New Zealand

A new direction for Ozanam House Comments 0

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The Ozanam House Trust has provided accommodation in Palmerston North for cancer patients and their caregivers since 1967 It was the brainchild of members of the Palmerston North St. Vincent de Paul Society. People requiring treatment for cancer have, until now, had to go to Palmerston North from other mid-north Island places to receive treatment Read more

Growing interest in the Muslim faith Comments 0


There are no official nationwide figures on Muslims in New Zealand but anecdotally there are signs of a growing interest in the Islamic faith. Since the Christchurch terror attack, thousands have taken Qurans or other literature. Imam Nizamul Haq Thanvi of the International Muslim Association of New Zealand said immediately after the attack, three to Read more

Analysis and Comment

Louise Milligan’s George Pell story her most difficult Comments 0

Louise Milligan has devoted the past few years of her life to investigating allegations about Ballarat-born Cardinal George Pell, Australia’s highest-ranking Catholic. As a result, Ballarat is a place that is close to her heart – her second home – but one that saddens her. Milligan was brought up as a very strict Catholic, though Read more

Peter Comensoli: Violating sanctity of the confessional would be a betrayal of trust Comments 0

What is worth protecting and fighting for? The answer to that question is straightforward: our children. Of this, there is no doubt. The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse cast a much-needed light on the failures of many institutions across Australia, including government and church institutions, and most prominently my own church. Read more

We must not criminalise what is said in the confessional Comments 0

What’s said in the confessional stays in the confessional. It’s been a precept of the church for centuries. Penitents enter the booth to confess their sins and transgressions to a priest to receive spiritual comfort, advice and absolution. A forgiving of the sin in the eyes of God’s representative on Earth. But not in Victoria Read more

Smartphones are making us stupid – and may be a ‘gateway drug’ Comments 0

Recent mobile phone bans in Victorian state schools have had some parents and kids up in arms, despite a study showing that 80 per cent of Australians support the ban. Many private schools are now implementing phone and device bans in schools – but they too face fierce opposition. Parents across Australia fork out hundreds Read more

Concern expressed over proposed developments in Christchurch Comments 0


About Sixty people from throughout the diocese of Christchurch met at Sacred Heart Hall Addington on Sunday 11 August, to discuss their hopes for the future of the diocese. They were responding to two announcements made recently by the bishop Christchurch Paul Martin. On 9 June he announced a proposal to close 13 churches in the diocese Read more

  • Oddly

    • Giant ten commandments monument donated by Fraternal Order of Eagles

      A giant Ten Commandments monument will go up outside Mary Queen of Apostles School in New Kensington, Pennsylvania in the coming weeks. That wouldn’t normally be a story — if anything, the most noteworthy thing about it is that a religious monument is going up outside a religious school for once — but the journey it Read more
  • World

  • Health Care funds disabled dad’s assisted suicide Comments 0

    A Canadian father who could not received ongoing financial support for his costly healthcare has died following a medically assisted suicide. Sean Tagert, 41, who suffered from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) agreed to having his life ended after years of struggle to find adequate care. His illness robbed him of the ability to move his Read more

  • Victoria Premier lashes Archbishop over Catholic confession claims Comments 0

    Australian state premier Daniel Andrews, is lashing out at the Catholic Church over claims it was not consulted about proposed laws forcing priests to report child abuse disclosed in confessionals. The Victorian Premier, a practicing Catholic, says Melbourne Archbishop Peter Comensoli is wrong to compare priests refusing to disclose allegations heard during confession to confidentiality Read more

  • The Pell appeal: What to expect Comments 0

    The Victorian Court of Appeal will announce it’s decision on Wednesday morning on whether it will overturn Cardinal George Pell’s convictions for sexually abusing two choirboys. Three judges are examining Pell’s appeal. The appeal proceedings will be live streamed on the Supreme Court of Victoria’s website. If the court finds the jury got it wrong, Read more

  • Bibles not rosaries spared from Trump’s China tariff Comments 0

    U.S. President Donald Trump’s Trade Representative’s office has permanently spared Bibles printed in China from his tariff plans. Bibles are among about 25 product categories removed from 10 percent tariffs due to take effect next month and in December. Other products have removed from the tariff plans because they are considered important. They include child Read more

  • Nun who protested rape-accused bishop expelled Comments 0

    A nun who was expelled from her Kerala congregation says she is being targeted for protesting and speaking to media about Church leaders’ neglect of a nun who was repeatedly raped by a bishop. Franciscan Clarist nun, Lucy Kalappura (54), says she joined a group of Missionaries of Jesus last September to protest Bishop Franco Read more