In Jerusalem, Jon Voight says Catholic roots fight Hollywood nonsense

JERUSALEM (CNS) Academy Award-winning actor Jon Voight said the strong Catholic roots instilled in him by his mother have helped him overlook much of...

Govt response to suicide book described as incongruous

CHRISTCHURCH The Governments decision not to challenge the chief censors approval of a book giving people instructions on how to commit suicide seems hypocritical,...

Bishops seek feedback on priests’ dress

AUCKLAND Priests throughout the country are being asked what they think is appropriate clerical dress for a range of occasions. At their April...

Caritas pledges $64,000 to Myanmar

WELLINGTON Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand has pledged $64,000 to help fund relief work in Myanmar after the devastation caused by Cyclone Nargis and is...

Archbishop disputes use of his words by Roman Catholics for Obama

DENVER (CNS) Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver is disputing the use of his words on a website run by the group Roman Catholics for...

US cardinal bars Australian bishop from speaking in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (CWN) Cardinal Roger Mahony of Los Angeles has barred a controversial Australian bishop from speaking in his California archdiocese. In a...

Prelate tells South African Catholics to stay out of xenophobic mobs

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (CNS) Archbishop Buti Tlhagale of Johannesburg has forbidden Catholics in his archdiocese to be involved in attacks against foreigners that...

Pro-family groups will fight California gay-marriage decision

SACRAMENTO (CWN) Pro-family groups in California have vowed to wage a political battle against implementation of a May 15 decision of the state's Supreme...

Pope says charism of consecrated virgins can help all people

VATICAN CITY (CNS) While the rest of the world may think chastity is something "unintelligible and useless", the order of consecrated virgins is a...

What Pope Benedict told Catholic educators in the United States

WASHINGTON (CNS) Here is the text of Pope Benedict XVI's address to Catholic educators April 17 at The Catholic University of America in Washington....

Abstinence seen as key to Aids fight in Africa

BOSTON (CWN) Efforts to curb the Aids epidemic in Africa should concentrate on promoting sexual restraint, a team of Harvard researchers has concluded, after...

British cardinal: Catholics must nurture dialogue with atheists

LONDON (CNS) Catholics must seek to nurture understanding and dialogue between Christians and atheists, a British cardinal said. Addressing the rise of aggressive...

Australian bishops list concerns with retired bishop’s book on abuse

SYDNEY, Australia (CNS) The Australian Catholic Bishops' Conference has listed its concerns with a retired bishop's book that critiques sexual and authoritarian abuses in...

South Island couple find love through Catholic matchmaking service

CHRISTCHURCH Its a dream come true for David Breen and Cathleen Drinnan. Having met through the online Catholic dating service Catholic Matchmaker last October,...

New Catholic Enquiry Centre premises blessed

WELLINGTON Blessing the new Wellington premises of the Catholic Enquiry Centre on April 22, Dunedin Bishop Colin Campbell said the work of promoting the...

MP says return to Iran unsafe for Iranians who become Christians

WELLINGTON Independent MP Gordon Copeland has called on the Government to halt the deportation of Iranians living in New Zealand who have converted to...

Newspapers say Pope may apologise to Australian clergy abuse victims

SYDNEY, Australia (CNS) While in Sydney for World Youth Day, Pope Benedict XVI may apologise to victims of clerical sexual abuse, according to Sydney's...

Pope and Anglican primate discuss ecumenism, US visit, Muslim dialogue

ROME (CNS) Two months before opening the Anglican Communion's Lambeth Conference, the Anglican primate was in Rome to commission his new representative to the...

Pope expresses deep sadness over cyclone’s destruction in Myanmar

VATICAN CITY (CNS) Pope Benedict XVI expressed deep sadness and "heartfelt sympathy" after hearing news of "the tragic aftermath" of Cyclone Nargis, which killed...

Zimbabweans afraid to vote without monitors, says Church official

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (CNS) Zimbabweans will be afraid to return to the polls unless runoff elections are internationally monitored, a Church official said...

Pope meets Cuban bishops, praises Church’s work despite “limitations”

VATICAN CITY (CNS) The many "difficulties and limitations" placed on the Catholic Church in Cuba have not stopped it from growing and from reaching...

Alaskan governor praised for response to her Down’s syndrome child

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (CNS) Local Catholic leaders and advocates for the disabled praised Governor Sarah Palin and her husband, Todd, for fully embracing the arrival...

Rejection of abortion bill disappoints Catholic MP

WELLINGTON It wasnt unexpected, but Independent MP Gordon Copeland was disappointed several Labour MPs objected to his efforts to introduce a bill that would...

Next WUSS module soon

AUCKLAND Module three of Worshipping Under Southern Skies: Rediscovering the Beauty of the Mass will be launched on May 25, the feast of Corpus...

Confirmed: Pope to visit Lourdes, Paris in September

PARIS (CWN) The French bishops' conference has confirmed that Pope Benedict XVI will visit Paris and Lourdes in September. In May 2007 the...

Kiwis prepare to lead catechesis at WYD

PALMERSTON NORTH Seven young people from Palmerston North diocese have started their preparations to lead catechesis sessions at World Youth Day in Sydney. ...

Iranian president praises Vatican’s justice efforts, says newspaper

VATICAN CITY (CNS) Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad praised the Vatican's efforts to remedy injustices around the world, according to the April 29 edition of...

Zimbabwean church leaders: Opposition voters targeted for torture

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (CNS) Zimbabwe's Christian leaders have called for international intervention in the country's crisis, saying that those accused of voting for...

Search continues for Brazilian priest strapped to helium balloons

SAO PAULO, Brazil (CNS) The search continues for Fr Adelir Antonio de Carli, a Brazilian priest who strapped himself to 1000 helium balloons April...

English diocese to stop adoption work because of gay-rights laws

LONDON (CNS) An English Catholic diocese will cut its ties with an adoption agency because the diocese cannot accept the government's new laws on...