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...

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...