New Zealand

Erstwhile seminary destroyed by fire Comments 0

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Antonio Hall in Christchurch has been destroyed by fire. For three decades it housed Holy Name Seminary.  More than 50 firefighters spent hours trying to save the building on Riccarton Rd after a “significant” fire erupted about 5.20pm on Friday. Catholic Diocese of Christchurch bishop’s pastoral office director Mike Stopforth said the diocese used the building as Read more

No room in the church for extremist anti-gay views Comments 0


In February two gay men were assaulted by Joden Martin who claimed he was offended by the fact that Aziz Al-Sa’afin and his friends were standing beside a church. When Martin appeared for sentencing in the court last Friday, Al-Sa’afin said there is no place for extremist views in the church. Martin’s lawyer had said Read more

Analysis and Comment

Francis’ theological vision includes dialogue, humility Comments 0


Recently, I called attention to an article by Robert Mickens about Pope Francis’ recent address at a theological symposium in Naples. A few days ago, my colleague Joshua McElwee reported on the pope’s homily at the Mass celebrating the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul. Monday, the pope marked the sixth anniversary of his trip Read more

Judge your own heart first – not that of those in need Comments 0


Helping a person in need requires compassion toward their situation, Pope Francis said Sunday, encouraging Catholics to think first about their own hardness of heart, not the sins of others. “If you go down the street and see a homeless man lying there and you pass by without looking at him, or you think: ‘Eh, Read more

Curia reform: Changing attitudes, not just structures Comments 0

Pope Francis’ plan for the reform of the Roman Curia will change the names of several offices and merge a few of them, but the biggest change it hopes to spark is one of attitude. The last major reorganization of the Curia came with St. John Paul II’s apostolic constitution, “Pastor Bonus” (The Good Shepherd) Read more

Does the lifting of immunity in France mark a shift in the Vatican’s handling of abuse? Comments 0

The Holy See has announced it will lift the diplomatic immunity of its ambassador to France, who is accused of inappropriate touching and groping by numerous men. As a result, the path is cleared for Archbishop Luigi Ventura to be prosecuted by the French authorities over the allegations, with one incident said to have taken Read more

Young adults don’t feel at home in many church communities Comments 0

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“Young people don’t feel particularly welcome” in many church communities, says Isabella McCafferty. She said young people are looking for an encounter with each other, with the church and with the sacraments, in ways that are relevant for them. It requires a willingness to “interlink with each other more and hold each other up.” McCafferty Read more

  • Oddly

    • New app brings an endless stream of Catholic music

      A new app, Great Catholic Music, will give listeners access to wonderful sacred music, 24 hours a day! Great Catholic Music is a streaming service that echoes the sentiment of St. Augustine when he said, “He who sings prays twice.” Read more
  • World

  • Not usual missionaries: Papal Vicar in Rome wants risk takers Comments 0

    A new neighbourhood missionary outreach initiative in Rome is looking for teams of “courageous explorers”, risk takers in other words. “Don’t go looking for those who have shown they are prudent, measured and detail-oriented,” Cardinal Angelo De Donatis, told pastors in the diocese of Rome last week. Ideally, the teams should include “people who draw Read more

  • Bones found, tombs empty: mystery deepens in missing Vatican girl saga Comments 0

    Two sets of bones have been found in a stone slab, a tomb expected to have bones in it is empty and the remains of a Vatican schoolgirl missing since 1983 continue to elude searchers. The empty tomb in the cemetery of the Pontifical Teutonic College was supposedly the last resting places of two 19th-century Read more

  • Bishop exorcises entire city by helicopter Comments 0

    A Colombian bishop exorcised an entire city plagued by violence, drug smuggling and poverty last weekend, sprinkling holy water from a helicopter. Before he began the mass exorcism, Monsignor Rubén Darío Jaramillo Montoya, the bishop of Buenaventura, said he would say a prayer intended to purge the area of demonic infestation. He decided to carry Read more

  • Teacher fired for social media posts sues Catholic school Comments 0

    A Catholic school teacher whose social media posts espoused views contrary to those of the Church is suing the school, where she had worked for 16 years, for firing her. Elizabeth Cox is seeking financial compensation as well as reinstatement as a teacher at the school. The school has 30 days to respond to the Read more

  • Chinese Christians warned not to speak about persecution Comments 0

    Chinese Christians are being gagged from speaking out about the Chinese government’s efforts to suppress religious freedom. Crosses are being removed and (news sources say) churches throughout China are being demolished. The ruling Communist Party has carried out a widespread crackdown on all religious institutions in recent years. Changes the government initiated last year in Read more