Vatican calls for greater vigilance over world’s financial operations

VATICAN CITY (CNS) The Vatican has said the current market crisis calls for a new international agreement to effectively monitor global financial operations and...

Christian parties barely register in NZ election

AUCKLAND The three parties overtly seeking the support of Christian voters have been sent a resounding message from the electorate: Thanks, but no thanks....

Hamilton cathedral richly refurbished

HAMILTON Six bishops, three Members of Parliament and Maori King Tuheitia were among hundreds of people who packed the Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin...

Christchurch youth celebrate Catholic heritage

CHRISTCHURCH Young people who could not attend the recent World Youth Day in Sydney were able to take part in a Juventutem Weekend in...

Caritas president urges more efforts for children with HIV

VATICAN CITY (CNS) Anticipating the December 1 commemoration of World Aids Day, the president of Caritas Internationalis urged greater efforts from governments and from...

Kenyan cardinal says Church will resist moves to legalise abortion

NAIROBI, Kenya (CNS) The Catholic Church will resist any moves to legalise abortion in Kenya, said Cardinal John Njue of Nairobi. Cardinal Njue,...

Faith, charity go hand in hand, Pope says at weekly audience

VATICAN CITY (CNS) Being saved by faith in Christ alone and not by works does not mean that people can do whatever they want...

Priest’s remarks on Obama voters said not to reflect Church teaching

WASHINGTON (CNS) The administrator of the Diocese of Charleston, South Carolina, said a pastor who told his parishioners they should refrain from receiving holy...

US bishops cite abortion deregulation fears in post-election statement

BALTIMORE (CNS) Fears about laws and changes in regulations on abortion that might advance under a new Democratic-run Congress and White House are the...

Poverty and war keep child mortality rates high, says Vatican official

VATICAN CITY (CNS) While infant and child mortality rates have been slashed by more than half over the past 50 years, nearly 10 million...

Franciscan: Brawl at Holy Sepulchre shows confusion over agreements

JERUSALEM (CNS) The brawl that erupted on November 9 between Armenian Orthodox and Greek Orthodox clergymen at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre never...

Christians, Muslims release statement calling for religious freedom

VATICAN CITY (CNS) Christians and Muslims must work together to protect religious freedom, they must learn more about each other and they must witness...

Singing Irish priest predicts upset of All Blacks

AUCKLAND One of a priestly trio taking the music world by storm is picking Ireland to overcome the All Blacks at Croke Park in...

Kiwi Party MP seeks support of pro-lifers

WELLINGTON Independent MP Gordon Copeland has tried to highlight abortion during the final stretch of the election campaign, hoping to use the issue to...

Parish church to become cathedral

HAMILTON People seeing the refurbished Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary for the first time will experience a sense of awe, beauty and the...

Kiwi religious appointed to Bethlehem post

WELLINGTON A Kiwi has been appointed vice-chancellor and chief executive officer of Bethlehem University in the Holy Land. Br Peter Bray, FSC, takes...

Pope sends congratulatory message to Obama

VATICAN CITY (CNS) Pope Benedict XVI sent a personal message to President-elect Barack Obama on November 5, congratulating him and offering his prayers for...

Cardinal says Humanae Vitae cut off church from many people

ROME (CNS) Italian Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini said the 1968 encyclical "Humanae Vitae" ("Of Human Life") has cut off the Church from many of...

Pope reminds faithful that death brings eternal life for loved ones

VATICAN CITY (CNS) The death of a loved one brings pain and sadness, but Christians believe their loved ones will have eternal life in...

ELECTION 2008: Parties and their policies

More than 20 political parties are registered to contest the November 8 general election. On this page, NZ Catholic summarises some of the...

Pope: Canada must correct understanding of freedom to promote life

VATICAN CITY (CNS) A correct understanding of freedom is needed to revive a true culture of life in Canada that respects human dignity, Pope...

Two Jesuit priests found brutally murdered in Moscow apartment

VATICAN CITY (CNS) Two Jesuit priests were murdered brutally in Moscow after being attacked with blunt objects. Jesuit Fathers Otto Messmer, 47, and Victor...

Non-violence is conviction that love can conquer evil, says cardinal

VATICAN CITY (CNS) Non-violence is not a strategic tool; it is the firm conviction that evil can be conquered with love and truth, said...

Orissa government expedites case of nun raped by Hindu fanatics

NEW DELHI (CNS) The Orissa state government has decided to expedite the case of a Catholic nun who was raped during the recent anti-Christian...

Inspiring chaplain recognised

AUCKLAND The Archbishop William E. Cousins Award was presented to Msgr Jim Shannahan at a Serra Club meeting last

Bishops stress liturgy, youth

HAMILTON The establishment of new offices for liturgy and young people demonstrates the emphasis New Zealands bishops place on those aspects of Church life,...

Bishop thankful for life

PALMERSTON NORTH Bishops, clergy, parishioners and family members gathered in Palmerston North on September 29 to celebrate Bishop Owen Dolans 80th birthday with a...

Polish archbishop denies claims he acted as communist informer

WARSAW, Poland (CNS) A prominent Polish archbishop has denied claims he acted as an informer for the communist-era Sluzba Bezpieczenstwa, or secret police. ...

American bishops address abortion, election in columns, statements

WASHINGTON (CNS) As the presidential election campaign was drawing to a close, some US bishops urged Catholics not to base their votes on one...

Northern Ireland leaders say abortion proposal could affect democracy

LONDON (CNS) A proposal to extend abortion to Northern Ireland could result in a collapse of public confidence in attempts to restore peace and...