New Zealand

Māori Council letter to Pope just attention seeking Comments 0

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New Zealand First MP Shane Jones says the Māori Council’s executive director is attention-seeking with an attack on the Catholic Church. Matthew Tukaki has written to the Pope to ask that he formally renounce the doctrine of discovery, a 15th-century idea that European nations could claim lands if they were not occupied by Christians. The Read more

NZ Defence Force and local Iwi commit to a new relationship Comments 0

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Last Saturday the New Zealand Defence Force vested back to local Māori of Ngāti Rangi land that had been used as a Communication Centre. Next Saturday the Iwi will gift that land back to the Crown and Defence Force. It will continue to be used by the Defence Force for the good of all New Read more

Analysis and Comment

The gentle touch Comments 0


There is a story about Mary, that she was stitching a cloth for the tabernacle when Gabriel visited her. Maybe. Maybe not. She could have been sweeping the floor. Or grinding corn for a meal. Those activities can also be sacred. We are reminded of times when God has been manifest in simple household tasks. Read more

Has the pope missed an opportunity in Thailand? Comments 0


In many ways Pope Francis is following in the footsteps of his great travelling predecessor St. John Paul II in his apostolic visits to Thailand and Japan. The first Asia trip of St. John Paul II in 1981 included Japan, and in 1984 he visited Thailand. But the comparison appears to end right there — Read more

Are conservative ‘blowhards’ to blame for Christianity’s decline? Comments 0

Americans are becoming less and less religious and one New York Times columnist has found the culprit: the religious, conservative “blowhards” who “have entangled faith with bigotry, sexism, homophobia, and xenophobia,” or, in other words, the religious, conservative Americans who support President Trump. Churches are empty, in part, because “for some young people, Christianity is Read more

Hong Kong crisis pits Catholic students against Catholic leader Comments 0

Edwin Chow, 20, a native of Hong Kong, is in his third year of university, where he’s studying government and international studies. But over the past year, has likely learned as much about both subjects in the streets of his home city as he has in the classroom. Since June, Catholics like Chow, along with Read more

Five reasons to vote “no” in euthanasia referendum Comments 0


Next year New Zealanders will vote in a referendum on whether euthanasia should be legalised after a long-fought bill passed 69 to 51 in parliament on Wednesday. If endorsed by the public in a referendum the new law will allow those who are terminally ill to request assisted dying. Earlier in the day Stuff published an opinion Read more

  • Oddly

    • How many coins get thrown into the Trevi Fountain?

      On average, the value of coins thrown into the Trevi fountain in Rome is about €2500 (about NZ$4346) That’s per day. Toss in a coin, so the story goes, and you’ll return to bella Roma The tradition of tossing a coin into the fountain goes back to time immemorial, later embedded in the 1950s film Three Coins Read more
  • World

  • Westminister Cardinal Nichols called on to resign Comments 0

    Lawyers acting for almost 50 child sex abuse victims have called for the resignation of England’s Cardinal Vincent Nichols. The lawyers, Richard Scorer of Slater and Gordon, and David Enright of Howe and Co, made the call in a letter to The Tablet. In the letter, they say ‘the Catholic Church‘ is failing its safeguarding Read more

  • Target: Halve food waste Comments 0

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    An international panel of experts, Wednesday, appealed to governments to commit to halving food waste and loss by 2030. The panel says the waste is morally, economically and environmentally unacceptable. Giving the panel his endorsement, Pope Francis tweeted: “We must put an end to the culture of waste, we who pray to the Lord to Read more

  • Venice homeless struggling, basilica damaged by record floods Comments 0

    Two people have died and the crypt of St Mark’s Basilica, is underwater after serious flooding hit Venice, Wednesday. Used to high tides, local authorities in the lagoon city have called a state emergency. More than 85% of Venice was flooded as the high watermark reached over 6 feet. Wednesday’s water levels were the highest Read more

  • Cardinal Pell gets another chance Comments 0

    Two Federal High Court Justices, Michelle Gordon and James Edelman, Wednesday, gave Cardinal George Pell another chance to appeal his conviction for abusing two choirboys at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne. Of the 22 applications listed on November 13 to appear before the High Court, Pell’s  is the only one to be granted. The two High Court Read more

  • Hispanic immigrant elected US Bishops’ president Comments 0

    An immigrant from Mexico is the new president of the American Catholic Bishops’ Conference. Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gómez, 67, was the conference’s vice president, and in line with tradition where the vice president is elected president, there was little surprise when on Wednesday, he was elected on the first ballot. When the results were Read more