Church officials probe Indian bishop’s adoption of 26-year-old woman

TRIVANDRUM, India (CNS) Catholic officials are investigating the controversial adoption of a 26-year-old woman as the daughter of a Catholic bishop in southern India....

Ex-secretary prays John Paul II will become saint in his lifetime

VATICAN CITY (CNS) On the eve of the 30th anniversary of the election of Pope John Paul II, the late pope's longtime secretary prayed...

Pope emphasises that theology, Scripture must go hand in hand

VATICAN CITY (CNS) In his first address to the world Synod of Bishops on the Bible, Pope Benedict XVI underlined that theology and Scripture...

Four to be ordained priests

AUCKLAND Diocesan priests around the country are about to experience an influx of new brother priests the likes of which hasnt been seen in...

European bishops urge ‘global governance’ to stem economic crisis

OXFORD, England (CNS) The Brussels-based commission representing Catholic bishops from the European Union has called for a system of global financial governance in response...

Spy base trio will stand trial

BLENHEIM Three men, including a Dominican priest, who allegedly cut through fences and slashed a dome at Waihopai spy base will stand trial. ...

Main parties accused of unravelling welfare net

WELLINGTON National and Labour are both responsible for an unravelling of New Zealands social welfare safety net, a new report from Caritas Aotearoa New...

British cautiously welcome proposal to end ban on Catholic monarchs

LONDON (CNS) British Catholics have cautiously welcomed government proposals to abolish a law that has banned Catholics from the throne for more than three...

Pope says Christians should give priority attention to migrants

VATICAN CITY (CNS) Appealing on behalf of the world's migrants, Pope Benedict XVI said Christians should put their faith into action and give priority...

English cardinal OKs hospital ethics code after controversy

LONDON (CNS) An English cardinal has authorised a new code of ethics to end practices contrary to church teaching at a Catholic hospital dogged...

Rabbi asks Pope, synod leaders to speak out to defend Israel

VATICAN CITY (CNS) Israeli Rabbi Shear-Yashuv Cohen, the chief rabbi of Haifa, asked Pope Benedict XVI and top Catholic leaders to continue learning to...

Polish prelate backs plan to force chemical castration of paedophiles

WARSAW, Poland (CNS) A Polish archbishop has backed government plans to permit the forced chemical castration of paedophiles as part of a crackdown on...

Spain’s Supreme Court rules church can keep baptism records unchanged

MADRID, Spain (CNS) In 2006, Manuel Blat Gonzalez renounced his Catholic faith and asked to have his name removed from the baptismal book at...

Hanoi archbishop under virtual house arrest

HANOI, Vietnam (CWN) In an escalating battle with government officials in Hanoi, Archbishop Joseph Ngo Quang Kiet is now under virtual house arrest. ...

US archbishop at Vatican says Democrats becoming ‘party of death’

ROME (CNS) The Democratic Party in the United States risks transforming itself definitively into a party of death, said US Archbishop Raymond L. Burke,...

Priest talks about dialogue between faith and science

CHRISTCHURCH Can philosophers and scientists work together in order to respond to a real search for wisdom? That was the question Fr Dominique...

Compulsory abortion counselling sought

CHRISTCHURCH Right to Life New Zealand is calling on the Canterbury District Health Board to make counselling mandatory for women seeking abortion. The...

Catholics must know Bible to live Christian lives, Pope says

CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy (CNS) Catholics must know the Bible and meditate on the Scriptures in order to live fully Christian lives, Pope Benedict XVI...

Aucklanders gather to pray for Christians in India

AUCKLAND Christians have gathered in Auckland to pray for those in India who have been targets of violence and persecution. As NZ Catholic...

Tribal Indians burn cardinal’s effigy to protest Bible translation

RANCHI, India (CNS) A group of tribal people in India has burned effigies of Ranchi Cardinal Telesphore Toppo, holding him responsible for a Protestant...

Anglican archbishop comes under fire for homily at Lourdes

LONDON (CNS) Anglican Archbishop Rowan Williams of Canterbury, England, has come under fire for his homily during a pilgrimage to the Marian sanctuaries in...

Pope urges international leaders to tackle poverty with courage

CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy (CNS) Pope Benedict XVI urged international leaders to tackle global poverty "with courage" when they meet at the United Nations to...

Christians in central India protest attempt to burn cathedral

JABALPUR, India (CNS) Christians in central India have taken to the streets to protest an attempt to burn the Catholic cathedral. Two unidentified...

Canadian Catholics try to balance social justice, life issues

TORONTO (CNS) Canada's political battleground splits Catholic politicians between those formed by Catholic social justice movements and those who stake their Catholic and political...

Bishops invite McCain, Obama to meet before election

WASHINGTON (CNS) The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has extended invitations to Republican Senator John McCain and Democratic Senator Barack Obama to meet...

Church official expresses cautious optimism over new deal in Zimbabwe

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (CNS) The power-sharing deal signed by Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai is a "most welcome development",...

Catholic leaders criticise Spain’s plans for more accessible abortion

MADRID, Spain (CNS) Catholic leaders criticised the Spanish government's plans to make abortion more accessible by late next year. Cardinal Agustin Garcia-Gasco Vicente...

Pope arrives in France, says society needs inspiration of Gospel

PARIS (CNS) Arriving in France for a four-day visit, Pope Benedict XVI called for a new chapter of Church-state co-operation, saying modern society greatly...

Abortion spurs national prayer, fasting campaign

HAMILTON For millennia, prayer and fasting have been used as

Work for young people honoured

AUCKLAND Outstanding work for young people has been recognised with awards to three people from Wellington, Gore and Auckland. Kitty McKinley from Wellington,...