdraw his nomination as auxiliary bishop of Linz "given the...

Catholic summer school grows

CHRISTCHURCH Organisers of Hearts Aflame, an annual 10-day Catholic summer school, have attributed a 30 per cent increase in enrolment to enthusiasm following last...

Bishops adopt dress standards for priests

PALMERSTON NORTH Concern about dress standards adopted by a minority of priests attending formal functions has led to new guidelines for clerical dress. ...

Archbishop gives Irish audience dos and don’ts on promoting life

WASHINGTON (CNS) The pro-life community must not become too closely aligned to one political party, waste energy on internal bickering or become diverted by...

English cardinal says Anglican divisions impoverish Christianity

LONDON (CNS ) Divisions within the worldwide Anglican Communion impoverish all of Christianity, an English cardinal told the governing body of the Church of...

Pope, German chancellor discuss Holocaust-denying bishop

VATICAN CITY (CNS) Pope Benedict XVI and German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke to each other on the telephone about the recent controversy surrounding a...

Australian archbishop pledges Church’s support to wildfire victims

CANBERRA (CNS) The head of the Australian Catholic Bishops' Conference said the Catholic Church would lend both spiritual and practical support to families victimised...

Spokesman: News that founder fathered child causes Legionaries pain

ROME (CNS) The Legionaries of Christ only recently found out that their founder had fathered a child, knowledge that has caused the members great...

Pope says labour unions important in resolving financial crisis

VATICAN CITY (CNS) Pope Benedict XVI said labour unions have an important role to play in finding a way out of the global financial...

Indian police file charges against 10 men for rape of Orissa...

BHUBANESWAR, India (CNS) Local police have filed charges against 10 men for the rape of a Catholic nun during the anti-Christian riots in Orissa...

Pope expresses hope for full communion with traditionalist society

VATICAN CITY (CNS) Pope Benedict XVI said he lifted the excommunication of four traditionalist bishops in the hope that they would take further steps...

Holocaust denial by traditionalist bishop is unacceptable, says Vatican

VATICAN CITY (CNS) Remarks made by a traditionalist bishop who denied that millions of Jews were murdered during World War II are unacceptable, "foolish",...

Pro-life leaders criticise Obama for reversing Mexico City policy

WASHINGTON (CNS) Pro-life activists quickly denounced President Barack Obama's January 23 signing of an executive order reversing the Mexico City policy, a move that...

Vatican cardinal hopes Italian Jews return to dialogue day

VATICAN CITY (CNS) A Vatican official said it was "a worrisome sign" that Italian Jewish leaders opted out of the annual Day of Catholic-Jewish...

Religious education change seen as positive

WELLINGTON An educational leader predicts students leaving Catholic schools will have a deeper understanding of their faith as a result of changes to religious...

New Vatican document has NZ implications

WELLINGTON The Vaticans new instruction Dignitas Personae addressing bioethical questions is relevant to New Zealand, according to a local researcher. John Kleinsman of...

Journey from maritime to God’s time for new priest

HASTINGS During Fr Vince Onesis many years at sea working on container ships, he often thought about being a priest. Now those thoughts...

Pope congratulates Obama on inauguration day

VATICAN CITY (CNS) Pope Benedict XVI, congratulating Barack Obama on his inauguration as the 44th president of the United States, prayed that he would...

Christian leaders urge focus on poor in Obama stimulus package

WASHINGTON (CNS) Nine Christian leaders said the transition team of President-elect Barack Obama listened attentively to their urging that the needs of the poor...

Bishops from Europe, North America call for end to violence in...

JERUSALEM (CNS) Bishops from Europe and North America have urged leaders of the international community to help break the cycle of violence in the...

Religious coalition urges president-elect to end US torture practices

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Feeling the likelihood of success growing day by day, religious leaders renewed their efforts to press President-elect Barack Obama to sign...

Spain’s atheists continue other countries’ ad campaigns on buses

MADRID, Spain (CNS) Catholic and religious leaders have denounced slogans questioning the existence of God planned for buses in Barcelona and other Spanish cities....

Thai Christian leaders urge followers to stay out of political crisis

BANGKOK, Thailand (CNS) Catholic and Protestant leaders said they have urged Christians to stay neutral and pray for peace in the country, which remains...

Gaza Strip resembles a concentration camp, says top Vatican official

VATICAN CITY (CNS) The Gaza Strip increasingly is looking like "a big concentration camp" while egoism, hatred, poverty and injustice are fueling the continual...

Pope says world’s future depends on ethical solutions to poverty, war

VATICAN CITY (CNS) Saying the future of the world was at stake, Pope Benedict XVI called for major new efforts to reduce global poverty,...

Gaza priest’s message at Mass for peace: “We cry and nobody...

JERUSALEM (CNS) The pastor of the Catholic parish in Gaza City described Gaza as "drowning in blood" as hospitals overflowed with patients. In...

Violating human dignity is root of all conflict, says Vatican official

VATICAN CITY (CNS) Not respecting human dignity lies at the root of all conflict, including the renewed violence in the Gaza Strip, said a...

Pope: Financial crisis calls for new economic model, solidarity

VATICAN CITY (CNS) The current financial crisis should be seen as a challenge to find new economic models that promote honesty, development and concern...

Recession increases requests for assistance

WELLINGTON Catholic social agencies workloads are soaring as the economy turns sour. Society of St Vincent de Paul centres have had a 40...

Pope says Christians must resolve to help others in 2009

VATICAN CITY (CNS) Christians should not fear what the continuing financial crisis will bring in 2009, but they should trust in God and resolve...