New Zealand

“Dumb Irish” stereotype gets yet another airing Comments 0


The Media have once again aired the common stereotype about the comic incompetence of the “Dumb Irish”, who are always good for a laugh. And the commentors have been quick to climb on board. Ireland, it seems, is inhabited by characters straight out of Fr Ted and Mrs Brown’s Boys, and now they are invading Read more

Judge limits children’s exposure to mum’s Jehovah’s Witness faith Comments 0


A judge has stopped two children, whose parents have separated, from attending Jehovah’s Witness meetings or church activities. After their separation in 2010, the mother became an adherent of the Jehovah Witness faith. Without the father’s knowledge, she introduced the children, then aged 4 and 6, to the religion. Justice Brendan Brown said his ruling Read more


PNG Bishop condemns witch hunts Comments 0


Witch hunts have been condemned by the president of the Bishops’ Conference of Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands, Arnold Orowae. “I encourage all our citizens not to get into this bad habit of accusing innocent and defenceless people of sorcery, resulting in torturing and killing,” said Bishop Arnold Orowae. “This is a moral Read more

PM warns prospective women MPs not to neglect God-given domestic duties Comments 0


Samoa’s Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi says women should not let their drive and determination to enter politics make them neglect their God given duties as mothers. He said women hold families, villages, and churches together and they are also the backbone of the country. Tuilaepa was speaking at the final sitting of Parliament for Read more


Pope Francis’ Curia Christmas message; with a difference Comments 0


The tongues are certainly waging worldwide over the Christmas message of Pope Francis. His address to staff at the Vatican – the priests, monsignors, bishops and cardinals gathered for an end of year assessment by the pope of the year Read more

Is the traditional nativity play worth saving? Comments 0


My first reaction on learning that only a third of primary schools now stage a traditional nativity play was to reach for the phrase “political correctness gone mad”. After all, it must be because Left-wing teachers are worried about offending Read more

Vatican Curia gets Christmas bonus with a difference Comments 1


Power grabbing, living hypocritical double lives, curial and personal rivalry, gossip, and over concern about their appearance and the colour of their robes are among just some of the sins Pope Francis’ identified as belonging to the Vatican Curia. The blistering indictment of the Vatican Curia came at the Pope’s Christmas message. The Pope’s top Read more

  • Features

  • When the word was silence


    In a suburban Wellington dining room 10 people sit silently. Condiments pass across the table at the raising of an eyebrow or flick of a finger. One diner sees a neighbouring table’s empty water jug and rises quietly to fill it. A mix of religious and non-religious, the group had never met until a month Read more

  • The Virgin Mary in art — an online experience


    The National Museum of Women in the Arts is currently hosting an exhibit of artwork depicting the Virgin Mary from several famous Renaissance and Baroque artists. The exhibit is called Picturing Mary: Woman, Mother, Idea, and runs from Dec. 5, 2014 to Apr. 12, 2015.  If you are in the Washington, D.C. area, this might Read more