New Zealand

Politicians’ shortcomings being weaponised says Steven Joyce Comments 0

politicians

In an interview with Newstalk ZB’s Kerre McIvor former minister Steven Joyce said politicians’ short-comings were being “weaponised” and those levelling accusations and exposing the actions needed to press pause. “Nobody is perfect, and there are aspects of everybody’s lives that they’re not proud of. I would just say to the people that bring these Read more

Some believe Pā Wiremu Te Awhitu is a future saint Comments 0

Te Awhitu

It is 26 years since Pā Wiremu Te Awhitu died on the 29th July 1994. Some would argue he is an Aotearoa saint waiting to be recognised. Every year people from the Hamilton Diocese and beyond gather at his birthplace Okahukura, north of Taumarunui to celebrate his life. His family have a marae there dedicated Read more

Analysis and Comment

Myanmar cardinal decries lethal virus of hunger Comments 0

hunger

While religious leaders play a vital part in conveying messages of peace, solidarity and harmony, a prominent Catholic leader in Myanmar has used that important role to decry the hunger and food crisis in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. Cardinal Charles Bo of Yangon, who advocates for peace, minority rights and economic justice, has Read more

75 years of nuclear weapons madness Comments 0

nuclear

Wars have always caused needless suffering, destruction and death. But 75 years ago, the hell of war reached a new all-time immoral low when on August 6, 1945 a United States Boeing B-29 bomber dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima instantly killing over 70,000 – mostly civilian – children, women and Read more

Judy Bailey on euthanasia Comments 0

Euthanasia

I’ve had too many close encounters with death and dying lately. I guess it comes with the territory as you hit the slide side of 60. Too many funerals. There have been the inevitable losses of parents, something for which, despite the inevitability, you’re never quite prepared. And the sudden passing of those mates you Read more

What good is faith when your fertility treatments aren’t working? Comments 0

fertility

What is the power of prayer, religion or faith when it comes to infertility? In a study of some 200 women undergoing embryo transfers, the half that had people praying for them had much higher pregnancy rates than those that didn’t. Of course, that could be correlative: People who belong to prayer groups might have Read more

Blessing starts $16.5 million Sacred Heart Cathedral project Comments 0

cathedral project

Catholic Archbishop of Wellington Cardinal John Dew will bless construction workers, and the city’s Metropolitan Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in a ceremony at 10 am on Friday to mark the start of the cathedral project restoring and strengthening the Category I historic building. The classical-style cathedral in Hill St, Thorndon – designed by Dunedin Read more

  • Oddly

    • Dog bites door knocking church member

      A dog called Baby, which bit a church member going door-to-door in Hamilton, has been classified as dangerous despite objections from her owner. It was about 4pm on January 16 when Brett Whiteley arrived at Yalda Ahmadi’s house in Chartwell, Read more
  • World

  • Abuse in women’s congregations exposed Comments 0

    Abuse in women’s congregations is rife, according to Giovanni Cucci SJ. Through research, pastoral experience and interviews with F Cardinal Joao Braz de Aviz, prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, Cucci has formed a picture of the abuse. For the most part the abuse does not take Read more

  • St Damien of Molokai is a “hero” not a supremacist Comments 0

    St Damien of Molokai is a “hero” to the Hawaiian people, a Hawaiian Catholic catechist says. Dallas Carter, a native Hawaiian says far from being a white supremicist, St. Damien learned the native language and culture and became as one with Hawaiian people. Carter leapt to Damien’s defence after a congresswoman, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortezn, spoke scornfully Read more

  • Our next pope “won’t be able to go back” on Francis’ reforms Comments 0

    The next pope won’t be able to ignore “seeds” planted by Pope Francis, according to the editor of the semi-official Vatican journal La Civiltà Cattolica. Fr Antonio Spadaro SJ who is a confidant of Francis, told Herder Correspondenz magazine that whoever the next pope is, “He will continue to move forward.” Spadaro – both Jesuit Read more

  • Church pews removed so obese people can fit down the aisle Comments 0

    Church pews have been removed from a 700-year-old church in case obese couples struggle to walk down the narrow aisle. The 32 Victorian pews have been put up for sale for £200 each as part of alterations to the inside of Grade II listed St Andrew’s Church in the Dorset village of Okeford Fitzpaine. The Read more

  • US diocese cited COVID-19 for suspending abuse victim fund payments Comments 0

    A US diocese cited COVID-19 and the subsequent “precipitous decline in revenue” for halting its participation in an independent compensation program for victims of clerical abuse. The Diocese of Camden, New Jersey released a statement last week saying it “is fast approaching a point where it will not be able to continue to borrow the Read more