Irish cardinal criticises use of violence to achieve united Ireland

DUBLIN, Ireland (CNS) An Irish cardinal criticised the idea of using violence to achieve a united Ireland. But Cardinal Sean Brady of Armagh,...

Pope: It is a ‘shameful tragedy’ people go hungry in the...

VATICAN CITY (CNS) One of the most urgent and critical social problems afflicting the world today is the "shameful tragedy that one-fifth of humanity...

Pope ordains priests, warns of worldly spirit in the Church

VATICAN CITY (CNS) Pope Benedict XVI ordained 19 priests on May 3 and urged them to make sure their ministry is not contaminated by...

Government urged to endorse UN treaty

WELLINGTON Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand is calling on the Government to follow Australias lead and support the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of...

Famous atheist to address writers

AUCKLAND Britains leading atheist is to feature by video-conference at the Auckland Readers and Writers Festival in May. Richard Dawkins, author of The...

NZ bishops issue swine flu restrictions for Mass

PALMERSTON NORTH New Zealands Catholic bishops have issued hygiene recommendations for Masses in response to swine flu and influenza A concerns. Specifically, the...

Church leaders to give PM social updates

WELLINGTON The Prime Ministers office is to receive regular updates on the growing demands on Christian social services and parishes as the recession drives...

Church announces dates for 2010 exposition of Shroud of Turin

ROME (CNS) The Italian Archdiocese of Turin has announced that the Shroud of Turin, which many believe is the burial cloth of Christ, will...

Glendon declines to accept Notre Dame’s prestigious Laetare Medal

WASHINGTON (CNS) Citing concerns about plans to honour President Barack Obama despite his views on "fundamental principles of justice" that are contrary to Catholic...

As swine flu spreads, Mexican cardinal prays to Our Lady of...

MEXICO CITY (CNS) Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera of Mexico City prayed to Our Lady of Guadalupe and canceled Masses in the archdiocese on April...

Arab mayor’s invite to papal audience withdrawn after Israeli protest

JERUSALEM (CNS) An invitation for the controversial mayor of an Arab-Israeli village to a papal audience in Vatican City was withdrawn following protests by...

Pope says greed the root of all evil triggered economic crisis

VATICAN CITY (CNS) Greed lies at the root of all evil and is the source of the current global economic crisis, Pope Benedict XVI...

Cardinal issues clarification on comments about Obama and Notre Dame

CHICAGO (CNS) Although the University of Notre Dame is not controlled by the US Catholic hierarchy, "in Catholicism, no person or institution is totally...

Vatican deplores Belgian parliament’s criticism of Pope on condoms

VATICAN CITY (CNS) The Vatican has deplored a Belgian parliamentary resolution that criticised Pope Benedict XVI for his remarks about condoms and Aids prevention....

IVF row shows Church’s wisdom

AUCKLAND The recent case of a separated couple wrangling over the fate of their frozen embryos points to the wisdom of the Church's teaching...

Church fire thought to be arson

PARAPARAUMU Parishioners are devastated after St Patricks Church in Papaparaumu was hit by a suspected arson attack on March 23. Curtains near the...

Bishops: Paraguayan president’s admission of child hurts Church image

ASUNCION, Paraguay (CNS) The revelation that Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo, a former Catholic bishop, fathered a child before being laicised has damaged the Church's...

Humanity must use weapons of truth and mercy to end conflict,...

VATICAN CITY (CNS) - Christ's Resurrection is not a myth or fairy tale; it is the one and only event that has destroyed the...

Catholics, Jews, Orthodox throng Jerusalem to celebrate religions

JERUSALEM (CNS) - The Old City of Jerusalem was more packed than it had been in many years as the Catholic Easter coincided with...

Gunman opens fire at Korean Catholic retreat centre in California

TEMECULA, California (CNS) One woman was killed and three people were injured on April 7 after a 69-year-old man opened fire at a remote...

Pope offers condolences to victims of Italian earthquake

VATICAN CITY (CNS) Just hours after an earthquake hit the city and province of L'Aquila in central Italy, causing more than 200 deaths and...

Vatican commends Buddhist community’s witness to a spirit of poverty

VATICAN CITY (CNS) In a world of unbridled consumerism and materialism, Christians can find inspiration in the Buddhist witness of happiness in non-attachment to...

Pope names Archbishop Vincent Nichols as new Westminster archbishop

LONDON (CNS) Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Birmingham, England, to succeed Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor as archbishop of Westminster. Pope...

Vatican orders apostolic visitation of Legionaries of Christ

VATICAN CITY (CNS) The Vatican has ordered an apostolic visitation of the institutions of the Legionaries of Christ following disclosures of sexual impropriety by...

Priests to feature in Anzac Day vignette

AUCKLAND The tale of two Kiwi priests who helped thousands of escaped Allied servicemen during World War II will be told as part of...

Govt closing of Bioethics Council disappoints Catholic bioethics centre

AUCKLAND The Nathaniel Centre, the Church's national bioethics centre, is deeply disappointed that the Government is dismantling the Bioethics Council. Established following a...

Bishop closes Naseby church

DUNEDIN More than 100 years old and now past its use-by date, Bishop Colin Campbell has decommissioned the Catholic church in Naseby, Central Otago....

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'...