New Zealand

Massive increase in pokie-machine profits recorded Comments 0

There has been a huge $130,661,758 increase in pokie-machine profits this year. Te Tari Taiwhenua – the Department of Internal Affairs – is linking September’s 116 percent increase on the June quarter to the end of Covid-19 restrictions. A Te Tari Taiwhenua spokesperson says the September quarter figures are higher than any of the June Read more

Library interfaith prayer area plans could be redrawn Comments 0


Changes to the Dunedin City Library’s vision for an interfaith prayer area are being discussed. One of the changes may see the separate Muslim prayer space to be dropped from the plans. The Dunedin City Council has received mixed feedback since it announced its $15,000 project to create an interfaith or interdenominational prayer room and Read more

Analysis and Comment

Should Catholics vaccinate using an ethically compromised vaccine? Comments 0


Edward Jenner is considered the father of vaccinology. He pioneered the world’s first vaccine, which was for smallpox. Caused by a virus, smallpox was a serious disease which killed about three in ten of the people who contracted it and left many others with severe scars. Smallpox was mainly spread by direct, lengthy face-to-face contact Read more

Pope Francis Catholicism is bigger than ethos of western self preoccupation Comments 0

self preoccupation

“An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth…,” is a useful starting place for discussion of the influence of Pope Francis, who is proving to be a remarkably active and activist leader of the Roman Catholic Church. To modern readers, the Biblical quote (Exodus 21:24) may seem brutal, but the Old Testament Read more

The searing report linking popular NZ brands to sexual abuse and slavery Comments 0


Some of New Zealand’s most popular cosmetic products are linked to severe abuse, sexual assault, and endemic health problems among Malaysian and Indonesian palm oil workers, according to a new investigation by the Associated Press. It’s the follow-up to another investigation in September which revealed that many of the same palm oil plantations made use Read more

We should stop filming the Liturgy of the Eucharist Comments 0

filming eucharist

Over the past four summers, I have gotten a break from doctoral studies in sacramental theology at the Atheneum of Sant’Anselmo in Rome by ministering at St. Isaac Jogues Parish in Rapid City, S.D. It is a world away from the Eternal City’s snarled traffic and the equally snarled theological texts of my day job, Read more

Ardern an example of a successful leader Pope says Comments 0

female leaders

In his new book Let Us Dream, Pope Francis recognises the success of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in managing the COVID-19 pandemic. “The countries with women as presidents or prime ministers have on the whole reacted better and more quickly than others, making decisions swiftly and communicating them with empathy,” he says. By way of Read more

  • Oddly

    • Biden recites deceased son’s favourite hymn

      US President-elect Joe Biden concluded his victory speech by reciting his deceased son Beau’s favourite popular Catholic hymn “On Eagles’ Wings” Biden lost Beau, an Iraq war veteran who had served as Delaware’s attorney general, in 2015 to a brain Read more
  • World

  • Washington Cardinal will allow Biden Holy Communion Comments 0

    Cardinal-designate Wilton Gregory, archbishop of Washington, says he wants to collaborate where possible with the Biden administration. At the same time, he says he’ll also respectfully point out situations where President-elect Joe Biden’s policies diverge from Catholic teaching. “I have always seen myself as someone who is charged with being in dialogue and in conversation, Read more

  • State’s only all-Vietnamese Catholic parish celebrates 20 years Comments 0

    A Catholic Vietnamese community in the small Mississippi city of Biloxi has just celebrated the first 20 years of having its own church in its own parish. The Vietnamese Martyrs Church is the state’s only all-Vietnamese Catholic parish. Last Sunday hundreds gathered for celebrations at the church, filling a building that has always been a Read more

  • Prayer apps: user data not secure Comments 0

    Religious apps not secure data has been ‘leaked’ without owners’ knowledge and Muslim Pro prayer app location data has been on-sold to companies who passed the information to U.S. military contractors, separate reports say. An investigation published by Vice News found that Muslim Pro was among hundreds of smartphone apps that have been providing their users’ location data Read more

  • Dutch doctors to sedate ‘agitated’ euthanasia patients Comments 0

    Dutch euthanasia

    Dutch doctors are now permitted to sedate euthanasia patients if there is a chance they could “become agitated” as a doctor prepares to end their life. The policy was updated by the Euthanasia Review Committee and applies to patients who have dementia or a similar condition. The revised policies state that for dementia patients “it Read more

  • Chinese hackers impersonate Catholic news outlets for gain Comments 0

    Vatican internet security

    Chinese hackers are again suspected of exposing Vatican internet security. Cyberscoop reports hackers posed as journalists in order to gain an advantage for China in negotiations with the Holy See. Researchers at the security firm Recorded Future first identified hackers affiliated with a group called Mustang Panda in July. The hacker group was conducting Read more