Jesus’ power was the power of love, Pope says on Palm...

VATICAN CITY (CNS) The power Jesus demonstrated was the power of love, which heals and reconciles, Pope Benedict XVI said. "He did not...

Church leaders say rape is used as weapon of war in...

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (CNS) Women are afraid to work alone in the fields in many parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo, where...

First Catholic church building in Qatar is sign of hope, says...

ROME (CNS) The March 14 inauguration of the first Catholic church built in predominantly Muslim Qatar "is a sign of great hope for the...

7700 abortions in 2006 after birth control failures

AUCKLAND Forty-three per cent of women who had an abortion in 2006 were using contraception, the Abortion Supervisory Committees 2007 report reveals. Of...

Southland’s famed St Mary’s Hall sold

INVERCARGILL St Mary's Hall, famed for its Saturday night dances and as a venue for Invercargills annual debutante ball over half a century, has...

Project to boost thinking

ROTORUA Year 7 and 8 students at John Paul College will get more than the usual during science lessons this year. They will...

Pope calls death of Iraqi archbishop ‘act of inhuman violence’

VATICAN CITY (CNS) Pope Benedict XVI called the kidnapping and death of an Iraqi archbishop "an act of inhuman violence that offends the dignity...

Pope to gather with 200 religious leaders at interfaith meeting

WASHINGTON (CNS) When Pope Benedict XVI comes to the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center in Washington for an early-evening interfaith meeting April 17...

Priest says Ireland losing its faith, needs to be evangelised anew

DETROIT (CNS) Just as St Patrick evangelised Ireland in the fifth century, an Irish priest studying in Detroit says the Irish of the 21st...

Pope, Orthodox Patriarch join in prayer

VATICAN (CWN) Pope Benedict XVI and Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople met and prayed together at the Vatican on March 6. After...

Vatican, Muslim representatives establish Catholic-Muslim Forum

VATICAN CITY (CNS) Representatives of the Vatican and of the 138 Muslim scholars who wrote to Pope Benedict XVI last October proposing a new...

Bishops say show exploits, degrades those whose bodies are on display

KANSAS CITY, Missouri (CNS) Two Catholic prelates said they regard the exhibit "Bodies Revealed" that opened on February 29 in Kansas City as "an...

Jesus will heal those who recognise their own pride, Pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) If people recognise their own blindness and pride, Jesus will heal them, help them live better lives and, therefore, improve the...

Kidnappers take Iraqi archbishop, kill his three companions

ROME (CNS) Kidnappers abducted Chaldean Catholic Archbishop Paulos Faraj Rahho of Mosul, Iraq, and killed the three people who were traveling with him. ...

Margin for abortion slight, poll shows

AUCKLAND The fact that only a slight majority of New Zealanders think abortion is morally acceptable should be reason enough to revive public discussion...

Winning entries for WYD essay competition

Free trips to Sydney for World Youth Day have been won by Angela Pyke, Nicole van Heerden and Sam Harris for their entries in...

Venezuela: Chavez supporters occupy cardinal’s residence

CARACAS, Venezuela (CWN) Supporters of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez have occupied the residence of the Archbishop of Caracas, the newspaper El Pais reports. ...

Christchurch college celebrates 90 years

CHRISTCHURCH When Isobel Childs and Francesca Miller put on their uniforms and headed off for a new year at Villa Maria College, it was...

Ireland heading toward major priest shortage

DUBLIN, Ireland (CNS) New figures on vocations published in the 2008 Irish Catholic Directory indicate how quickly the country is headed toward a major...

Fight poverty, Caritas urges Govt

WELLINGTON Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand has called on the Government to combat poverty at home and abroad in the 2008 Budget. The Catholic...

Vatican newspaper rips Hollywood’s “hopeless” vision

ROME (CWN) An essay in the official Vatican newspaper "L'Osservatore Romano" argues that this year's Oscar awards went to films that portray America as...

Vatican diplomat: Catholics, Muslims must learn more about religions

VATICAN CITY (CNS) Catholics and Muslims must learn more about each other's religions if they want to get along better, said the Vatican ambassador...

Papal preacher: Listening to readings best way to hear Jesus speak

VATICAN CITY (CNS) The best way to hear Jesus speak to humanity is by listening to the Liturgy of the Word, said the preacher...

Pope tells Jesuits to make clear their acceptance of Church teachings

VATICAN CITY (CNS) Pope Benedict XVI asked the Jesuits to continue to be pioneers in dialogue, theological research and work for justice, but insisted...

Pope outlines St Augustine’s answer to secularism

VATICAN (CWN) Pope Benedict XVI spoke about the political thought of St Augustine at his weekly public audience on February 20. The Holy...

Papal spokesman says Vatican hopes peace prevails in Kosovo

VATICAN CITY (CNS) The Vatican is following affairs in Kosovo "with the highest hope that in this delicate moment a sense of responsibility and...

Kenyan cardinal appeals to Catholics to reconcile during Lent

NAIROBI, Kenya (CNS) A Kenyan cardinal has appealed to Kenyans to reconcile with each other during Lent. In a pastoral letter released Feb....

Catholic volunteers reach out in the Bronx

NEW YORK For the Bronx, or for any neighbourhood in the United States for that matter, the sight of French missionaries walking through the...

Philippine bishops hold Mass amid claims of government corruption

MANILA, Philippines (CNS) Philippine bishops decided not to join a protest rally against the president and alleged corruption, instead holding a "Mass for truth"...

Cardinal sees traps in secular society

WELLINGTON Its not easy to be a committed Catholic in New Zealands secular environment, says Cardinal Tom Williams. The secular nature of our...