New Zealand

Mental health, housing, and poverty exposed Comments 0

Communities struggling to deal with the effects of the COVID-19 lockdown are the subject of a new study by the Salvation Army. The study reports three major areas of concern seriously impacting New Zealand communities, a lack of mental health support, insecure housing and inadequate incomes. These areas of concern are forcing people to look Read more

Lockdown 2 increases demand for shelter Comments 0

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Catholic emergency housing providers in Auckland are struggling to cope with increased demand for shelter as the COVID lockdown continues to wreak havoc on employment. Monte Cecilia Housing Trust chief executive officer Bernie Smith puts the increased demand down to reduced working hours and increasing unemployment. Smith told NZ Catholic the Catholic housing trust received Read more

Analysis and Comment

Welcome to the disillusionment phase: COVID at 6 months Comments 0

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Sunday September 13 marked six months since the U.S. declared the COVID-19 outbreak a national emergency. The reality that this pandemic is a marathon, not a sprint, has started to take a toll on people’s emotional and spiritual well-being, with more than half of adults reporting a decline in mental health due to worry and Read more

Record wildfires, hurricanes, droughts – we need the Season of Creation Comments 0

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Climate change is real; its death and destruction is upon us, and it is projected to get much worse if far more aggressive national and international efforts to reverse it are not soon enacted. Those who deny climate change and its accompanying global warming – from certain high government officials to countless ordinary users of Read more

The racism behind NZ’s inaction in the Pacific Comments 0

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In April 2018, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern addressed the Paris Institute of Political Studies to talk about the impacts of climate change in the Pacific Islands and said: “We are a Pacific nation … New Zealand does not simply sit in the Pacific. We are the Pacific too, and we are doing our best to Read more

Suffer the little children as adults experimented Comments 0

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The 1970s was not a time anyone in their right mind should feel nostalgic for. It’d be a difficult ask if you actually lived through its madness. Maybe you might recall Clint Eastwood’s Dirty Harry movies is worthy of note, but I can only watch them in fury today – as I did then. Starting Read more

ACT leader David Seymour reminds Catholic Bishops of The Commandments Comments 0

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ACT leader David Seymour, Wednesday, issued a reminder to the New Zealand Catholic Bishops to keep the Commandments. In a statement on the End of Life Choice Act, Seymour singled out New Zealand’s Catholic Bishops and told them they needed to follow the ninth commandment and to ‘stop bearing false witness against their neighbours in Read more

  • World

  • Women priests: priest suspended, bishops scott free Comments 0

    Being prepared to consider ordaining women – and saying so – has seen a priest continue to be suspended from ministry while more senior clergy are not even smacked on the wrist. Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich SJ, recently admitted that he is “open” to the idea of ordaining women to the Catholic priesthood. “I am not Read more

  • Pope tells parents of LGBT+ children God loves their kids Comments 0

    Pope Francis, Thursday, told a group of parents of LGBT+children “The Pope loves your children as they are because they are children of God.” The comments came in a meeting between the parents and Francis to discuss their concerns about the Church’s discriminatory stance on the LGBT+ community. The parents are members of an Italian Read more

  • Pope decries the injustice of pharmaceutical marginality Comments 0

    Pope Francis is decrying the injustice of pharmaceutical marginality. Those who live in poverty are poor even in medicines, treatment and health, he says. He spoke on the subject to 300 representatives of the Italy-based Fondazione Banco Farmaceutico (Medicine Bank Foundation) on its 20th anniversary. Members collect medicines from donors and companies to deliver them Read more

  • Catholic front-runner for US Supreme Court nomination Comments 0

    A Catholic mother of seven is the front-running candidate to replace US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died Friday evening aged 87. Judge Amy Coney Barrett is reportedly the most likely presidential nominee for the role. Appointed a federal judge in 2017, Barrett was a professor at Notre Dame law school until her Read more

  • Vatican astronomer: God is bigger than we think Comments 0

    The possible discovery of life on Venus has prompted the Vatican astronomer to caution against getting too speculative about it. If anything living exists on the planet, it doesn’t change the calculus in terms of God’s relationship with humanity, Brother Guy Consolmagno SJ says. “Life on another planet is no different than the existence of Read more