Two new monsignori for Christchurch

CHRISTCHURCH Bishop Barry Jones says the clergy of Christchurch can share in the joy of papal honours given to two priests of his diocese....

Pope hopes trip to France encourages awareness of Mary

VATICAN CITY (CNS) Pope Benedict XVI said he hoped his first trip to France as Pope would encourage greater awareness of Mary as a...

Indian bishops demand police take action against nuns’ attackers

NEW DELHI (CNS) The Catholic Bishops' Conference of India is demanding police officials take action against people who attacked Missionaries of Charity nuns in...

Pope names more women than ever to Synod of Bishops on...

VATICAN CITY (CNS) Choosing men and women from every part of the world and from a wide variety of professional spheres, Pope Benedict XVI...

Biblical scholars provide Pope with research, advice on Scriptures

VATICAN CITY (CNS) Just as political leaders turn to their advisers for expert opinions in various areas, the Pope has his own team of...

Church petitions Indian Supreme Court to protect Christians in Orissa

NEW DELHI (CNS) The Catholic Church in India has petitioned the country's Supreme Court to protect Christian lives and property in Orissa state. ...

Gay rights activist criticises plan to exhume British cardinal’s body

LONDON (CNS) A prominent gay rights activist has criticised plans to dig up the body of a 19th-century cardinal whose cause for sainthood is...

US Democratic Party courts Catholics, other faith-based voters

DENVER (CNS) The Democratic Party has made a concerted effort to court faith-based voters and party officials are happy to see religion come out...

Meeting Pope encourages seminarian

AUCKLAND Fifth-year seminarian Cameron Surrey says he took great encouragement from his brief but intimate encounter with Pope Benedict XVI because I know how...

Christchurch strives to regain non-practising Catholics

CHRISTCHURCH Non-practising Catholics began their journey back to the Church recently with a new series of the Catholics Returning Home programme starting in Christchurch....

Bishops release guide to voting in election

AUCKLAND New Zealands bishops have urged the countrys Catholics to think critically about how to vote in the upcoming general election, issuing a statement...

Italian priest scraps plan for online beauty pageant for nuns

ROME (CNS) An Italian priest has scrapped his plan to stage an online beauty pageant for nuns after the idea drew criticism from Church...

Bishops criticise politician for misrepresenting abortion teaching in TV interview

WASHINGTON (CNS) The chairmen of the US bishops' pro-life and doctrine committees criticised House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, saying she "misrepresented the history and nature...

Authorities detain unregistered Chinese Catholic bishop

HONG KONG (CNS) A Chinese Catholic bishop not registered with the government was taken away from his residence by Chinese public security officers and...

Kenyan cardinal says Church will resist moves to legalise abortion

NAIROBI, Kenya (CNS) A Kenyan cardinal has said the Catholic Church will resist any move to legalise abortion in the country. Some legislation...

Pope offers prayers for victims of plane crash in Madrid

VATICAN CITY (CNS) Pope Benedict XVI offered his condolences and prayers for the victims of the Aug. 20 crash of a Spanish airliner in...

Mexican prelates defend editorial calling for women to dress modestly

MEXICO CITY (CNS) An editorial in an online publication from the Archdiocese of Mexico City urging women to don more conservative attire has generated...

Pope urges Church to help overcome racism in modern society

VATICAN CITY (CNS) Pope Benedict XVI has warned that racism is alive in modern society, and he urged the Church to help overcome all...

Abortion court case appeal doesnt worry pro-life group

WELLINGTON Right to Life is not only confident the Court of Appeal will uphold the High Courts decision on the work of the Abortion...

Visiting priest brings word of Gods love

AUCKLAND If we want to know who God is, Fr John Fuellenbach says there is an obvious place to go to learn about him...

NZ Catholic to expand podcast

AUCKLAND A year after launching a news podcast, NZ Catholic is expanding The 15th Station to incorporate more programmes. Podcasting is usually described...

Italian animal rights groups urge Pope to stop wearing animal fur

ROME (CNS) Although Pope Benedict XVI does not wear fur-trimmed accessories in the summer, an Italian animal rights groups launched a summertime petition drive...

Indian diocese, government order separate probes into nun’s suicide

TRIVANDRUM, India (CNS) The Kerala state government and the Kollam Diocese have ordered separate probes into a nun's suicide after her father accused convent...

Pope calls for immediate end to military action in Georgia

BRESSANONE, Italy (CNS) Pope Benedict XVI has appealed for an immediate end to military operations in Georgia and its breakaway province of South Ossetia....

Latin patriarch seeks “new mentality” to bring Middle East peace

QUEBEC CITY (CNS) Nearly six weeks into his new position, Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal of Jerusalem called for a "new mentality" of collaboration among...

Hong Kong bishop says he has mixed feelings about attending Olympics

VATICAN CITY (CNS) A Chinese bishop said he had mixed feelings about attending the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Beijing because of...

Kerala bishops oppose state family planning bill

BANGALORE, India (CNS) Catholic bishops in the Indian state of Kerala said they would oppose state legislation that they feel penalises large families. ...

Faith-based groups look for unified fight against effects of HIV

MEXICO CITY (CNS) Early in the 1990s, Aids appeared to be ravaging Haiti in the same way the virus was devastating sub-Saharan Africa; almost...

Pope offers best wishes to China, Olympic participants

BRESSANONE, Italy (CNS) Pope Benedict XVI offered his best wishes to China, the International Olympic Committee and all the athletes who will participate in...

Bible reading lax in NZ, even among Christians

WELLINGTON Although 68 per cent of New Zealanders own a Bible, only 23 per cent who have one pick it up and read it...