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McAuley High School principal wins Women of Influence Awards Comments 0


The principal of McAuley High School, Anne Miles, has won the Social Enterprise category at the 2014 Fairfax Women of Influence Awards. She shares the title with Jo-Anne Wilkinson of the Foundation for Youth Development. “I feel humble and very surprised. When I looked at the fantastic finalists I really didn’t think I would win,” Read more

Bill English named Old Boy of the year Comments 0


Finance Minister Bill English and Wellington businessman Brian McGuinness were named joint winners of the old boy of the year award at a St Patrick’s College Old Boys Association dinner in Wellington last week. English is an old boy of St Pat’s Silverstream, where he was a boarder and became head boy. English said it Read more


New church consecrated on Wallis Comments 0


A new 70-metre long church in Lausikula on the southern tip of Wallis was consecrated by Bishop Ghislain de Rasilly last month. It is hoped that the church will help the territory become a pilgrimage site. The relics of St Peter Chanel, who is the patron saint of Oceania, are preserved on the neighbouring island Read more

Fiji’s PM officates at multicultural Diwali event Comments 0

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Fiji’s Prime Minister Rear Admiral (Ret) Voreqe Bainimarama officiated at a pre Diwali event at Lautoka on Saturday night and reflected on the significance of the festival of lights. “Most Fijians share a sense of excitement and goodwill about Diwali, no doubt looking forward to a feast of splendid lights, and of course to those Read more


Ebola Is an inequality crisis Comments 0


In the past few months, the world has witnessed the worst outbreak of Ebola since the disease was first identified in 1976 — it has already claimed the lives of more than 3,400 people. But while the first cases in Read more

Pope Francis, the Synod, and Catholic teaching Comments 0


If Francis doesn’t soon make it clear that the synod can’t abandon Catholic teaching, his pontificate could spin out of control. Cardinal Burke is right: the group responsible for reporting the synod is manipulating the presentation of what’s actually happening. Read more

Francis puts disputed paragraphs into final synod document Comments 0

Pope Francis synod session reszied

The final report from the synod on the family has narrowed down aspects of a “welcoming” preliminary report, especially concerning gay people. The preliminary report, issued half way through the synod, asked if the Church community was welcoming to gay people. It noted that gay people have “gifts and qualities to offer to the Christian Read more

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  • The Synod and its work of discernment


    Although the Synod of Bishops on the family has sparked frank discussions about the direction of the church, the American archbishop who represents U.S. Catholics at the event said Friday it is “doing what it’s supposed to do.” In an interview with NCR, U.S. bishops’ conference president Archbishop Joseph Kurtz said the synod is starting Read more

  • The legacies of Blessed Paul VI


    (RNS) As he wraps up a Vatican meeting marked by sharp debates over sex and morality, Pope Francis on Sunday will honour one of his most controversial predecessors by beatifying Pope Paul VI, who is most famous for reaffirming the Catholic Church’s ban on artificial contraception. Beatification puts Paul one step shy of formal sainthood. The move Read more

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